Does it get any better? |

Does it get any better?

Nate Peterson

I walked into my apartment Thursday afternoon just in time to catch the end of the Syracuse-UConn basketball game.

While I was pulling off my snowboard boots, Syracuse’s Gerry McNamara sank a game-tying 3-pointer to send the game into overtime. I instantly grabbed my cell phone and called Jon, the sports writer I hired from Syracuse in August.

There was no answer. I called him again after the ‘Cuse pulled off the most unlikely of upsets to assure a spot in the NCAA tournament, but again no answer.

As I found out later, Jon didn’t have his phone on him because he was carving fresh turns at Highlands. He didn’t even see the game.

Which brings me to my point ” is there any month better than this one? There’s been more than 10 inches of new snow the past three days, March Madness has officially begun and, if that weren’t enough, the funniest people in America are in town for the weekend.

After a mellow powder day Friday at Buttermilk, I caught some stand-up at the Belly Up, then wandered into the Wheeler for the late-night session that was being taped for HBO.

Pretty rough life.

It was more of the same Saturday ” more snow, more hoops and more laughs.

Hopefully the snow keeps falling, just like the game-changing shots that become so commonplace this time of year.

Enjoy the Madness.

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