Spring Sports to Cheer For Once March Madness is Over
For many, March Madness is a time they wish will never end. March Madness brings together sports fans, casual observers, and die-hard enthusiasts on the sideline to watch one of the game’s most thrilling tournaments. Sadly, all good things must come to an end. College basketball’s highest competition is over. But not despair Baseball just had its Opening Day. In addition, the master’s tournament for kicks off next week and Wimbledon begins in July.
Baseball is the number one reason to be excited about spring sports. America’s favorite pastime is as old as the country itself. And for baseball fans, Opening Day carries with it a symbolic feeling of rebirth. No other game in the season is so passionately anticipated as Opening Day. Many feel this game is a chance to shrug off the last season and begin anew. Opening Day allows Major League Baseball to start their season among the professional league. A national event, Opening Day has seen 11 sitting U.S. president “show their stuff” by throwing the first pitch of the game (the first president to do this was William Howard Taft in 1910). These festivities have a ripple effect throughout the sport from hundreds of minor league, college, high school, and youth teams. Most of the minor league teams start just a few days later, but within the same week. Regardless of the results, Opening Day remains the “official” start of spring for baseball fans around the world.
If March Madness left you with an appetite for fierce competition, dramatic match-ups, high-octane action look no further than Augusta National Masters Tournament. Beginning April 5, the Masters invites the world’s elite golfers to enter a no-holds-barred competition. Only the strongest, most skilled golfers make to the end to wear the coveted Green Jacket at the end.
The Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in the world. Nestled in the heart of Georgia, it has breathtaking hills, stunning blue ponds, white sand pits, and mesmerizing greens that extend into the horizon. This is the place where golf legends are made. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods have all won spectacular victories during the Masters. However, the course made each champion golfer work hard for the victory. There is no way to tell what will happen next on those Georgia greens, so sit back enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience.
Wimbledon is not only England’s best grass tournament, it is also the world’s premier tennis championship. The world’s oldest tennis competition is held annually at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, England. Elite players from all over the world battle it out on 18 different all-grass tennis courts, which require 20,000 pounds of grass seed to prepare. The thing that grass courts can offer that others don’t is incredible shots. Boris Becker won hearts and the tournament after his famous drive in 1985. More recently, Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had a heart-pounding series of diving shots during a 2011 bout.
For many March Madness fizzled away into March Sadness. But your troubles will soon be forgotten as the spring season delivers a steady stream of white-knuckle sports action.