April may be the time of the year when the spring season truly starts as nature reawakens from winter's wrath, from the trees sprouting new leaves and the sounds of baseball bats, stock car engines, and playoff trash-talking in the basketball and hockey arenas are at full strength.
But why would I, Rob Tiongson, find the month of February to be the best sports month in the year?
Am I crazy for just snubbing April's offering with the start of the MLB season or the playoff season of the NBA and NHL?
Perhaps, but Frantic February offers so much to sports fans that makes the brutal and bone-chilling temperatures of late winter seemingly tolerable.
First, there's the National Football League's biggest game of the entire professional gridiron season in the Super Bowl.
America and those abroad take in all the sights and sounds of the game, from the pre-game concert filled with lip-synced performances of musicians of varying relevancy to the culmination of the game with the winning team realizing their presence on a Wheaties box in a matter of weeks.
Although the biggest game of the NFL season may have some lopsided match-ups on paper, the Super Bowl usually does not lend itself to disappointment in the energy department.
In the past 10 years, the margin of victory has averaged 10.7 points, with the last two games being decided by less than a touchdown.
The month of February also plays host to the NFL's Pro Bowl and the NBA and NHL All-Star Games.
While lacking in the fanfare and luster that once existed of the 1980s and 1990s, these three events are still relatively popular events for both sports.
The festivities leading up to the premier games are noteworthy in showcasing some of the athlete's special abilities in shooting, with showboating a must.
While the Pro Bowl may take a one-year reprieve from its home in Hawai'i, the traditional game usually pits the finest of the AFC and NFC in a usually high scoring free-for-all.
It's also the last opportunity for fans to see some of their favorite players in action until mini-camp in late July.
From the hardcourt arena's slam dunk contests that produce a new, fresh face star on the court to shooting accuracy shootouts, the showcasing of branded icons to surprising picks make it a month to remember.
For stock car racing addicts, February is what September means to NFL followers in the start of the season at the beaches of Daytona.
Since 1959, the NASCAR Cup Series have treated competitors and fans to two weeks of exciting events, from the Budwesier Shootout which pits the top-six drivers from the Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford and Toyota camps, to the Daytona 500.
The names may have changed and the cars may look like 200 mph tanks instead of sleek machines in the past 61 years of NASCAR's foray into sports.
However, it's the anticipation and buzz from pre-season picks to the early favorites are some of the key ingredients to what makes Daytona Speedweeks into a 14-day soap opera.
From the first look of the new paint schemes that will generate noise and dollars for the drivers and sponsors to the sight of two-to-four wide racing packs around Daytona International Speedway, the month of February is much like Christmas Part Two to a motorsports maniac.
For some of us, it may be the cold season where those spring days just seem to be so far away.
But never fear, as the myriad of sporting events to choose from in the month of February, at least for this particular sports fan (now in the sunny Philippines), is what makes it the best in the sports world's calendar.
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