Top 3 Tuesday: Best Sporting Events
1. The Masters
The Masters is my favorite sporting event and it's not even a close contest. There is something magical about this golf tournament that I can't explain and it draws me in every single year. I think a big part of it is that the focus is always on the event. The history, traditions, and culture of Augusta National are unlike anything else in American sports and people that understand those traditions have great reverence for them.
For my birthday a few years ago, my wife got us tickets to a practice round of The Masters and it was amazing to see what respect people had for the course. It was as if we all cared more about having the opportunity to walk the course and picture ourselves being part of the incredible moments this tournament has produced than we did about seeing the current players on the course.
There's not a better moment in sports to me than watching the leaders play the back nine at The Masters on that Sunday afternoon.
2. NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
I’ll be the first to admit that college basketball isn’t what it used to be. The quality of play has declined, fundamentals are becoming non-existent, players are becoming more arrogant, and the officiating is a disaster. With all that being said, how can you not love the excitement of the NCAA tournament?! The fun of filling out a bracket and trying to figure out which teams will be upset is something my family has enjoyed doing together for years. Then, you get the experience of watching great games over a three week period that culminates with a champion being crowned. Plus, the beginning of the NCAA tournament always means we’re only a few short weeks away from The Masters!
3. SEC Championship Game (Football)
It’s officially known as the SEC Championship but it can sometimes be viewed as college football’s national championship, as it was this past season between Alabama and Georgia. The SEC has won the last seven BCS Championships and has become the undisputed power conference in college football. When the eastern and western division champions square off every season in the Georgia Dome, the atmosphere is electric and the winner usually ends up playing for the title. The passion of fans from SEC schools is at a different level and this is the game that players in the conference work for.
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