By John L. Pitts/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – I used to think fall was my favorite time of the year, partly because of the cooler weather and partly because of football.
And, even now, there may be no more perfect night in all the year than that one magic Friday night when you first need to bundle up a little bit to go to the game and maybe there’s a bonfire someplace and we’d better break out that blanket we carry around in the back of the car all year long.
And hot chocolate – or, better yet, cider! – when you get home.
As a recovering marching band parent, it’s also worth pointing out that fall is halftime show season. So there’s that, too.
But I have been reflecting on the fact that spring may be the best time of year.
For a few days, we don’t often need the heat or the air conditioning. After a bone-chilling winter – in Mississippi! – I can sit on my new front porch and thaw out my feet in the sun.
And just like the flowers that start showing up along the roadway, there’s a fresh bouquet of spring sports.
I’m not alone in that thought.
As we were ordering dinner on Tuesday night at one of our favorite places, Pizza Grocery, general manager Joshua Bryant offered up his preference for the spring sports season. And the unofficlal “governor” of Mississippi, Clarion-Ledger columnist Rick Cleveland, said much the same thing in a blog post a few days ago.
Plenty to choose from
After all, at this time of year you have just about all the sports going at once, in some form or fashion.
College basketball just wrapped up, college baseball is getting into the meat of the SEC campaign and you’ve even got spring football to stir the conversation. The next two weekends – first at Mississippi State, then at Ole Miss – fans will crowd the campus for the annual spring football games. And those games, once almost an afterthought, are now drawing tens of thousands of fans to watch a game that doesn’t count.
All of the professional sports are rolling along, with major league baseball just getting started – have the Cubs been eliminated yet? – and basketball and hockey about to begin their endless playoff calendars.
We’ve also had a handful of NASCAR races and just about the only golf tournament even non-fans will follow, the Masters, begins today.
It’s also a very busy time at the high school level, with all of those diverse activities we put under the umbrella of “spring sports,” including baseball, softball, tennis, golf, track and field and even archery. Did I leave anybody out? Hope not.
And the recreational fields throughout the area are filling up with folks playing a variety of sports, including softball and soccer.
Whew, that’s a lot of stuff. We’re gonna stay busy – after all, there’s no spring break at the Daily Journal.
John L. Pitts