MLB Trades, NFL Free Agency Promise the Most Exciting 10 Days in Sports History

Matt BowenAnalyst IIJuly 20, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 18:  An officials cap marks a play as the Minnesota Vikings face the Baltimore Ravens during NFL action at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on October 18, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Ravens 33-31.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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With the NFL on the verge of a season and MLB's trade deadline coming up July 31st, dozens of players and hundreds of millions of dollars will be on the move over the next week and a half. NFL free agency and the MLB trade deadline, all in the same week!

This is the perfect storm, a once in a lifetime event. The timing of these two events compares only to the excitement of the Big Dance. Fans will be on the edge of their seats in anticipation of seeing what their club does or doesn't do. For a sports fan, the next 10 days will be the most exciting a fan will ever witness.

2011 has been a memorable year for MLB and the NFL to this point, for opposite reasons. Major League Baseball has a divisional battle in all six divisions, while the NFL has yet to get to work. There are so many rumors swirling around in both leagues that one can't keep up with all the buzz, as it seems to change by the second.

There have never been so many teams in contention this late in recent MLB history. To date, 14 teams are within seven games of first. Part of the spotlight this year includes some teams that have long been forgotten about as true contenders. Pittsburgh, for example, is a great baseball town and will be a buyer at the deadline for the first time in nearly two decades. All 30 MLB teams will be wheeling and dealing, as baseball fans will be intrigued until the 11th hour.

As for the NFL, with the season just eight weeks away, free-agent delirium will hit NFL GMs and fans the moment the deal goes down. At the drop of a hat teams will be flashing their cash as they jockey for position and look to fill holes in their rosters. Football fans everywhere will be checking their smartphones by the minute for the latest news. The hype will be like nothing we've ever seen before.

Get ready, sports fans; we are about to witness sports history. These next 10 days will be like nothing we'll see again: the two biggest sports in American history making the most moves ever. Sit down, kick back and enjoy the excitement.