Sporting Activity Holidays in America

By: Andrew Gibson

When you begin to think about sports in America, you certainly can not overlook the most popular sport, Football. No, not the world sport of football, but the American version. The version that requires players to wear pads, with lines drawn on 10 yard increments across the field, and a huge upright field goal at each end.

Football is the sport now days in the United States. When you think of footballs most popular events you immediately think of the Superbowl. This is the championship game for the professional league known as the National Football League, or NFL for short. This is typically held in January between the two division winners.

So why is this considered the most popular game in America? Just look at the statistics. According to stats, 60 percent of all homes tune into television during the game. This is representative of between 80 and 90 million Americans are watching the Superbowl at any given time to watch the winner take home the beautiful Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Another very popular time of the year for sports in America would have to be March Madness. Without being too much of a shocker, I can tell you that this is held in March every year. March Madness is basically the time of the year when the NCAA (major colleges) have their tournament for basketball. Each year, you will hear about people filling out brackets in an effort to predict the winner of the 64 team tournament.

The NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament is always filled with great upsets. When watching some of the greatest shots in history for basketball, you always have to include some from the NCAA tournament. The tournament has even taken on names for several positions within the tournament. For example, once you get to the final 16 teams in the bracket, teams are considered 'Sweet 16 Teams'. The final eight are 'The Elite 8'. And the last 4 teams remaining are considered the 'Final Four Teams'. Winning the tournament is a huge feat, however, progressing even to the elite eight is considered very commendable.

When looking at sports you can not forget about America's pastime, baseball. Baseball has a vast history in America, including being a source of quality entertainment during the toughest times in history such as World War II. In fact, the sport had to turn to women to play the game since most young adult men were overseas fighting in the war.

However, now days you can think of the World Series as being the premier time of the year for this sport. While the term 'World' may be confusing to some, this was simply the term used when professional baseball was established in North America. Since, other countries have taken on the sport as well but the term 'World Series' is still used.

With the Major League Baseball (MLB) being introduced in the mid 1800's the league has just exploded. The World Series is the post season championship series between the final two teams standing after a play off bracket. The winner of the World Series is decided through a seven game series. The first team to win four games wins the World Series.

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