Last night was one for the ages in men’s college basketball. No. 1 Kentucky squared off against No. 2 Michigan State, the earliest one-versus-two pairing in the history of college basketball, while fourth-ranked Duke played fifth-ranked Kansas. Fans like me salivated over the matchup that served as the big-stage unveiling of the much-hyped Jabari Parker. My ears are still ringing with the melodious sound of Dick Vitale’s raspy voice. For many, this would have been a fine showcase of the game of men’s college basketball being played at its highest level.
The sad stories coming out of Miami seem to be escalating in their intensity with each passing minute.
Earlier this week, I read what I felt to be one of the most intriguing headlines in recent memory on ESPN: “It’s not delivery: Burleson getting free pizza!”
With last week’s finalization of the College Football Playoff committee and all of the controversy and mudslinging that followed, it seems as if much of America has forgotten that we still have one year left in the ever pleasing Bowl Championship Series (BCS) era.
When Tom Brady threw one of the worst interceptions of his storied career against the New Orleans Saints, I turned the TV off and went back to my homework. After all, there were just over two minutes left on the clock, the opposing quarterback was Drew Brees, the opposing head coach was Sean Payton and in the immortal words of Bart Scott, the Patriots defense has often struggled to “stop a nosebleed.”
The headlines on ESPN were momentous. In his first full year back from chronic left knee problems and on the strength of a stellar year of play and reaching the finals of the China Open, Rafael Nadal had reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in men’s tennis from the clutches of Novak Djokovic, who had held the ranking in his stead.
Though she barely watches any sports, sports and my mother are irrevocably joined at the hip in my mind. My love of one (my mother) begets my love of the other. But while I can live without one, there is absolutely no way of living without the other.
If the media reports are to be believed, the San Francisco 49ers have no hope of accomplishing anything of note during this NFL season.