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July Sports Trip
July 2, 2010 - Al Stephenson
It is July already and its time to determine where we would go if (it's not really gonna happen folks, you need to play along here) we could attend one sporting event anywhere in the world. There are lots of choices in July. Which one of these would you pick?
The World Cup is in the round of 16 and alas, the U.S. is not among those teams. Would the USA have to be there for you to choose this sporting event? If you are a true soccer fan, probably not. I am not even remotely close to being a soccer fan, so I can rule this one out very quickly.
Night racing at Daytona anyone? It takes place tomorrow night and I am a big Nascar fan, so this one is in the running. Tonight's Nationwide race, with Dale Jr. running the Wrangler #3 car as a one time tribute to his dad, and taking it to Victory Lane makes me wish even more that I was at Daytona this weekend.
Major League baseball holds its midseason All Star extravaganza in July and I am also a big time baseball person. This would be an option, but I am going to pass.
You could head over the pond and take in Wimbledon. The 11 hour, five set match makes me think long and hard about this choice. Unfortunately, as much as you want to see history made, sitting through this kind of marathon match would be tiring at best and boring at worst. At some point you just want to see it end so you can get something to eat and get some sleep.
Actually my choice does involve crossing the pond. I would go see the Open Championship. This year's British Open will be held at historic St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf. Following the world's best golfers around for four days at this location would be my personal preference.
The view from my seat would suggest that you could not go wrong with any of the above choices. For me though, the order would be 1) golf, 2) racing, 3) baseball, 4) tennis, and 5) almost anything besides soccer.
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