It’s my favorite time of year!


NCAA March Madness has arrived.


It’s interesting how many different scenarios one can come up with as you start entering all of the competitive brackets. Don’t expect to win anything, but it is fun. Here’s rooting for a “13 seed” to keep the madness going.


I could hear the groaning coming out of USC Sunday when the Trojans were left out of the NCAA tournament. To make matters worse, UCLA made the tournament…alas as a “play in team.” One and done? Or win and then done? That’s the potential for the Bruins.


Meanwhile, USC lamented all the way to a number one seed in the NIT tournament.


While the hoopsters captured the Sunday afternoon sports programming, Tiger Woods grabbed all of the attention Saturday and thru the 18th hole of the PGA event.


Can’t remember the last time I watched a golf tournament with interest. That’s the lure of the Tiger on the prowl. Finished one stroke back but now everyone is talking Masters in the golf world.


Tiger is now listed at 10-1 to win the Masters. And if he is in the hunt on Sunday at the Masters the roars will be heard throughout the course and millions will be watching on TV.


As one player noted Sunday, he’s brought back life to our game from a spectators’ standpoint.


The Daily Independent family lost one of our own recently. I received an email noting the passing of former Editor Lita Reid.


When I first came to Ridgecrest as sports editor in 1975, Lita greeted me at the door, showed me to my desk and got me started.


Lita was good — really good. Her dedication to the DI was only superseded by her allegiance to Ridgecrest and the Indian Wells Valley.


For the better part of 16 years, she graced the pages of the DI. Lita passed on March 4 from Parkinson’s disease.
An old journalism custom always signified the end of the story with the number 30. So in ending this column as a tribute to a remembered colleague, I offer the following:


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