As sports fans, these are the days we live for.
The events that we think about weeks, if not months, in advance.
These are the events that keep us going. The events that help us deal with the nagging wife, the crappy job, the bad weather, the nagging wif--. Whoops.
And when we have a vested interest in who is playing in the game, that exponentially adds to our level of passion for these events.
Imagine being a Boston Red Sox fan in '04, or a Butler University fan in '10, or an Arizona Cardinals fan in '08, or a Detroit Tigers fan in '06, knowing that this might be the only time in your life when your favorite team plays for a championship.
If your team is not competing in the final and most important game of the season, as is usually the case, there is still much to be excited about: the competition between two great teams, the chess match that exists between both team's head coaches, the passion the players display while competing for the championship and the sheer drama that comes from such an emotion-filled event.
It is why we watch sports in the first place.