This winter – aside from it being ugly to the core – has provided me with an opportunity to watch more college basketball than any other time in my life.

This winter – aside from it being ugly to the core – has provided me with an opportunity to watch more college basketball than any other time in my life.

I have been impressed with all the great NCAA teams and players. March Madness and the conference tournaments should be exciting.

I have to bring up the negative in all of this, though – the out-of-control college crowds.

It was a disaster at West Virginia when the Mountaineers played Pittsburgh. West Virginia coach Bob Huggins had to stop the game to talk to the crowd. A Pittsburgh assistant coach was hit in the face by a coin thrown from the West Virginia stands.

Two weeks later, the Kentucky-Mississippi State game played at Mississippi State resulted in the fans throwing a multitude of water bottles at the officials. The game ended with the student body profanely chanting at the officials.

What an ugly scene!

Apparently college basketball arenas are becoming a place for angry fans to act out. College and university athletic directors need to take a serious look at the rate of escalation of these situations.

There is a huge difference between school spirit and having fun and a mob mentality. It is difficult to watch a few knotheads ruin a good thing.

• The Winter Olympics had a number of good days early on for the United States athletes – Lindsay Vonn won the downhill, Shaun White won the snowboard halfpipe and Shani Davis won the 1,000-meter speed skating.

• By the time you read this article I should be playing golf and watching spring training in Fort Myers, Fla. It gives me hope that warm days will soon arrive here.

• The mock 2010 NFL drafts so far have Kansas City taking an offensive tackle with the fifth overall pick. I am good with that move. I hope they will be able to move Branden Albert to guard, which is his natural position.

• Everyone needs to allow Tiger Woods to move on with his life. I’m tired of listening to it all.

• My quote of the week is from Olympic gold medal winning wrestler Dan Gable: “There is no mat space for malcontents or dissenters. One must neither celebrate insanely when he wins nor sulk when he loses. He accepts victory professionally, humbly; he hates defeat, but makes no poor display of it.”