For me, this is the greatest time of the sports year. With the calendar flipping to March about a week ago, college basketball fans and baseball diehards go insane. The North Carolina Tar Heels and the New York Mets have taken my world over for the time being.
When college basketball hits march fans lose their minds. Between the conference tournaments, rivalries, and The Big Dance, most of the country becomes fans, even if it is just for a month. We all watch as the first two rounds of the tournament provide us with its share of upsets and blowouts. Upsets give the tournament new life and also gives small market teams the chance to play in front of the whole country. There is always a team like George Mason, Northern Iowa, or Syracuse, looking to be the next cinderella story. The NCAA basketball tournament is special to all 65 teams that make it. Cutting down the nets after winning that last game is something that every college basketball player dreams about.
Now, the team I believe in the most, the New York Mets. Baseball is by far my favorite sport and the Mets take top honor in my heart. The start of spring training, with new faces, young prospects, and the veterans, is one of the greatest feelings to me. There is no other sound quite like a wooden bat coming into contact with a baseball. And for once, the Cubs will not have to answer if this will be the year they break the curse. For the Mets, after making the World Series in 2015 and losing in the Wild Card Round in 2016, look to finally get and keep the entire pitching staff healthy. With 3 of the 6 potential starters coming off of offseason surgeries, pitch and inning counts will all be in play this year. In my opinion the team that has been put together this year is better than the World Series team in 2015.
All in all, with winter coming to an end, this time of year provides us with the final stretch of college basketball, and the beginning of a fresh, brand new baseball season. Villanova and the Chicago Cubs will look to repeat their championship performances. Villanova winning last year on a buzzer beater and the Cubs coming back from being down 3-1 and winning game 7 to end the curse and bring a title to Chicago. So to all of you sports fans out there, enjoy this majestic time of year.