There are some days in the world of sports that are the equivalent of Christmas to a small child for sports fans.
These mega events come only once a year, but when they do, fans go crazy gearing up to watch them, sometimes even sneaking out of work early to get a good seat at the bar or in front of their own TV to catch all of the action.
Here is a list of 40 of the greatest days in sports each year.
This is one of the biggest annual races in NASCAR.
Not only is it big in terms of how many fans it attracts or how well-known the event is, it's also the longest race in NASCAR at 600 miles long.
While students may sign after or around this date, the first official day high school seniors can sign with their college team is an exciting one for sports fans.
On this day each year, usually the first Wednesday in February, fans get to watch and see what fresh new talent will be joining their favorite team.
When would it ever not be exciting to watch professional basketball players try to one-up each other in slam dunk skill and style?
Ah, the first game of the college football season. While usually not the most exciting game of the season by any stretch of the imagination, this game gets fans back into their teams' stadiums cheering for them and getting geared up to watch an entire season of great football.
This is another one of the most famous race days in Formula One racing.
People from all over flock to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway each year to watch this 500-mile race.
While not everyone in the nation may be a huge fan of soccer, the MLS Cup championship game, held once a year, is exciting for soccer fans and non-soccer fans alike.
The skill and determination of each player and team in this game is truly exciting to watch.
This is one of the more fun side games the NBA puts together each year. Fans love watching the newest members of the NBA battle it out with guys who have had a year more of professional playing experience.
Always a surprise to see who will come out on top.
Like many of the great golf tournaments, the competition really heats up the second to the last day of this Open.
Multi-day competitions are always fun to watch, but the last day can be one of the most fun, especially in the Winter X Games, when the men's SuperPipe final is usually held.
Most of the games usually fall on the same weekend every year, whether we are talking USC-UCLA, Alabama-Auburn or Michigan-Ohio State.
Probably the most exciting weekend in college football, there are several great matchups for alums and fans of all ages.
This day applies to any and all sports.
The last regular season game can be a make-or-break moment for most teams, determining whether they go on to the playoffs or end their season right then and there.
This is always an exciting one for tennis fans.
If someone wins the US Open plus the three Slams before it, he or she will be given the Grand Slam title for the year.
OK, so maybe watching this event isn't the most exciting thing in the world, but the outcomes of it are.
This is the day fans find out what fresh talent will be joining their team.
This day in sports can best be compared to a feeding frenzy of sharks.
The first day teams can begin talks with free agents is one of the most hectic and exciting with managers and owners trying to all compete for the same players to join their team.
Is there a better way to spend the day recovering from New Year's Eve shenanigans than watching back-to-back football games with friends and family, all while eating great food?
Oh what an exciting day this is, the day the teams playing in the NCAA basketball tournament are announced and brackets come out.
Who doesn't love getting that year's bracket in their hands and immediately going to research and contemplate who they see going where in the tournament?
Again, like most of the other drafts, actually watching isn't that much fun, but seeing the outcomes from it is really exciting.
One of the biggest rivalries in college basketball every year, this is one of the top matchups to watch.
Yes, the first day of the NCAA season was already on this list, but the second game of the season is always one of the most exciting for any team.
The team has worked out a lot of the kinks in its play and is ready to take on some actual competition at this point. This is when you start seeing who the pretenders and contenders are.
Not that the other days aren't important, but this is when all the highly anticipated players are drafted.
Unlike most of the other drafts in professional sports, the NBA draft is fun to watch. That's not only because people want to see who is drafted where, but also since there are some pretty awesome suits worn to the event.
This is the most exciting day of golf all year.
Sunday at the Masters is when the competition really gets heated as players near the end of the tournament.
Probably the largest NASCAR event, the Daytona 500 is like the holy grail of race days for fans.
Great football and great food—who wouldn't get excited about this day?
We all know this is the conference that reigns supreme. The winner of this game is virtually guaranteed a shot at the national title.
Wimbledon is one of the biggest tournaments in tennis. The last day is typically when the best of the best play one another, making for an exciting day of tennis.
Sometimes this game includes rivals, but more importantly the stakes are high, as millions of dollars and bragging rights are all on the table. The build-up of fan excitement and activity really makes this an exciting day in sports each year.
The championship of the NHL playoffs is always a tough battle for who will win the Stanley Cup. It's emotional and exciting to watch.
This may be one of the most exciting days of the tournament next to the actual championship game.
Everyone goes in full of hope, with no bracket dreams yet crushed, and watches hours and hours of basketball, even sneaking out of work early to make sure they catch all the action.
Like the NBA All-Star game, this is a gathering of some of the greatest players in the league. It's exciting to see players get a chance to play alongside people other than those on their team.
Nothing brings to mind summer, beer and stadium food more than Opening Day for MLB.
This is one of the greatest showcases of talent in the NBA. Pairing up some of the best athletes in the league who usually don't get to play together is an exciting experience to watch.
The teams have played multiple games, and everything comes down to this last one. It's an exciting and nerve-racking game to watch.
Football's been gone since February and the Super Bowl, but when it returns for the fall season, that first week of action is always so exciting since it hasn't been on in months, particularly the Monday Night Football game.
The Kentucky Derby only comes once a year, but when it does, it causes everyone to stop what they're doing and watch.
This may be the most action-packed day in the NFL all season long. With the Super Bowl lineup resting on these conference championship outcomes, these are intense and exciting games to watch.
The final games of the NCAA tournament. With all other teams eliminated, the title game boasts the last two battling it out for a national championship.
The two best teams in all the NCAA coming together to compete for a national championship is an exciting thing to watch.
Especially if this is Game 7 of the series, this is one of the most intense and exciting games each year in professional sports.
The king of all championships, the Super Bowl is the most exciting day of the year in sports.
Between great play from the two best teams in the league, hilarious commercials and the tons and tons of good food, it is by far one of the most entertaining times of the year.