June is the best sports month hands down. Some may argue it's April because of NCAA basketball, the beginning of baseball season, and the Masters. Some may say it's February because of the Superbowl. However, those people would be wrong.
Actually they wouldn't be wrong—merely different strokes for different folks. Therefore, in my case, June is without a doubt the best sports month and here is why. In June we have the NBA Finals, U.S. Open, Wimbledon, baseball, and of course the kick start to summer.
Take last year for example. June played witness to some of the greatest athletic competitions to date.
NBA Finals (June 5-17)
The Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics met up for a record 11th time in the NBA Finals.
Unfortunately, it wasn't the most exciting of finals. The Celtics continued their dominance over the Lakers giving them a 9-2 overall record in the finals. Nevertheless, it was a historic matchup.
The Celtics took games one and two at home. The Lakers tried to even up the series but only managed two of three games on their home turf. By the time, the championship shifted back to Boston, the momentum was clearly in the favor of the Celtics.
Boston destroyed L.A. in game 6 winning 131-92. It was a blowout to say the least. The win gave the Celtics their record 17th championship and Paul Pierce took home the MVP.
U.S. Open (June 12-16)
Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open in an epic 18 hole and then sudden death playoff over fan favorite Rocco Mediate.
Over the course of the five day competition Tiger made some unbelievable shots to keep himself in contention.
He had two eagles on the back nine of the third round as well as a chip in birdie on the 17th. Let's not forget the dramatic finish on the 18th hole of regulation. Tiger was one back of Mediate in need of a birdie to tie and finish under par.
Well Tiger performed like he always does and sunk a 12 foot putt to force a playoff. The crowd was in an uproar.
Both players finished at par in the 18 hole playoff. On the sudden death hole, Tiger shot a par while Mediate made bogey ending his magical trip at the Open.
Did I forget to mention that Tiger played all four (make that five) rounds while wincing in pain from the damage in his left knee? Oops, my bad. Well he did.
Wimbledon (June 23-July 6)
Rafael Nadal defeated five-time defending champion Roger Federer in an epic five-setter that spanned the course of four hours and forty-eight minutes because of rain delays, making it the longest Wimbledon final ever.
The final score was 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7.
Nadal took the first set 6-4. In the second, Nadal came back from being down 4-1 and rattled off five straight games. The third set went to a tiebreak in which Federer won 7-5.
The fourth set also went to a tiebreak but things were a bit more dramatic. Nadal took a 5-2 lead but he double faulted and eventually squandered two match points giving Federer the set with a 10-8 score in the tiebreak.
In the fifth and final set the players were interpreted by another rain delay with the score tied at 2-2. Eventually Nadal triumphed taking the set 9-7.
The win gave Nadal his 6th title of the year, 29th overall, 1st Wimbledon, and 5th Grand Slam win. He won a month earlier at the French Open having defeated Federer easily in three straight sets.
Nadal's combined wins at the French and Wimbledon were mildly historic because the last man to complete such a feat was Bjorn Borg in 1980. Rather impressive considering the little amount of time between both events.
John McEnroe claimed, "it was the greatest match I have ever seen." Agreed.
While there is nothing of special significance in June for baseball, it simply means that the MLB season is in full swing and that makes many of us happy campers.
Summer (June 21)
June 21 is the first day of summer. School is out. The weather is nice. Everyone loves summer and thus June just can't be beat—when it comes to sports or life.
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