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What sport has the best playoff atmosphere?

Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Coors Field was definitely rockin’ with the Rockies last fall. … If you caught the Laker game at Utah Friday, that arena was shakin’ (no wonder the refs wouldn’t give Gasol, et al., the calls they got in L.A.) … and of course, the old Mile High Stadium and McNichols Arena nearly defined the phrases “home field” and “home court” advantage. I’ve heard the atmosphere was roaring when the Avs were making their annual playoff runs toward the Stanley Cup.

So how to decide?

If professional wrestling was considered a “sport” (as opposed to a performance), grannies calling for blood would be near the top, along with the engines rapping (and cars wrecking) on race day.

But those aren’t “playoffs,” or I’d vote for the anticipation leading up to one of Ali’s heavyweight fights.

So my vote goes to baseball: Though it was a preface to the playoffs, I’ve never heard ANYTHING come close to explosion that erupted when Todd Helton’s walk-off homer dumped my Dodgers during that Rockies’ run to the Series.

The sport that has the best playoff atmosphere is, without a doubt, college basketball. There is no beating the sheer intensity that March Madness brings with it every night.

On Mad Monday, when everybody skips work to fill out their brackets, it’s completely insane (in a good way). There are also so many rivalries that you can’t keep track of all of them.

There is also the suspense for the teams that are on the “bubble” and teams waiting to see where they fall in terms of seeding.

College basketball’s atmosphere is so great because anything can happen, and the fans know that and will do anything they can to help their team win. No other sport brings that to the table.

The NFL certainly has it figured out.

It is comparable to a game seven every week because there is never any room for error.

It certainly makes for better viewing than what has become an annual rite of passage for the winner of the SEC championship game to go ROLL that dirty program from Columbus, Ohio, in a sunny location on national TV.

What an embarrassment, huh llama?

The other current playoff systems are enjoyable as well, but I hate hearing an announcer say that a team is going to rest a star because game four really doesn’t matter.

I understand the need for more revenue, but perhaps if you didn’t guarantee these athletes so much money you wouldn’t need quite as many games during the season to crown a champion.

There are only two guarantees in sports these days: OSU and USC are on the same athlete payment plan, and Spartie will choke when Big Ten play starts.

Go get ’em, Darryl Clark.

Playoffs … playoffs?

Every sport we know has to come to an end. Thus, someone created the playoffs.

But which one is better to be around? There are two that I love for sure.

Football has always been a place for excitement and energy, but during the playoffs, it’s even worse. Every play, every call and everything is more important than the regular season. Not to mention the games themselves are some of the most exciting around.

Hockey would have to be the other. The sound of the puck hitting the ice and fans screaming nonstop at the top of their lungs, nothing else beats it. There is just something about the sounds of a hockey game that makes it better to be there in person.

Falling prey to a cardiac arrest or two while watching a four-overtime NHL playoff game between my San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars reintroduced me to the intensity of the hockey playoffs.

Every surge, every power play, every shot-on-goal, every mind-blowing save by Evgeni Nabokov and Marty Turco rendered me breathless. And, being an elimination game (for the Sharks, that is), sudden death ended in the death of a season for my team.

Still, anticipation of that game-breaking play is one of the most exciting fan moments in all of sports. All it takes is one failed clear attempt or fatigue-induced giveaway and the game is over.

Maybe next year, Sharks.


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