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The second-best time of the year for a sports fan

The Masters, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.
The Masters, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.

NCAA basketball playoffs (with the inimitable Charles Barkley).

The beginning of the Major League Baseball season.

Pro basketball playoffs (also with Barkley) and hockey playoffs begin.

And, of course, The Masters.

Some would say that March-April is the best time of the year for a sports fan.

Yes, it is an embarrassment of television-viewing riches, to be sure. Yet, it’s only the second best time of the year to be a sports fan.

Tops is September-October, which has:

The baseball playoffs.

The beginning of the pro football season.

The start of the pro basketball and hockey seasons.

The Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup in golf.

And, of course, the start of the greatest sport of them all: college football.

Spring, though, is the best time of the year for the sports fan/participant. Not only does he or she have appointment television with the Final Four and The Masters, but it’s also finally time to exercise.

Running and hiking. Pickup basketball on the playgrounds. Golf. Fishing. Canoeing. Even walking to the post office is a neat way to work up a sweat.

Enjoy the outdoors and the sun and the warmth. It ends all too soon.

Random shots and second thoughts:

-- The Sixers are so desperate for attendance that if you pay enough, you can sit on the team’s bench as its 12th man. And if you buy a season ticket for next year, you will actually be the Sixers’ 12th man.

-- Wonder if anyone’s career goal is to be the second most-interesting man in the world.

-- NCAA title-game pick: Syracuse over Oklahoma.

-- The Masters pick: Jason Day.

-- For entertainment purposes only, take Bernie Sanders plus-20 in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary.

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