Have you ever sat back and thought about your favourite days in sports? I’m talking about the days you refuse to do anything but sit on your couch and stare at the television. Some of you might do this on a regular basis, which is okay in my books, but perhaps rather socially unacceptable. Seriously though, if you do this a lot, like considerably more than the average human, add in a freaking workout session once in a while. But I digress. The sports days I’m referring to are the ones you live and breathe for as a sports fan. On these particular days, the entire world could be under attack by aliens, but that’s the least of your worries. When your team is involved in a big playoff game, that’s going to take the cake every time. However, when I dismiss all the allegiances I have to my favourite teams, these are my Top 3 days in all of sports.
3) Any Playoff Game 7
There are certain sports teams (I won’t mention any in particular) that I absolutely hate. I usually don’t waste my free time watching these teams compete, but if they’re involved in the seventh game of a playoff series, I’m tuning in. Game 7s have produced some of the most memorable and iconic moments in sports history. What I love most about the deciding game of a playoff series is that anything is possible. The underdog could eliminate the best team in the league, the sub could be the hero, legacies are on the line and true heart is on full display. Everything gets thrown out the window for one night. No ones cares how good a certain team was in the regular season or how many points someone scored in Game 6. All that matters is conquering the moment. The team that overcomes the pressure gets to move on and fight another day while the loser is stopped dead in their tracks. Just writing this, I can’t help but visualize specific plays and feel the energy from all the Game 7s I’ve seen in the last calendar year alone. Above all, if you don’t enjoy watching a clutch performance, which you see in every Game 7, then you aren’t human.
2) NFL Championship Sunday
Never mind Super Bowl Sunday, the best day in the NFL and the second best sports day on my list is the Sunday of the AFC and NFC Championship games. I used to love watching all the analysis leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, but in today’s day and age, it’s become a bunch of garbage. Every network talks about the same story-lines for two weeks in a row, and by the time the game arrives, it usually doesn’t live up to the hype. Don’t get me wrong, Championship Sunday is vulnerable to this as well, but it is the best six-plus hours of football you’ll watch all season. The rivalries are amazing and the intensity between the teams is palpable. 2013 was a perfect example. First up, we saw the always-legendary match-up of Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning, and immediately after, we witnessed the best and most physical game of the season between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. The Super Bowl didn’t stand a chance.
1) Sunday at Augusta
Of all the exciting, highly athletic and fast paced sports to choose from, my favourite day in sports comes from golf. Yes, a game that can be played well by obese, beer-drinking, fast-food eating individuals who probably couldn’t last more than one minute jogging on a treadmill. To me, nothing is more captivating than the final round of the Masters. The front nine is awesome, but the back nine is BANANAS! You can literally feel the pressure before every single shot. The suspense is otherworldly. Every year, a big name is in the mix down the stretch. We all remember Tiger’s famous chip on 16, Jack’s birdie on 17, Mike Weir’s playoff against Len Mattiace, and Bubba Watson’s improbable shot from the woods in 2012. I’ll also never forget seeing Phil drain that putt on 18 to claim his first major and his second shot from the trees on the par-5 13th in 2010 en route to his third green jacket. The list goes on and on. I also have a confession to make. I love Jim Nantz as the voice at Augusta. He’s so smooth, incredibly soothing and has made some very epic calls over the years.
The Masters is also played during the perfect time of year. When I see the luscious fairways and immaculately manicured greens under the beautiful Georgian sun, I can’t help but think that summer is right around the corner. I also can’t help but think about hitting the links myself. I was so enthusiastic to golf one year, that I called up a buddy and bolted to the driving range during the third round of the tournament (it was raining and still too cold to golf), because I couldn’t last another minute without a club in my hand. I smoked balls down the range while watching the tourney on the TV next to my tee box. On Sunday though, I’m glued to my couch. The only time I move is when I turn on the television and click on CBS. All that’s left to do at that point is wait for the theatrics to unfold.
There are other days that were scratching and clawing to be on this list, but they fell just short. Super Bowl Sunday, MLB Opening Day, the first day of the NHL season, and the Sunday of any major golf championship are several that come to mind. It’s safe to say that as long as sports are on television, we know that the world is rotating on its axis. This is my list, but let me know what you think!