In defense of February
A few weeks ago, Larry Woody wrote his opinion about what is wrong with February – everything.
It may be a miserable month for outdoorsmen, but for spectator sports fans, and even participants, the year's second month unveils the spring's first signs of life.
It begins with the Super Bowl and ends with the anticipation of March Madness.
In between are National Signing Day and the reporting of pitchers and catchers to spring training.
Yes, the month normally has its share of cold and snow, long after we wanted those things for Christmas. But it also usually has the first spring-like days of the year, which make us eagerly anticipate the real thing in March, April and May – without having to mow the grass. We forget about how hot it'll get after that, but more on that down below.
The days are getting longer. Most people can actually leave work and walk to their car without needing a street light or flash light. Driving to early-evening basketball tournament games doesn't automatically require the use of headlights.
Speaking of basketball tournaments, before the colleges take center stage in March, February belongs to the high schools, whose best, and most fun, games of the year are just beginning.
Spring training is getting underway in Florida and Arizona, making baseball fans eager for their fantasy teams, or just Braves games every night. And if you can't wait for the big leaguers, colleges are starting their seasons now and you might just get lucky and get a 60-degree sunny day to watch a game.
Now that the NHL lockout is a bad memory, the sprint of a season is underway and this year, it won't last forever before the playoffs start. For NASCAR fans, Speed Week leading up to the Daytona 500 is almost here. Golf fans can watch Nashville's Brandt Snedeker play the best rounds of his career.
If you're of the romantic type, there's Valentine's Day in the middle of the month. If you're not, there's still the excuse to eat chocolate.
Larry and I don't disagree on everything concerning the calendar. He also doesn't like August, and when he writes about how hot and bothersome that month is, he'll get an "Amen, brother" from this corner.
August is the anti-February. Six months apart, they are at opposite ends of the spectrum. In the Southern Hemisphere, August is like February and February is like August.
There is the anticipation of football season in August, but it's generally too hot for me to really get into it. And there are all those preseason games. Get the real games here.
But that's on the other side of the year. Right now, the NCAA tournament bracketology is starting to take shape, as are the pitchers and catchers.