Life is short.
Many people create “bucket lists” of things or places they want to do or visit in their lifetimes. I encourage my fellow Native sports fans to create something a little more specific, a “sports bucket list.”
For example, a couple of things I want to do in the sports world before I die include going to the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, attending Sunday at The Masters, and going to the Final Four. Just to name a few.
Moreover, I highly recommend seeing your favorite teams live. Sure, watching the game at home is comfortable and cheaper but there is something special about being in the arena cheering for your squad.
There’s so much you miss when you’re watching from your couch. People often say baseball is boring and admittedly, I rarely watch baseball on TV until the playoffs roll around. Yet going to a game, even if it’s just the minor leagues, is a blast.
It’s also really cool to see just how good professional athletes are at their craft. When you do go to a game, make sure you get their early to watch warm-ups!
Watching athletes go through their pregame routines is something that continually amazes me. It’s incredible how easy they make things look.
Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors is known for his 3-point marksmanship and ball-handling skills and watching him prepare for the game makes you appreciate what he does on the court even more. Shooting the ball from more than 30 feet away is not easy but pregame (and during the game also) Curry makes it look “Stephortless.”
Seriously, the guy rarely misses in warm-ups.
I’ve been lucky enough to have seen at least one game from the four major professional sports in the United States – NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL. Being a huge basketball nerd, I’ve made it a point to see at least one game each season for the past ten or 12 years. My ultimate goal is to see every team and I’m just over halfway there.
I look forward to one day telling my kids about seeing some of the all-time greats in person. I’ve seen Kobe Bryant make (and miss) game-winning shots, LeBron James mess around and triple-doubles like it ain’t no thing and Tim Duncan get his 1,000th career win.
Trust me, going to see the pros in person are experiences you will never forget and will give you a deeper appreciation and understanding of whatever sport it may be. There is a camaraderie and kinship amongst fans at a game that cannot be replicated anywhere else.
I doubt you give high fives to complete strangers when you’re out walking downtown. Although, if you do, awesome!
So if you’ve been on the fence and thought about going to a pro sports game, let me be the one to give the official endorsement and push you over the edge. Do it!
Go to the game, get a hot dog, heckle the refs, lose your voice from cheering and create a memory that will last a lifetime. Life is too short not to have some fun.
Kolby KickingWoman is a reporter/producer for Indian Country Today. He is Blackfeet/Gros Ventre from the great state of Montana and currently reports and lives in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter - @KDKW_406. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org