I am a sports fan. I am not, however, fanatical about any particular sport or any specific team. Sure I prefer UAB teams over most other teams but I am not a typical, overzealous fan. I just enjoy watching sports. Of course there are some sports I enjoy more than others. I really enjoy basketball but I don’t really care much for hockey. I love a good international soccer match but I can’t say I would spend much time watching cricket. In general though I can find something enjoyable in just about any sport. I have seen plenty of live college sporting events and even different minor league professional events but I have never seen a top level professional game. I have been to Olympic soccer matches and even some exhibition games with other professional teams but never have I been to a regular season, professional game of any kind.
I have never been to an NBA game, never sat in a MLB park, and never gone to an NFL event. Only recently have I even cared about this little quirk in my sports fan resume. I have always been more of a college sports fan. No real reason except that I can usually afford to go to college games. That, and there are no professional teams in the Birmingham area. Lately, however, I have had a real desire to have the pro sports experience. Atlanta is only a few hours away and there are a wealth of pro teams there to choose from. With summer coming I am really thinking I would like to see a Braves game. Baseball is far from my favorite sport but a nice day at the ballpark is something I enjoy. I can get this experience locally with the Birmingham Barons, but it just can’t be the same as a Major League game. I am looking for an opportunity to go to a Braves game that won’t cost me a fortune. I know plenty of people who make this trip as a regular event but for me it is kind of akin to going to DisneyWorld for the first time. I hope I can make it happen.
There are other opportunities in Atlanta as well. I used to be a huge NBA fan but since high school the league lost my attention. I would not, however, turn away an opportunity to see the Hawks play. The same goes for the Atlanta Falcons. About the only time I watch the NFL is on Super Bowl Sunday but again I would happily sit in the stands to watch the Falcons. There is something about that upper echelon sporting experience that is attractive to me. I am sure once I have the experience it won’t be as exciting but today it is on my “bucket list” and I really hope this year I get to scratch that one off.