On Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 54

On the Approaching March Madness
The regular college basketball season is over, so now it’s the conference tournaments for the conference payday – followed by the announcement of the 65-team tournament.

There is no doubt that some teams will receive an invitation to the dance regardless how they do in the conference tourney. Discussions will follow about the teams that the committee passed over and the teams that did not deserve to go. Here is my take long before the announcement. Unless they win the conference tournament, N-O to any team without more conference wins than conference losses.

On the Olympics
With television coverage during the Olympics is so dominant, we get accustom to having the games in our daily routine – and then – suddenly, even with notice – they are gone. Every Olympics brings us touchy stories, and none tugged at the heart more than the Georgia luger and the Canadian figure skater. Every Olympics provides great performances and severe letdowns. Every Olympics allows us to learn about cultures and geography … and the Vancouver games provided these too.

On the other hand, television coverage seems too canned – too edited to fit primetime viewership for commercials. We missed the Alpine skiers measured success by simply making it down the hill without an accident. We only saw less than 10 skiers in a race – all because of time.

One more thing – there are many great tushes among the female skiers.

On Spring Training
This is the time of year that our interest in baseball increases our attention. On the other hand, I’m not sure about the Cincinnati Reds training in Arizona because it just does not seem right. Then again, just another reinforcement that it is all about the money.

On Capitol Hill Occupants
Americans are a diverse people, both in heritage and in personality. In other words, there are all kinds of us. On the other hand, I hold a certain level of expectation in those we elect and the people who elect them. Nonetheless, I don’t believe we need people like Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga) or Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY). Let’s not forget Rep. Charlie Rangles (D-NY) – better yet, toss in the entire House Ethics Committee for its outstanding example of the fox watching the henhouse and the ethical politician is either an oxymoron or they simply hold themselves at a lower standard than the public expects.