What's the Best Day in Sports?
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Many people call the NCAA basketball tournament semi-finals the best day in sports.
The first one that comes into mind is Super Bowl Sunday, which has almost become a national holiday. Years ago, the Super Bowl was played at 1:30pm est. Now, the pre-game is in full swing at that time on the way to a 6:30pm est kickoff.
College football will now have a semi-final doubleheader on New Years' Eve or New Years' Day. They could match the intensity of the basketball Final Four. The BCS has run its course, and while any national championship game gets great ratings, the national semi-final doubleheader format makes for a fantastic day.
A Game 7 in any sport is an intense event. You never know if a series will get that far, so when it does, it rates up there with any event, especially if it is an NBA final, NHL Stanley Cup, or World Series. Here's a quick look at a few of their greatest moments:
The Stanley Cup has a rich history of clutch performances:
In 1960, Bill Mazeroski broke a 9-9 tie with the New York Yankees in what's been constantly ranked as the greatest home run in history:
Three guesses who's on top of these five game-winning shots in NBA history:
Another day in the running is the first weekend of March Madness. That may be true, but there are often too many blowouts and too many channels to follow all the action.
And then there's baseball's Opening Day. It's already done what the Super Bowl couldn't. Both events started a national petition to be declared a holiday. The deal was to obtain 100,000 signatures; if that number was reached, the petition would be presented to the dudes in DC. Opening Day easily accomplished its goal. The Super Bowl did not.
Does this mean baseball still really is our national pastime?
Or is it sending messages to DC that never get acted upon?