The NBA All-Stars have left Orlando (except for poor Dwight Howard) and chances are good that the Daytona 500 will be over sometime this week, so what do we talk about now?
Are you kidding? Listen carefully. Are those the dulcet tones of James Earl Jones saying: "And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirt sleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters."
Can we get an amen? Oh yes, spring training begins this weekend although not in Iowa. Imagine the sweet taste of a Phoenix orange or the majestic mountain views in central Florida. (Wait, did I get that right? Whatever.)
The point is that baseball's spring training is upon us and it is as divisive as Tim Tebow when it comes to public opinion. Some love spring training with its slow pace while others hate it because of, well, it's slow pace among other things.
And many of the haters played the game. Remember Jim Palmer? He once said: "I hate the cursed Oriole fundamentals
I've been doing them since 1964. I do them in my sleep. I hate spring training."
So that's what we want for this week's reader-generated Top 10 list -- reasons to hate spring training. But hold on there, resin breath, we also want reasons to love spring training, too. Most of all, of course, we want funny. We love funny.
That's the list: "Top 10 Reasons To Love Or Hate Spring Training."
Send your funny ideas to email@example.com and include your first name, initial of your last name and your location. Your deadline is noon Wednesday but do it now. The list will be here Thursday just in time to find your favorite spot on some dusty bleacher and let your spring training nap begin.