Tidbits

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Greetings from The Booth!

With so many things happening out there in the sports (and “sports entertainment”) world, I thought I would do one of my occasional “tidbits” VFBs this time, with some random thoughts…

As I’ve written many times, the cream usually rises to the top in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, and sure enough, two nunber-one seeds will do battle in tomorrow night’s Championship Game. It’ll be Purdue versus UConn out in the desert for all the marbles, and a contrast in styles, with the Boilermakers’ 7-foot-4 Zach Eady against a high-scoring Huskies’ offense. Should be fun, but you can tell me about it Tuesday, because for some reason, tip-off isn’t until 9:20 pm. Why not something more reasonable, like 8pm?

This weekend marks the annual extravaganza known as Wrestlemania, this time it’s number XL. I was a big fan of pro wrestling in it’s 80′ and 90’s heyday, but I couldn’t name you five current wrestlers if you threatened to suplex me off the top rope. I do know that The Rock has returned to the WWE for Wrestlemania XL, which should create plenty of buzz.

Maybe The Rock needed a paycheck. You might think that if you saw the opening weekend of the UFL, of which The Rock is a part-owner. The UFL is the latest attempt at Spring football, and is a merger of the XFL and USFL. The Rock made an appearance on the mic at one of the opening games last weekend and thanked all the fans who made the UFL possible–all 128 of them. In all seriousness, I’m not sure the stands were half-full, and the challenge for the camera crews was avoiding shots of empty seats. I love the DC Defenders, but it may be time to give up on the idea of post-NFL football, although I think the league will make money because of it’s TV deal.

Finally, the Washington Capitals are picking the absolute wrong time to spiral downward. After basically going into “sell” mode and dumping longtime players like Evgeny Kuznetzov, a funny thing happened. The Caps clawed their way into playoff contention, even grabbing the eighth and final Wild Card spot for about a week. Since then, the Capitals have, at the time of this blog, lost five in a row and are now on the outside-looking-in. Alex Ovechkin, who continues to close in on Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goal mark, has tried to saddle up the team on his back, but he needs some help. In arguably the Caps’ biggest game of the year earlier this week against rival Pittsburgh, Washington wilted like a daffodil caught in an early spring snowfall. To have the playoff spot and lose it is disappointing, especially when the team showed no sense of urgency.

As for the Nationals, you can revisit my VFB from last week. Bells, clocks, and whistles for the stadium are nice, but “Curly W’s” ultimately put fannies in the seats. Unless you’re the UFL…

Can you smell what the Booth is cooking? Until next time…

RW