Next week might be the best time of year to be a sports fan. The first day of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, with every bracket pristine and pure, is as good as athletics gets.
If you needed a reminder of how taut and draining one-and-done basketball can be, Davidson and Western Carolina provided it Monday night. Davidson's 93-91 double-overtime victory was sensational. Felt great for the Wildcats. Felt terrible for Western Carolina in the loser goes home game.
But how do you compare the first round of the NCAA tournament with other sports? I love the opening of NFl training camps, love going to Spartanburg and thinking about what will follow. I love the NFL's opening day, even if this season it will fall on a Wednesday. I love the first full Sunday of the NFL season. I love the opening day of Major League Baseball, which bumps up against the Final Four.
There are a lot of contenders. But if I had to pick one day to be a sports fan, it would be the first full round of the NCAA tournament.