March Madness and NASCAR

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 29, 2005

There are two times a year when sports are really good. The first is obviously college football season.

The second however, is springtime.

Think about it sports fans.

In the month of March there are so many things going on. The biggest thing, of course, is March Madness. The brackets were released Sunday and people have been scrambling to fill theirs out to see if their team has a chance of going to the Final Four, which sometimes overshadows the National Championship game itself. The teams that are bitter about not getting into the "Big Dance," have the chance to experience tournament ball in the "Not Important Tournament," or the NIT.

While college basketball is winding down, Major League baseball is starting up.

It's spring training in the "Big's" and this year should be an interesting one with all of the off season horse trading and finagling going on that saw both players changing cities (Edgar Renterria to Boston, Tim Hudson to Atlanta, Randy Johnson to New York), and teams changing countries (the Montreal Expos turned into the Washington Nationals).

Even though the steroid scandal going on and is pretty much set to become the backdrop of this season, and pretty much every season until it gets fixed, it's still awesome watching the "Boys of Summer" play a game that everyone from kids to adults can play and enjoy. It truly is America's pastime.

America's favorite pastime may only be getting started, but America's newest fad, NASCAR, is currently, pardon the pun, in high gear.

I'll be the first to admit it. I know absolutely nothing about this sport. It ranks right up there with my knowledge of tennis and the difference between pro-rally scoring like the Fort Dale Eagles played yesterday and regular match scoring.

But I'm willing to learn.

After doing some searching of our sister papers, the Sports Department of the Greenville Advocate is happy to announce that beginning Saturday a weekly NASCAR column will be in your sport's section.

The column is written by Jeff Findley and after reading some of his work, I now know that there is a little more to the sport than driving in a left-handed circle.

I'm interested to see what he has to say in the upcoming weeks. I hope you're interested too.

It's that simple.

Griffin Pritchard is the sports editor of the Greenville Advocate. He can be reached by phone at 382-3111 or via email: