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Sports In June
June 15, 2010 - Al Stephenson
I haven't forgotten about what sporting event I would attend if given the chance in June, I've just been too busy attending sporting events to get around to telling you where to go... so to speak.
Some June events have wrapped up, many are currently ongoing but my choice will start soon. Let's see what options we have for this month.
If you are a big NBA fan the choice would be simple. Attending the NBA Finals would be your cup of tea. I have a number of problems with this choice, but I am going to list just one. It's June!!!! Basketball is a winter sport. The championship should have been decided long ago.
The World Cup is in progress. I have never been much of a soccer fan - OK, I'm no fan of soccer at all. I just finished watching the end of the match between Portugal and the Ivory Coast. I'd give you the final score, but there wasn't one. Nothing to nothing after 90 minutes of (non)action is not to my liking.
The U.S. Open in golf would be a great choice especially this year where it is being contested on the best golf course in the world (in my humble opinion) - Pebble Beach. I could opt for this one easily, but since I already attended (however mythically) the Masters in April, I will pass up the chance to head for Pebble.
The recently completed NCAA women's softball championship in Oklahoma City would have been cool. The finals between UCLA and Arizona was amazing, particularly the first game. When the announcers said at the beginning of the contest that these two teams would come back on each other every time, I thought it was just hype. When UCLA won the game in extra innings after each team repeatedly made comebacks, I knew they weren't kidding. It was a great game though the next one was anticlimactic, but this would be a cool choice.
My choice however will start this week in Omaha, Nebraska. The NCAA baseball championships will be played for the last time at Rosenblatt Stadium. A new park is in the works and the games will stay in Omaha in future years.
This is where I would go. Getting used to the "ping" of the aluminum bats could take awhile. When I played college baseball we used wooden ones - you know, just like the pros. Any other comparisons to my college baseball career and anone's professional career would be a stretch. Having watched the College World Series on TV - I believe being there would be a lot of fun.
The view from my seat suggests that you can't go wrong with any of these possibilites.
I could even watch the World Cup in person, assuming of course that I could get used to those dang horns!
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