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The best & worst sports months on the calendar

This is a desert. Today is dog day. This year it’s February, and while there are certainly a lot of sports going on, February is also a tough month for sports fans. February is a time to dream of other months, busier months, months where the sun occasionally shines and you don’t have to flop around in your shoes.

Below is one man’s ranking of the best months to be a sports fan. I think you might disagree. Please feel free to let me know the amount as well.

1. September: Football is back. September is the time to really get into football. Because one day we’ll go from seven months of nothing to playing games, chatting, and debating seven days a week. Baseball pennant races aren’t what they used to be, but there’s still likely to be a fierce duel or two at the end. It was even better when the US Open featured more familiar stars.

Darius Slayton celebrates with his teammates after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against Philadelphia. Getty Images

2. April: With a new baseball season, two college basketball champions, and more people paying attention to the women’s tournament than ever before, this is great. It also kicks off the NHL and NBA playoffs. Not to mention one of the unique traditions held at Augusta National and another that spans his three days at the NFL Draft.

3. October: There really is no other month like it. If your baseball team punches its ticket to the postseason, your heart will start racing as soon as October 1st arrives. The NFL calendar is full rhythm. Basketball and hockey will resume, but the season is still early enough that even a random Tuesday night game is more important than it seems afterward.

4. June: We have championships in both hockey and basketball. If you live in one of these cities, that’s all you need. Baseball teams are beginning to announce their league standings. Every year, the US Open wishes us a Happy Father’s Day. And even if the noise is a little less loud this year, the Belmont Stakes, which emanates all the way from Saratoga, occasionally hosts a race worth shouting about.

5. May: If you have a dog in both the NHL and NBA, this is a relentless month-long challenge, with basketball and hockey teams pushing you to your limits almost every night. Add in the Kentucky Derby and Indy 500 and there’s something for everyone.

6. January: For football fans, this is a real jackpot, from the beginning when college games are winding down to the end when the Super Bowl tournament is in full swing. The NBA and NHL are with us every day, so your desired college hoops will be able to realize whether his team is worth your time.

Caitlin Clark celebrates breaking the all-time NCAA women’s scoring record against Michigan at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Getty Images

7. December: This year is going to be very interesting to see how the college football folks construct their first full-fledged postseason tournament. NFL games will start to replicate playoff games, especially for teams that haven’t started playing their strings or draft positions. The hot stove of baseball begins to penetrate.

8. March: Spring training may technically belong in February, but games don’t start until March, and that’s when we really start to smell the beginnings of summer. Even if the NCAA Tournament doesn’t have the same sparkle it once did, the first weekend is still a pretty spectacular and fun time.

9. July: Years when tennis is at the forefront have the best Wimbledon games at the beginning of the month, and years when baseball teams are struggling or need help have the trade deadline at the end of the month. . But football is also back and it’s not a complete wasteland.

Juan Soto joked and shoved catcher Austin Wells during batting practice at Steinbrenner Field, the Yankees’ spring training facility in Tampa, Florida. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

November 10th: Football is king. And if you live in that kingdom, this month’s rating might be a little higher. Otherwise, this seems about right.

11. August: If you prefer colder weather, you may want to swap February for this year. August was originally the Dog Day, and in many ways still is. Baseball’s struggles take up most of the attention, and much of the rest goes to praying that key players don’t break tendons or bones in NFL training camps.

February 12th: At least now the Super Bowl is held every year. For years, it wasn’t even that. That’s why Sports Illustrated (rest in peace) invented the Swimsuit Problem back then.

Wack’s Wack

A strong shout out to coach Meg Barber and the NYU Violets, the No. 1 Division III women’s basketball team and a perfect 24-0 heading into Saturday’s regular season finale at Brandeis.


If you haven’t seen it yet, you absolutely must watch “The Greatest Night in Pop,” the behind-the-scenes story behind the making of “We Are the World,” on Netflix. In fact, just look at it once.


True story: 40 years ago, Dwight Gooden almost got assigned No. 16 during his rookie season. Lee Mazzilli’s release was so recent that some thought it was too early to release him for another player. “They wanted to give me 35 points,” Doc recalled. “Since I was in high school and he was 16, I went to Frank Cashen and he made it happen.”

Dwight Gooden pitches during a game at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York, circa 1984-1994. Getty Images

In other words, the person who retires on April 14th will be 16 years old instead of 35 years old.


Aaron Judge with 700 at-bats this year: I think we might see 70 bombs.


hit back vac

Roland Chapdelaine: Mets fans had hope until St. Patrick’s Day last year when Edwin Diaz was injured. This year, Hope did not survive the third week of February. Just wait until next year…maybe!

vacuum: Let’s just say, if Kodai Chiga was going to make the difference in the Mets’ season, the Mets have already seen more darkness than they did in Season 5 of True Detective.


Chris Sheldon: Dear Yankees: We haven’t won the World Series since 2009. Sign Blake Snell. The upsides (there is a title and the money could be spent well) are better than the downsides (there is no title and the money could be wasted). Again: 2009.

Padres starting pitcher Blake Snell stands at bat in the bottom of the first inning of a baseball game against the Dodgers. AP

vacuum: I miss the days when left-handed pitchers enjoyed playing at Yankee Stadium just as much as left-handed batters. Snell to The Bronx is perfect for old school.


@rightgeorge99: Mike, if the Mets’ payroll is down this year and the Mets’ stated sentiment is that it will be around for a while, why are ticket prices going up? No one is paying us working class people more than we have for the past 20 years. How can I maintain my fanship? I listen to the radio now, I have to. sad.

@Mike Vac: I hope that common sense stories like this permeate the vision of owners, and the vision of every owner. I’m afraid we still have to wait 20, 50, 100 years.


Tony Giametta: It would take a lot of courage, but if the Nets want to re-emerge, they should offer Kenny Atkinson another head coaching job.

vacuum: Sadly, I doubt Louie Carnesecca will return to coach the Nets sooner, but bringing Atkinson back would certainly be a karmic olive branch from Sean Marks to the basketball gods. right.

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