Natural Wonders of Sports: What Would You Put on the List?

Erik HoekeCorrespondent IApril 14, 2008

Any sports fan not in a coma this weekend knows two things about The Masters Tournament at Augusta National.  First, it's a tradition unlike any other, as ESPN and CBS reminded us every four seconds.  Second, the azaleas are blooming.

That got me thinking: what are the most well-known and/or most beautiful natural wonders in sports?  The Ivy at Wrigley?  The palm trees that used to live beyond the outfield wall at Qualcomm Stadium?  The black-eyed susans draped on the winner of the Preakness?

Let's hear it.  What do you think belongs on the list of natural wonders in sports? 

Here are a few guidelines:

1. It must not be the primary playing surface.  The lawn at Wimbledon is gorgeous, but who's to say it's more beautiful than the fairways at Oakmont or the outfield grass at Jacobs Field?

2. Sports played in exotic locations do not count.  Of course everything at the Ironman Triathlon is beautiful—it's Hawaii.  And choosing the Alps as a skiing location is too easy.  It has to be part of a sporting venue that was somewhat man-made, as in Pebble Beach on the top of cliffs or building Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine.

3. You must explain why it belongs on the list.  Saying something belongs because you really, really, really like it just wastes everyone's time.

Let's hear it, Bleacher Report Community.  What are the natural wonders of the sporting world?