I am fortunate to teach with some fabulous young colleagues at Trigg County Middle School. One of those young folk is Trigg County Softball Coach Lacey Briscoe. A short while back, Lacey informed me that she had crossed an item off her bucket list. She had gone skydiving. Since Lacey is only 25 years of age, this got me to thinking: How early are folks starting these bucket lists now a days? After much contemplation, I decided I might as well start developing a list at the very least. In quick fashion, the items below are what I came up with. Maybe you folks, the great and intelligent readers of this column, can help suggest other items or aid me in accomplishing some of the tasks. Obviously, these are things I have never done.
My Sports Bucket List
1. Attend the Kentucky Derby.
2. Take a golf trip to Scotland, Ireland and such where the game began. Play the old course at Saint Andrews.
3. Play every golf course in the state of Kentucky to raise money for cancer research.
4. Play Pebble Beach Golf Course.
5. Attend the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga. Playing there would be nice also, but virtually impossible from what I hear.
6. See a Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau Field.
7. Attend a Notre Dame football game at South Bend.
8. Attend an Alabama Crimson Tide football game in Tuscaloosa.
9. Attend a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park.
10. Attend a Detroit Tiger game at Comerica Park.
11. Attend an SEC basketball tournament.
12. Attend an NCAA Final Four.
13. Canoe from Hopkinsville to Cadiz.
14. Hike the Appalachian Trail in its entirety.
15. Complete a full marathon.
16. Take my first deer. (Only been deer hunting once)
17. Shoot and mount a bobcat.
18. Go on a night bass fishing trip with any or all of our best local anglers.
19. Go noodling for a big catfish and leave with my hand still attached so I can write about it.
20. Have a sit-down conservation with one of my all time favorite athletes, Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics.
21. Play a game of HORSE with Larry Bird.
22. Have dinner with the one of the classiest coaches in sports history, Tony Dungy, and discuss life and faith.
23. Go fishing with legendary former UK Coach Joe B. Hall.
24. Tag along with local World Famous Outdoorsmen Harold Knight and David Hale when they are taking Bobby Knight on a hunt.
25. Complete my book “Keys to the Gym” based on the life and times of a small-town basketball coach, detailing all the colorful characters I met along the journey.
Obviously, the above list is very diversified. There are some tough to accomplish items. Some would involve travel, money, dedication and time. Any advice, connections or help from the loyal readers of the Coach’s Corner would be greatly appreciated. Each time I cross off an item, I will feature it in a column.
I will be waiting by the phone for helpful suggestions and tickets. See you next week. I have to get out of here and see if I can book a night fishing trip.
Enthusiasm Makes the Difference
Mike Wright is the head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.