ESPN released a list this morning of the “101 sporting events worth seeing in your lifetime,” and although many of the events aren’t city-specific, The Big Apple still found its way into the directory three times. As exciting as it may be, the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, which takes place every year at Madison Square Garden, just snuck onto the list at No. 100. Unfortunately, all you future Kennel fanatics already missed the 2007 event; it takes place in February.
The United States Open tennis tournament, held at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens every August, grabbed the No. 29 slot. This makes sense because when I think pretentious country clubs, I think Queens.
Rounding out Gotham’s representation was a Yankees/Red Sox game in the No. 15 spot, either at Yankee Stadium or Boston’s Fenway Park. For those of you who haven’t attended one of these rivalry contests, it’s essentially like being stuck in the middle of a boxing match, except there are 40,000 fighters. Oh yeah, they’re all drunk and have bad accents, too.