Various times throughout the year, the sports landscape is flooded with noteworthy topics of discussion. Early March is a great example of such a time. It can be overwhelming to try and consume the feast of relevant topics, so from time-to-time I'll provide a short point of view on whatever is consuming my mind at the time. I'll call these sporadic gathering of thoughts, "Freak Speak".
March is finally upon us...and it's a good thing because Wisconsin February's are downright brutal. With the new month comes added responsibility. I'm not talking about getting a jump start on your taxes or finding an establishment to hit up on St. Patrick's Day (though it's never too early to figure that out). I'm speaking about the responsibility we have as sports fans to join forces and consume as much of the wondrous spectacle that is college basketball in March.
Watching the Wisconsin Badgers loss to Illinois in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament felt like watching a painful early October scrimmage...at least until there were 5 minutes remaining in the game. For 35 minutes, the only thing working for the Badgers was the guy wearing #30. Three-point air balls, missed two-footers, ugly free throw shooting...it was the kind of game your son or daughter would play juuuust before you suggested they take up another sport.
Now that the Badger basketball season has ended (in an ugly way), Mad-city sites turn to spring football. I've never been a fan of pre-season polls, but I understand that in order to make your way to a BCS game, a lofty ranking in the pre-season polls is as necessary as winning games.
I'm on the record as being a guy who likes Tim Tebow. I appreciate his work ethic, passion to succeed, leadership style and presence. Above it all however, my feeling is that Tebow is just an overall good guy who possesses incredible athletic gifts.
OK - so I have a nice blog entry set to post, but before I post it, I want to share this with you because I believe it deserves it's own space. Please understand this is not sports related, but I don't think it matters...it's just too good.
For a man who has served in the major leagues for 50 years and been ejected from more games than any Manager in the history of baseball, you'd think people in Atlanta would be a little more familiar with beloved Manager of the Atlanta Braves, Bobby Cox.