Is April the Best Month in Sports?

I am as huge of a football fan as anybody.  I watch the College Thursday night game on ESPN, then double digit college games on Saturday.  For the NFL I get the Sunday Ticket and have season tickets to the Packers.  Due to all of this going on along with baseball pennant races, it has been said that October is the best month of the year for sports.  Now that the World Series goes into November along with the start of college basketball, NBA and NHL, November had an argument.

September has the penant races along with the start of the regular season in both college football and the NFL.  Before I get to all of the strengths of April I am going to pick a fall favorite. 

The fall favorite is October, I am not even taking arguments.  October playoff baseball is better than September pennant race baseball.  College Football spends all of September playing crappy non-conference games while the real season now starts that first Saturday in October when all teams are in conference play.  The NFL is great both months but I am going with October simply because we get more games due to Labor Day weekend taking out a possible week of regular season games. 

April

Here are some April Highlights:

  • College Basketball Championship, and some years the entire Final Four.
  • The Masters, I cannot stand golf but I am in the minority and understand following this tournament.
  • NBA Playoffs begin, the NBA is making a strong case for the best of all sports playoffs.  You get a game seven in a playoff series it is virtually a war of attrition that rarely disappoints.
  • NHL Playoffs begin, there are many who ignore the NHL and I cannot blame them, but please do this; watch one playoff game in HD and you may be swayed.  I really got into the NHL playoffs last year and I feel it is an underrated event.  It has to be in HD on a big screen though, no other sport is more negatively/positively impacted by standard def or HD.
  • MLB Baseball begins, there are only two times baseball is really interesting, the beginning and the end.  The middle drags on for months without any interruptions.
  • NFL Draft, by far the best sporting event that does not actually involve a competition.

Those are the major players for me and if I go with my gut I am going to go with April for several reasons.

1.  April has a better mix.  You get Golf, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey and Football.  If you are a general sports fan April has everything whereas October is really only baseball and football.

2.  April has games during the week.  This may be the biggest negative regarding October.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday have nothing.  In April there are NBA and NHL playoff games all week, along with MLB games during the day.  Everything is covered.

3.  April has the NFL Draft.  Both months have a mix of college football and NFL but only April can give bad teams false hope.  How many times have the Lions been determined a team everybody better watch out for due to picking another explosive WR.  As Andy said in Shawshank, “Hope is a good thing”, nothing gives more hope in than the NFL Draft.

If I simply scored this I would give October an advantage in football, but not by a landside due to how involved people are in the draft.  Baseball is better in October obviously but there is nothing to even compare NHL and NBA playoffs to.  Or the Masters, or the NCAA Final Four.

Therefore, April is the best all around month for sports.

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