By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Over the past few years, the words “bucket list” have become more and more popular. Maybe it’s because the “baby boomers” have reached middle age and are nearing the final curtain call and suddenly it dawns on them that they haven’t done half of the things they wanted to.
Since I fall into that same group, I decided to make a bucket list of my own, but with a slight twist. Here are the 10 things in sports I would love to see before I’m called to wherever it is I will be going. Some of these are attainable, albeit at a hefty price.
10. A true college football rivalry game. Ohio State-Michigan tops my list of college football games I want to see in person. But there are others. West Virginia-Pittsburgh would be cool. I guess I missed my chance to see Oklahoma-Nebraska. But you get my drift. A rivalry game that has tradition and means something.
9. The Grand Prix of Monte Carlo. I would love to get to view the beautiful people in Monaco as they watch one of the greatest Formula 1 races. Plus I always had a crush on Princess Stephanie and there’s always the chance of meeting her. A guy can dream.
8. The Kentucky Derby. Let me rephrase that. The infield at the Kentucky Derby. ‘Nuff said.
7. A ringside seat at Wrestlemania. Or at least within 100 feet of the ring. Nothing in the nose-bleed section.
6. Either the U.S. Open, French Open or Wimbledon finals. Anyone would do. I’m not picky.
5. Brazil-Argentina soccer match. Not only do the two countries hate each other in soccer, but the action on the pitch would only slightly overshadow the lovely females in the stands. Those two countries have some of the most beautiful women in the world.
4. A Boston-Chicago hockey game. My two favorite teams. Plus their rivalry back in the 1970s is what got me watching the NHL.
3. The Champions League final. But only if Bayern Munich is playing.
2. Staying with soccer, Germany vs. Holland in Germany. If I can’t have that, then any game the German National Team is playing in.
1. Seeing the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. I’ve thought about driving to Ashland, catching an Amtrak train to Baltimore, watch a game then take the train back home. I still might do that.
So there you have it. The Top 10 things in sports I would love to see. Some are doable. Others not so much. But who knows. If the time is right and I have the extra money, I just might be able to cross at least half of these off the list.