Things I’ve been thinking about . . .
I know the football season is still five months away and March Madness is about to end. And, yes, I’d love to live in a city that had more than just one big-time pro sports team. But as far as I’m concerned Jacksonville is a wonderful sports town this time of the year.
We have baseball (Suns), soccer (Armada) and Arena football (Sharks) and all are first-rate operations. There’s always something going on involving JU and UNF athletics.
Indeed, there are few nights during the spring and summer when you can’t attend a sporting event.
Then, of course, there’s The Players, a major event in professional golf. (Yes, I said major.)
For those of us who want to participate rather than watch, what’s a better area for golf, fishing, tennis and running?
Like I said, I love this time of year.
If I was a coach, athlete or team official I don’t think I’d talk to the media. And if I had to talk to them my answers would be as boring as oat meal, which, for the record, most answers are.
The media get on coaches and athletes for being boring – every opponent is great, every teammate is great, everything is great -- but if they give an honest answer they usually get burned.
It happened last week to a West Virginia basketball player. It happened last week to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love.
Sadly, if there is any way to twist an answer or comment into a controversy, the media do just that.
Sadly, it happens all the time.
And media wonder why they get so little respect.
College basketball has problems but they’ve been hidden during March Madness by a bunch nail-biting, down-to-the-wire and barn-burning games. (Sorry, I ran out of clichés.)