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Sidelines: Busy time in sports

March 15, 2019

There is no lack of sport subjects to talk about this week. The NCAA basketball tournament starts next Thursday, the PGA tour season is now in full swing, and there are only two weeks until opening day in Major League baseball. I will cover others next week.

For March Madness, we will be watching to see if Zion Williamson is healthy for Duke. They are still my favorite to cut down the nets in early April. Selection Sunday is this weekend. The ACC conference is clearly the best in college basketball this year. Virginia or North Carolina are also capable of winning the championship. It's always great to follow it all and see who comes out on top in the end.

You know I will almost always cover golf. The PGA Tour has a new, more condensed schedule. Starting this season, there is one big event happening every month, with the Players Championship being played in March. I think this is a good move. The earlier date for the Players event will make the TPC Sawgrass course more difficult this early in the season, when the weather conditions tend to be more unpredictable. The course seemed way too easy when the event was played in May.

The other reason they decided to change the schedule is so that all of the big PGA events will be played before the NFL football starts in September. The PGA championship has moved from August to May and now the British Open will be the last major in July. This all finishes up just in time for football players to show up at training camp.

As a Phillies fan, I have been confused why neither the local Comcast station nor the MLB Network have not been showing more Phillies games. You would think they would have, with Bryce Harper becoming a part of the team. I’ll be curious to see if this changes, now that there are only two weeks before opening day.

There is no doubt that the Phillies will score a lot more runs this season, but I am still nervous about the fact they only have two proven starting pitchers in Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta. Pitching, once again, will make a diehard Phillies fan like me worry until the season gets going.

See you on the sidelines!

 

  • A 2002 Cape grad and 2007 UD grad, Lewes resident Sumner Spence is one of the Cape area's biggest sports fans. Wheelchair-bound his entire life, he has lived vicariously through his sports-playing father, brother, and friends, who gave him his love of sports. He hopes to provide new and interesting perspectives on the sports stories and issues of the day. Email Sumner at sumspence@gmail.com.