Regardless of who you are, or who you root for, this week is sports heaven.
The Seattle Mariners are tied for first place and hopes are high at least for at least the next seven days with the start of the season tonight against the Twins of Minneapolis. Felix Hernandez is the leading Cy Young candidate in our eyes and we are all making cases for how the Mariners can pull the impossible and be this season’s Tampa Bay Rays.
The NCAA Basketball National Championship game is also tonight. While we are switching back and forth between the Mariners game and the basketball game, we can all become Michigan State Spartan fans as we will a state that is down on its luck to victory.
Maybe because we see ourselves in the losing culture of the State of Michigan, maybe because we just hate all of the traditional powers like North Carolina, or maybe because we just need something to make us feel good in the world right now and who better than the underdog playing at home, Michigan State to fulfill all of those needs. That is, unless you have North Carolina in your bracket…
A new source of sports media begins today in Seattle with the official launch of 710 ESPN Seattle. We can listen to former Husky, Brock Huard and Seattle legend, The Voice, Kevin Calabro before tonight’s first pitch is tossed by King Felix.
Our old source of sports radio in Seattle, 950 KJR, begins its greatest event of the year on Tuesday morning with the selection show of the “Bigger Dance”, in which sports fans fill out brackets to crown the “Queen of the Hardwood” and maybe, just maybe, win that trip to any sporting event in the world of your choosing. I’ve been filling these brackets out since I was 12 years old when I would sit with my friends and try to decide, who, exactly, is the world’s hottest woman.
Last but not least is the fact that the azaleas are in full bloom at Augusta. Yes, it’s Master’s week. I don’t know about you, but I get a little chill down my spine when I hear that music and Jim Nantz’s soothing voice describe a Tiger Woods chip-in on 7.
There is even a local spin for us Seattleites. The 49-year-old Seattle native, Fred Couples, is coming off an impressive performance in the Shell Houston Open and is playing like a renewed golfer. He could very well be putting on the green jacket come Easter Sunday afternoon.
Yes, nothing can ruin this week. At this point, early on Monday morning, I’m half expecting Clay Bennett to get arrested for fraud, Paul Allen decide he wants two NBA teams and purchase the repoed Sonics at a police auction, and move the team back to Seattle while Bill Gates offers to fund a full renovation of the Key Arena and Husky Stadium.
I did not even mention the Husky women’s softball team, the renewed attitude that surrounds the Husky football team during its spring practice, or the undefeated Sounders FC.
Enjoy your week sports fans and enjoy the 70 degree weather.