Posted: Wednesday June 21, 2006 8:59AM; Updated: Thursday June 22, 2006 3:45PM
The Indianapolis 500 is one of sports' great live events.
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If you could see one major sporting event in person, (outside of anything to do with college football), which would it be? -- Andy, Seattle
As a kid growing up in Indianapolis, my father lived just blocks away from one of the most-attended single-day sporting events in the world, the Indianapolis 500. He always tells me stories about how he would fall asleep listening to the racers test their engines, or how he would watch what seemed like tens of thousands of balloons released as the loudspeakers blared the final notes of Back Home Again In Indiana. So, wanting to be a part of something that has such fond memories for my dad, I would love nothing more than to take in an Indy 500 with him one day.
Jenn, are you paying attention to the World Cup? I know soccer may not be the most popular sport in the U.S. but I hope you at least can appreciate the passion of an entire country rooting for its national team, and that the winner will be an actual "world champion". -- Michael, Kirkland, Wash.
I definitely appreciate it. Soccer is the world's most popular sport. Sadly, most Americans barely understand its rules and can't identify most players.
It's interesting that American sports have their own competitions among its different franchises, culminating into what they call a "World Championship." Calling a team the "World Champions" when they have yet to play squads from other countries seems like false advertising to me.
Maybe that's why I understand the meaning behind the World Cup. It really is what its title claims, an international competition of soccer. Its rules and regulations are the same across all countries, despite differences in culture and language.
Where do you stand on dating your best friend's sister? It's a tightrope of a topic since (if you screw up) you may upset your buddy in the process. The only situation in sports that I know of is Jason Taylor marrying Zach Thomas' sister. Any thoughts? -- J.P., New York
Sports has allowed me to be a spy in "Guy World" and I have come to understand "The Code.":
1) Always have your friend's back.
2) Mothers are to be considered holy.
3) Never mock another man's sports team.
4) Never snitch on another dude.
5) Never date a friends blood relatives.
Should you decide to break this last point of the code, there are several things to consider. You essentially want the best of both worlds, a friend who's got your back, while having a hopefully satisfying relationship with his sister. One of two sides of your friend will emerge: Either he's the seemingly apathetic guy who couldn't care less if his sister dates his mortal enemy or some random dude who works the McDonald's drive through, or he's The Romeo and Juliet "How doth thee attempt to deflower my sister" guy who will insight a vicious turf war that will ultimately destroy your friendship and possibly end in a black eye or two.