Let’s March! We are just days from hearing three great words: It is March. Buzzer-beaters, brackets and ’round-the-clock hoops are just around the corner, signaling the end of the brief post-Super Bowl lull for sports fans. We all love the NCAA tournament and probably will appreciate it even more after being deprived of it last year. The first major sports-related consequence of the pandemic last March, the tournament was one of the few marquee events that was canceled and not rescheduled. It wasn’t delayed, it wasn’t made up — we had no 2020 NCAA champion.
As we creep back to normalcy, conference tournaments will begin shortly, leading to the Big Dance. A healthy and reasonable debate can be had over this question: What is the best month of the sports calendar? March has to be a No. 1 seed for that tournament. Not only does it contain endless action and countless exciting games, but March brings the feeling that spring is upon us. Warmer weather, baseball and the Masters are on deck once we make it to March, and the playoffs for the winter sports are usually not far behind (though they’ll be later than usual this year).