That favorite time of year for many sports fans begins today as March Madness tips off with the NCAA Basketball tournament. The games will run on CBS, locally on WMAZ. Cox Cable has partnered with the station to broadcast two early-round games at the same time on cable channels 4 and 121.
I have to say my enthusiasm for college basketball has waned over the years as various star players jump to the NBA as soon as they can. The game is played with a lot less precision and consistency than it was back when I was growing up. I haven't watched a single game this season, in point of fact, which is why I'm not doing a tournament pool picks sheet.
Still, the tournament remains one of the most watched sports events out there, and every year a Cinderella team pops up to make things interesting.
So, which teams do you like to win it all?
OBAMA ON 'TONIGHT': President Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. President to sit in as a guest on "The Tonight Show" (NBC, 11:30 p.m.), no doubt discussing a variety of subjects.
I was a little surprised that Obama didn't go with "The Late Show With David Letterman," in which the host infamously ripped Obama's opponent John McCain weeks before the election after McCain cancelled an appearance. Or, Obama could have picked "The Daily Show," which caters more to the section of the electorate that were among his staunchest supporters.
By comparison, Jay Leno was fairly neutral during the election. Still, it should make for some interesting viewing, especially with all the AIG stuff that has broken this week.
THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 8 p.m.) airs its last new episode tonight before a long hiatus. It's followed by new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice."
"ER" (NBC, 10 p.m.) is all-new, minus George Clooney this week, following new episodes of the NBC sitcoms.
"Bones" (Fox, 8 p.m.) centers around a pregnancy pact tonight, and is followed by "Hell's Kitchen."
On the CW, Dean and Sam investigate the deaths of angels on "Supernatural" at 9 p.m., following a new "Smallville."
On cable, "The Beast" (A&E, 10 p.m.) is brand new.
Finally, just to give you heads-up for tomorrow, Sci Fi is running an all-day marathon of this season of "Battlestar Galactica" beginning at 8 a.m., leading to the series finale from 9-11 p.m. Hmmm, I wonder what tomorrow's posting is going to be about.