Hoops fans rejoice as playoff basketball season get underway
March 10, 2011Heritage Media
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here’s a popular Christmas carol thatproclaims the weeks around the holi-days are the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”Being a life-long Michigander andin love with the mild temperatures and theleaves changing colors, my fiancée would tellyou how fall is by far the greatest season.And while there are few things I enjoymore than walking around my back yard inbare feet and tending to my barbeque in thesummertime, I find that the season we areapproaching my absolute favorite.Sure, when it comes to weather, the earlyspring in Michigan can be rough.There is almost always snow on the grounduntil after the Tigestart playing and evenwhen it looks like it’s sunny outside, it stillfeels like you need to wear two jackets andsome thermal underwear.But I still maintain that the month of March is my favorite month of the year.As a sports fan and a lover of allthings basketball, this time of yearcan be akin to a religious experi-ence.There are important games on TVconstantly.Local gyms are filled up with highschool teams getting ready to maketheir postseason runs.NBA basket-ball is stillin fullswing…OK. Nevermind. MostNBA gamesprobably aren’tworth watching untilthe summer time, but any-way.If you enjoy basketball, I would say it’shard to find a better time of the year thanright now.As I’m typing this, I’m having a hard timeeven concentrating because I’m excited aboutthe upcoming slate of basketball games.The city of Brighton is going to be hoppingall this week, as the Huron, Pioneer and Skylineboys’ basketball teams will be playing for a dis-trict crown.Huron is the odds on favorite to win thisdistrict tourney, but who knows?You see, that’s the greatest part of post-season basketball.It’s unpredictable. Is Huron the favor-ite?Sure.Are the River Rats absolutely goingto win this tournament?No way!Anything can happen! Thesetournaments are so intriguingbecause every team’s entireseason is on the line withevery game.If you win, you move on, if you lose, yougo home.It does not get better than that.And, if the high school tournamentsweren’t enough, the NCAA basket-ball tournament is just gettingready to go.As of this writing, the confer-ence tournaments are eitherunderway or getting ready to start.The “Madness” that the sportsheads all like to use to describe thismonth is getting ready to boil over.After a huge win over MichiganState over the weekend, the Universityof Michigan not only managed to sweeptheir rival Spartans in the regular season,
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Skyline’s Theron Wilson (left) goes up for a dunk while Huron coach Waleed Samaha (right) directshis team.