Fall: the best time of the year for sports

Published 4:19 pm Friday, October 14, 2016

Fall temperatures are finally starting to roll in and with them comes one of the best times of the year. College football and the NFL are in full swing and the best teams are starting to pull away from the pack. The League Championship series are underway in baseball and the World Series is right around the corner. The NBA preseason is almost done and real games will soon be played. Heck, even the NHL season has started.

For a few weeks it will be the only time of the year when all four major sports league are in action at the same time (even if right now the NBA games don’t count). There is no time of year better than right now. No matter what sport your prefer it is available and ready to entertain you (even soccer fans can get their fix).

I spent Thursday evening watching the Dodgers and Nationals battle in a decisive game five. Two talented teams that had been battling all series long battled again until the final out in the ninth. Heroes were born (Clayton Kershaw finally got the postseason monkey off his back and I think he will be unstoppable for the rest of the playoffs). Last year’s hero Daniel Murphy was intentionally walked multiple times as the Dodgers worried about him having an encore performance (albeit with a new team).

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This is why I love sports. There was an NFL game on; there was a great baseball game on. Then Friday night the Indians and Blue Jays started their series. Saturday, I get to go to Tallahassee to watch the Seminoles try to build on their spectacular win over the Hurricanes (who just fell to FSU for the seventh straight year!!), Sunday is for the NFL and next week maybe I will catch a Lightning game (that’s NHL) on TV before diving back into baseball.

No other time of year offers this many options and I welcome the escape. Nothing is better then watching two teams go at it with everything on the line. That’s why we love game sevens and rivalry game. That is why I love the fall. Cooler temperatures, games that matter and teams that hate each other fighting it out on the field.

It won’t last long though. The temperatures will soon go from cool to cold. Baseball will come to an end (I am hoping the Cubs keep the drought alive), but basketball will ramp up and we will keep plugging along through the football championship and the Super Bowl.

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