Spring is the best time of the year for sports

DeAndre Pearson

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With spring in full swing, this is the time of the year that many major sports will be officially starting or hitting their climax. Football fans don’t feel excluded the NFL season always ends in the winter. This year is a special one for the scenarios for many major sports and here’s why.

NCAA Tournament

This year has been a historic year for this year’s NCAA tournament. It has been customary in the past to see many top-seeded teams lose to lower seeded teams, but this year was the team. Millions of viewers witnessed many major programs lose in the opening rounds such as #1 Xavier and #1 Virginia among others. Now Villanova finally claimed the NCAA title to close out the madness.

Major League Baseball

With spring training drawing to a close, the MLB will be in full swing. Opening Day kicks off another exciting season of baseball featuring a full schedule of 15 matchups. The reigning champion Houston Astros will look to defend their crown against many upstart teams like the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians.  

Futbol/Soccer

Many soccer leagues such as the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and many others will wrap up their season in just a few months. Also, the Champions League, one of the most historic and prestigious cups in the history of the sport, will begin the quarterfinal stages and will feature many powerhouse teams. Sevilla will face FC Bayern, Juventus will play Real Madrid, Liverpool will battle Manchester City and Barcelona will versus Roma. Winners will advance to the semifinals and will just be one step closer to lifting the European Cup.

FIFA World Cup

One of the major global sporting events that occur every four years. Soccer teams who represent various nations, led by some of the greatest soccer players in the history of the sport, will enter a knockout style tournament and compete for a chance to lift the FIFA World Cup Trophy. Millions will see the likes of Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Aguero, and others compete against each other in hopes to bring glory to their respective nations.

National Basketball Association

The NBA will be wrapping up their season in mere weeks before starting the NBA Playoffs. This year has held many surprises for the league. In the Western Conference, the reigning champion Golden State Warriors will likely carry on into the playoffs following an injury from Stephen Curry, which will sideline him at least for the first round of the playoffs. The Houston Rockets looked poised to challenge the Warriors following strong performances from MVP candidate James Harden and NBA All-Star Chris Paul. In the East, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers remain favorites in the East although many teams such as Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, and Philadelphia 76ers are in the hunt to challenge Cleveland.  By the end of June, all will be answered.

Golf

The Masters, one of the major championships in golf, in a set to begin in a few weeks. Starting on April 5, the best professional golfers from around the world will compete for a chance to don the green jacket. In the previous tournament, Tiger Woods had a strong showing by finishing fifth. This brings Tiger back into the discussion of who to look for. Among Tiger, Rory Mcllroy, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and others will also compete to win one of the most prestigious golfing awards.

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