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High school sports keep us entertained

Posted: January 11, 2015 - 1:13am

Thank goodness for high school sports.

We’re entering that no-man’s land time in collegiate and professional athletics where things start to hit a lull for a while.

The NCAA Division I football championship is tomorrow, which will finally end another season that goes on way too long.

I like the way the lower divisions do their postseasons. There isn’t almost two months between the end of their regular season and when a champion is crowned. They get into it and get it done. And once the vaunted first Division I playoff started, we had to wait 11 days until the finale.

Yes, the NFL postseason is upon us, but that will be going away shortly. Just four games this weekend, two this coming weekend and then the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.

After that, what are we left with?

The National Hockey League playoffs don’t start until April 15 and the NBA playoffs don’t tip off until April 18. So, after the Super Bowl we’re left with basically three months of teams jockeying for playoff position.

What I say about the NBA will mostly apply to the NHL. Some people probably love the amount of teams that compete in the NBA post-season, but 16 out of 30 teams is an ungodly amount. And then they drag it out into June. I think it seriously de-values the regular season. There is talk of expanding the NFL field next year for the playoffs but I hope they can resist.

Much like high school basketball uses the first half of the season to get ready for region play, that’s about what college basketball is at this point. Sure teams are getting into the thick of conference play, but most talk is about the bubble and what teams will have to do to get into March Madness.

Much like the majority (I’m venturing) of people don’t really care much about hockey around here, I expect I can’t start an uprising to have the Big Ten Network added as a basic part of the Comcast cable lineup.

Yes, I know the SEC Network is available and there is no short supply of ACC games, but that doesn’t help me with my Terps who are having their best year (thus far) in over a decade. I guess I’ll be able to see them once the conference tournaments start next month.

Anyway, high school basketball season is going strong, the Columbia County and CSRA All-Star swimming championships will take place in the next two and a half weeks and wrestling is building towards its end next month.

And tennis practice officially starts tomorrow to lead in the cavalcade of spring sports.

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