It means the dog days of February have come to an end, and March is about to kick off the start of one of the best times of the year for a sports fan.
First it’s championship week, then it’s the NCAA Tournament, and before you know it, it’s time for baseball, the NBA and NHL playoffs and the summer is in full swing.
The month of March for a sports fan is that light at the end of the tunnel.
You know, we’ve made it.
A week ago, the Big Ten Conference hosted its tournament for the first time at Madison Square Garden.
Full disclosure: I thought it was a terrible idea.
Why would the mighty Big 10 play their conference tournament a week early at Madison Square Garden, when most of their schools do not have geographic ties to the tristate area?
Boy was I wrong!
The Big 10 Tournament was a resounding success. It was action packed, and it was full of passion. The crowds were electric and were supported by not only the traveling parties, but by the rowdy Big 10 alumni bases that live all over the New York City area.
It may have seemed like a farfetched idea at the time, but who could blame the Big 10 for wanting to come to New York?
Who wouldn’t want to have their conference tournament in the World’s Greatest City and in the World’s Most Famous Arena?
It was the perfect precursor for the week ahead.
The second week of March allows the ACC and the Big East to take center stage at both Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden.
The city will welcome some of the best programs in America to town.
It’s a distinct possibility that on Selection Sunday, at least three and maybe four of the teams that will be playing this week will be number-one seeds in the NCAA Tournament.
Villanova and Xavier are locks to be top seeds, but will they match up for the third time this year in the championship game on Saturday Night?
In Brooklyn, the ACC is dreaming of a potential semifinal between Duke and North Carolina for the second straight year.
Sign me up for the best rivalry in college hoops in a matchup on Friday Night.
The ACC will bring plenty of bubble intrigue, too. Notre Dame, Syracuse and Louisville are trying to play their way into the Tournament.
Throughout the week. you’ll see Hall Of Fame coaches, watch some high-quality basketball and the storylines should be top notch.
Where else would you rather be?
For the Big 10, the ACC and, of course, the Big East, it’s simple: New York, New York.
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