Sidelines: Wide open Final Four

April 5, 2019

This year’s Final Four has to be one of the most wide open ones in the recent history of the NCAA basketball tournament. I would consider Michigan State and Virginia to be slight favorites to win. Both Texas Tech and Auburn have a legitimate chance as well.

Duke and North Carolina easily could have made it to the Final Four as well, but both lost in the Elite Eight round. For the last three games, Duke was just doing enough to survive and advance. This finally came back to haunt them against a very good Michigan State team. I was surprised how badly North Carolina played against Auburn, considering how well they had played up to that point in the tournament. They just did not show up when needed. The games are on TBS on Saturday and Monday, April 6 and 8.


The Philadelphia Phillies have gotten off to a great start this season. In fact, they were the last undefeated team in major league baseball until this week, when they lost to the Washington Nationals in a close game. The Phillies are now four and one for the start of this season.

The last time the Phillies were 4 and 0 was in 1915!

So far, the Phillies’ offense has lived up to my expectations and more. The least amount of runs they have scored in a game has been five. They have scored up to 10 runs twice already in those five games. That is pretty impressive for this Phillies fan. They remind me of the New York Yankees from the early 2000’s. Let’s hope they can keep this up for a while.

I’ve been surprised how fan friendly Bryce Harper has been so far to the Phillies fans. I don’t remember hearing stories like this about him when he was in Washington. I hope he maintains this attitude for a very long time. We all know how temperamental Phillies fans can be....


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