March is my favorite time of the year.
I thought it might be June, July or August when I can go fishing, enjoy some sunshine and bask in warm temperatures.
But the more I though about it, March took the top spot.
Why? Other than winter starting to go away, it's a great sports season.
That's why. If you're a sports fanatic, you have so much to choose from.
One of the most magical times of the year features March Madness, when the men's and women's NCAA basketball tournaments are held.
The pairings draw a lot of initial debate, then a multitude of games are televised. Watching college hoops on TV can be exciting and habit-forming.
Final Four weekend brings a ton of excitement. Theoretically, the best collegiate hoops teams in the country battle for the right to be national champions. That often makes for high drama.
But there's also a lot of other sports going on in March.
Pro baseball's training camps get under way, for one. For me, that means the Tigers are preparing for what promises to be a banner season with Prince Fielder now in tow.
Optimism is high and Opening Day is not that far off.
The National Hockey League is still going full bore, with many teams cranking up their play to gain/hold a playoff position.
March also means the Detroit Red Wings are closing out another top-notch campaign before the playoffs start. The push for the Stanley Cup is always exciting.
This month also brings a cavalcade of National Basketball Association contests and even more Blake Griffin dunks, if that's possible.
For those interested, NASCAR is revving up its engines, PGA and LPGA tourneys are gaining steam, and college hockey is immersed in playoff contests.
On the high school side, March brings the state boys and girls basketball tournaments, with every game a do-or-die situation. You lose a game, you're done for the season.
That adds to the pressure and excitement that comes naturally to the tournament.
If you're a sports fan and can't find something to capture your fancy in March, something's wrong.
I hope the Lovely Linda Lou understands when I'm not available the next couple of weeks. I'll be watching one game or another on TV.
She should be used to it by now, though.
Craig Rems-burg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is cremsburg.miningjournal.net