For sure number one is Ohio State football. As, I'm sure for a great number of fans here, it all starts from sitting on the floor in front of an old black and white tv with Dad. He was taken way too soon and oh how I'd like to see how excited he'd be for what this team has been doing.
Now the tradition continues w/ me and my sons and hopefully passed on to their kids when they come along.
Number two w/o a doubt is the Reds. Living in Cinti and having the Big Red Machine growing up was just incredible! My greatest memory was the 1990 World Series game 2. Me and my buddy had tickets, paid the Hudepohl beer vendor guy to stay w/ us, drank all his beer and had to have him get another case, never made it to our seats, ended up standing watching game in SRO section and watched as Billy Bates scored in the 10th inning.
Number 3 is too hard to call. Its between Xavier basketball and the incredible run that they've had going for the last 25 yrs. The little Jesuit college continues to put a quality team every year on the floor. The intensity of the Crosstown Shootout is something that unless you live here its hard to understand how strong it is.
Tied for 3rd is Friday night high school football. I know the NE Ohio guys on the site are always talking about their HS football but I don't think you can beat Cinti HS football. This is another one of those Dad memories. Can remember every Fri dad taking us boys to the HS football game and then to Frisch's or LaRosa's afterward. The type of thing that as it's happening you don't realize how special it is....then as you grow older and they're no longer w/ you to share it, you realize how much of a positive influence that was!