After seeing the horrific bombings at the Boston Marathon and in West, Texas, I've started to reflect on how short life can be. After that, I came up with a top-10 list of sporting events that I would like to see before I die. Will I ever be able to accomplish this? Only time will tell. But I'm setting my goals very high. Caveats: I've already seen Yankees vs. Red Sox at both parks, Dodgers vs. Giants in L.A., USA vs. Canada hockey, Bruins vs. Canadiens in Boston, Celtics vs. Lakers in Boston, Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs, and a slew of other American rivalries. From what I'm told, the crowds in North America pale in comparison to the rest of the world. Only one way to find out.
|#10: Geelong Cats vs. Hawthorn Hawks @ Kardinia Park|
|#9: India vs. Pakistan Cricket @ Eden Park|
|#8: Celtic vs. Rangers or Celtic Champions League @ Celtic Park|
|#7: Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke 04 @ Westfalenstadion|
|#6: Boca Juniors vs. River Plate @ La Bombonera|
Spain has "El Clasico" (see below), but Argentina has "Superclasico." You would never know that La Bombonera, the Boca Juniors home, only houses a shade under 50,000 people by the noise that comes through the television. One of South America's fiercest rivalries.
|#5: New Zealand All Blacks vs. South Africa Springboks @ Ellis Park|
This is a Hollywood pick, but "Invictus" made me want to see this. If it was on the same site as the 1995 Rugby World Cup final, that would be all the better, but just to see two of the best Rugby nations go head-to-head would be good enough for me. This is also one that WifeOfGotti would certainly enjoy.
|#4: Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals @ Wrigley Field|
I've never been to Chicago, let alone a Cubs game. WifeOfGotti is also a Cardinals fan who has been booed and ridiculed at the likes of Shea Stadium. I would love to see the environment if she wore her David Eckstein Cardinals jersey into Wrigley. So much history has not been made here (bazinga). It's like going on one of those ghost tours.
|#3: Mexico vs. USA @ Estadio Azteca|
The altitude. The fans. The rivalry. The lack of American success. So much to be excited for in the Mexico City landmark. Watching the Yanks take on El Tri would be a dream come true anywhere, but in the Azteca...it would be out of this world.
|#2: FC Barcelona Vs. Real Madrid @ Camp Nou|
El Clasico. Need I say more? These two teams hate each other. These fans hate each other. The ownership of both clubs hate each other. Yet, they all must tolerate each other when representing Spain in international competitions. It's a fascinating dichotomy and I'd love to try to get my finger on the pulse of it.
|#1: Follow US Soccer in World Cup 2014 @ Brazil|
There is no more popular sporting event in the world. There is no more popular soccer team than Brazil. SO when the most popular competition comes to the most popular team's country, how can it not be on the top of anyone's list. Even if the US fails to get past the group stage, it would be the time of my life being in the heart of the best competition on the planet. Plus, it's a trip to Brazil. All I have to say is...WHO'S COMIN WITH ME?