The worst month for sports

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February is the absolute worst. Football season is over, as much as the executives at ESPN try to convince us otherwise. Spring Training is underway and although people claim ‘baseball is here” it’s still hard for me to get excited when St. Louis still has a few inches of snow sitting on the ground. On Thursday the St. Louis metro area was basically shut down due to snow. While I was trapped indoors for the better part of two days, it made me realize that this is my least favorite time of year on the sports calendar.

Baseball is, has, and always will be my favorite sport. I cannot wait until baseball season starts so this time of year is torture. While I am the cold of St. Louis and my view the last few days has been the picture above, the players are being shown on TV playing catch under the Florida sun. The cold weather and snow leave me very hungry for some warm weather and baseball. Watching the players in Spring Training play catch is nothing but a tease to me. I compare it to someone putting a thick, juicy steak in front of me on the dinner table and telling me that I have to wait an hour until I can eat it, even though it is sitting there right in front of me. It’s gotten to the point that it’s hard for me to watch Spring Training coverage on TV. The bad thing is, there really isn’t anything to distract me from it right now.

The St. Louis Blues have a decent distraction but I am not a huge hockey fan. I have always been a Blues fan, but their games aren’t what I would call “must see tv” until the postseason begins. We don’t have an NBA team here in “the Lou” so I have never really been a fan of the NBA game. I really don’t pay much attention to the NBA until the Conference Finals. I love NCAA Basketball but at this point of the season it’s just building toward the best month in sports. The NCAA Tournament is what begins to get me over winter, and looking forward to baseball season.

My winter blues start going away whenever the NCAA Conference Tournaments begin. It the bigger conferences these tournaments many times don’t matter to many teams except for seeding purposes. The beauty to me lies in the smaller conference tournaments where teams are fighting for their only shot at getting into “the dance.” We have a good conference tournament locally. The Missouri Valley Conference tournament, called “Arch Madness”, takes place in St. Louis and it is one of those tournaments. The Valley usually only gets one team, sometimes two, into the NCAA tournament. Selection Sunday is one of those things that I would consider “must see tv.” Those first four days of the tournament are like Christmas for me, the 2nd weekend is like New Years Eve. The NCAA Tournament also makes it ok for me to follow Spring Training because that’s when I can feel baseball coming.

I am sick of the winter. I am ready for spring.

Happy (belated) 50th to MJ

Not much I can say about Michael Jordan that hasn’t already been said or written in the last couple of days. He is simply the best that I have ever seen. This video sums up Jordan perfectly. Highlights set to Nelly’s “Heart of a Champion.” This video is gold for all Michael Jordan fans.

 

Charles Barkley Randomly Showed Up On The Phoenix ABC Local News And Attempted To Do The Weather Report

Charles Barkley Randomly Showed Up On The Phoenix ABC Local News And Attempted To Do The Weather Report.

Well, sometimes you just have to have a little Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley Randomly Showed Up On The Phoenix ABC Local News And Attempted To Do The Weather Report

The New Orleans Pelicans unveil new logo

The New Orleans Pelicans unveil the team’s new logo | Ball Don’t Lie – Yahoo! Sports.

Well New Orleans is now going to be known as the Pelicans. It’s an interesting switch to say the least. I wasn’t real whenever I first heard of the change if I liked this or not. My first thought was that the “Pelicans” just doesn’t sound tough enough. I also had no idea why the “Pelicans”, it seemed pretty random to me.

After doing a little reading today I discovered that “Pelicans” in this article that New Orleans and Louisiana consider Pelicans a symbol of the city and the state. That made me like the name a little better,  but it still doesn’t sound tough. Well, take a look around the NBA. The NBA has the Heat, Magic, 76ers, Lakers, Clippers, Knickerbockers, and Celtics. None of those names are “tough’, but are meant to be a reflection of the city that they call home (technically not the Lakers, but they were named the Lakers when they called Minnesota home).

After reading this today and seeing the logo and apparel, I really am liking this name change.

Live-tweeting: Smart way to relive classics – Sports Business News, Analysis – Dollars Blog – ESPN Playbook – ESPN

Live-tweeting: Smart way to relive classics – Sports Business News, Analysis – Dollars Blog – ESPN Playbook – ESPN.

Very interesting idea from ESPN’s Darren Rovell. I was watching the classic Kobe game yesterday while I was on Twitter. I loved the fact that Kobe was also watching the game and commenting on it as it was being shown. It did make it much more interesting knowing Kobe’s thoughts about the game as I was watching. I would love to see this done more often.

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