April is the greatest month of them all, even if it’s most well known for being too rain-filled and existing only to set the stage for flowers blooming in May.
Whoever invented the saying “April showers bring May Flowers” didn’t have a television, because those showers are a blessing, not just a pre-cursor for brighter days. They force you to stay inside and focus on what’s really important as opposed to going outside and trying to pretend it’s finally spring time, when we all know that 58 degrees is still a bit too cold.
Embrace the showers, and the opportunity to spend a little more time on your couch, because the April magic happens only once a year. It’s sports nirvana.
It already started, and it only gets better from here. On Monday, Kentucky and Kansas squared off for the NCAA National Championship. If you prefer women’s basketball, Baylor and Notre Dame played for the women’s title on Tuesday night.
That’s just scratching the surface, though.
On Wednesday, the Major League Baseball season began (excluding those two random games in Japan back in March), and today the Red Sox officially get underway with an afternoon game against the Tigers.
The Sox will play 23 games in the month, including a three-game set with the Yankees from the 20th to the 22nd. There will be enough baseball on television to make you start seeing Wally the Green Monster in your dreams.
Next week, starting on April 11, the NHL playoffs will begin, where the Bruins will enter the postseason as the No. 2 seed as they try to defend their title as the Stanley Cup Champions.
And really, it doesn’t get much more exciting, in any facet of sports, than playoff hockey.
But say you prefer basketball to hockey. Well, first you can watch the Celtics try to close out the regular season and hang on to the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference, and then you can watch them open the playoffs on April 28, along with 15 other NBA teams.
Still feel cheated?
Don’t worry, April has your NFL fix, too.
Starting on Thursday, April 26, the NFL Draft takes place. It’s a three-day event that has become must-see TV, if only so we can formulate opinions on guys we know nothing about and project how they’ll fit in to our team.
ESPN is showing the draft in prime time for the second straight year, which means that the first round (which happens that Thursday) plays out like one big party. Celebrities are there, Mel Kiper screams about upside, the Patriots trade all their picks; it’s hard not to get wrapped up in it.
And, if for some reason you still feel underwhelmed despite all four major sports, plus college basketball, taking over your living room, there is still one more reason that April is a gift from the sports gods.
I can hear Jim Nantz creepily saying it 500 times already: “Hello friends.”
The annual tournament at Augusta is the PGA Tour’s marquee event, and this year’s version features Tiger Woods coming off his first victory in nearly three years two weeks ago, a young kid in Rory McIlroy looking to establish himself as the best player on the planet and a hoard of others who should be in the mix.
It kicks off today, and runs through Sunday, culminating in the final round on Easter.
Last year, on Easter Sunday, I stacked two televisions on top of each other and watched the Red Sox on one and the Masters on the other. I had no other choice – how else was I going to watch them both?
That’s the perfect image to describe April. Sometimes, there’s so much going on that you need to get creative to keep an eye on it all. Plus, it’s the last month of the year where you can stay inside and not feel bad about it. After it ends, the weather’s too good to just sit on the couch.
So enjoy it now, because unfortunately that old rhyme is right – May flowers will be here soon enough.
Those wonderful April showers only last 30 days a year.
Kevin Pomeroy is the assistant sports editor at the Warwick Beacon. He can be reached at 732-3100 and firstname.lastname@example.org.