Quick hitters

College basketball is over. Baseball has begun. Football is already being talked about. The NHL and NBA are nearing their respective playoffs. With so much going on, I’ve been given no choice but to present you with a quick hitting, bullet style From the Sidelines special edition.

The Final Four left much to be desired

For the first time ever, the Final Four teams left standing were all four No.1 seeds.

With the results of those games, hopefully that’s the last time we’ll see it.

With presumably the best four teams in college basketball facing off, instead of slobber knockers, we got drool-inducers.

Kansas beat North Carolina by 18 points and led at one point 40-12 late in the first half. Let me say that again, 40-12. The Tar Heels closed that gap to within five points, but North Carolina could get no closer.

On the other side of the bracket, Memphis raced past UCLA with its high-tempo style, beating the Bruins by 15 points.

We thought we’d see instant classics. What we got was a snoozefest.

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Lions, tigers and bad bullpens, oh my!

After losing closer J.J. Putz following the second game of the season, the Mariners bullpen looks like the veritable deer in headlights.

The only Mariner with a save (as of the Reporter’s deadline) since Putz went down? Seattle’s fifth starter, Miguel Batista. The relievers better get it together, and fast, before a 2-4 start sets the tone for the rest of the season.

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NHL playoffs are set

Take a quick look at the NHL playoff teams and you’ll realize just how much young talent the league is about to showcase in the race for the Stanley Cup.

Whether its the Washington Capitals young star Alex Ovechkin, the league’s scoring leader with 65 goals and 112 points, or the Penguins dynamic duo of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, hockey fans are about to be treated to some quality post-season hockey.

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Maybe there’s next year;

hopefully there’s next year

With only four games left in the 07-08 NBA season, if you haven’t seen the Sonics play, now’s the time.

With the future uncertain, you’d be well off to see Kevin Durant play in Seattle while you still can.

I don’t claim to be a big NBA fan. But the Sonics have been here since before I was born. They’re a part of the city, as well as the only team here (besides the Storm) to win a league championship.

Losing the Supes would be a crying shame.

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