The Best Month Of The Year? A Rocktober Harvest

S and G SportsContributor IApril 4, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 29:  A shot of the scoreboard at the start of the bottom of the sixth inning between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays during the continuation of game five of the 2008 MLB World Series on October 29, 2008 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

In response to several writers voicing their opinion on the greatest sports month of the year, S and G Sports, after much deliberation, have extracted two months that reign supreme above the rest. This response is our first Great Sports Month.


It has been said that little can compare to the thrill of walking up the stairs of a sporting venue, breathing in the fresh, crisp air of an autumn day.  October, or more affectionately referred to in the athletic world as "Rocktober," is our pick for a Top Sports Month of the Year.


‘Rocktober’ falls dead in the thick of Fall.  Leaves are full of color and fill the landscape. The days become cool and the air has a sharp chill.  The afternoons are filled with brilliant sunshine, while the night sky is dominated by the Harvest moon.  In the athletic world, much is occurring amidst the electricity of excitement. 


October is beloved by baseball, football, and basketball fans alike.  October is the scene of the pedestal of the baseball season, the World Series, along with the heat of football season, and pre-basketball extravaganza.


Fans from across the globe tune their TV sets in to watch the top two baseball teams, arguably of the whole world, compete against each other for their place in the Baseball Shrine. After a month of Spring training, 162 regular season games, and two playoff series, the baseball season comes to a week of a thrilling close.


In the realm of football, the season is fully underway at every level.  In college, the September "tune up" games are completed, and vital conference games begin. Rivalries, such as the Tennessee/Bama "Third Saturday in October" and the Oklahoma/Texas "Red River Shootout" excite football fans across the nation.


High School teams also are well into league play, and adolescents pack stadiums boasting their lettermen’s jackets and football jerseys under the Friday night lights.


In the NFL, the season is at full thrust, hurtling towards the playoff picture and the trade deadline, while injuries and highlights fill the Sports’ pages of the daily newspapers. 


Basketball fans also perk up during "Rocktober."  The regular season is just around the corner.  Preseason tourneys are beginning, giving their faithful a glimpse into the level of play the upcoming season.  Basketball preview magazines and TV shows are becoming regular, giving the fan everything they need to know for the upcoming season. 


With the heightened close of the eight month baseball season, the full heat of the football season, and the anticipation of the upcoming basketball season, it is hard not to pick October as a Top Sports Month.