June: the Greatest Month in Sports
I was recently asked by a leader from Bleacher Report to write an article on which month I believe is the greatest in sports.
There are various sporting events that take place throughout all the twelve months and all have their special qualities.
Yet, the month of June is the best sports month because it has so many different events going on and creates the best drama.
Here are some of the events that make June the best month in sports.
The NBA Finals
When you think about the NBA Finals, you think about Willis Reed limping out in Game Seven for the Knicks, the great match-ups between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan hitting the game winner against Utah.
The NBA Finals brings such compelling drama to the month of June, it is sometimes just so unreal.
Kobe and Boston's Big Three, going seven games to see which is the greatest in the game.
Some things just don't get much better then that.
NFL Mini - Camp
Every year, no matter if you went 0-16 last year, or if you won the Super Bowl, thirty two teams believe this year is their year.
NFL Mini-Camp truly shows how your team is going to do the following year.
Is your first round draft pick going to step up? Is that blockbuster trade you made going to work out?
All of those questions are answered in the middle of June, when everybody is ready to go back out there and work towards winning the Lombardi Trophy.
The Stanley Cup Finals
True NHL legends are born in June during the Stanley Cup Finals.
Wayne Gretzky isn't called, "The Great One" just because he had ridiculous talent on the ice. It's because he won multiple Stanley Cups during his outstanding career.
During the lockout season a few years ago, you could tell that June was very bland and boring because there was no intense action going out on the ice.
Even if you're not a hockey fan, you should definitely watch the Stanley Cup Finals. You will learn to realize why so many people love this sport.
The NBA Draft
I am sorry if the Knicks fan comes out of me in this one.
June 18, 1985:
Patrick Ewing was drafted number one overall by the New York Knicks and the entire franchise was reborn.
Now, anything like that can work out for any of the other NBA teams.
Unfortunately, one year earlier for the Portland Trail Blazers, they selected Sam Bowie with the second overall pick, instead of Michael Jordan.
Regardless, the NBA Draft is a great event and provides a great atmosphere and a great sense of hope for your team the following season.
The Belmont Stakes
The Belmont Stakes can either be the best race for some horses and jockeys, or the worst for some others.
Its is the best for horses who previously won at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, and then came out victorious at The Belmont Stakes and won the Triple Crown.
The same could not be said for horses like Big Brown, who came so close to winning the ultimate title, but fell one race short.
This fantastic horse race in June makes your heart race and creates so much drama that it sometimes hurts to watch the the race in its entirety.
Well, there you have it. Those sporting events and activities mentioned above are the reason why June is the best month in all of sports.
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