With both the NBA and NHL playoffs now getting into full swing and the baseball season starting (albeit slowly thanks to a record number of postponed games thanks to this lovely “Spring” most of the northern half of the country is experiencing).
This got me thinking…
It’s well acknowledged by most avid sports fans that April and October are the two best months for sports during the calendar year. So I decided to have this discussion with a few of the regulars at the bar I work at over the last week or so to see if one is favored over another….and here’s what I found out.
April has the advantage of getting two sets of playoffs happening simultaneously, but it seems that the majority prefers the NBA over the NHL.
I certainly get more requests to put basketball on over hockey. And living in a major baseball city like New York, with both the Mets off to a red-hot start and the ever-promising show being put on by the Smash Brothers of Stanton and Judge in the Bronx, I often get asked to put baseball on over the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Which is slightly intriguing to me since even though the NHL’s popularity has dwindled over the last few years it’s still playoffs versus the very beginning of the baseball season. I mean I get it…even with a rebuilding year in store for my team, I’m still happy to have baseball back.
One of the other things I have heard a bunch is that people don’t understand the rules of hockey. Naturally, my mind is perplexed by that but I also grew up in a city and part of the country where hockey was a major part of our sports culture. Maybe that’s part of the reason for lack of NHL watching? There is still a strong but loyal group out there though asking for the hockey to be on the big screens and I have to respect them for that. Even if most of them are Pittsburgh Penguins fans.
I’ll just leave this one here for yinz guys…
While October only boasts one set of playoffs it has one big distinct advantage over April.
October brings not only the World Series, but by then we are are just over a month into both the college football and NFL seasons and the NBA and NHL seasons are just beginning to fire up.
Growing up in a household where Saturdays were often the bigger day for football than Sundays I have a very large section of my heart reserved for college football. I have to admit that this was a major culture shock when I moved to the east coast. No one from here cares about college football. I guess I get it because who do they have to cheer for out here….Rutgers?? Yeah. No. It’s one of the only times when I feel ultimately midwestern.
And even though their ratings have declined slightly over the last few seasons the NFL still appears to remain the king of all American sports. There is something magical about the combination of sunny days, colorful leaves, cider mills and football weekends that feels innately American.
I haven’t even talked about the World Series yet. There is a debate to be made for what is the best playoff set up and the most entertaining one is. Weirdly enough the weather is what I could consider the turning point as for what makes it my favorite. Thousands of fans braving the cold or rain or even snow to root on their team takes some serious commitment. Plus the fact that I just freaking love baseball.
While April brings with it the promise of (hopefully) warmer weather and summer and beach and baseball days ahead, I would personally have to give the edge to October and her crisp fall sunshine and that in one calendar day I could possibly watch all 4 sports in one day with a World Series came to cap it off.
So I would love to hear from you as to what your thoughts are?
Best sports month? Best playoff sport?
Comment below and let me know.