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From the sidelines: The cure for a busted bracket
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Shane Gillet
Shane Gillet

Is your NCAA Men’s basketball bracket busted?

There’s a cure for that.

It’s called baseball and, for those who enjoy other sports, the NBA and the beginnings of the Major League Soccer season.

Now that virtually everyone who participated in an office bracket, website bracket or any other bracket offering prizes has been busted for good, we can all move on to some other sports we love during this time of year.

And honestly, if your bracket is still perfect, I’d like to see it in person. 

ESPN reported that all its 11 million-plus entries have been eliminated for its set of prizes, and the $1 billion offer from Warren Buffett is also off the table as well.

So now that the college tournament can be enjoyed for what it is, the lot of us sports fans will be flipping back and forth to the many sports that will be happening for the next several months.

Major League Baseball officially opened its season last weekend with a two-game series in Sydney, Australia. The “official” first pitch on American soil will be this Sunday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the San Diego Padres.

On a more local level, the NBA is continuing its season all the way until June, and the opening games of the MLS season have already begun.

Real Salt Lake won its season opener on March 8 against the Los Angeles Galaxy, and will be looking to get its first home victory this Saturday against Toronto FC.

If you’re looking for more reasons to get out and enjoy the upcoming warm weather, the Salt Lake Bees will be opening its season on Thursday, April 3 against Sacramento at the newly-named Smith’s Ballpark.

This year I’m actually hoping to get out to more non-high school level games as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy high school sports and love to cover as much as I can during the year, but a nice break in the action is always good for the soul every once in a while.

To paraphrase an old saying, too much of a good thing can be overbearing on a person.

So my hope for 2014 is to get out and enjoy as many events as possible with as many different people as possible. 

I know I can go to an RSL game with my mom; she and I have been soccer fans since I was a little kid.

My wife, son and I can go to both the Ogden Raptors and the Salt Lake Bees to catch two levels of minor league baseball in one season, and I might spring a couple extra bucks to catch a Jazz game.

You read that right, a Jazz game. 

The only thing none of us will be able to go to this year is a Utah Blaze game. Unfortunately, a realignment in combination with bad timing forced the Arena Football League to leave out the Blaze for the 2014 campaign.

The team’s 2015 season is also in jeopardy, although reports have stated the team is not folding and is looking to return to the league by next year.

In any case, there’s lots to do and plenty to see as the weather starts to warm up.

Enjoy the rest of the tournament, and I’ll see you outside.


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