Archive for Thursday, April 14, 2005

Opinion: Wishing for more from Spring

April 14, 2005

It's been a little more than a week since the college basketball season ended and I've started going through some withdrawls.

I've finally begun to get used to seeing Roy Williams in the national champion role, and I'm happy for him. I wish we could line it up and play another tournament next week, though. This year's was great.

In years past, the duldrums that follow the end of the college basketball season have usually been cured by the promise of the always-exciting hockey playoffs and a few good stories from the NBA. Not this year. Hockey's gone and there's very little to be excited about in the NBA.

Sure Shaq and the Miami Heat make an intriguing story, but I caught a Miami game on the tube last week and it was ugly. Shaq didn't play because of an injury and his supporting cast did very little to impress me. I think Dwayne Wade is one of the best players in the game, but after seeing what I saw Sunday, I'm not picking Miami to win it all. Maybe my Denver Nuggets, winners of 22 of their last 24 games, will make a run this year. For the first time in my life, there actually might be a little truth to that statement. But I have yet to be infected with full-blown Nuggets fever.

A few hours after suffering through the Heat game, the Masters golf tournament provided a little excitement, as Tiger Woods climbed back on top of the golf world in an exciting playoff battle with Chris DiMarco. It was as thrilling a golf tournament as I ever remember seeing, but unfortunately those major tournaments only take place every four or five weeks.

That brings us to baseball -- America's favorite pastime. These days it seems like that slogan should be reworded a little. Maybe something like this: Baseball -- America's past favorite time.

Don't get me wrong, there are few things better than going out to a ballgame. I try to go to as many as I can. From the high school level to the College World Series to a handful of Royals games every summer, there's nothing like getting a group of friends together and heading to the park.

But in terms of television enjoyment, baseball offers very little. I still tune in, but mostly because there's rarely anything better to watch.

Speaking of baseball, I'd like to spend a few moments discussing the Kansas City Royals. I can't quite figure this team out. Worse yet, I can't quite figure this team's fans out.

After taking one on the chin in the season opener in Detroit, most Royals' "fans" were ready to write this season off. Then, out of nowhere KC takes two of three from the Angels and the fans are back on board. It seems like every other day these so-called fans are changing their minds about this team. Thankfully, I already have. They're going to be an exciting, young team all season. They'll win a few games they shouldn't, but lose more than they win. Expecting anything else would just be setting oneself up for disappointment.

On my way home from work the other day, I actually heard four callers in a row predict that the Royals would finish above .500 for the season. One even went as far as to say they'd make the playoffs.

I'm not here to be negative. I'm as excited about this year's Royals as I have been in a while. But that's just because they seem to be a blue-collar-bunch of ballplayers that will work hard day-in and day-out.

That's sure better than being forced to root for Juan Gonzalez, don't you think?

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