BY REDCHAIR; Sports Editor
“Tis the season” you might hear a lot of people say around Christmas time. But what I say is tis the season for sports lovers. This is the period of time that sports fans enjoy being fans and amateur critics. Right now we have the end of the regular season in the National Football League (NFL). Fantasy sports fan know its playoff time and how their week goes depends on how their players play. For the normal fans this is the time of the year where you’re fighting to make it to the playoffs. The best is being brought out of each team in the last few weeks for that opportunity to win a championship. Can Tebow continue to will his team to victory week after week and get into the playoffs? Will the Packers rest their players week 17 against the Lions now with no chance at perfection? Who finishes with the worst record with the chance to draft highly touted prospect Andrew Luck?
Major League Baseball (MLB) is having their offseason where we get to wake up each morning with excitement of a new signings and trades to help our team improve upon last season. We get to see signings we thought wouldn’t happen, ala Albert Pujols going to the Los Angeles Angels, and get to judge whether the trades that are pulled off such as Matt Latos coming to Cincinnati and wondering if the Reds gave up too much to get him. Does signing Carlos Beltran improve the Cardinals chances at repeating or does signing Yu Darvish make the Rangers a lock straight to the World Series for the third season in a row? Does YouTube sensation Yoenis Cespedes sign with the Yankees? How will the Marlins do with their new expensive budget and new stadium?
Normally we have been about two months into the National Basketball Association (NBA) and are starting to see what teams are for real and what teams simply can’t put their pieces together and need to start looking for trades. Even right now with the NBA starting their season on Christmas we are all excited to see the new look teams with a fast and furious offseason of acquisitions. Chris Paul did end in Los Angeles but he’s wearing a Clippers Jersey. Are the Mavericks going to repeat? Can the Heat finally come through in the clutch or did the Bulls picking up Rip Hamilton pick up the edge to triumph over the hated Heat. Can the young teams of Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzles continue to improve and possibly surpass the aging Mavericks?
I’ll be honest and admit that I’m not the biggest hockey fan. I do enjoy going to games and I enjoy staying informed when the playoffs begin but even the National Hockey League has been exciting to that fan base with the season being halfway through. The Chicago Blackhawks are back to being in first place in their division after a disappointing season last year. College basketball is off and running and college football has bowl games going on around us. The bigger bowl games will be here before we know it. Will the LSU vs. Alabama turn into more of an offensive game compared to their first battle? Which NFL prospects will shine brighter in the Stanford vs. Oklahoma State Tostitos Bowl?
So while the majority of the world are enjoying unwrapping their Christmas presents and getting ready for their New Year’s Eve parties the sports fans of the world are keeping their phones in their hands and their wandering eyes on the television. Instead of playing their new Call of Duty game they’re watching the great matchups on Christmas day. Instead of getting “chocolate wasted” on New Year’s Eve they’re making sure all their fan fanatics attention span is ready for the major bowl games starting on January 2nd and on. Tailgating is their time party. Other fans have their phones blowing up with twitter following all the new plot twists and turns on MLB acquisitions. Whatever sport is your passion or whatever combination of sports gets your juices going this is definitely one of the best times of the year for sports. Now all we have to do is sit back and let all the different stories unfold and simply go along for the ride and enjoy it.