To your right, you will see a poll asking for your opinion on the greatest one day event in American sports. This is actually a tie in to something I did for the magazine this week -- my first backpage column. More on that in a bit.
In any case, I tried to explain this on Twitter but it's not easy to explain things in 140-character chunks so let me try to explain what I'm after here.
It seems to me we have a few American sports events that are truly one day events -- no lead-up and no follow-up. The Army-Navy is one of those events. The game stands entirely on its own as an event. Yes, Army and Navy play full seasons, and they have other big games, and so on. But Army-Navy is separated from everything else.
These are the sort of events I'm looking for -- the Super Bowl is obviously America's biggest sports day. But it is not a single event. It is the culmination of a season. Sunday at Augusta is one of my favorite days in sports, but again it is not a single event. It is the culmination of four days of golf. My favorite single day in sports might be the first day of the NCAA Tournament -- but it is not a one day event either. It is the beginning of three weeks of basketball.
I want single events where you have a beginning and an end all in one day. Yes, there is qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, but the race itself is one remarkable day. Yes, there are other triple crown races after the Kentucky Derby, but the Derby itself is a one day event separate from everything else. Yes, there is a home run derby before baseball's All-Star Game, but I pretend it doesn't exist because just thinking about it makes me hear Chris Berman shouting. Anyway, it has nothing to do with the game itself.
That's my loose definition of one day event. I probably could have -- maybe even should have -- put the Rose Bowl on the list. But I wanted to keep it to one thing in each sport and I already have Army-Navy.
Vote away! And complain away in the comments!