As I sat watching the Yankees falter to the Rangers in the ALCS once again, I was wondering with all the frustration of watching your team fall short, the reasons that people love sports. Whether we root for the reigning champions or the cellar dwellers we keep watching. Then I realized it's the little moments and memories that keep us tuned in. Here are 10 reasons why we keep tailgating, cheering and rooting for our beloved sports teams.
The players. The athletes that make us say "Wow." All sports have them. The superstar faces that amaze us week after week. Whether it's them lighting it up from three-point land or running wild on a tough SEC defense. The players keep us tuning in, waiting to see what they will do next.
Kind of a continuation of the last slide, but these are the players that just when you think they are finished, they come back better than ever.
How about the guys no one ever heard of going from grocery bagger, to NFL MVP? Guys like Chad Pennington, who suffered a slew of injuries over his career, but somehow comes back time after time to show he still has it.
Guys like Kurt Warner, bagging groceries one minute, to hoisting the Lombardi Trophy the next. These guys are not only fun to watch but kind of inspiring.
The moment you feel a top-ranked team going down. After the final second ticks away and you realize your team has pulled off the impossible. The sea of students swarming the field celebrating with the players. It is pure electricity on the field.
On the flip side, if your the team who just got knocked off, you might be a little down. All the more motivation for revenge next time.
The other team that you love to hate. Whether it be Yankees/Red Sox, Ohio State/Michigan, Duke/UNC, or any number of bitter rivalries these are the games we live for. There is nothing better than watching you squad rub it in against that other team.
Or how about the feeling when you dash your rivals championship dreams on the last game of the season...much like Pitt did to WVU in 2007. No matter what team you like, there is one that you hate just as much.
No, not the halftime show. The characters on the field that give you not only great athleticism, but those funny little moments. Think Chad Ochocinco, T.O., anything Ozzie Guillen has to say. All make you love or hate the guy, but they can always steal the show...even if it costs them some money.
Getting sport specific hear. Anyone remember Aaron Boone in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS? I'm sure Red Sox fans do. I know Yankees fans do. The hometown guy with two outs in the ninth steps up, and unleashes a blast that turn a nervous, silent stadium into a mosh pit of joy.
We love to see guys make history. Whether it be throwing a perfect game or breaking a long-standing record. These are the times when you witness history.
You will always remember where you were when Brett Favre threw that record-breaking...interception (YES, I got my shot in on Brett Favre and no I won't take it back).
That clutch moment when during college basketball's postseason when one guy becomes a legend. Da'Sean Butler mastered this art last season fro WVU, hitting two game-winning shots to propel the Mountaineers to their first Big East title and a trip to the Final Four.
Fans hold their breath when the shot goes up and when it snaps the net, it's pure jubilation.
It comes out of nowhere. The play that turns the tide, and takes your breath away all at once. (Sometimes back-to-back plays: see Boise State beating Oklahoma). Whether it be a hook and lateral or just some tough running or an awesome catch, these plays are what sports fans live to see.
Sounds like an upset or a play, but somehow it's different.
Just being in a moment that will never be forgotten in history. Marshall has one in 1971 when they beat Xavier almost a year after the plane crash that took the lives of 75 people, including the 1970 team.
The Miracle on Ice is a moment no one can ever forget (notice a theme that they will typically make a movie out of it?) How about Babe Ruth calling his shot? People still refer to it to this day.
Just the times that offer those inspiring, unforgettable moments. This is why we love sports.