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7/13/2007 10:22:00 AM
Five U.S. Sports Sites The Beckhams Should Visit
If you're a sports fan, you need to catch a game at Wrigley Field at least once in your life.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
Two years ago, I interviewed David Beckham, and the topic of America came up.
"I love America," Beckham told me. "I've probably gone to America the last five or six years in the summer when I get a break. The first couple of years I was able to walk around New York or Los Angeles and have no problem. But two years ago I went there and couldn't move, I couldn't get anywhere of the press. But one thing I've always said about America is that as a nation, the patriotism is so, so big. That's the one thing I've always believed in and loved, and I think that's one of the reasons I love America so much, is that they're so patriotic about everything. Nearly every house in America, you've got the stars and stripes outside, and to me that's amazing."
Well, Dave, America is a lot more than just houses and flags. Here are five sports sites you really should make it a priority to visit…
1. Wrigley Field: When the Galaxy get to Chicago to extinguish the Fire, try to get to Chicago's North side to check out this 93-year-old gem of a baseball stadium. But go to a day game and sit in the bleachers -- the lights still don't feel right. This is America's Old Trafford.
2. Sanford Stadium: I picked Sanford because I have vast experience there, but any of the big college stadiums (Michigan Stadium, Beaver Stadium) will prove my point. The college football gameday encounter (tailgating, hanging out, etc.) is the closest experience I've had in America to attending a soccer game in Europe. Only these footballers don't flop. At least not as much.
3. The Cage at W. 4th St.: Rucker has made most of the headlines in New York City streetball history, but I prefer The Cage at W. 4th Street. It's a tiny court, but it's right in Greenwich Village and you never know who you'll see in a pick-up game -- last year some of my SLAM co-workers caught Knicks guard Nate Robinson balling there during the NBA season.
4. The Palace Of Auburn Hills: Becks told me he loved basketball, and of all the NBA games I've taken in across America over the last seven years, the crowds and the game experiences in Detroit are consistently the most exciting. It would also be cool to hear Detroit PA man Mason announce the arrival of "Da-da-da-da-David Beckham!"
5. Any NASCAR Race: I've never been to a NASCAR event, but I imagine it being a perfect representation of America's working class, people who work hard all week and then come watch their guys put pedal to metal on the weekends. Besides, I'd just like to see Posh and Becks chilling on the infield, wearing trucker hats, sucking on a couple of longnecks.
Where else should we send David and Posh? Send us your travel tips…
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com.
Wrigley Field are you kidding! What a joke for a loser organization. I'm from Chicago and need to laugh in the author's choice in regards to this list. Obviously he is a die-hard, next-year Cub fan who goes to the game strictly for the socialization similar to a high school basketball game. Becks and the Ms. would be better off attending:
1. The Big House - Michigan 2. Bristol - The night race 3. The Green Monster - Boston 4. Churchill Downs - Kentucky 5. Indy Speedway
A little taste of everything but we have too many new stadium that don't deliver the atmosphere that Becks is used to. How can you compare anything in LA to Old Trattford, Wembley Stadium, and The Bernabeu.
1. Moosehead Lake (Maine) and the Columbia River Gorge so that he can go fishing. 2. Fenway for a Sox/Yankees game. 3. Augusta National during the Masters. 4. Cameron Indoor for Duke/UNC men's hoops, Knoxville for UT/Vandy women's hoops. 5. An Iowa-Iowa State wrestling match. 6. Michigan-OSU football, either location. 7. Chatham, MA for a Cape Cod Baseball League summer game. 8. Lambeau, in December, against the Bears. 9. Daytona 10. A Maine/UNH hockey game. 11. A Johns Hopkins/UVA lacrosse game.