Super Bowl XLVIII ended with little excitement for the casual football fan, but plenty of excitement for Seattle residents and Seahawks fans in general.
I’ve said from the outset the Seahawks were going to win, simply because of one major statistic: when the team with the best defense enters the big game, they have won 11 of the 13 times they’ve appeared.
When Seattle opened the game with a safety and a pair of field goals, the words “game over” slipped into the back of my mind, even though Peyton Manning was known for his several comeback wins in his career.
All of that is behind us now, and with all apologies to basketball, I’m ready for the warm weather, leather gloves, wooden or aluminum bats, and the infield dirt.
In Major League Baseball, pitchers and catchers will be reporting for the upcoming baseball season, and I’m excited to start seeing warm weather and baseball games.
But the one thing I do like about this part of the year is I get a bit of a reprieve from the two sports I love the most, football and baseball.
It’s also the favorite time of year for my wife, who I’m sure has some honey-do things for me to get done between now and the initial airing of Spring Training games.
She’s even more thankful that this season will not have the World Baseball Classic, which I thoroughly enjoyed watching last year as a precursor to regular season baseball.
It also gives me some time to look at other sports happening around the country, such as college basketball, golf, and the like.
Syracuse University recently took the top spot away from Arizona in the mens’ top 25 poll, and is still undefeated on the year with just a few weeks remaining before March Madness.
The women’s basketball world still belongs to Connecticut, which holds the top spot ahead of Notre Dame, Stanford and Louisville, among others.
The PGA Tour, which started its 2014 season in the fall of 2013, is still holding strong and just completed the Waste Management Open in Arizona, where a missed putt on the 18th green by Bubba Watson gave Kevin Stadler the win.
It also assured Stadler an invitation to The Masters in Augusta, Ga., in April, the first of the four major tournaments during the year.
With all the concentration on football over the past several months, it’s easy to miss out on a couple of other sports as well.
The National Hockey League held its annual New Year’s Day game and was well-watched by many, not including me.
In the National Basketball Association, the Utah Jazz have struggled to find a rhythm this season, though most local TV sportscasters have said this is a rebuilding year.
All-in-all; however, I’m simply looking forward to turning the calender to March.
By then the weather should be warm, the golf courses in the area will be opening, and sports will return to the outdoors with baseball, softball, and boys’ soccer getting underway.
Not to mention girls’ golf, lacrosse, track and field, and all the other outdoor sports that accompany the warm weather.
Enough with the cold. Bring on the Spring season!