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Seahawks Demolish Broncos, Win Franchise’s First Super Bowl

The Seattle Seahawks decimated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday in one of the most lopsided Super Bowl defeats in NFL history. The game, which took place at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, pitted Denver’s first-ranked offense led by quarterback Peyton Manning against Seattle’s first-ranked defense and quarterback Russell Wilson.

The game went badly for Denver’s offense from the first moments of the game, when a wayward snap escaped Manning’s clutches and ended up as a safety and 2-0 lead for Seattle. These points, which came with 14:48 left in the first quarter, were the fastest points

Seahawks fans have plenty to be happy about after Seattle topped a remarkable season with a convincing 43-8 Super Bowl win against the overmatched Denver Broncos. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons)

Seahawks fans have plenty to be happy about after Seattle topped a remarkable season with a convincing 43-8 Super Bowl win against the overmatched Denver Broncos. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons)

scored to begin a game in Super Bowl history. Things did not get much better from there for the Broncos, who failed to convert a single first down in the first quarter, and did not score until a Manning touchdown and subsequent two-point conversion at the end of the third quarter. The eight points on that drive that would end up being their only points of the game.

The Seahawks defense, on the other hand, dominated in every aspect of the game. Their defense scored more points than the Broncos offense, and forced an interception that resulted a 69-yard return for a touchdown by linebacker Malcolm Smith, who was named the Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player. Things were going so well for Seattle that it had many second-string players on the field in both the third and fourth quarters.

This was a disappointing loss to cap off a record-setting season for the Broncos, who finished the season 13-3 and scored the most total points during a season in NFL history. Also, Peyton Manning was looking to win his second Super Bowl and silence claims that he did not come up clutch in big games. Meanwhile, the Seahawks are celebrating a spectacular season and their first NFL championship in franchise history. Wilson, Seattle’s 25-year-old star quarterback, became the third youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl.

SF to Lose Historic Candlestick Park with 49er Move to Santa Clara

It’s January 14, 2012, and Candlestick Park is rocking for the San Francisco 49ers first playoff game in 9 years. Despite having home field advantage for the division playoff round, San Francisco is the underdog against the high octane New Orleans Saints.

The team seems poised for their first trip to the NFC Championship game since 1995. The 49ers were unable to hold on to the lead, however, and found themselves down, 32-29, in the waning moments of the fourth quarter. With just nine seconds remaining, quarterback Alex Smith rifled a pass right to tight end Vernon Davis for a game winning touchdown. As the crowd of nearly 70,000 went into frenzy, and Davis shed tears of joy, the 49ers had given Candlestick Park perhaps its one last shining moment.

Three months later, Candlestick Park is empty. It’s the mid afternoon, and the light rain makes Candlestick even bleaker than usual. A brief glimpse of the notorious Candlestick winds helps make the air even colder. The baseball season has just begun, but there is no roar from the bleachers. The stadium that once housed Juan Marichal and Willie Mays has been permanently silent during spring since 2000.

That was the year the San Francisco Giants moved to the state-of-the art AT&T Park. It was the vibrant AT&T Park that saw the Giants capture their first World Series since moving to San Francisco. While the area around AT&T has become a hotpot for nightlife, Candlestick is saddled amongst the urban decay of Hunter’s Point.

In its 52 year existence, Candlestick Park has been witness to some of the greatest moments in sports history. It was the home stadium of baseball greats from Willie Mays to Barry Bonds. It housed Joe Montana and Steve Young, and was the site of the most famous catch in NFL history. Beyond sports, it became a cultural landmark, and welcomed the Beatles for their final full concert.

The “Stick”, as its affectionately known, lost much of its importance when the San Francisco Giants left twelve seasons ago. Now, with the San Francisco 49ers set to leave in 2014 for Santa Clara, Candlestick faces permanent irrelevancy.

While Candlestick Park has been witness to many defining sports moments, the “Stick” was never an architectural land mark. The park was opened in 1960 to accommodate the Giants, who had moved to San Francisco from New York just two years earlier. The first pitch ever thrown at the stadium came from the arm of then-vice president Richard M. Nixon.

“It was built at a time when people didn’t care that much about making something feel really good,” said San Francisco Chronicle urban design critic John King. “They just wanted something big and new. It never had a lot of charm to it.”

In its first year of operation, Candlestick temporarily housed the Oakland Raiders of the upstart AFL, while the 49ers remained at Kezar Stadium. However the stadium’s first monumental event was not a sporting event at all. On Aug. 29, 1966, Candlestick Park welcomed the Beatles. It would be the legendary band’s last live commercial concert. The band ripped through an 11 song set list in 35 minutes before saying goodbye for good.

It didn’t take long for the Candlestick to gain notoriety for its most famous feature: the ferocious winds. The park hosted the 1961 All-Star game, in which pitcher Stu Miller was swept off the mound by a mammoth gust of wind. The wind didn’t affect just the players; it left fans unbearably cold atop the Candlestick bleachers. Starting in 1983, the stadium began handing out the “Croix de Candlestick”, a pin that was awarded to any spectator who managed to stay during the extra innings of a Giants night game.

“The Croix de Candlestick symbolized that you were a true Giants fan,” said John Quebedeaux, a fan who’s lived in San Francisco for upwards of 30 years.
In 1971, the 49ers finally moved out of Kezar and into Candlestick, but not before the city spent $16 million to make the Stick more compatible for football. While their first season was a success, culminating in an appearance in the NFC title game, the 49ers spent much of the 1970’s near the bottom of the NFC standings.

Their fortunes didn’t change until they drafted a young quarterback from Notre Dame named Joe Montana in the third round of the 1979 NFL draft. In 1981, Montana led the 49ers to a NFC championship bout against the Dallas Cowboys at Candlestick. With the 49ers trailing late in the game, Montana threw a desperate heave near the back of end zone. Tight end Dwight Clark leaped up and made an improbable touchdown grab that will forever go down in NFL lore as simply “The Catch”.

“A good friend of mine was there and said you could feel the ground shake and the upper deck was moving,” said Ted Johnson, former beat writer for the San Francisco 49ers.

“That’s what happens when 60,000 people start jumping at the same time.”
“That was the game that really put the 49ers on the map,” said Quebedeaux.

For the next decade and a half, the 49ers would become the dominant superpower
of the NFL, winning 5 Super Bowl championships and making Candlestick the center of the professional football world. During this time period, Candlestick also was center stage for one of the most terrifying moments in San Francisco history. On Oct.17, 1989, the San Francisco Giants were set to face the Oakland Athletics in Game 3 of the World Series. At 5:04 local time, the ground began to shake.

“I was covering the World Series for the news section,” said longtime San Francisco Chronicle writer Carl Nolte. “The guy sitting next to me, he looked at me, his eyes got real big, and he said, ‘Earthquake!’. Some people were saying that the Bay Bridge was falling down. I said ‘Are you kidding? Get out of here.’ Well, we found out it was true. And we could see the Marina burning, and we thought that we better get out of here.”

The Loma Prieta earthquake would ultimately result in 63 deaths. The Giants would eventually lose the World Series, which was postponed 10 days after the tragedy.

In recent years, the venerable park has become more notable for its dilapidated state. Last December, the lights went out at Candlestick right before the 49er’s Monday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, delaying the start of the game for over 30 minutes.

“Last year I saw Cal play Fresno State, and I thought what a dump this is,” says Nolte of his last visit to Candlestick. “Hard to get to, bad neighborhood, all kinds of stuff.”
Rory Brown, Bleacher Report Director of Content Operations and a Mountain View native, also isn’t impressed by the Stick’s current structure.

“It’s almost better just to watch the 49ers games on television,” he said. In addition, the out of the way location of Candlestick made traveling to the park a hassle for fans and media alike.

“Covering the 49ers was good work but after a while the most important thing in your arsenal was not the tape recorder or note book, or even the press credential. It was the parking pass,” said Johnson. “It’s such a b— to get in and out of the parking lot.”

At one point, it seemed almost unfathomable that the 49ers would leave San Francisco to build a new stadium. In 1997, San Francisco voters approved $100 million dollars in city spending to build a new stadium and shopping mall at Candlestick Point. However, the plan failed to gain any traction for several years.

The pressure heightened for a new stadium to be built in 2006, as then mayor Gavin Newsom wanted it to be the centerpiece of San Francisco’s 2016 Olympic bid. However, with concerns over the viability of Candlestick Point and a lack of other options in San Francisco, the team switched its focus to Santa Clara.

“There was a sense of inevitability that the 49ers would stay in San Francisco,” King said. “Then, all the sudden the team announced they were looking at Santa Clara and it caught everybody by surprise.” The San Francisco 49ers broke ground on their new stadium on April 19, 2012, with hopes to complete it in time for the 2014 NFL season. Conservative estimates put its cost at $1.2 billion.

The 49ers impending departure will be particularly tough for the residents of Hunters Point. Legislators had hoped that a new stadium would help revitalize the struggling Hunter’s Point community.

“People saw how AT&T Park really brought the Mission Bay district to life,” King said. “You’d hope that would happen to Hunters Point too.”

Regardless, Lennar Urban, which is overseeing the redevelopment of the area, is trudging along, planning an ambitious $400 million overhaul of the Hunters View housing project. It’s this plan that will put the final coffin in Candlestick Park; Kofi Bonner, the President of Lennar Urban, told the San Francisco Examiner that his company will start negotiating with the city to demolish Candlestick once the 49ers leave town.

Despite their love-hate relationship with Candlestick Park, many San Franciscans will miss having their very own football team. “The 49ers leaving San Francisco is a tragedy, disaster, awful,” said Nolte. “The 49ers are the original homegrown, major league team.”

“I think losing a football team makes San Francisco a little less diverse,” John King said. “The city is so known for being a certain kind of way, a bastion of left-wing politics, and the 49ers are an antidote to that.”

“San Francisco may not be one of the greatest sports towns in terms of having a large, passionate fan base, but there are a good number of committed fans that will be sad to see it go,” said Rory Brown.
However, all hope is not lost for local fans.

“For me, part of the experience of being a fan is to be able to be with my friends and family and have a great time,” said Meena Naik, a second generation Indian-American whose family resides in the Bay Area. “I’ll still be able to do that in Santa Clara.”

After all, sports, as much as anything, is about creating memories. Candlestick, the old, graying building that it is, has created many indelible images in its lifetime; 49ers fans can only hope the team’s new home will create a history as rich as the Stick.

Rule Changes Make NFL “Softer”

Is it me or is the NFL getting softer and softer? This game used to be about warriors and soldiers that give big hits and take them also. Today when you watch a game, they have illegal contacts and unnecessary roughness calls, that are supposed to be for player safety, but really just make the game a higher scoring, less hard hitting defense type of shoot out game.

The NFL is trying to put in another player safety type of rule for the future of the NFL (that is if they get over their players’ union negotiations) that will restrict a defensive player from hitting a receiver with a head on collision (meaning with the helmet or shoulder pads) after the receivers feet are on the ground according to an article on the NFL Players Unions website.

Player safety is a big concern considering the number of hits these players are taking, especially when we think back on the short careers of Joe Montana, Troy Aikman and nothing is more funny than Terry Bradshaw lining up behind his guard rather than center.

Because of these players’ careers and uncertain health issues that may lie in their futures (many predict that there could be a relation to Alzheimer’s and playing football), the NFL has been taking more actions on the regulations of football for the safety of the players, for example roughing the passer with a late hit or illegal contact on a receiver that is trying to make a daring catch but gets leveled by two defensive backs.

Player safety is important, but isn’t the reason we like football is for the pounding and roughness of a game that is about war on a battle field?

Isn’t the point of the game to advance you’re troop down field against the other team who is going to make you hurt every time you catch the ball or run it forward?

When asked about how they’d stop Dan Marino and his two quick wide outs Mark Clayton and Mark Duper before Super Bowl XIX with the Miami Dolphins, 49ers Free Safety Ronnie Lott said that there was no doubt that they would make catches. But that we’ll make them remember that they caught them.

It was definitely a tragedy to see the replay of the Joe Theismann incident on Monday Night Football that ended his career. But are we going to make rules against the knock out in boxing? The players know what they are getting their selves into before they step on the field (and heck that’s what they are paid so much for right?).

Sometimes the worst happens, but by making all of these rules we’re killing the greatness of this game that is about the beaten down underdog New York Giants stunting the heavily favored New England Patriots by getting to the quarter back and putting the hits on that make the receivers drop the pass a second time because of the fear and anxiety of what they know is breathing down their neck.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief Copy-Editor: Burke McSwain

Sports Editor: Matt Steinbach

College vs. Pro: USF Students Prefer NFL

The last time USF fielded a Division I football team was 59 years ago, but in that time the sport has gone from time-filler in the baseball off-season to the behemoth of American sports.

The sport has taken over the country since USF last put helmets and shoulder pads on a team of their own and despite not having a collegiate team of their own to cheer for, USF students are not immune to football fever.

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Ryan Rosenblatt Staff Writer

When the fall weekends roll around, tons of USF students find themselves in front of televisions watching 22 men on a field butt heads for roughly three hours. Junior Leonard Gray says the physicality is one of the things which draws him to the game. “It’s one of the most physical sports with guys competing the whole time,” he says.
Most USF students who love the game of football will watch both the college and professional game and the schedules set up so it’s easy for them to watch both. Saturday is a day for the amateurs, alumni, bands and students to pack stadiums nationwide and put on a show for the millions watching on television. Games start at 9 a.m. PST and will run all day, often not wrapping up until 11 p.m. and sometimes after midnight if Hawaii is playing a home game.

With at least 14 hours of football and sometimes more on Saturday, you would think that USF students would have their fill, but that’s not the case.
After spending hours upon hours watching games on Saturdays, USF students roll out of bed again on Sundays to pick up on some more action from the gridiron. In fact, while all interviewed said that while they do enjoy both college and professional football, an overwhelming majority said that they are partial to the NFL and will watch games all day. That means waking up for the 10 a.m. PST start, sticking through those 1 p.m. games and holding on for the Sunday night finale at 5 p.m. Toss in a Monday night game and USF students get their fill of football, but why the NFL over college?

The leading reason that USF students prefer the NFL to college football is simple. “It’s a higher level of play because you get the best of the best,” says freshman Will Peterman.
When you consider that only roughly one in every 18 Divison I college football players make it to the NFL, it stands to reason that the NFL is in fact made up of the best players in the world. For as difficult as it is to earn a Division I football scholarship, only a fraction of those exceptional athletes even get their shot at the NFL as the goods are weeded away to make way for the greats.

Sophomore Patrick Farley points to the speed of the NFL game as the tiebreaker for him. “Pro football is a little bit faster and that little bit makes it more exciting and fun to watch,” Farley explains.

When differentiating between the two, though, Farley has an interesting take. “A lot of people don’t like all the money in the NFL and like college football better because of it,”  Farley points out, but, “with all the money in college football now, there isn’t that difference anymore.”

Coming off of an off-season in which USC was sanctioned by the NCAA for Reggie Bush taking money from agents, among other indiscretions, and a weekend in which North Carolina played without 13 players as they are investigated for improper relationships with agents, the innocence of college football is starting to wear off.
The changing landscape of college football just gives the NFL a boost, even if it didn’t really need one. Over 75 percent of USF students questioned prefer the NFL to college football and while their team allegiances vary from the warm beaches of the San Diego Chargers to the frozen tundra of the Green Bay Packers, one thing is clear: on the USF campus, the National Football League reigns supreme.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief Copy-Editor: Burke McSwain

Sports Editor: Matt Steinbach

Both the 49ers and Raiders are poised for improvement

A loud buzz is heard throughout the Bay Area when the topic of the upcoming NFL season is brought up. For the first time in seven years fans of both the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers have legitimate reasons to feel optimistic. Both teams seem poised to improve upon last season’s performances and become a threat to make the playoffs. Many analysts and reporters are picking each team as sleepers; predicting that they should surprise the league and have strong seasons. Everyone is hyping up both teams, building fan excitement for the season, but it’s far from a guarantee that both teams will improve considering their lack of success in recent years. Let’s take a deeper look at both teams to see how they have improved and whether they can realistically make the playoffs.

The Raiders
The Raiders underwent a massive face-lift of the franchise this off-season replacing their wildly under-performing top pick quarterback Jamarcus Russell, with former first rounder Jason Campbell, who previously played for the Redskins. Russell was simply incompetent and incapable as a starting quarterback, the Raiders were worse with him as a starter than they were when starting with back-ups Charlie Frye and Bruce Gradkowski. In Campbell the Raiders have a solid starting quarterback with some talent. Campbell certainly isn’t a pro bowler but he knows how to get the job done and move an offense. As a former first round pick by the Washington Redskins in 2005, Campbell has talent, he’s mobile, has a good arm that allows him to throw a nice deep ball and he’s fairly accurate. The success of this team greatly relies on Campbell, he needs to be able to move the ball and put the offense in scoring positions.

For the rest of the offense, the Raiders have some intriguing players at every skill positions. At wide receiver they have three young and talented players in Darrius Heyward-Bey, Louis Murphy and Chaz Schillens. Murphy and Schillens showed flashes of their potential last year and now with Campbell throwing them the ball the Raiders hope that they can develop into game-breaking receivers. Heyward-Bey, the Raiders controversial first-round pick from last season certainly has all the measurements and talent to become a play-maker but he needs to learn how to catch the ball first. Heyward-Bey looked lost and over matched on the football field at times last season and when he was thrown the ball he usually dropped it. If this offense has any hope for being explosive it will need a big improvement by Heyward-Bey. The top receiver for the Raiders is actually tight-end Zach Miller who led the team in receptions last year. Miller is a big target with good hands; with Campbell throwing him the ball he could become one of the better tight ends in the league.

The running game was decent last year and it should be better this year with Michael Bush looking to take over the starting job. The Raiders like running the ball and they need to be effective in doing so to take pressure off of Campbell and the passing game. Bush was effective last season when he was given the majority of the touches at running back. The true key to the success of this offense is the offensive-line, which struggled for most of last season. The front office didn’t do much in addressing this issue, only adding rookies with question marks with their third and fourth round picks. The line will need to provide running lanes as well as give Campbell enough time to throw.

On defense the Raiders have play-makers on the line with Richard Seymour, at linebacker with rookie first round pick Rolando Mcclain and in the secondary with All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. Last season this defense struggled in stopping the run, but the hope is this year in the addition of Mcclain they have found a run-stopper and because of him the whole unit will improve. That’s a lot of pressure on a rookie but if he is as good as advertised he will be able to handle it. This defense can be destructive but they need their young players to pan out and provide a huge impact.

With Campbell taking over at quarterback and a defense that could be hard to score on the Raiders should definitely improve upon last years 5-11 season. But with questions marks along the offensive line and at wide receiver the Raiders are still not ready to fight for the playoffs. I see them finishing 7-9, good for second in the AFC West.

The 49ers
A season ago the 49ers finished 8-8 and were a playoff threat and could have actually made the playoffs if not for a few close losses. They had a good season despite starting the year with Shaun Hill, who was the starter for six weeks until Alex Smith took over the job. Michael Crabtree, the 49ers first round draft choice also missed much of the season after holding out in search of a large contract. Needless to say, the 49ers were in transition for much of the season. Now with virtually the same roster in place, the 49ers are confident that they will continue to improve and take the next step into making the playoffs and winning the division. For the first time in years the 49ers are the favorites to win the NFC west, something they haven’t done since 2002. But like the Raiders, the success of this team has a lot to do with the play of the starting quarterback Alex Smith.Alex Smith has under-performed in his career so far and it seems that he may never live up to the expectations of a number one pick. Despite that the 49ers still have faith in Smith and expect him to lead this team to the playoffs. Last season Smith proved that he is capable of putting up numbers and having success in a passing game. After taking over the starting job in week 7, Smith passed for 2,350 yards throwing 18 touchdowns in 11 games. For the first time in his career Smith is playing under the same offensive coordinator, meaning he doesn’t have to learn a new offense and is given the opportunity to master the current offense. The success of the 49ers is directly linked to Smith’s ability to move the offense. The 49ers have talent everywhere but that talent can’t be utilized unless Smith successfully gets them the ball. The success of this team lies on Smith’s shoulders, this is his chance to prove that he can handle the pressure and be a successfully starting quarterback.

The 49ers have weapons in every position on offense. At running back Frank Gore is one of the best in the league, and he is the focal point of this offense. The wide receivers are young and talented starting with Michael Crabtree who has the skills to develop into one of the better receivers in the NFL. Josh Morgan also possesses a lot of skill and talent; he has good size and catches the ball well making him a great weapon opposite of Crabtree. Vernon Davis finally developed into the player the 49ers have always wanted him to be. He made the pro bowl last year and established himself has one of the best tight ends in the NFL and a match up nightmare for any defense. The 49ers made a point to improve the offensive line this off-season, which was their major weakness last year. They drafted two huge offensive linemen in the first round in Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati. The niners hope that these two rookies will solidify the line, giving Gore running lanes and Smith time to throw to his receivers. Everything is in place for Smith to succeed, he just has to put it all together and continue to develop.

On defense the 49ers, led by all-pro middle linebacker Patrick Willis, were one of the best units in the NFL last season. This is the strength of the team, and coach Singletarry prides himself in developing a terrifying defense. There were no major additions or subtractions to the unit so look for them to continue to be dominant and become better. Players such as Dashon Goldson, Shawnte Spencer and Manny Lawson will need to continue to improve if this defense wants to get even better. The secondary is the weak link in the defensive unit, so the 49ers will need them to step up and prevent big plays through the air. A major improvement the 49ers made this off-season was in special teams where they have added a return man in Ted Ginn. Ginn provides the 49ers with a returner who is a threat to turn any kick into a touchdown; something this team has lacked the past few seasons.

The 49ers seem ready to win the NFC West and they should. If they don’t win the division or fail to make the playoffs, the season will be a major disappointment. But I don’t see that happening. The 49ers will win the NFC West this year and finish 10-6, you can take that to the bank.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy
Chief Copy-Editor: Burke McSwain
Sports Editor: Matt Steinbach

Debate: Which is the Ultimate Month for Sports Fanatics?

Sports Editor Matt Steinbach examines a USF Dons sports calendar to determine which month is truly the ultimate sports month. Photo Cass Krughoff/Foghorn

The greatest thing about sports is that it goes all year round; there is never a day  on the calendar when there isn’t a game of some sort, or at least some major sports news. Sure this might be a little over-kill but for die-hard sports fans, it’s simply amazing. Even though the sports world is constantly going, without a break, some parts of the sports year just aren’t as exciting as others. Every month of the year is unique for sports because some leagues are just starting their seasons, playoffs may be in full swing for another league and drafts or other off-season events are happening For me, two months of the year are by far more eventful and enjoyable than the rest of the sports calendar, October and April. But which month is the best for sports?

October

October has a lot to offer for sports fan, especially for football and baseball fans. Although the NFL season kicks off in September, October is when the season really starts to unfold. The NFL generally plays weeks 4-7 of the season in October, which is a time where we see which teams are destined for a great season and which ones will be wishing it was the off-season already. Besides the greatness of the NFL, College Football is also in full swing. The College Football season also starts in September and like the NFL, the games aren’t really important until October, when league play begins in weeks 5-9 of the season. Losing in October can be the difference between playing in a BCS bowl game and not playing at all.

Even though the Football season is exciting and a large part of October sports, what makes this month great for sports is the MLB Playoffs. The entire playoffs take place in October, which makes it the most important month for the MLB, well at least for the eight teams that were able to make it into October. Playoff baseball is extremely exciting and enjoyable to watch, and it really makes October a great sports month. With the start of the World Series at the end of October as well, there is no better month to watch the MLB.

In addition to the NFL, College Football and the MLB playoffs, the NBA and NHL season begin in October as well. The NBA season tips off at the end of October (always on Halloween night) and it always proves to be an exciting night. Along with the NBA, the NHL starts the beginning of its long season in October as well. Every major sport is represented in October, which gives it a strong case of winning the crown of best sports month of the year.

April

April kicks off the month with the most exciting weekend of College Basketball with the Final Four. A few days later the championship game is played, which marks the end of the greatest sporting event, March Madness. The first week is also the end of the NBA regular season, when teams are fighting for home court advantage, playoff seeds and playoff berths. The games are generally played with a high level of intensity as teams are preparing for the playoffs, which make the games even more entertaining than usual. The only downside to the last week of the season is that the top teams in each conference tend to rest their best players in hopes of getting them rest for the playoffs.

In addition to the NBA season coming to an end and College Basketball naming a champion, the MLB season kicks off with opening day. Opening Day for the MLB is an amazing sporting event, every team is playing, which means games are on all day. Besides the opening weekend of March Madness, there is no better day to spend the entire day sitting on a couch, watching sports. But opening day is even better to enjoy in person, the stadiums are always packed with fans that are excited that the season is finally here. The atmosphere of stadiums on Opening Day is amazing, everyone has high expectations and everyone is excited to see how the season will unfold. Best of all, the start of the MLB season guarantees that there will be a sporting event to watch every day The Masters, NBA and NHL playoffs are all in April as well, which means that we watch high-level competition in three different sports. There is no other month that has as many important games. The Masters is one of golf’s greatest tournaments as well as one of its longest traditions. The weekend long tournament is golf played at its highest level, with all the best players in the world competing for the green jacket and a place in history. The NBA and NHL playoffs begin at the end of April and each playoff game is highly entertaining. Even if you don’t follow hockey, the NHL playoffs are worth watching because every game is intense and full of excitement. The NBA playoffs are my personal favorite because every game is played with intensity and a sense of urgency.  The level of play is so high and the games are very competitive, it just makes for great television. Besides all the games that are being played, the NFL Draft happens in April, which is an amazing event to watch. Drafts are always entertaining because exciting and promising rookies are joining teams, giving them new hope and its fun to analyze who made the best selections.

The Verdict

April is by far the best month is sports with the NBA and NHL playoffs, Opening Day of the MLB, the Final Four and Championship game for College basketball, the Masters and the NFL Draft. There is something for every sports fan. What separates April from October is the amount of playoff/championship games. April has a plethora of important games and competition is at its highest level, which makes it the ruling king of the sports calendar.