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Why Sports are Horrible in February
By Mitchell Fink
All right sports fans, welcome to sports fans’ least favorite time of year, February. In baseball the grueling month of August is known in terms as “the dog days of summer.” February is bad for sports as a whole. The first thing you’ll probably say is that the Super Bowl is in February. I know, but the Super Bowl is in the very beginning of February and it’s over now. So, aside from that, what else is there? The NBA All-Star game? In my opinion, who cares? Watching Steph Curry dropping threes like the rain in Seattle and Lebron Dunking like Dunkin’ Donuts, there is not much to watch other than players get tired over something completely useless. In fact, the extra travel will make it harder for Steph to drain all of those 30 footers and Lebron to posterize opponents. This leads to more typical average NBA play.
In the NHL, the All-Star break has just ended and that leads to more average typical NHL play.
The other major sport is baseball. February is terrible for baseball. All the blockbuster trades are over and there is nothing to talk about with baseball. Even our own Masters teams are wrapping up their seasons.
Maybe the highlight of the month is college basketball. In fact, there are multiple Division 1 teams that are having great seasons. One school that is very close to Masters is Fordham University. It is in the A10 conference. Big fans of power 5 conferences like the Big Ten, Pac 12, Big 12, SEC, or ACC could argue that the action is not as electrifying, but there are many teams in the A10 that could easily make deep runs into the NCAA tournament. Just look at what Dayton (an A10 team) did a couple years ago when they went to the Elite 8. Fordham is a mediocre team in the A10, but it is a great way to spend a cold day with no other sports on.
Another school in a slightly bigger conference is St. Johns.The Big East is a great conference, heck the best team in the country, Villanova, is in it. St. Johns is a pesky team to watch for upsets. The Red Storm plays at Carnesecca arena in Queens and occasionally at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. Another team in the area from the Big East is Seton Hall University. The Pirates play at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The last team in the area that is very much worth noting is a team that I will be keeping an eye on during the tournament is Stony Brook. In the America East conference, Stony Brook is part of a virtually unknown conference, but the competition is fierce. Located on Long Island, it is a bit of a trek, but the Seawolves are rolling, and in fact they accumulated 8 votes in the AP poll (what decides the rankings of the top 25 teams in the land), a good amount for a school of its size. According to tournament bracketologist Joe Lunardi, the Seawolves will probably be anywhere from an 11 seed to a 14 seed. Senior forward Jameel Warney is on a roll, recently scoring a career high 36 points against, and in a game barely won 59-58 over New Hampshire. In addition, Stony Brook currently holds the longest active winning streak in the NCAA, with an 18 game winning streak.
So, while the frigid temperatures continue, maybe you’ll go see some local teams, go out onto the hardwood and take advantage of the area we are in, because outside of that, there is not much sports in February.