It started in mid-March, and it is building and building to its highly anticipated crescendo one week into April, as we all watch with rapt interest to see how the bracket will finally shake out.
The NCAA Tournament in mens basketball? That, too, I suppose.
But I meant the ICC Worlds Twenty20 in cricket going on right now in Bangladesh.
You heard right: the International Cricket Council. Due to reader demand, Ill be writing only cricket columns in the buildup to the 2015 Cricket World Cup, and the T20, as we insiders call it, is a major preliminary event. Theyre cheering from Dhaka to Sylhet to Chittagong.
I love cricket because it is so thoroughly undecipherable to nonworshippers.
I heard a player say, I cocked one off the splice in the gully and the blighter gathered it and I didnt know whether to offer congratulations or say how sorry I was.
I heard a cricket announcer report, Nadeem Ahmed picked four wickets as Bangladesh lost their last seven for 23 runs and I didnt know if this would find Ahmed joyous or crestfallen.
I heard another announcer boom, AWESOME BABY! He was the Pakistani Dick Vitale.
You can have the NCAA Tournament. Give me the ICC Worlds T20 and all its exotic mysteries.
You can have your top-seeded championship favorites such as the Florida Gators and Arizona. I have my own office-pool sure things: West Indies and Sri Lanka.
Yes, and you can have your charming Cinderellas such as Mercer and North Dakota State. I have my own slingshot-wielding bracket-busters: Hong Kong and Nepal.
This cricket thing is addicting once you get into it.
We just had our fantasy draft and my top two picks if you can believe it! were Umar Jawaid and Amitash Balekar.
I mean, who gets that lucky!?
• I tuned into TVs The Biggest Loser on Friday night. I dont mean the weight-loss reality show. I mean the Knicks-76ers game.
• The Hurricanes got bounced fast from the womens NIT, losing 70-63 at home to Stetson. Can Jim Larrañaga and Katie Meier just sort of pretend this UM basketball season never happened?
• The Panthers are down to 11 games left in a dreary season that finds Florida a spectator once more for the coming NHL playoffs with the leagues third-fewest points in the standings and second-worst goal differential. But other than all that, its been a pretty good year!
• Dolphins headquarters in Davie hosted an NFL Regional Combine on Saturday. Thats for players not invited to the main Combine who are trying to work their way up from hopeless long-shot to extreme long-shot.
• At the NFL meetings in Orlando this week, club owners will consider an expanded 18-game season and adding two additional playoff teams. Fans are in favor of both, so dont expect either.
• New NBA commissioner Adam Silver says corporate logos on uniforms are inevitable. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome YOUR Nike Miami Heat Presented by McDonalds!
• That reminds me. One of LeBron James 3,847 sponsors just came out with Sprite 6 Mix by LeBron James. Its the basic Sprite lemon-lime flavor but they added either a hint of cherry-orange or a splash of LeBrons game-worn perspiration I cant remember which.
• The Knicks made it official and introduced Phil Jackson as club president. Could start a trend. Next I hear they plan to bring back a limping Willis Reed, 71. Not as an executive. To play center.
• Tiger Woods withdrew from another tournament this week amid concerns his balky back might still be bothering him during next months Masters. The question of Tiger used to be, Is he back? Now its, Is his back back?
• Congrats to reader Scott Vogelsberg, winner of my blogs annual March Madness Haiku Challenge. My haiku to him: The choice is simple. Why reside in Bracketville? I choose Vogelsberg.
• Golfs Australian PGA Championship was played on a course that included a 26-foot mechanical tyrannosaurus rex that roared. Seriously. And these guys are bothered by the whir of a camera shutter?
• Evander Holyfield was in trouble for comparing homosexuality to a disability and calling it treatable. Having had part of an ear bitten off, I guess he couldnt hear how dumb that sounded.
• A horse named Commissioner is being touted as an early serious threat to win the Triple Crown. Even stranger: The jockey is Roger Goodell.
• Parting thought: The patent office ruled in favor of Johnny Manziels rights to the nickname Johnny Football. Although, from what Ive seen of Manziels plummeting draft stock and increasing doubts, his next nickname might soon be Johnny Ex-Football.
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