Welcome back, college basketball.

I really missed you when you ceased operations March 12 because of the pandemic. This has been a tough year for everybody. We didn’t have any sports for a while. And for an avid sports fan like me, that was brutal.

But now you’re back with a flourish. Opening day was Nov. 25 and we were so, so ready.

There’s nothing like having a full slate of games seven days a week. Football is great but a sports addict like me relishes having something to watch on television every night besides movies and reality shows.

I know we’re in Alabama where college football is king. But the Southeastern Conference has gotten really competitive on the hardwood, too. Of course there’s perennial basketball power Kentucky. And my alma mater, Auburn, has evolved into a national hoops power, too.

The other night I pulled into the parking lot of one of my favorite eateries for carryout. I was listening to the 1990s music station on satellite radio in my car when Janet Jackson’s Escapade started playing.

Anyone who happened to pass by my parked car at that moment can confirm what happened next. This old man in the baseball cap and mask started dancing in the driver’s seat. I have to confess that song gets me going like back in my disco days.

So I’ve got that feeling now with the return of college basketball. I’m overjoyed. I’m pumped. The lyrics of Escapade say it best, so our readers just must indulge me here:

“Come on baby, let’s get away

“Let’s save our troubles for another day

“Come go with me, we’ve got it made

“Let me take you on an escapade (let’s go).”

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