This year I will turn 36 years old, and it got me to thinking about what events and/or locations I would like to visit and/or take part in one day.
I decided to come up with my bucket list, but it will be strictly sports-based. The following slides are what I came up with and are not in any particular order.
As you read this, think about what sporting events or locales you want to see before you're too old to enjoy them or even worse, dead.
How many can you come up with? Have you crossed some off your list already?
All baseball fans should visit Cooperstown at least once; especially if they write articles for several sports websites.
The only thing I need to do is figure out the logistics for getting there and for how many days to stay. And yes, I did say days because I plan on taking my sweet time looking at everything, reading all the plaques and discussing each exhibit with whoever goes with me (which is why my wife has already said she won't go).
As a baseball historian and stat junkie, this is my Mecca.
During the 1980s and early 1990s, I managed to go to several Yankees games, and it's something I'll always remember.
However, since 1993, I've lived all over the world and have only managed to get to one Yankee game during that time (2001, Yankees vs. Mets in Shea Stadium).
I would love to get to a game in the New Yankee Stadium.
Winter or Summer, it doesn't matter. I would prefer the Winter Olympics, though; I like the events more: the skiing, speed skating, even curling.
This one is probably one of the hardest to cross off the list, because I would have to wait for it to be back in the United States, and it wouldn't be cheap.
I would love to take one summer and attend a game in every MLB stadium; especially the classic parks like Fenway or Wrigley.
Each stadium, park or field has historical value, and attending a game in each is a different experience than in other stadiums in other cities.
Spending an afternoon in Wrigley under clear blue skies or getting out of the 100-degree weather in Arizona...what could be better?
Most people would want to attend the Final Four. I would love to attend every game of the Big East Tournament in Madison Square Garden.
To me, the best college basketball is in the Big East, and the Big East Tournament is the best conference tournament in the game.
I've only been to three college basketball games (Cal vs. Arizona in Tucson and two women's NCAA tournament games in Norfolk in 2010).
I've only attended one NFL game (Jets vs. Pats in old Foxborough back in the early 1990s).
I would love to see the Giants play in Giants Stadium, especially against the Cowboys, Redskins or Eagles.
I have no desire to attend the Super Bowl or a playoff game. I would much rather watch those games from the comfort of my home.
I would love to sit down and interview a player like Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford or Hank Aaron or any other true legend of the game.
I have no idea what I would ask them, but that would definitely be a highlight of my life.
So, that's my sports-based bucket list. What's on yours?