Spring to Life

ChrisOccasionally as sports fans we tend to get into a rut.  Given the popularity of the NFL in the United States, once it leaves us in February not to return until the fall, we are left with a big void to fill.

NBA basketball? Sure.  The NHL, ok.  But now is the time where we can all brighten our smiles –

March.

Life springs anew.  Baseball in warm climates is well under way.  NFL free agency rips through the landscape like wild-fire.  NCAA tournament, enough said.  Even pro basketball and hockey are making playoff pushes by acquiring players at the last-minute.

It’s a great time to be a sports fan.

Most of the time in my region of the country we are still experiencing the tail end of the comet that is called winter.  Rarely is it as warm and sunny as it has been this year.  We are getting all the benefits of June, wrapped in an all sports candy shell.  The need to get outside to enjoy the rays and exchange the dusty, musty air in your winter dwelling lungs is tempered just a bit by being able to watch college athletics at its finest for nearly 12 hours across 4 different channels.

As for me, I’ll open every window and door I can, watch teams battle for the right to play in the “Sweet 16”, make headway on preparations for a baseball opening day extravaganza, and continue to bring sports analysis and commentary through the power of the written and spoken word.

And… I just might get some sun myself.

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UW-Milwaukee Panthers @ DePaul Blue Demons

Horizon League VS. Big East? Well why not. I think this will be an exciting game to watch as Rob Jeter has his Panthers sitting at 7-1 with their only loss coming @ Michigan State.  DePaul has a 4-2 record with losses against Minnesota and Mississippi. The only category that Milwaukee outranks DePaul in is average rebounds per game. The Panthers Kaylon Williams will be the key to a win, along with James Haarsma. If they can outassist, and outrebound a physical DePaul team, they should find themselves a slim margin of victory.  DePaul on the other hand are led by Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young who are both sophomores. Young talent is always exciting to watch, as they both can put up big scoring numbers. The books favor DePaul by 3 points tonight and I think that is an accurate projection. Milwaukee will chuck the rock from 3 point land like usual, and if they fall, they will win this game. DePaul cannot afford to be outrebounded tonight and give up 2nd chance points in the paint. I am going to go out on a limb and say Milwaukee by 4 points tonight.