January 27, 2006

From a UK point of view: 10 must-do things in America before you die: From attending a Super Bowl to white water rafting, an interesting perspective on stateside sports.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY to other at 01:03 PM - 19 comments

I think all of these are great events to see in America. I have a couple other suggestions. 1. Watch a Cubs game from the bleachers on a sunny day from wrigley field 2. Spend a NFL sunday in a vegas sportsbook

posted by erkno11 at 01:50 PM on January 27, 2006

Go do disney world Go to ws game in yankee stadium Go Superbowl GO to a UFC fight Make it with a George Bush's daughter (the hot one) Skydive Watch Tool's band practice Smoke G13 Fly first class Watch Osama Bin laden pay for what he did.

posted by tool2310 at 01:59 PM on January 27, 2006

(tool, keep it to sports.) That list has a lot of alcohol-related activities, and it seems pretty safe. I'd have added a Flyers (or Rangers or, rare as they may be, a Bruins) playoff home game in there, a rodeo, a televised PBA bowling tourney, and the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island. But your mileage may vary. Also, erkno11, good call. The Vegas/NFL thing is something I've always wanted to do myself.

posted by chicobangs at 02:05 PM on January 27, 2006

Oh, okay, a Red Wings playoff game at the Joe would be a must-see too, except they have no rivalries with anyone currently contending. (Chicago? St. Louis? Not this decade. And who wants to put a tenner down on a Leafs/Wings final in the next few years? I bleed blue & white, but let's be realistic here.)

posted by chicobangs at 02:12 PM on January 27, 2006

Red Wings playoff game at the Joe That's on my to do list. Something I have done that I would recommend is the infield party at Preakness (second leg of the Triple Crown). Just don't forget to bet on the horses.

posted by njsk8r20 at 02:33 PM on January 27, 2006

If we extend "America" to be "North America", then you'd have to include a Toronto/Montreal NHL game (either city as host, but Toronto might be easier for the English crowd). It's probably the best rivalry in the NHL, and the games are just as electric as NY/Boston baseball, but with more hitting and just as many brawls! (Ottawa/Toronto would be just as good, but my boys in the blue and white can't put up even a half-decent effort anymore. Sigh.)

posted by grum@work at 02:46 PM on January 27, 2006

I was surprised to see 2 different Nascar Auto Races in the top ten....didnt expect to see that in a top ten british list of must see events or activities in USA.. I was not surprised to see no hockey games, as they get enough fighting in their soccer games. It would be nothing new to them.

posted by pizzpoor at 02:54 PM on January 27, 2006

Yeah - see a hockey game on a Saturday night in Canada. Or Deroit, but that's pretty much it. Now what I wanna know is "What are the 10 sports to see in the UK before I die?"

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 02:59 PM on January 27, 2006

Weedy, starters... Wembley FA Cup Final. Any game at Anfield. Celtic-Rangers. Wimbledon. Wales-England rugby test (at Cardiff). Ashes cricket test match at Lords. Grand National Steeplechase. The Derby. British Grand Prix. All-Ireland Hurling final. (Things to avoid -- anything to do with man u, arsenal, chelsea, or golf...)

posted by the red terror at 03:07 PM on January 27, 2006

...and no self-respecting British sports fan would ever want to miss this. More info here.

posted by the red terror at 03:17 PM on January 27, 2006

And this is also supposed to be quite spectacular, but I have yet to attend an actual live event in person, not yet anyway, perhaps one of these days...

posted by the red terror at 03:20 PM on January 27, 2006

how about attend THE open championship of golf, mr. red terror? (And a few good pubs between rounds?) On America's list i would add: attend the Nation Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. True americana.

posted by mjkredliner at 03:39 PM on January 27, 2006

oops sorry mr. red terror , but your open championship may have the best field in the entire sport , would not avoid it myself .

posted by mjkredliner at 03:56 PM on January 27, 2006

Drop nascar and add Gulf Costal Fishing. A good White tail hunt always brings a smile to my face.

posted by mustang71 at 04:17 PM on January 27, 2006

(Things to avoid -- anything to do with man u, arsenal, chelsea, or golf...) Yeah. A Manchester derby at Old Trafford would be horrible, just horrible.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 04:36 PM on January 27, 2006

So the Superbowl is the biggest game in the world is it Sky? And there was me thinking it was the World Cup Final, but of course, terrestial tv is covering that, not Sky. And I dunno what pizzpoor is going on about fighting at "soccer" games either. Aside from that I'd love to do 9 of the things they list. Dream on.

posted by squealy at 07:03 PM on January 27, 2006

You know you're all a bunch of hooligans, squealy.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 07:08 PM on January 27, 2006

Yeah. Oh well it was worth a try.

posted by squealy at 07:26 PM on January 27, 2006

All-Ireland Hurling final Never, as far as I can tell, held in the UK. Fighting words in the Republic. What about darts as a replacement sports event?

posted by owlhouse at 09:47 PM on January 27, 2006

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