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Welcome to October: The Best Month of the Year

The leaves change, the temperature drops, the holidays are right around the corner and sports start to heat up. Welcome to October! It is the best month of the year and here’s why:

You’ve obviously got the World Series, which will be known in 2009 as the 12th Fall Classic meeting between the Yankees and Dodgers. This month is so big in baseball, players earn it as their nickname. OK. so Derek Jeter got Mr. November, but who really calls him that? And yeah, Dave Winfield became Mr. May, but that wasn’t a flattering alias.

In October, we will be close to the midway point of the NFL season. By then, we should know that the Denver Broncos were the most overrated team in September. The Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets will still be undefeated and yes, because I don’t want to ignore him again, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker will be well on his way to becoming a top-20 WR in fantasy football.

Similar to how Charlie Murphy described Prince's basketball skills: "The cat can ball, man."

Similar to how Charlie Murphy described Prince's basketball skills: "The cat can ball, man."

In October, the initial BCS standings are released, leading to pointless arguments about computers deciding national champions. Just get over it, people. It’s here to stay for a long, long time. Biggest upset? I think Ole Miss has a good chance against Alabama on Oct. 10. Both teams are ranked, but that would be a shocker (side note: I do have some undiagnosed dislike toward the Crimson Tide).

In October, the NBA regular season opens, which will just be an 82-game practice for the Los Angeles Lakers. It is also the start of what should be a VERY entertaining season for basketball on and off the court in Oakland.

The NHL saw its regular season begin tonight — early call for the best team in the league is clearly the Washington Capitals. They are undefeated! — but I’ll wait to care until June.

June is probably the second best month of the year. The NBA and NHL have reached their Finals stage. Divisions are starting to shape up in baseball. You have offseason football workouts as well as the PGA’s U.S. Open, the French Open and two of the three races in this country’s triple crown of horse racing.

But it’s just too damn hot. Better sweater weather is the tiebreaker.

  1. October 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    “Better sweater weather is the tiebreaker.”

    In the industry, we call that a beautiful fucking turn of a phrase.

    MSW. I am trying to think of a nickname for Sims-Walker, and I guess I should for Marshall and 24K and Prater and Sitton (although “sit on” is great for a fat white guy) and Jeanty and some of the others.

    I am going to call him The Slaughterhouse Wide.

    Just because I like it.

  2. spokes310
    October 2, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    We could just switch 24 to 34 and cross Kevin Smith off the list.

    I’ll have to think about Marshall and MSW, but I’ve got a nickname for Matt Prater: Lucky. That’s the only word you can use to describe a kicker who missed eight of his final 20 field goals and had the second-worst accuracy among full-time kickers on a team that missed the playoffs by one game last year … and he still has a starting job.

    And he’s already missed two of his first nine this year. Anyone who talks about Matt Prater as a quality NFL kicker, I’m just going to write that off as pure prattle.

    Get it? Prattle?

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