Like the azaleas at Augusta this week, sport across America is in full bloom.
Every college football team remains undefeated as the squads grind through spring practices. Soon spring games conclude, and the annual preseason publications will hit the newstands (more on those in a future post).
April and May are such great months in American sport.
The Final Four just concluded with record-setting victories for Duke and Connecticut. Coach K of the Blue Devils tied legendary Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp with his 4th NCAA championship (trailing only John Wooden of UCLA). The Duke win over Butler was a classic.
Geno Auriemma of the Huskies won his 7th NCAA crown, moving him one behind Tennessee’s Pat Summitt. His team has also won 78 straight games, going undefeated in back-to-back seasons.
As the Final Four wrapped up, Major League Baseball started.
Here in Atlanta, 20-year old rightfield phenom Jason Heyward smacked a homerun on his first major league swing for the Braves in front of a sold-out crowd on a postcard perfect afternoon.
About the time Heyward cracked a fastball into the rightfield seats, Tiger Woods made his return to competitive golf a couple hours east at The Masters. The event itself teed off Thursday with a stellar leaderboard featuring Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson, Tom Watson, and Woods.
The NFL draft will grab attention next weekend when our favorite college football stars learn their professional destinations.
The month of May will soon bring us those iconic American sports events: the Kentucky Derby and the Indianapolis 500. Throw in the NBA and NHL playoffs and sports fans could not ask for more.