Today could have been like any other day. It could have been just another Sunday.
Before the day was done, I would be reminded why I love sports, why I watch.
I began my day with the finals of the Australian Open. Nadal and Federer—the two best players in the world went head-to-head. I taped the match, since it started at 12:30am and watched it when I got up in the morning.
It was nice to be able to fast forward through the commercials. I managed to watch a five hour match in about two hours, and what a match it was.
Five grueling sets, with all the emotion and ups and downs you could ask for, peaking with a dramatic third set tiebreaker and ending with Nadal hoisting up the trophy in what will go down as one of the greatest tennis matches of all time.
I can’t think of a more amazing match that I’ve ever seen. The level of tennis being played by these two guys was just amazing.
Next up for me was my local Sacramento Kings taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder. That turned out to be a doozy as well. The game went into overtime, with the Kings pulling out a 122-118 win.
The Kings were led by Kevin Martin’s 37 points and John Salmons just missed a triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
The Thunder’s three young guns all played well in defeat. Rookie Russell Westbrook had 34 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Kevin Durant added 33 points and Jeff Green had 28.
The Kings got their 11th win of the season and will play at the Suns tomorrow night. I can’t wait for that game.
The finale of the day was, of course, the Super Bowl. Quite frankly, I was bored for most of the game. The first 52 minutes of the game weren’t very entertaining.
It looked like the Cardinals were outmatched and were just going to fade away. But they made a furious run in the last seven minutes and actually took the lead. Watching Larry Fitzgerald race down the field for the go-ahead touchdown had my heart racing.
The Steelers came back and scored a touchdown to take the lead back with less than a minute left and break the hearts of Cardinal fans everywhere.
I had no rooting interest in this game. I just wanted to be entertained. Today I was. For those last few minutes I was glued to the screen.
This is why I watch sports—for moments like this, for games like this, for days like today. This is why I obsess about my favorite teams, watch ESPN, and follow stats. This is just about as good as it gets.
Today was a good day.