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December Sports On Tap

November 30, 2010 - Al Stephenson
Tomorrow is December already. Where has 2010 gone? It seems like only yesterday that I started asking you where you would go each month if you could attend one sporting event anywhere in the world. In case you forgot my choices for this unrealistic yet fun endeavor, let me repeat them for you.

January - NCAA National Championship Football Game

February - The Daytona 500

March - NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship

April - The Masters Golf Tournament

May - The Kentucky Derby and the Indy 500

June - NCAA College World Series

July - The British Open Golf Championship

August - Little League World Series

September - The U.S. Open Tennis Championships

October - Baseball's World Series

November - Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

That leaves us with December and the choice to me is a very easy one. The NHL has kicked off its season, but I don't know if I would want to go to a Stanley Cup final game let alone an early season one, so hockey is out. The NFL will have some key matchups heading into the playoffs, but once again I think I will pass. The NBA? They usually have some good games on Christmas Day, but I would rather be home with my family than sitting in a basketball arena.

If I was to choose an NBA tilt it would be this Thursday. I would like to go to Cleveland to see the reaction to the return of LeBron. The game will take a back seat to the behavior of the home crowd. It will be interesting to see how the fans will display their anger towards the superstar who went on national TV to stick the knife in his loyal followers. I hope it does not get real ugly.

Actually my choice is to end the year with the same sport as I started it. I would love to go to Philadelphia and watch the Army-Navy football game. These players are not your typical college athletes. We are not talking spoiled pampered jocks from the major college football factories. We are talking about young men who will give service to their country and happen to play the game for the love of the sport. To see their classmates in uniform cheering their fellow future soldiers is to see sports at its best.

The view from my seat suggests that Army-Navy is the true essence of athletic competition. Who wins the game is of little consequence as these althletes are already winners!


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