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16 May 2007 @ 01:10 pm
Not that anyone asked  

Re: the travel meme I posted earlier, my nominees for the top ten iconic American sporting events are, in no particular order,

  • World Series
  • Super Bowl
  • BCS Championship
  • NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
  • Indianapolis 500
  • Daytona 500
  • The Masters
  • U.S. Open Tennis Tournament
  • Boston Marathon
  • Kentucky Derby

Other nominees welcome in the comments. And if someone wants to defend the honor of the College World Series, feel free.

 
 
Toonces, the Driving Cattooncestdc on May 16th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
In my opinion, I would drop the US Open, the BCS Championship and the Boston Marathon and replace it with the NBA Finals, the MLB All-Star Game, and the Rose Bowl.
John Heaton: sportsjheaton on May 16th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, those are reasonable nominees. In fact, the version of the list I composed in my head last night the NBA Finals were on the list, and I debated whether to include the Rose Bowl instead of the more generic BCS Championship. I went with the BCS Championship because of what the BCS says about American college football, and what the endless griping about it says about American fans. As for the NBA Finals, I'm not fully convinced that anyone really cares all that much about them.
Toonces, the Driving Cattooncestdc on May 17th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
I guess there are a few ways to look at the question. When you ask, "What are considered the most life-changing events to attend", I think that iconic events like The Masters and Kentucky Derby go way up as does the Rose Bowl. If you look at biggest TV/Radio audience, I think the NBA Finals beats out the Indy 500, the Boston Marathon and Tennis. If you talk about the events that generate the biggest buzz on sports TV and Radio, my picks are:

Super Bowl
World Series
BCS Championship
NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
NFL Playoffs
NBA Playoffs
The Masters
NFL Draft
Stanley Cup
Daytona 500
fizzball on May 17th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
Scotties Tournament of Hearts!
selannia: BSG Starbuck smokingselannia on May 16th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
I'm not seeing bowling on that list.