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    March Madness

    There's nothing like March Madness! The whole world gets swept up with creating brackets predicting which NCAA basketball teams will advance through several rounds of single-elimination play. From a field of 64, the best of the best make the Sweet Sixteen, then the Final Four. Warren Buffet's billion dollar offer really amped up the fever this year.

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    Stanley Cup

    Each April, the elite teams of the National Hockey League clash in ice hockey's biggest tournament, the Stanley Cup Finals. Things always get heated when the U.S. and Canada meet on the ice, and there's always some international action in the playoffs. While the Montreal Canadiens have won more than any other team, no Canada-based team has taken home the cup since 1993. Will this season end the reign of American hockey dominance?

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    World Series

    For baseball fans, the only time more exciting than April's season opener is October, when the top teams in Major League Baseball compete for the Commissioner's Trophy in the World Series. The "Fall Classic" pits the top teams in the American and National Leagues against each other in a best of seven series.  

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    College Football Championship

    The days of the controversial BCS Championship Bowl have finally come to an end, and the excitement that surrounds crowning the best college football team is higher than ever. The 2014 season will end with a four-team playoff, known as the College Football Playoff, to crown a new national champion. This historic first year will make the much-anticipated Playoff games a bucket list event which was dreamed about for years, before it even existed.

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    World Cup Finals

    Occurring only every four years, the FIFA World Cup Finals have become one of the most eagerly anticipated sporting events on the planet, and arguably the most important tournament in soccer. Viewership often outranks even the Olympics, and this summer's installment in Brazil looks to be no different, as 31 nations (including the United States) will seek to dethrone Spain as the best in the world

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    Kentucky Derby

    Each May, Louisville comes alive as crowds descend on Churchill Downs to watch the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports." Attending the prestigious Kentucky Derby means donning an elegant hat, sipping mint juleps and watching the most elite horses in thoroughbred racing compete for a garland of more than 500 red roses.  

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    Super Bowl

    Epic parties across the nation are staged each winter in honor of a single game, the Super Bowl. The annual championship game of the National Football League attracts so much hype that it's often the most-watched American television broadcast of the year, and Super Bowl Sunday sees more American food consumption than any other day but Thanksgiving. But nothing compares to actually being there: that distinction affords attendees some serious bragging rights.

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    The Masters

    The hardest sporting event ticket in the world to obtain: the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, where the only available tickets are won in a lottery.  The first week of April brings the world's best golfers to the dazzling azalea-covered hills of Augusta National Golf Club. At this oh-so-private club, only an elite few (and the lucky lottery winners) get to watch one of golf's four major championships in person.  While only one player goes home with the famous green jacket, any attendee can enjoy a legendary pimento cheese sandwich and some sweet tea.

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    Olympic Games

    Whether in summer or winter, there's something magical about young athletes at the top of their sports, competing not only for their own glory, but for their countries. The Olympic Games bring together so many athletes of so many different sports that nearly any sports fan has an event to get excited about.  Attending is one of the most patriotic things a citizen can do. and thrilling, too!  

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    Indianapolis 500

    For over 100 years, the "Indy 500" has been held every year on the Sunday before Memorial Day, except during times of war. The oval two and a half mile circuit is relentless on the drivers’ equipment and skill, and with over 300,000+ people attending, the pressure is as intense as it gets. There’s nothing more exhilarating than watching thirty-three cars take the green flag in triple file as the “greatest spectacle in racing” kicks off at noon on that last Sunday in May.

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