This comes courtesy of one of Bill Simmons' recent columns. Grantland
The second best thing about sports is what I want to feel. Soon. Not this season. But soon. No more debating over which player sucks the most or the least, just a team that can give me the buzz of anticipation.
The best thing about following sports? When the stars align and your team wins a championship. The second-best thing? Anticipation. Having a quality team, knowing it's headed someplace, dreaming about the possibilities. Staring at the schedule, circling games, knowing that something like 50 of your next 150 nights are going to be a blast. Glancing at the clock at 3:30 in the afternoon and saying, "Four more hours." Standing in front of your seat 20 minutes before tipoff, watching warm-ups, feeling that buzz, feeling those goose bumps slowly form on your arms.