Sports bucket list

Published 10:30 am Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I was privileged to attend Alabama football games for 3 seasons, and am fortunate to say when I was in Bryant-Denny Stadium, I never witnessed a loss; I watched the Manziel A&M loss at my apartment, so it technically doesn’t count against me.

As I reflected on the biggest moments, I thought about a few sporting events on my sports bucket list I can easily go ahead and check off in the next few years: starting with the Vicksburg Warren Central football game.

I am most excited for this game because I truly believe it’ll make me feel like I’m a junior in high school again. The Vikings and Gators will be divided in an intense, hard fought battle between Warren County’s public schools.

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Fan bases, staff, faculty and coaches will be deeply invested as every second ticks off the game clock until four zeros make their appearance. Vicksburg and Warren Central are two very hardworking programs and I am glad to share the excitement and embrace the atmosphere hanging over the city.

Surprisingly, I want to attend an Egg Bowl. I really want to know if the cowbells are like cellos; annoying when played solo, but somewhat easy on the ears when in unison. I would have no rooting interest in the game so I’ll be able to fathom the fanatic spirit of the Rebels and Bulldogs.

I’ve never been to the jazz city of New Orleans but I now have good reason to. The Saints – even though they traded my favorite young wide receiver – and the Pelicans are competitive in their respective leagues and the emergence of Anthony Davis is something I’ve followed since his days at Kentucky. Since the relationship between Alabama, New Orleans and the Sugar Bowl seems haunted, I’ll avoid those games.

All-Star Weekend enhances my love for the NBA and I’ve always wanted to travel to the host city.

Well this might change, as Charlotte will host the weekend in 2017, which so far has been the only good thing about the Hornets being in the city. I would love as a fan to be in attendance, but I would love it more to cover the weekend as a journalist.

Maybe I’ll get to see a Duke participation dunk with Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justice Winslow; it just makes sense for them to do it the year it’s in North Carolina.

Staying with basketball, I would love to watch an NCAA Final Four and Championship game. I believe these three games are the most emotional and heartbreaking of the entire season. The entire NCAA tournament is one of my favorite sporting events and I’m known for putting long hours into my bracket.

Finally, before it’s too late I want to watch Serena Williams dominate Wimbledon. Realistically I’ll settle for the U.S. Open in New York. I believe Williams is the best in her sport and a once in a lifetime athlete.

I respect her greatness, dedication and historic level of play. She’s showed her prowess on the court and gained respect from a sport where there aren’t too many people from Compton, Calif dominating tennis.