You didn't think that just because it's summer, you couldn't get goosebumps, right?
Throughout the years, even over the course of centuries, there's been one constant about sports—they can provide an array of emotions.
Think about it—It's a bit of a bold move to follow a team or athlete—immersing yourself into a world you can't control means you'd better buckle in and enjoy the ride. For good, for bad and sometimes for the completely absurd.
Perhaps you Cubs fans pluck out a few extra gray hairs every so often. Maybe that smashed remote control on the floor is a result of a Jets season cut short in January. It could be that you can't watch Aaron Boone's 2003 ALCS walk-off homer without a Kleenex in hand.
It can be quite easy to confuse "goosebumps moments" with "great plays" though. When sports give us collective goosebumps, it's a result of added drama, outside circumstances or overcoming adversity when it matters most. We love to see the little guy win, the laughed-at underdog come up on top and the good guy get the credit he deserves.
Think about it—no one would've rooted for Rudy the same way if he were built like a grizzly bear.
Sometimes it takes something greater than sports to show just how important sports really are.