If this isn't the best day in sports, what is? All our brackets are pristine and unmarked. Our longshots can still do it. Our Final Four is feasible.
I am so glad Virginia Tech did not make the NCAA Basketball Tournament. You imagine if Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer played that schedule? The Hokies had no interest in playing big-time basketball. So why should big-time basketball suddenly have interest in them?
The ACC will go down quietly. I don't a team other than Duke advances to the second round.
Some of the things North Carolina coach Roy Williams does are perplexing. But if he had recruited Kentucky phenon John Wall, his team is in the NCAA Tournament. A point guard could save the Tar Heels. But Williams didn't think that Wall, and all his AAU coach hangers-on, fit. So he ignored him. That took guts.
The best first-round match-ups: Wisconsin-Wofford, Clemson-Missouri, Richmond-St. Mary's, California-Louisville, Tennessee-San Diego St. and Xavier-Minnesota.
My Final Four: Kansas, Syracuse, West Virginia and Villanova.
And in non-NCAA news:
The Charlotte Bobcats were a team last night. Down by 19, they won by eight. They sustained poise, never panicked, always believed in each other and in their coach. This was an impressive victory.
The Masters is the perfect place for Tiger Woods to comeback. Augusta National is like a gated community with all the covenants and rules for which those neighborhoods are known. Last year at the Masters a fan next to me saw Woods, who was wearing a red shirt, and yelled, "You the man, Red!"
A marshal quickly approached. Maybe the marshal said, "You the man is a cliche, and we don't use cliches here." Whatever he said worked. The fan shut up.
Woods will be protected. So will every other golfer.