The Greatest Sport Event in the World
The Greatest Sporting Event in the World.
Sport has a way of bringing the best and the worst out of people on and off the field. What is the greatest sporting event? A question that has been debated often and vigorously over the ages. Having just watched Wimbledon and now seeing the Tour de France taking place, it is a question I asked myself again. Then this afternoon I picked up on ESPN a baseball game and watched in amazement as Aroldis Chapman, the fastest pitcher in the history of the game, finished of the game between the Reds and the Cardinals. I was taken back to years ago when I saw Nolan Ryan pitch a no hitter at the Rangers Stadium in Arlington.
Many years ago as a youngster I had watched Sir Stanley Matthews playing a football match at the Wanderers in Johannesburg and the other day watched Spain play Holland in Durban during the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa. In a super sport weekend in England a couple of years ago Ian and I watched the Open at Sandwich on Saturday and the Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday. Later this week the Open starts at Royal St Lytham and St Annes in England, and the Folmula 1 is to be held at Hockenheim in Germany.
I hear some shouting “what about the Motorcycle G.P. NASCAR, Volvo Ocean Race, Boxing and Ascot? What about the Olympics and the America Cup Yachting and Oxford and Cambridge Rowing? What about The Ashes in Cricket and the Super Bowl?” So the debate continues and everyone has their own favorite sport and preference. No wonder so many great films have been made about sport. Think about the classics such as “National Velvet” with a young Elizabeth Taylor and more recently “Invictus”, “The Blind Side” and “The Legend of Bagger Vance”.
While the debate continues the games go on and as Nelson Mandela said after the Rugby World Cup in South Africa in 1995; “Sport has the power to change the world.” It makes you think doesn’t it?