Bouncing around a bit today:

Each Monday I seem to get caught in the crossfire of a phone conversation between my wife and daughter that centers on “The Bachelor” which I’m sure you know is a weekly dating reality show on ABC.

The current season is about to come to an end so the conversations have become more intense as I continue to question if there is any hope left in the world.  I do know this: I’m not a violent or physical person but given the opportunity would smash host Chris Harrison in the face.  Enough said!

Monmouth University made a great run but the Hawks bid for a trip to the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament came up one win short as for the second time in four years they lost to Iona in the MAAC Tournament Championship game Monday night.

Four games in five days proved a bit too much for the Hawks, who finish 14-21 but will return all but one of their key players next season.

I know beach weather is still a ways off and we still have some fairly cold days left this month but I’m close to pronouncing winter as we know it over.  You know the snow, ice and bitter cold part of winter.  Plus with daylight savings time now in effect the day feels longer with sunset not until 7 p.m. tonight.  Now that’s something to be happy about.

Basketball’s Tournament of Champions gets underway tonight with the girls quarterfinals at the RWJBarnabas Health Arena featuring Manchester and St. Rose.

The Purple Roses face University at 5:30 p.m. and following that it will be the Hawks against Mainland with the winners to advance to Thursday’s semifinals against top seeds Franklin and Saddle River Day.

The TOC features the six group champions from New Jersey and this marks the 30th year in-a-row in the 31-year history of the event that the Shore Conference has had at least one girls team and it’s the 19th time that two have played for the ultimate prize.

The Boys TOC begins tomorrow night on the campus of Toms River High School North.