Top 10 Sporting Events I Need to Attend Before I Die

Daniel DamicoCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2008

Let me start off by saying this is not a Bucket List.  At least not just yet, and hopefully not for another 40-50 years.  So please stop crying and stop writing long-winded eulogies that praise me so much it makes everyone else feel awkward. 

But feel free to continue writing that check to help put my children through college, even though they are only two and five months from being born—every little bit helps. 

OK, now back to the point of this article.

This is merely a list of events that I would love to experience and that would rate highly using the “Goose Bump Factor.” 

For those uninformed, GBF, or “Goose Bump Factor,” is used by individuals to gauge how incredible—or “freakin’ awesome”—an event, a play, or a moment truly is.

The formula was derived from the sensation that occurs at the single moment when statements such as ”That was sick!” or ”Did you see that?” or “You gotta be kidding me!” can be heard—when a moment is so breathtaking, so “I can’t believe what I just saw,” that the individual’s body is over come with the “chills”: commonly known as Goose Bumps.

Now, for some, the GBF would be greatly enhanced by witnessing a team, or players, which they have followed their entire life.  The Chicago Cubs winning the World Series means more to folks—yes, I just used the word folks—in the Windy City than to Red Sox Nation, even though they did have a close relationship prior to 2004 through BCA—Baseball Curses Anonymous.

Yet some events are so big, so spectacular that it does not matter if your team is involved.  You just have to be there.

So, with no further ado, in a very particular order, here are my Top 10 Events based on the GBF.


1. Duke vs. North Carolina at Cameron Indoor Stadium

As a Duke fan, and a college basketball follower, there is no other situation that breeds more adrenaline and excitement than when the Tar Heels come to Durham.


2. FIFA World Cup Final

There is little qualifying I need to do here.  I have watched so many matches on TV that just the idea of being there gets my blood pumping.  Someone needs to scream GOAL!


3. Final Four

Long have I wanted to go.  The closest I came was in 2001, when Duke beat Arizona in Minneapolis to win their third championship.  Maryland, which won the following year, and Michigan State, which won the previous year, rounded off the Final Four.  Alas, I couldn’t get the money together—poor college kid. 


4. The First Weekend of the NCAA Tourney

Most people barely know the names on the front and definitely don’t know the names on the back of the jerseys of the teams playing Duke, UConn, or UNC.  But every year something amazing happens, and we meet someone new.  Plain and simple.


5. Manchester United Vs. Arsenal at the Emirates

I wanted to list Arsenal beating Chelsea, but there is no guarantee—and I don’t need to see John Terry’s mug the whole game.  Plus, with this matchup, you get to see Ronaldo sent to the ground without being touched.


6. NBA Finals

About two to three years ago, the NBA Finals would have been No. 2-4.  But because of my frustration with the T’Wolves and my awareness of soccer, it has fallen to sixth.  That being said, I would like to see the Celtics and Lakers rematch in June.   


7. The European Championships

The Euros, the second biggest soccer tournament in the world.  With powerhouses like defending champion Spain, Italy, Germany, and France—hopefully England soon—you get to see the best multiple times.


8. The Olympics

Summer or Winter—probably summer—either way, you witness athletes competing after training for four years.  Everything is more significant.


9. World Series

The Twins played in one of—if not THE—greatest World Series of all time in 1991.  I know the Twins are a long ways away from getting back there, but the Series gets shown on ESPN Classic a lot.

Baseball is a beautiful combination of smells and sounds, Kevin Costner starring in Field of Dreams, that takes us back to a simpler time—about 9-10 months ago.  Maybe it is just the pace of the game and the relief that the 162-game season is finally come to an end.


10. Wimbledon

I used to watch the granddaddy of all tennis tournaments with my mother when I was younger.  In the summer, we would get up, grab breakfast, and tune in.  I remember watching Boris Becker dive on the court, the odd but shiny trophies, and I remember the child labor of the ball boys and girls.  I remember all the white clothing and thinking that was not a good choice because they will get dirty. Ultimately, I remember the passion.


Honorable Mention

UEFA Champions League Final

The Super Bowl

Michigan and Ohio State Football

The Masters