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March Madness-Shamrock Shake edition

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March is one of my favorite times of year for two reasons.  The first is that Shamrock Shakes are available at McDonalds.  I LOVE Shamrock Shakes!!  The mint, the cream, the deliciousness.  I wish they sold them all year, but March is the only time to get them.

The second reason I love March is that it is time for the NCAA Basketball Tournament, or March Madness.  This is my favorite sports event of the year-even more than the Super Bowl or the Stanley Cup Finals.  I love it so much because it is so unpredictable.  A small school like Butler can go to two straight Final Fours and someone that nobody has ever heard of can become a basketball immortal like Bryce Drew did in 1998.

You can vote for the best players and teams in NCAA history right here.  You can also watch some of the greatest moments in tournament history including Christian Laettner’s famous jumper to beat Kentucky in 1992.

This is a weird year for the tournament because usually there are a couple of teams that are head and shoulders over everybody else, but this year that has not been the case.  Kentucky and NC State were ranked in the top 10 when the season began, but they are not even in the top 25 now, while Gonzaga is ranked number 1 for the first time in school history.  Overall, 5 teams have been ranked number one this season.  So it’s been a topsy turvy year this year with no clear cut favorite going into the tournament.  I’m hoping that Gonzaga can pull it off, but if not then I am hoping for lots of excitement and upsets.  Hope you all have a great time watching this year’s tournament (with a Shamrock Shake of course!)

On Your Mark, Get Set…GO!

Here’s a shout-out to East Liberty, Homewood, Friendship, and Shadyside on Sunday during the Pittsburgh Marathon!  I am particular to them because they carried me through all 6.1 miles of my relay leg.  Everyone was out enjoying the beautiful weather, cheering us on as we thundered through their neighborhoods in our running shoes and sweat.  Music blasting from the street corners, lyrics joining the cheers and encouragement as it pounded through our blood.  Even now, a few days later, I am still affected by the support of the neighborhoods, and as spectators they certainly deserve 1st place!

As you may have already guessed, cross-country running is my go-to, but it doesn’t stop me from enjoying many other recreational sports or activities.  (WARNING: I like them but it doesn’t mean I’m any good ;)) What’s got you hooked, your heart-racing adrenaline taking over?  As a spectator or a contender, the emotion of an event can be rather exciting!  Whether it is basketball, football, hockey, golf, tennis, volleyball, or some other cool activity, you’ll be sure to find fans and players alike are all rooting for the big WIN!  If you are the type that prefer to do computer whiz fun, getting artsy, or gaming (don’t worry, I didn’t forget you either) check out the sweet things that will get you up and running, too!  (Well, maybe not literally…)

Ultimate Sports: Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults edited by Donald R. Gallo

  Sixteen original sports stories featuring young men and women playing basketball and football, running track and cross-     country, and training for the triathlon, as well as participating in water sports, raquetball, tennis, boxing, wrestling, and the ultimate sport of the future.

 

Guide to Outdoor Sports edited and written by Jonathan Hanson and Roseann Beggy Hanson

   All you need to get started camping, dayhiking, backpacking,
mountain biking, sea kayaking, canoeing, river running,
cross-country skiing, and climbing. 

 

 

“An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets.  He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.”  ~Emil Zatopek

NBA Draft Day

Tonight’s NBA Draft is being called one of the weakest drafts in years. There will be no players like Lebron James or Michael Jordan drafted tonight. No one who will be able to step in and transform a losing franchise into a playoff team.

Since this draft will be a bit lackluster, I looked at a different kind of draft with much more star power. Ten writers from the Sports Illustrated website did a mock draft with all the greatest players in NBA history. The first round picks were : Michael Jordan,Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Shaquille O’Neal, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.

What do you think of this draft? Anyone who went higher than you thought? I thought centers went too high. Who do you think should have been in the first round but wasn’t (my pick: Jerry West)? Who would you draft if you could make an all-time NBA team?  My top five would be Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Jerry West.

Enjoy watching the NBA Draft, and who knows, maybe the next great superstar will begin his career tonight.

Jim – West End

March Madness Continued!

Today begins the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA tournament.  Although local favorite Pitt has been eliminated, there are some great matchups to be played this weekend.  At the start of the tournament, I predicted the Final Four would be Duke, Ohio St., Kansas and Wisconsin.  All four of my Final Four teams are still alive entering this weekend.  Who do you think will make the Final Four?  Who will win the whole tournament?  Let us know what you think and enjoy the games!

Jim C.
West End

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