Eight miles and two shades of blue separate rivals who can deliver anything, be it a brawl (Art Heyman and Larry Brown in 1961) or eight points in 17 seconds (Carolina's, to force overtime in a 1974 victory). From Walter Davis and Bobby Jones to Gene Banks and Austin Rivers, the stars shine; but so do bit players like Duke's Fred Lind, who after scoring 12 points all year delivered 16 in an 87--86 triple-OT win in 1968. And to think the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils have never met in NCAA tournament play.
5 Lambeau Field
Regardless of which opponent the Packers are facing, a trip to Lambeau Field is guaranteed to thrill true pro football fans. Not only because Lambeau is where one of the league's epic games took place (the Ice Bowl, of 1967), but also because so many of the game's iconic figures—Lombardi, Hornung, Nitschke, Starr, Favre—called it home. The franchise's 25,000-square-foot Hall of Fame is also located on the grounds. Ticket cost: $10 for adults. Memories for all generations: invaluable.
6 British Open at St. Andrews
There is no greater experience in golf than the Open Championship at St. Andrews, where every five years a sport returns to its birthplace. The game is at its most venerable here, with the Old Course's humpbacked fairways and brownish greens, the cozy Dunvegan Hotel across the street, and Old and Young Tom Morris buried up the road. I have made three trips to St. Andrews, watching Jack and Tiger and all the others, smiling at my good fortune in seeing the soul of the game.
7 Indianapolis 500
There's nothing in all of U.S. motor sports quite like the opening five laps of the Indy 500. Stand on pit road as close as possible to Turn 1, and once the green flag waves, your senses will be overwhelmed by the sleek Indy cars charging toward you at over 200 mph. The thump of the horsepower hitting your chest, the high pitch of the engines, the smell of burning rubber—this is what draws more than 300,000 fans to the Brickyard on the last Sunday of May.