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OH, The Places YOU CAN GO
Tom Verducci
April 09, 2012
A DOZEN WELL-TRAVELED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED WRITERS NAME THE NO. 1 FAN EXPERIENCES IN THE SPORTS THEY KNOW BEST
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April 09, 2012

Oh, The Places You Can Go

A DOZEN WELL-TRAVELED SPORTS ILLUSTRATED WRITERS NAME THE NO. 1 FAN EXPERIENCES IN THE SPORTS THEY KNOW BEST

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11 NBA Finals Game 7

There have been only three winner-take-all games in the Finals since 1989, and the most recent, in 2010 at Staples Center, was one of the most intense games ever, with the Lakers nervously missing shots and frantically chasing them down while overcoming a 13-point deficit to beat the Celtics. Fans watching on TV might have complained about ugly play, but from the stands it was a game of transcendent spirit and grit. To fully appreciate the next Finals Game 7, you'll have to be there.

—Ian Thomsen

12 Penn Relays

No place in America brings together the track and field community like the Penn Relays at Philadelphia's Franklin Field, run every year on the last weekend in April. Some 15,000 athletes compete, beginning early in the week with high school relays and culminating on Saturday afternoon when Olympians such as Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix race in the old stadium for crowds that regularly exceed 50,000. It is part athletic event and part family reunion, where a sport's passion is annually reborn.

—Tim Layden

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