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Why Fans Love Sports: Championship matchup

Villanova Talks Epic Championship Win

Last month, we presented you with a break from the frustration of your busted brackets, and put the power back in your hands.

Divided into athletes, moments, memes and player celebrations, we opened the voting up to our readers to determine why the average 2016 fan loves sports. And, in true March Madness fashion, there have been quite a few upsets.

SEE ALSO: Round of 64 | Round of 32 | Sweet 16 | Elite Eight | Final Four

Now, a champion has been crowned

In the Final Four, Michael Phelps's 2008 Olympics run took down Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit in the Moments/Athletes side of the bracket. On the Memes and Reactions side, Riley Curry outlasted Jose Bautista's bat flip in a battle of No. 3 seeds.

But the 3-year-old's cuteness was no match for one of the greatest American athletic performances ever.

Michael Phelps won the vote in a landslide -- accruing 75 percent of your total vote. Which proves one thing: Through all the memes, celebrations and off-field drama, nothing compares to watching an athlete reach historic new heights.

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Why Fans Love Sports: Championship Matchup

(1) Michael Phelps, 2008 vs. (3) Riley Curry Being Cute

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