DEMAIN EVENT: What to watch on TV? Nothing
Do you care about this storm of college basketball raining down on TV day after day?
Or would you rather watch an NBA game? Maybe hockey? Golf?
It's down time in the sporting world — post-football, pre-Spring Training — and maybe it's because my team is awful right now, but I just can't bring myself to watch the NBA anymore.
Golf is golf. I'll watch the majors and that's about it. Hockey, well, I'm from California.
Shhhh ... hear that? It's my TV not tuned into ESPN.
I will watch or listen to most Kings games, but I'm not going to sit down and watch LeBron and Kobe battle it out. How do I put this lightly — I just don't care.
The NBA season is far too long, but nothing is longer than the PGA Tour schedule. Essentially, golfers take off the month of December and half of January. But the bottom line is neither season seems to be missed.
Then there's college basketball ...
My colleagues have little interest until March Madness, which is understandable.
But the excitement that comes with a college basketball game, is second to none. Especially, in places like Lawrence, Kan., in Tobacco Road country and Louisville, Ky., where college basketball is bigger than the right to vote.
And quite honestly, with the packed arenas and juiced up crowds, college basketball is just more fun to watch than the NBA. I don't hear chanting in NBA games. There are no student sections. And knowing that the young stars' future is in the hands of every shot makes me want to tune in. It's make or break for the NBA and each shot is crucial. Once they're in the NBA, the potential of what's to come is gone.
With all that said, the 50 games being televised each day is a bit excessive. Of course, this is coming from someone not residing in a college town. I might be singing a different tune if I were in Kansas.
• On a local level, the Yuba College men's basketball team suffered a blow no one saw coming.
A 77-76 loss to last-place Napa Valley College on Friday likely set the 49ers back in the rankings and cost them a playoff home game.
With mostly a freshmen team, it's to be expected that these guys are going to have a few setbacks, but a loss to Napa is a head-scratcher — the 49ers had won 40 straight conference games until Friday.
The only positive about this situation is that now the hiccup becomes a learning experience.
This is a nice class of freshmen out at Yuba, with a couple more pieces next year, we should see a serious playoff run once again.
• If you want to see good student sections, look no further than River Valley and Yuba City.
When the two teams meet on the court, the "Brown Mob" from Yuba City and the "Falcon Freaks" from River Valley are just as entertaining as the game.
And if you don't believe me, head out to their season finale at Yuba City High on Tuesday. Honker gym will be packed past capacity, and it will be more enjoyable than watching a game on TV.