The first few days of April are bonanza days for the sports fan.
Okay, I know what women authors are thinking: What? Sports! Mike has to be out of his mind. I don’t want to read about sports. I hate sports. Mike, my friend, you’ll be lucky to get one comment.
But hey… I’m a gambler. I’m willing to take a chance.
Back to the beginning. The first days of April are a jackpot for sports fans. Here’s why.
The NCAA Basketball Tournament’s semi-final games took place on Saturday, April 1, followed by the championship game on Monday, April 3. Here’s a hint why I’m a happy man: Before moving to Vegas, I lived in North Carolina for twenty-five years. And the University of North Carolina Tar Heels clawed their way to a national championship, outlasting Gonzaga 71-65.
You just can’t live in North Carolina for a quarter century and not become a fan of college basketball – there’s the Tar Heels, Duke, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest. In the workplace, many of my friends were graduates of one of those universities and the friendly rivalries always spilled into the cubicles.
April’s also the month when the professional baseball season gets underway following spring training and exhibition games. My teams, the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Dodgers, played their first games of the season on Monday, April 3. Cleveland staged a late rally to defeat the Texas Rangers 8-5. In Chavez Ravine, the Dodgers clubbed four homeruns, including a grand slam, to overwhelm the Padres 14-3. Baseball’s best pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, got the win.
I know at least one of the bloggers for Writing Wranglers & Warriors is glad baseball season’s underway. That’s Gayle Irwin, whose husband is a big St. Louis Cardinals fan. The Cards won their first game 4-3 over last year’s World Champions, the Chicago Cubs. That makes me gloriously happy, since the Cubs beat the Indians in the World Series (the Cubs are now my team to hate, and after them, the Yankees).
And lest we forget about NFL football… the end of April heralds the 2017 draft, always a must-see for the serious football fan. The Cleveland Browns, my team since the mid-1960s, has the No. 1 draft choice thanks to a dismal 1-15 record. Yes, it takes perseverance and a touch of insanity to be a Browns fan. It’s still about two weeks until the draft. They’re going to be long days, since I can’t wait to see who the Browns draft.
Did you see that the Raiders are going to move to Las Vegas? They’ll play in a $1.9 billion domed stadium near the Vegas Strip. The Raiders have to buy the land and build the stadium. They’ll start playing in Vegas in 2019. The NFL owners OK’d the move in late March. That’s news is sure to fire me up for the draft later in April.
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I’m an author with three fantasy novels to my credit – The Emperor’s Mistress, Thief’s Coin and Assassins’ Lair. The books make up a trilogy titled Larenia’s Shadow. A fourth novel, this one a historical romance, is scheduled for publication in October. It’s called Blessed Shadows Dark and Deep. All my novels can be purchased via the website of my publisher, Wings ePress, as well as the websites of Amazon and Barnes and Noble.