What is your favorite thing about March? Is it the arrival of spring weather? The NCAA Division I Men’s or Women’s Basketball Tournament? Major League Baseball’s (MLB) spring training?  Maybe it’s hitting the links and getting a golf tan? Maybe enjoying your last ski weekend?

Whatever your favorite thing is about the month of March, it is easy to agree there are lots of options for the sports-minded. Being from Indiana, basketball is one of my favorite spring moments. The tournament, now branded as March Madness plays its Final Four for the men at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix this year and the women will play at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Even though March Madness ends on April 3 for the men and on April 2 for the women this year, I still count it as one of my favorite March sporting events.

Baseball season starts early for people living in the Phoenix Metro Area and parts of Central and Coastal Florida. All 30 MLB teams play practice games as part of either Arizona’s Cactus League or Florida’s Grapefruit League. Since both areas are known for their beautiful spring weather, you will see lots of license plates from cold weather states in both areas this month. The best part of spring training, at least for me, is running into my favorite baseball stars out and about at local restaurants, malls and stores.

Golf is always fun but it just seems to be better during March. During the summer the best tee times are too early for me. I enjoy sleeping in and with some afternoons in the low 70s, March is ideal golf weather for me. This month I even get to enjoy the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup being held this month. There is a great preview of the event in this issue.

Finally, who doesn’t like one last chance to ski or snowboard? March marks the end of the ski season and with so much snow at popular ski resorts this year, it is the perfect time to wear that great wool sweater one last time. I particularly like Elevation Mammoth being held in California from March 13-15.

So, sports fans, please share with us what your favorite thing is about March.

Sport On,

Eric Carlyle, SDL