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On the Edge of Your Seat

One of the best parts of professional sports is the unscripted drama.

The months of April, May and June are full of iconic sporting events. Whether it’s The Masters, the PLAYERS championship, the U.S. Open, the Kentucky Derby, the NHL and NBA playoffs or the start of the MLB season, there’s drama to be had no matter what sport you’re a fan of.

It’s one of the main reasons people watch.

The question of, “what will happen next?” and the suspense of witnessing the answer are both exciting and stressful.

I had a discussion the other day with a colleague about how much I love the NHL playoffs. Unlike almost any other sport hockey is one that the game can change in a split second, literally keeping you on the edge of your seat with every shot, turnover, hit, save, rebound or penalty.

Perhaps the best example of that spontaneous change was seen last Thursday, when the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. The game went back and forth with each team trading scoring opportunities. Tied 1-1 late in the final period, the Capitals scored with 1.2 seconds left in the game, stunning the Rangers, judging by the silence, most of the Madison Square Garden crowd and even Capitals fans watching from afar.

As a sports fan, that’s what I love (and more times than not, hate) most about the games, the unpredictability. Like a good book or film, you never know how each chapter will end. But with sports, nobody knows the outcome – not even the players.

What is your favorite sport and why? Do you like watching the drama unfold? Or do you thrive on playing and possibly playing the part of hero or goat? Discuss it on our Facebook post.