When Andy Williams sang the words “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” in reference to Christmas time I feel he was actually excited about September sports, but knew he could make more money in December.
Well that’s an exaggeration, but when I think of this time of year that song comes to mind.
The NFL opens their regular season on Thursday with the Ravens and Broncos with a full day of football on Sunday. Any sports fan should be in heaven with this alone, but it doesn’t stop there.
MLB is in one of the most exciting months of the season. I know that 162 games can be a lot to stay focused on, but we’re in the playoff push now. Some argue that the playoffs are more exciting, but those are the teams that made it through and have all their attention on them. Obviously every regular season game matters and makes a difference at the end of the day, but with just 25 games remaining in the season (as of Tuesday afternoon) the Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers were tied for first in the American League West.
For a regular season game in two to three weeks time to make or break their season and whether they make the post-season is more exciting to me than seeing the early part of the post-season at least. Not much tops the World Series, but those first rounds aren’t always all that exciting.
Not to be left out there is also a big race in the National League Central, which will lead to some great baseball down the stretch. The Pittsburgh Pirates lead the division currently, but St. Louis Cardinals is only one game back and the Cincinnati Reds are 3.5 back. There’s been a lot of speculation over who’s going to win it, but with both the Pirates and Cardinals splitting their last 10 and Cincinnati 4-6 it’s looking like a two man show.
If this isn’t enough we have hockey starting to pick up. Although the NHL doesn’t open their regular season until October, locally we have junior teams getting underway in the Weeks Crushers and in Halifax the Mooseheads are the defending Memorial Cup champions.
In Antigonish there will also be AUS soccer, rugby and football for the next few month before their hockey team also takes to the ice. The women’s rugby team is defending their CIS championship, both soccer teams will be competitive, while the football team will finish below Saint Mary’s and Acadia.
I know that’s a tough pill for the football team to swallow, but why not enjoy watching them crush Mount Allison and see Saint Mary’s or Acadia without having to drive that extra distance to Halifax or the Annapolis Valley.
Sports fans enjoy this month, it’s one of the most wonderful times of the year.
Christopher Cameron is the sports reporter for The News and can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @NGNewsChris.