No doubt, this is one of my favorite weeks of the year. Many people are excited about opening day of baseball season. I used to get really up for that. There is the NCAA basketball championship game tonight. This weekend is a huge NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway (zzzzzz).
But an annual sign of spring is The Masters. I absolutely love it! The beautiful dogwoods and azalias. The perfectly manicured golf course. It has to be the most beautiful place this side of heaven. I would love to go there some day -- but it is the hardest ticket to get in sports.
And get this: A sporting event that has only 5 minutes of commercials per hour -- because Augusta's members tell the network, "Take it or leave it." That's hard to beat. Remember a couple of years ago when that lady was calling for a boycott of the Masters? The network was worried about losing sponsors. Augusta's members said, "We will pay you to cover your sponsors. We will go with no commercials rather than give in to her demands." Whether you agree with them or not, that is unheard of in a nation where it's all about money.
So, whether I'm watching it live or on VCR, I will be spending a lot of time this week tuned in.
OK, it's a good time for predictions. Will the Rangers win half their games? (I say no)
How far wIll the Mavericks go in the playoffs? (I say 2nd round).
Will Tiger Woods defend his Masters' championship? (I give him pretty good odds).
Who wins tonight's NCAA championship? (I'll go with UCLA).
Who wins the NASCAR race this weekend? (I don't know enough about it to even venture a guess).
And finally: How many groundhogs will Randy Davis kill on his next hunt?