It’s hard to not be happy right now.

This column was written on Friday morning, which means the Kansas Jayhawks thumped Purdue less than 12 hours ago, Atchison is getting some much-needed rain and the weekend is almost here.

We are also just a few days away from the start of the spring sports season. I’ve mentioned this before, but the winter sports season and spring sports season are very different from each other.

I enjoy covering winter sports, but it is the longest season, by far. There are also just two things going on – basketball and wrestling. Spring sports, though, have six different sports and it begins and ends in a blur.

The timing of events and games works out that sometimes I can cover two or three different activities in two or three locations in a single afternoon. It can make me feel a little frantic or scattered at times, but it’s definitely a change of pace from winter.

As for the Jayhawks, I can’t really say too much right now. As any basketball fan knows, the joy of a win one night can be spoiled by a loss two nights later. I’m happy they beat Purdue on Thursday, proving me wrong.

Back in January, after taking a good look at Purdue’s big Caleb Swanigan, I declared on Twitter that the Boilermakers would eliminate the Jayhawks in the NCAA tournament. Then, a couple weeks ago when the brackets were announced, you can imagine the pit in my stomach when I saw KU and Purdue were lined up to meet in the Sweet 16.

While the contest materialized, Kansas made it a no-contest in the second half. Yet another of my sports predictions turned out wrong – and I couldn’t be happier about it.

When it comes to the rain we’re getting, you can thank me for that. We’ve been pretty dry for quite some time, but I made plans to be outside on Saturday. So, of course, it will be rainy and I won’t be able to follow through on my plans.

Other than KU’s success on Thursday and the oncoming spring sports season, I have another reason to be happy and pretty excited.

My wonderful fiancée, Emily, and I are getting married soon. We will be out of the country April 5-14 and will be relaxing on a beach having drinks brought to us. We’re really looking forward to our trip.

Of course, this will make the spring sports season even shorter for me, but that’s OK. All you athletes, make sure you wait until I’m back to do something incredible.

Adam Gardner is the Globe managing and sports editor. He can be reached at

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