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Seasons are the four periods of the year (spring, summer, autumn, and winter), beginning astronomically at an equinox or solstice, but geographically at different dates in different climates. Have you ever wondered why you wake up and see snow on the ground one morning, and then beautiful flowers blooming another morning? The reason that you do not see the same weather conditions every day is because the Earth has seasons. The seasons move in a cycle in the order of spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Although we cannot feel it, the Earth is always spinning, and it is always moving around the sun. Because it does these two things, parts of the Earth are closer to the sun than other parts at one given time. The Earth is also tilted as it turns, and although we don't fall off the Earth or walk sideways, it is always tilted to the side just slightly.

The first day of spring is the spring equinox. In the spring time, days grow longer than they were in the winter, and the temperature begins to increase. Tiny green buds appear on tree branches and flowers burst into bloom. Grass becomes bright green again, after being a dull winter brown. Animals come out of hibernation in the spring. The weather starts off cooler but then becomes warmer. There is a variety of clothing worn in the spring because of these temperature differences. Sometimes people wear shorts and a t-shirt, while other times they may need pants and a sweat shirt.

The first day of summer is the summer solstice - it is the longest day of the year. In the summer time, insects buzz and hum from leaf to flower. High in a tree, bird's nests are hidden by green leaves. There are baby birds in the nest. The days are long, sunny, and hot. At this point, the earth is facing the sun and tilted towards the sun. It is important to remember that while you have summer at your house, other people are having the winter season at their houses. Normally, in the summer, shorts, t-shirts, sandals, and sneakers are worn. Sunglasses help to keep the sun light out of you eyes. It is very important to wear sun screen when you are out in the sun. Many people wear bathing suits in the summer.

The first day of autumn is the fall equinox - it is the day when night and day are of equal length. Fall is a season when leaves change color and fall off of trees. Another name for fall is autumn. During fall, leaves turn red, orange, yellow, and brown. Bird's nests are empty and dry leaves crunch beneath walking feet. Days grow short and cool, and crops are harvested. Most people wear pants and a sweat shirt or sweater. The weather is usually cool enough for a jacket too.

The first day of winter is the winter solstice - it is the shortest day of the year. In the winter, temperatures are colder than any other season. The part of earth experiencing winter is tilted and turned far away from the sun. There may be snow or ice in the weather forecast. Tree branches are bare. Some animals go into hibernation in the winter. Days are short and nights are long. It is important to remember that when you are experiencing the winter season, there are also people experiencing the summer season at the same time. Typically, boots, a heavy coat, a scarf, a hat, and warm gloves or mittens are worn. Sometimes snowsuits can be worn too. Indoors, pants and sweaters are the most common pieces of clothing worn.

A season is a period of the year characterized by particular conditions of weather, temperature, etc.: the rainy season; when something is best or available: the oyster season; marked by certain conditions, activities, etc.: baseball season; immediately before and after a special holiday or occasion: the Christmas season. It can be any period or time: in the season of my youth or it can be a suitable, proper, fitting, or right time: This is not the season for frivolity.

A Sports season is a period with reference to the total number of games to be played by a team: a 162-game season 30 Major League Baseball teams each play 162 games in around 183 days -. from late April into early October.or a period with reference to the won-lost record of a team after it has completed its schedule: a .700 season.

The National Football League and schedule is more concise and far less expansive than MLB. 32 professional teams play 16 games in 17 weeks (each team has one bye week on the schedule), from September to January (for regular season play). Playoffs continue through January culminating in the league's championship game, the Super Bowl.

The National Basketball Association schedule includes 30 professional teams engaging in 82 games played from Late October to mid April, with playoffs and championship games played into June. The prestigious National Hockey League features 30 teams vying for the Stanley Cup in 90 games played in a 7-month season spanning from October through April. Preseason or exhibition games, as they are known in the NHL take place in September. The NHL is has a lot of international flavor, currently (as of the 2007-08 season) employing players from 18 different countries, slightly more than half of those originating from Canada. One player is even from Indonesia.

1998-99 Chicago Bulls 1997-98 Record: 62-20, Division Champs, NBA Champs 1998-99 Record: 13-37, 1st overall pick, Worst record in NBA First to Worst: We were nice and only put the team after the Bulls last title on this list, but let's be honest, because they're the team of the 90's, we cut them some slack! In the three years leading up to this miserable, locked-out season, the Bulls averaged almost 68 wins, with three NBA Championships. In the three years following their '98 title? An average of 13 wins and three top-4 picks. Forecast: Having the original #23 helps their pedigree, but they're still a couple years away from getting back on the NBA map. They did push Boston to seven games in the first round of the playoffs last year, so who knows? Next Championship Appearance: We'll be booking our tickets to the Windy for the 2016 NBA Finals!

1998 Florida Marlins 1997 Record: 92-70, Wild Card Champs, World Series Champs 1998 Record: 54-108, Last in NL East, Worst record in MLB Champs to Chumps: A complete offseason fire-sale left the '98 Marlins with no chance to defend their World Series title. Evidence came on opening day, where they started only three players from their opening day lineup from the '97 team, and the top three starters went from Kevin Brown, Alex Fernandez and Al Leiter, to Livan Hernandez, Brian Meadows, and Jesus Sanchez. Forecast: They got off to a hot start, before fading in the '09 season, erasing the myth that they'd win the World Series every six years (they won in '97 and '03). Since they're in the NL, and have a good young core, the next couple years in South Beach could be entertaining...and not just for the chicks! Next Championship Appearance: We'll be singing "Welcome to Miami" and quoting Scarface our entire road trip down to the 2012 World Series.

2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2002 Record: 12-4, Division Champs, Super Bowl Champs 2003 Record: 7-9, 3rd in Division, top-15 Draft pick The Buc Stops Here: Unlike the first two teams, the Bucs had all the pieces in place to repeat. So why didn't they even make the playoffs? SImply put, they choked. Statistically, they ranked the same in offense, while still maintaining a top-5 defense, but they just didn't make enough plays to win more games. Forecast: Their Super Bowl winning coach got canned following last year, and is now doing Monday Night Football. They've already started 0-7, and have used three starting Quarterbacks in '09. At least the Tampa weather is nice in December, so fans will be doing something outside...it just won't be at Bucs games! Next Championship Appearance: It took them 26 years to even get to their first Super Bowl, it'll take them another 20 for the next. See ya on the Tampa beaches celebrating again in 2022!

2006 St. Louis Cardinals 2006 Record: 83-78, Division Champs, World Series Champs 2007 Record: 78-84, 3rd in Division St. Lunatics: Looking at their record, the '06 Cardinals were never a great team, so maybe the follow-up season shouldn't be a surprise. Repeating in baseball may be the toughest sport to do it in, but when you have virtually the same stats as your championship team, and a freak like Albert Pujols, you should always have a chance. Forecast: In '09, they traded for Matt Holliday, had three pitchers with 15+ wins, and still had that Pujols guy (likely NL MVP). Even if they lose some pieces, we still like the chances of Busch Stadium being a shitshow this time next year...and not because of Mark McGwire's roid rage! Next Championship Appearance: They've played in two of the last six World Series, and are prime to make another playoff run next year. Our flights are booked for 2010. Look for us, we'll be the ones slamming Natty Light...come on, we're cheap!

2002-03 Carolina Hurricanes 2001-02 Record: 35-26-16-5, Division Champs, Eastern Conference Champs 2002-03 Record: 22-43-11-6, 5th in Division, Worst Record in NHL A Natural Disaster: The 2001-02 season notched the Hurricanes third playoff appearance in four years, after winning their division and nabbing the #3 seed. After finally busting out of the first round (they had lost the previous two times), and getting beat by the Red Wings in the Cup Finals, a lot was to be expected in '02-'03. Needless to say, they couldn't score or defend, and what was delivered was an NHL worst record. Forecast: After making it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals again last year, they've stumbled out of the gate in '09. As long as "Sid the Kid" and "Alexander the Great" prowl on Eastern Conference ice, it'll be tough for the 'Canes to get back to a Finals. Next Championship Season: Even if they sign Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, and have Gordon Bombay coach this team, we probably won't see them back competing for the Cup until 2026.

2005 Philadelphia Eagles 2004 Record: 13-3, Division Champs, NFC Champs 2005 Record: 6-10, 4th in Division, top-15 Draft pick The Eagle Has Landed: The Eagles went from four straight NFC Championship games, and a Super Bowl appearance, to an embarrassing last place finish in the NFC East. Injuries, a pathetic defense, and a little headache named Terrell Owens pretty much did this team in. Forecast: They've already overcome more injuries in '09, and are off to a 4-2 start. Considering that '05 disaster was their only losing season in the past ten, we'll assume they're a safe bet to make the playoffs again this year. Next Championship Appearance: If they don't get there with McNabb, it could be awhile. Unfortunately, it's not always sunny in Philadelphia...we won't be eating cheesesteaks til 2026. Sorry Philly fans, go ahead and boo us...

2006-07 Dallas Mavericks 2005-06 Record: 60-22, 2nd in Division, Western Conference Champs 2006-07 Record: 67-15, Division Champs, Best Record in NBA The Mav Nots: The Mavs actually had a better season following their Finals loss. They finished 67-15, with the best record in the NBA, and tying for the 4th best record in a single season. But their success is why they make this list. With expectations higher than ever, they got ousted in the playoffs by the number eight seeded Warriors, who became the first eight seed to ever beat a number one in a seven-game series. Forecast: On paper, this year's Mavs actually look better than the team that won 51 games last year. If they stay healthy, they'll be in the playoffs, and with Dirk, they should at least get out of the first round...sound familiar? Next Championship Appearance: The Mavs could be the Eagles of the NBA. If they don't win one with Dirk and J-Kidd, it may be awhile. We heard the new Cowboys stadium in Big D's pretty nice! Unfortunately, we won't be able to visit it til 2030.

A hunting season is the time when it is legal to hunt and kill a particular species. In the United States, each state has primary responsibility and authority over the hunting of wildlife that resides within state boundaries. Hunting seasons often come during the time of year when the temperature is often below that which a particular breed is required to maintain a normal body temperature.

Nick Dimengo. Worst Follow-Up Sports Seasons. Maxim [Print + Kindle] . October 2009.

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