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A Great Sports Week
April 7, 2010 - Al Stephenson
You may not realize it, but we are halfway through a great sports week. We are, of course, if you like the same sports that I do. Baseball season is here, college basketball wraps up its season, the first major golf tournament is upon us and throw in a Nascar race. What you have is a great week!
Sunday night the major league baseball season kicked off with the Red Sox besting the Yankees at Fenway Park. It wasn't riveting TV as I don't like either team, but for baseball fans the season is finally here. Hope springs eternal and I saw a billboard on the Indiana toll road last week that sums up what it must be to be a Cubs fan.
The ad featured the big C with the circles around it that can only be the Cubs logo. It was followed with an apostrophe and the letters mon. C'mon is a classic.
Monday night featured the final of the men's NCAA basketball tournament and the whole world it seemed was pulling for Butler. The underdog almost pulled it out losing by just two to Duke. My buddy was talking about the game tonight and said that Butler's effort was so good that ten years from now a tough trivia question would be - "Who beat Butler in the final?" He has a good point.
Tuesday was UCONN's women attempt to make history. Entering the game with a two-year 77 game winning streak, they looked horrible in the first half. Trailing 20-12 (Stanford was not much better) they came out in the second half and played much better winning 63-57. To break UCLA's record of 88 straight wins will take an eleven game win streak to start next year. Take a look at their schedule - not many cupcakes in the first 11 games - if they do it they will have earned it!
We have a respite right now though I am watching the Tribe as I write this. They are leading by one in the bottom of the eighth. Getting their first win of the season would make this week even more special.
Tomorrow marks the first round of the Masters as Tiger Woods returns from his social catatrophe. It will make for good watching no matter how he performs. The Masters is special and this one will be no exception.
If you are a racehead, the good 'ol boys are in action from Phoenix on Saturday night. Then Sunday we get to watch the final round from Augusta.
The view from my seat suggests that there may be no better week in sports in all of 2010. Enjoy the rest of it.
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