It's Thursday night, well after my work shift is done. I've only just now defrosted myself from sitting in the 12th row of section 416 at Citizens Bank Park last night, which is the best section in the stadium for having the wind blow right at your face all night.
At least the game only lasted two hours and 15 minutes. I managed to avoid being hit by any hot dogs, as well as the fan behind me who decided with some force (to put it one way) that she had eaten enough of them somewhere in the middle innings.
As hard as it was to believe yesterday, it is April, meaning that as of this writing there are only four college basketball games left this season. And while UMass is in the NIT title game tonight, everyone will be talking real soon about the Final Four.
I encourage you to read Bob Ford's column this morning, in which he proposes some changes to make the NCAA Tournament even more perplexing than it already is. Perhaps by tomorrow morning his tongue will have come out of his cheek, but it's certainly an enjoyable piece.
I'd also like to know who you think will win Saturday's semifinals. I've posted polls for the two games on the right side of the page, and I'll update them with a national championship poll on Sunday.
Beyond that, though, it's getting to be about that time again where I close the door on this blog for a few weeks. I'm going to be working on a very big Philly.com project for the rest of this month, and I need to dedicate all my time to it if I want to have any hope of getting to the Penn Relays.
I appreciate your understanding, and as always thank you for reading this blog. It's a labor of love for me, even for as much as it takes to wrestle with RedLasso or cut eight audio files in the span of a night.
Use this post as an open thread to discuss the Final Four and whatever else is on your mind, and as always feel free to email me with your thoughts if you want.
I'll talk to you again in a few weeks, hopefully. I leave you with a trivia question: When was this?