I have no complaints today. I have no updates about Julius Peppers. The sun is shining and it will shine all day, regardless of weather. Because there is no better day than today and Friday to be a sports fan.
The NCAA basketball tournament is the greatest way to end a season that man has devised, and today and Friday are my favorite days f the sports year, better even than Super Bowl Sunday. Brackets are pristine, underdogs primed, favorites ready to take over, fans nervous and thrilled.
All day we'll scramble from television to computer to courtside. I'm leaving in a few minutes for Greensboro and the LSU-Butler game, and then North Carolina-Radford, Texas-Minnesota and Duke-Binghamton.
I was waiting when Binghamton got off the bus to walk into Greensboro Coliseum Wednesday. The players were cool and acted confident. They might lose, but they won't back down. Radford won't, either.
What happens today in Greensboro will be a snapshot of what happens everywhere else. We'll be on our way to the court for the second half and we'll hear a gasp and a shout and we'll turn around. Gathered around the press room television sets will be writers and TV and radio and NCAA folks and perhaps coaches as we scramble to watch the end of a game from Philadelphia, Kansas City or Portland.
It is contagious, the watching of games. To immerse yourself in the tournament, and search for this season's Kansas and this season's Davidson, while trying to protect your brackets, is consuming. So let's get consumed.
Enjoy the hoops no matter where you are.
And if you see Julius, tell him I said hey.