â†µLike clockwork, the end of the NFL season brings out the moans and groans of sports fans. Now what am I supposed to do? Well worry not. There is plenty going on in the sports world during the month of February to be excited about. Feast your eyes on these tasty events, all of which have been crammed into the shortest month on the calendar. It’s almost too good to be true!
â†µThe venerable Hawaiian Mt. Rushmore of Sports. â†µ
â†µZany ESPN Programming. In the vein of previous outstanding offseason programming, ESPN now presents to you Mt. Rushmore of Sports! Four faces for each state (plus Puerto Rico and D.C., lest they leave out the great Jose Ortiz!) have been chosen, and now you can spend this lull in sports to vote for your favorites. And while you’re there, why not watch Skip Bayless argue in favor of Oklahoma? You’ll be so busy thinking up creative ways to end your life that you’ll totally forget that there are no sports on TV to occupy your time. â†µâ†µ
â†µBracketology. Will Duke be a one-seed or a two-seed? What seed will the winner of the CAA Tournament get? Does it matter what people who have made their living seeding basketball teams say in February? If you enjoy completely futile arguments that shift logic from week-to-week, then YES! â†µâ†µ
â†µPitchers and Catchers. The batteries start reporting for Spring Training in less than two weeks. Who cares, you say? Good point. But this is February people, and if you’re a baseball fan, the reporting of pitchers and catchers means that the season is less than two short months away. This will also give Pedro Gomez something to do. He’s been awfully lonely with Barry Bonds out of baseball. â†µâ†µ
â†µNASCAR. The sport that’s offseason consists of about a four week vacation is back on the 15th to run the Daytona 500. The race itself certainly isn’t anything to get excited about. Seeing fans like this, however, is: â†µâ†µ
â†µThe Westminster Dog Show. Will we see another upset like last year when Ch K-Run's Park Me In First, a 15-inch beagle, shocked the canine world? Probably not -- we aren’t that lucky. But we’ll all find out for sure in five days when the show kicks off in Madison Square Garden. USA and CNBC will have the thrilling coverage on Monday and Tuesday nights. And it’ll be LIVE, which means ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. Maybe this is finally the year a dog eats its handler. â†µâ†µ
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