Sports Bucket List

Here is my far-fetched list of athletic related events I hope to witness and or take part in. I hope to make enough money and have enough time to do these things. Most events I would prefer to see my favorite teams, but beggars can’t be choosers.

College Football:

  • Attend a Purdue Football game in every B1G Stadium:
    • Beaver Stadium, Penn State
    • Byrd Stadium, Maryland
    • Camp Randall Stadium, Wisconsin
    • Kinnick Stadium, Iowa
    • Memorial Stadium, Illinois
    • Memorial Stadium, Indiana
    • Memorial Stadium, Nebraska
    • Michigan Stadium, Michigan 10/29/2011 Purdue L 36-14
    • Ohio Stadium, Ohio State
    • Ross-Ade Stadium, Purdue 9/1/2012 vs. Eastern Kentucky W 48-6
    • Rutgers Stadium, Rutgers
    • Ryan Field, Northwestern
    • Spartan Stadium, Michigan State
    • TCF Bank Stadium, Minnesota
  • Attend the Bucket Game 11/24/12 the good guys kept the Bucket W 56-35
  • Attend the Bucket Game every year
  • Be a Purdue Football season ticket holder
  • Attend a B1G title game
  • Attend the Rose Bowl

College Basketball:

  • Attend a Purdue Basketball game at every B1G arena:
    • State Farm Center, Illinois
    • Assembly Hall, Indiana… only reason I’ll step foot in there is if Purdue is playing.
    • Pinnacle Bank Arena, Nebraska
    • Breslin Student Events Center, Michigan State
    • Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State
    • Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa
    • Comcast Center, Maryland
    • Crisler Center, Michigan
    • Kohl Center, Wisconsin
    • Louis Brown Athletic Center, Rutgers
    • Mackey Arena, Purdue some time in my youth
    • Value City Arena, Ohio State
    • Welsh-Ryan Arena, Northwestern
    • Williams Arena, Minnesota
  • Attend a Final Four/National Championship
  • Attend every round of the Tournament… preferably all in one year
  • Attend the B1G tournament, beginning to end
  • Attend a game at Hinkle Fieldhouse, Butler vs. Creighton L 63-68. Got to see Doug McDermott play so I pretty much crossed two things off the bucket list. McDermott hit the game winning three and was spectacular throughout. Hinkle was amazing, can’t wait to go back. Sat on the top row, wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else.
  • Attend a Purdue-IU game 1/30/13 wasn’t pretty, but it was my first, L 97-60.
  • Attend a Purdue-IU game every year
  • Be a Purdue Basketball season ticket holder

College Hockey:

  • Attend a game at Ralph Engelstad Arena… preferably against Minnesota
  • Attend the B1G hockey tournament
  • Attend the Frozen Four
  • Start a NCAA DI Hockey program at Purdue… absolute pipe dream


  • Attend a Colts game
  • Be a Colts season ticket holder
  • Attend a Super Bowl
  • Watch Peyton Manning play
  • Watch Drew Brees play


  • Attend a Pacers game 11/25/13 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves W 98-84. Robbie Hummel plays for the Timberwolves and any day you get to see Robbie Hummel play basketball it’s a good day which made for a good first NBA game.


  • Attend a game in every NHL arena:
    • Air Canada Centre, Toronto
    • American Airlines Center, Dallas
    • BB&T Center, Florida
    • Belle Centre, Montreal
    • Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
    • Consol Energry Center, Pittsburgh… won’t see me there twice unless there are extenuating circumstances.
    • First Niagara Center, Buffalo
    • Honda Center, Anaheim
    • HP Pavilion, San José
    • Arena, Phoenix
    • Joe Louis Arena, Detroit 2/23/13 vs. Nashville Predators W 4-0.
    • Madison Square Garden, New York Rangers
    • MTS Centre, Winnipeg
    • Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New York Islanders
    • Nationwide Arena, Columbus
    • Pepsi Center, Colorado
    • PNC Arena, Carolina
    • Prudential Center, New Jersey
    • Rexall Place, Edmonton
    • Rogers Arena, Vancouver
    • Scotiabank Place, Ottawa
    • Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary
    • Scottrade Center, St. Louis 4/4/12 Detroit Red Wings W 3-2 in a shootout, not bad for my first NHL game. Got to see Nick Lidstrom play, the win was icing on the cake.
    • Staples Center, Los Angeles
    • Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa Bay
    • TD Garden, Boston
    • United Center, Chicago
    • Verizon Center, Washington
    • Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
    • Xcel Energy Center, Minnesota
  • Attend the Stanley Cup Finals
  • Watch the Wings raise the Cup in person
  • Attend a Stanley Cup Finals Game 7
  • Attend an All-Star game and skills competition
  • Attend the Winter Classic
  • Be a Red Wings season ticket holder


  • Attend a game at Comerica 7/31/11, Detroit W 3-2, Verlander was hit-less through 7+. It was another great first game.
  • Witness a no-hitter
  • Watch the Tigers win the World Series
  • Attend a World Series Game 7
  • Be a Tigers season ticket holder


  • Attend the US Open
  • Watch Novak Djokovic
  • Watch Rafael Nadal
  • Watch the Bryan Brothers


  • Attend a Minnesota high school hockey game
  • Attend the Minnesota high school hockey state finals
  • Play pond hockey in Minnesota or Canada
  • Attend a Summer Olympics event
  • Attend a Winter Olympics event
  • Visit the Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum
  • Visit ‘Hoosier Gym’
  • Visit the United States Hockey Hall of Fame museum
  • Visit the Hockey Hall of Fame museum
  • Visit Lake Placid
  • Ski in Colorado
  • Watch Nick Goepper ski
  • Play wiffle ball in all 50 states
    • Indiana

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