What’s Your Favorite Sports Day?

Some of my favorite sports days of the year have happened in the past few months. The opening day of March Madness with 16 games is a personal favorite. Opening Day of the baseball season, especially when it is combined with the end of March Madness like this year, is another. It got me thinking, what other days merit inclusion on this list?

For my list, I am including two rules. First, the day has to be a day. You can’t say the first week of the NFL season for example, or the World Series. Second, it has to be a national event. Patriots’ Day in Boston is cool, but it isn’t really known outside of Boston. Here are a few of my favorites.

Fathers’ Day- You get the final round of the U.S. Open and plenty of baseball.

The NFL conference championships- I prefer these games to the Super Bowl because there are two of them and they are usually better.

Belmont Stakes Day- Often you get a triple crown bid, but even without it you also have a NBA final or NHL final game to watch as well, plus plenty of baseball.

Thanksgiving- Turkey and plenty of football.

New Year’s Day 2015- This was awesome with the college football semis, but the powers that be won’t let us enjoy it again until 2018 because they are dumb.

How about you?


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  • Greg  On April 13, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    First day of MLB playoffs (in the Wild Card Era, that means the day of the first Wild Card game). I love MLB as the postseason ramps up. The start of the tournament. I often find the LDS round to be the most exciting. First of all, there is so much going on. Secondly, it seems like the LDS series are often the most exciting. The tension is so high because the series is so short that there is very little margin for error. I actually preferred the LCS back when it was played in a Best 3-of-5 format. Then there’s MLB Opening Day. Start of a new season, Hope springs eternal. Anything seems possible on Opening Day! (Well, OK, almost anything — I find it hard to believe the Yankees will muster much offense this year [last night’s game notwithstanding]).

    • nysportsfanatic  On April 13, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      That’s a good one. I agree the 3-of-5 LCS was way more exciting, of course part of that may be that there wasn’t a LDS before it.

      As for the Yankee offense last night, I loved the stat I saw today that they were hitting .193 before last night’s game and are now hitting .233 on the season.

  • Greg  On April 13, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Hence the importance of a statistically significant sample space.

    Speaking of which, Did Drew hit a grand slam? His second homer in as many days?? Really??? What to do with him now? Do the Yankees:

    A. Release him now because they’ve obviously wrung every last bit of offense that they can possible hope to extract from him in 2015?

    — or —

    B. Do they ride this pony to the pennant?!?

    Decisions, decisions.

    • nysportsfanatic  On April 14, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Seriously, what were he odds you could have gotten on Drew doing that last night? Long enough to make a fortune I think.

      Don’t forget option C- sign him to a big extension now so they can lock in those “peak” production years of 32 and beyond.

  • Greg  On April 14, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Yes — sign ’em long-term when they’re “ripe”.

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