Monday, January 16th, 2017

Three weeks and counting

We’re just three weeks away from the most exciting time of the year! If you read my column often, you know that I love college basketball….it’s right behind the NFL as my favorite sport to watch….and nothing compares to the excitement of March Madness!

The month of March not only marks the end of the winter season, but the start of a jam-packed month of sports!  The NCAA tournament, opening day for Major League Baseball, the Frozen Four NCAA men’s hockey tournament, The Masters, The NFL Draft, NBA playoffs, and NHL playoffs all take place in March/April/May and there’s never a dull moment.  As an added bonus this I will be celebrating the birth of my second child (a boy) at the end of this month. Once again my suggestion of the name Fenway for our son got nixed by my wife.  My daughter will turn two on April 7th!  I cannot believe she will be two years old!  She already acts like a 10-year old. I really can’t wait to see how she takes to her baby brother.

Teams I like, teams I don’t like…

Now that the college basketball season is winding down, and the race for regular season conference titles are getting more tense, the time has come to predict the possible number one seeds in the NCAA tournament. I’ll make my full predictions once the teams have been set.

My predictions for the #1 Seeds:

Florida:  Florida is a lock for a #1 seed and is one of the teams I believe we’ll see in the Final Four. On paper, they don’t look like a dominant team. They’ve played in a lot of close games this season, but their defense is good.

Wichita State:  The most underrated team in the country. Wichita State at 30-0, is the first 30 win team in regular season history. The Shockers still aren’t getting a lot of love as many college basketball experts believe they won’t make it far in the tournament. Remember last year this team made it to the Final Four with much of the same doubt. That being said….I think they will get knocked out early this year.

Syracuse:  Syracuse plays to the level of their competition. They are not a team that’s going to blow anyone out. Their defense is as good as any team in the country, but they are very inconsistent offensively. The Orange will most likely make a deep tournament run, but I see it getting cut short in the Elite Eight.

Kansas: The last spot is hard to predict. Duke, Arizona, Louisville, or Creighton could all take one of the #1 seeds in the tournament. I think Kansas has the most talent and has the best chance of going deep in the tournament.  Other teams I like: North Carolina, Virginia, Cincinnati. Teams I don’t like: Villanova, Saint Louis, Kentucky.

Spring Sports

The Winter sports season is coming to an end, which means spring sports will be starting soon. Coaches, please send me your scores at  If you are interested in reporting scores, taking pictures or writing for the Times, please e-mail us at