One: It doesn’t stand to reason that none of the big names has ever won the Valspar Championship. And judging by the field that will assembly this week at the Palm Harbor, Fla, that will continue. A surprisingly solid field showed up last week for the WGC-Cadillac Championship, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIIroy, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Jason Dufner, Adam Scott and Steve Stricker. This week at the Valspar, we might see Rose. Major champions Jason Dufner and Ernie Els also will appear but it’s a tournament a little short on headliners. They’re all sorting out their Masters schedules.
Two: You’re going to have college basketball all week until your eyes roll. It’s conference tournament week. Here’s a look at each conference’s final game: Monday – Colonial, MAAC, Southern; Tuesday – Horizon, Northeast, Summit, WCC; Wednesday – Patriot; Saturday (huge day) – AAC, America East, Big East, Big Sky, Big 12, Big West, Conference USA, MAC, MEAC, Mountain West, Pac-12, Southland, SWAC, WAC; Sunday – ACC, Atlantic 10, Big Ten, SEC, Sun Belt.
Three: The road to the Super Bowl very much begins this week. It’s the free-agent signing period and all those contenders looking to fill one or two critical spots (before the draft) should be ready to move by Tuesday.
Four: We’re two weeks in spring training games and they don’t matter now as much as they didn’t matter two weeks ago and won’t two weeks from now. But this is the time of the spring when things begin to peculate. Starters are going five, six innings. Regulars are getting three at-bats, but just as importantly decisions are being made. Players are being cut and, in some cases, released, and a few have season-ending injuries. There’s a lot of chatter on adding more to the rosters. Trades have been formulated and may be sprung this week. Free agents, such as RHP Ervin Santana and DH Kendrys Morales, seem poised to get off their duffs and starting producing. It’s the March tipping point.