Thursday, June 28, 2007

101 EVENTS EVERY SPORTS FAN SHOULD ATTEND

This would be a great list to take on a road trip as it could inspire hours of discussion. For starters, the Army Navy game and the Monaco Grand Prix are not on the list…The Kentucky Derby is 32 and the Indy 500 is 33…With apologies to Kat (and all his teamates on the only Virginia team to go to the CWS – the mighty mighty J Mad U Dukes!!), both the Derby and the Indy 500 are behind the College World Series on Caple’s list. Huh? (OK, we would camp out for a ticket to see Roger Clemens fan Kat’s ass!!!)

From ESPN – Page 2:

Jim Caple is a senior writer at ESPN.com, with his weekly baseball column "Off Base" for Page 2 among his contributions. Before coming to ESPN, Jim worked in Minneapolis and Seattle. His first book is titled "The Devil Wears Pinstripes."

Here’s what Mr. Caple had to say:
I've attended many of these events while friends and fellow writers swear by the ones I haven't. The rankings are based on the total experience, including the event itself, the participants, the setting and the atmosphere for the fans. Personally, I could fill the list up with nothing but baseball and college football games, but to keep things manageable and varied, I've limited the repetitions within any one sport as much as possible. That's why only two college football rivalries make the list (Ohio State-Michigan and Alabama-Auburn), though many more certainly could have been included. Same with big soccer rivalries.

This is by no means a comprehensive list -- there are just too many games in too many sports for that -- but it does include a full range of national and international competitions well worth camping overnight on the sidewalk for a ticket. In fact, camping out is No. 63 on the list.


For his complete comment on each event: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=caple/070625

1. Summer Olympics (every four years in a different city).
2. World Cup (every four years in a different country).
3. Winter Olympics (every four years in a different city).
4. The World Series (every October, various cities).
5. NCAA subregional (March, various sites).
6. Spring training (February-March, Florida and Arizona).
7. NFL conference championship (January in various NFL cities).
8. The Masters (April, Augusta, Ga.).
9. Wimbledon (late June-early July, London).
10. Tour de France mountain stage (July in various rotating cities in France).
11. Premier League Soccer game (fall-spring, England).
12. Rose Bowl (New Year's Day, or thereabouts, Pasadena, Calif.).
13. NBA Finals (June, various cities).
14. College World Series (June, Omaha, Neb.).
15. Red Sox-Yankees game (April-October, Boston or New York).
16. Hall of Fame induction (July, Cooperstown, N.Y.).
17. Michigan-Ohio State football (November, Columbus, Ohio, or Ann Arbor, Mich.).
18. The F.A. Cup (fall-spring, England).
19. Duke-North Carolina basketball game (winter, Chapel Hill or Durham, N.C.).
20. The Stanley Cup playoffs (late spring, various NHL cities).
21. British Open (July, Great Britain).
22. Cubs game in the Wrigley bleachers (April-September, Chicago).
23. A football game at Notre Dame (fall, South Bend, Ind.).
24. ACC basketball tournament (March, various sites).
25. A soccer game at Maracana Stadium (various dates, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
26. Little 500 (late April at Indiana University).
27. Tailgating in the SEC (fall, SEC campuses).
28. U.S. Open golf (mid-June, various courses).
29. A game at Rucker Park (anytime, Harlem).
30. U.S. Open tennis (late August, New York).
31. Bayou Classic (November, New Orleans).
32. Kentucky Derby (May, Churchill Downs, Ky.).
33. The Indy 500 (Memorial Day weekend, Indianapolis).
34. The All-Africa Amputee Football Tournament (Sierra Leone).
35. MLB Opening Day (April, various cities).
36. Boston Marathon (April, Boston).
37. Frozen Four (April, various cities).
38. Canadiens-Leafs game (winter, Montreal or Toronto).
38. Auburn-Alabama football game (November, Tuscaloosa or Auburn, Ala.).
40. Town ball in Minnesota (summer, towns throughout Minnesota).
41. The Iditarod (February, Anchorage to Nome, Ala.).
42. An NBA game from courtside (winter-spring, any NBA city).
43. Baseball All-Star Game (July, rotating cities).
44. Il Palio horse race (July and August, Siena, Italy).
45. Play Pebble Beach (year-round, Pebble Beach, Calif.).
46. Daytona 500 (February, Daytona, Fla.).
47. Running of the Bulls (July, Pamplona, Spain).
48. Triple Crown Surfing (November-December North Shore, Oahu).
49. Lady Vols game (winter, Knoxville, Tenn.).
50. Caribbean World Series (January, various sites).
51. Heavyweight championship bout in Vegas (sporadic).
52. Indiana high school basketball tournament (March, Indiana).
53. Golden Gloves tournament (regional).
54. Green Bay Packers game in the snow (December, Green Bay).
55. Koshien baseball tournament (spring and summer, Nishinomiya, Japan ).
56. All Blacks rugby game (various dates, New Zealand).
57. World Figure Skating Championships (annual, around the world).
58. Dubai World Cup (late March in Dubai).
59. Calgary Stampede (July, Calgary, Alberta).
60. National Veterans Wheelchair Games (summer, Milwaukee).
61. Maui Invitational (November, Maui, Hawaii).
62. Midnight Madness (October, all over the country).
63. A Big 5 Game at the Palestra (winter, Philadelphia).
64. Camp out for tickets (any event).
65. Wife Carrying World Championships (June in Sonkajarvi, Finland).
66. U.S. Pond Hockey Championships (January, Minneapolis).
67. World Armwrestling Championships (annual, Uncasville, Conn.).
68. Sumo championship (various cities, Japan).
69. 24 Hours of Le Mans (May, Le Mans, France).
70. Prefontaine Classic (June, Eugene, Ore.).
71. The USTA boys tennis championship (August, Kalamazoo, Mich.).
72. Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (August in Sturgis, S.D.).
73. The Beanpot hockey tournament (first two Mondays in February, Boston).
74. Field of Dreams Ghost Sundays (select days in summer, Dyersville, Iowa).
75. Racing at Saratoga (late July-August, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.).
76. Beach volleyball (summer, various cities).
77. Swimming championships in Australia (various dates, Australia).
78. The Dakar Rally (January, southern Europe and North Africa).
79. Rickwood Classic (summer, Birmingham, Ala.).
80. Junior league hockey in small-town Canada (winter throughout Canada).
81. Henley Regatta (July, Oxfordshire, England).
82. Minnesota high school hockey tournament (March, Minnesota).
83. Little Brown Jug race (September, Delaware, Ohio).
84. Bay to Breakers (May, San Francisco).
85. A Raiders game in the Black Hole (fall, Oakland, Calif.).
86. Iowa-Iowa State wrestling match (winter, Iowa).
87. The Ironman (June, Hawaii).
88. "Monday Night Football" (September-December, various NFL cities).
89. Women's College World Series (June, Oklahoma City).
90. Show-Me State Games (July, Columbia, Mo.).
91. Little League game (spring, early summer, everywhere).
92. A Permian High School football game (fall, Odessa, Texas). Friday Night Ligths.
93. Pakistan-India cricket (occasional meetings).
94. Hot dog eating championship (July 4, Coney Island).
95. Tough Guy (January, outside Wolverhampton, England).
96. Ultimate Fighting Championship bout (various dates, Vegas).
97. NCAA women's volleyball championships (December, rotating sites).
98. Calaveras Frog Jumping Jubilee (May, Calaveras County in California).
99. The Baja 500 (June, Baja Peninsula).
100. A Harlem Globetrotters game.
101. Driving the Ring (daily, western Germany).

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