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Is March the best month of the year for sports?

Houston Press writer and Bleav in Astros podcast host Jeff Balke says March may be the best month for sports, but it’s not his favorite.


UH Cougars guard Marcus Sasser. Astros shortstop Jeremy Peña. Houston Dynamo FC midfielder Héctor Herrera.
UH advanced to the Sweet 16, the Astros are wrapping up Spring Training, and the Dynamo got their first win. Is March the best month of the year for sports?


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The Houston Cougars are headed back to the Sweet 16. The Dynamo have their first win. The Dash season begins this weekend. The Texans have traded Brandin Cooks and extended Laremy Tunsil. The Roughnecks of the XFL are 4-1. And, while (saving the most unfortunate for last), the Astros will be without perennial All-Star Jose Altuve for a while as he recovers from a fractured thumb suffered at the World Baseball Classic.

Wow. The month of March is so filled with sports, it's downright...madness! But is it the best month of the year for a sports fan? We discuss with Houston Press writer and Bleav in Astros podcast host Jeff Balke.

We also discuss the Coogs' 81-64 win over Auburn Saturday in the second round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Tramon Mark scored a career-high 26 points, and Marcus Sasser dropped in 22 in leading the Cougars to their second straight second-half comeback, this time erasing a 10-point deficit.

Balke notes it’s reason to be both impressed and concerned.

Houston guard Marcus Sasser (0) reacts as his team defeats Auburn in a second-round college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday, March 18, 2023.

In the audio above, he and Houston Matters host Craig Cohen also talk about Altuve's injury and surgery to repair his fractured thumb. He suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch from Team USA's Daniel Bard Saturday while competing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.

Some have argued that this, combined with the Mets' Edwin Diaz suffering a season-ending injury last week, provides ample evidence that either Major Leaguers shouldn't compete in the World Baseball Classic or it should not be held in March before the Major League Baseball season begins. However, Balke disagrees.

Venezuela’s Jose Altuve is hit by a pitch during the fifth inning of a World Baseball Classic game against the U.S., Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Miami.

And the pair also talk about the Texans' moves, including an NFL record contract for offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. With a fully guaranteed $50 million as part of his 3-year, $75 million contract extension, Tunsil will protect the blind side of whichever quarterback the Texans draft next month.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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