NHL Playoffs: By Far the Most Exciting Playoffs in Professional Sports

Christopher PowersContributor IApril 13, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 09:  The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after teammate Patrick Kane #88 scored the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 and win the Stanley Cup in Game Six of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Yes I am going to talk to you about playoffs, but not just any playoffs, the NHL playoffs.  The NHL playoffs are hands down the most exciting playoffs in professional sports. 

Why you may ask? What about NFL, they are leaving everything on the line, it's one and done! What about NBA, yes they actually try come playoff time! What about MLB, it's our national pastime, what better time to celebrate it then the playoffs! What about the PGA, not only does it have Major Championships, but the FedEx Cup now too! Sorry Tennis fans there's Wimbledon and all that but is that considered playoffs, also sorry to NASCAR fans, and MLS fans are there any of you out there? Hello? Anyone?

Sure these are all great playoffs and I will make the case for all of them, starting with the NFL. The NFL playoffs are great, the biggest stadiums, the loudest fans, the cold or hot weather, the win or go home mentality. These would probably be a close second to the NHL, I can't really think of any cons, aside from the possible freezing weather in cold weather stadiums, the NFL playoffs are fantastic. The touchdowns are exciting, the big defensive stands, last minute drives, upsets you name it they are awesome. I can watch every minute of the NFL playoffs and not be bored. 

The NBA season has always been considered lame, boring, "defense" less, but I do believe this was a very exciting season, especially the fact the Knicks are back. But the fact that it truly shows in the playoffs that the players really start going all out is the downfall here. I mean why couldn't it be like this all season. Why are the arenas selling out now and at there loudest? But again as I said, this season was very exciting, and the playoffs should be too. But I am forgetting the largest problem of the NBA playoffs, how long and dragged out they are. They start around April 17th, 18th, or 19th every year, and end in two months, around Mid-june. Sometimes there are three nights in between games, even four when the finals come around. They are great, the Ray Allen three ball that makes the Boston Garden erupt, the Dwight Howard Slam that gets people on their feet, the runs that make Big Baby Glen Davis slobber, but just a little too long.

Then there is the MLB playoffs, always great. The fans love it and it usually is anyone's ball-game, no pun intended. But like last year, did anybody see the Giants vs. the Rangers World Series coming? But there lies the problem with the MLB playoffs. If it's not the Yankees vs. Phillies, or Red Sox vs. whoever, or the best two teams in the MLB facing off then the ratings are very low in places besides the hometowns of the teams in it. Because let's face it, sure there are baseball fans out there who love to watch any game any time, but there are much more who can only find enjoyment in watching there own teams because baseball really isn't that exciting until innings seven through nine. So baseball fans may think the MLB playoffs are exciting, but Cardinals or Yankees fans may only think the Cardinals or Yankees games are exciting. 

I am not going to go into to much depth over the PGA FedEx Cup or Major Championships, even though I love to watch and play golf. But honestly if the world was ending most sports fans wouldn't pick a golf tournament as there last event to watch. I didn't rule them out, but, for people who don't LOVE golf, it really isn't all that fun to watch. 

So why are the NHL playoffs better then all of these? Why do I choose them over my favorite sports playoffs, football, basketball and golf? 

Because of the goals, because of the fights, because of the momentum swings, the deafening arenas, the hits, the beards, the blood, sweat, and tears, and that big Silver Trophy that the winner hoists in the air when it's all over.

There is nothing more exciting in sports then a playoff hockey goal when a home team scores and that annoying voice of Doc Emrick is screaming so high-pitched and loud with the combination of the insanely loud arena that it actually gets you fired up enough to want to go fire a slap-shot. 

There is nothing more exciting in sports then a team being up 1-0 and a fight breaks out and the entire momentum of the game swings just like that.

There is nothing more exciting then a team not shaving those beards because they actually think that they are good luck. 

There is nothing more exciting then Patrick Kane silencing the Philadelphia crowd with a sudden death goal that wins his team the Stanley Cup. Then hoisting the cup in the opposing arena as they rub it in the faces of the fans who won't be having a parade, a year long of bragging rights, and a Championship.

There is nothing more exciting then the NHL Playoffs.