Where would you go?

The Compass - - SPORTS - Ni­cholas Mercer Ni­cholas Mercer is a re­porter/pho­tog­ra­pher with The Com­pass news­pa­per in Car­bon­ear. He’d love to know where you’d take a time ma­chine and he can be reached at nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Imag­ine you have a time ma­chine. It’s wild, I know.

I mean, time travel isn’t real and prob­a­bly never will be. We can’t fig­ure out cli­mate change, so I doubt we’ll ever con­quer the abil­ity to go back in time and change the fu­ture.

As a sports fan, imag­ine the pos­si­bil­i­ties. Sud­denly, you have the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence any num­ber of the count­less clas­sic play­ers and games at your fin­ger­tips.

See first hand if Babe Ruth ac­tu­ally called his shot against the Chicago Cubs in the 1932 World Se­ries. Maybe foot­ball is more your jam. You could see be in the sta­dium for ‘ The Im­mac­u­late Re­cep­tion’ or ‘ The Drive.’

Wit­ness­ing Wilt Cham­ber­lain’s 100-point game would be within your grasp.

Time travel would be a dream ma­chine for any sports nut. You know, if the sci­ence ever caught up with our imag­i­na­tion.

Now, I know this ‘ time travel’ scheme is out to lunch.

It’s an out­landish idea, but this is my 14 inches of space in the pa­per and I want to know where you’d go if we did ob­tain the abil­ity to jump from one time pe­riod to another?

Where in sports history would you go?

Be­lieve it or not, it’s a hard ques­tion to an­swer. Be­lieve me, I’ve tried.

Do you pick the ob­vi­ous choices based on my fan­dom or think out­side the box?

Those ob­vi­ous choices in­clude Game 6 of the 1993 World Se­ries where Joe Carter wins the game with a homer; the Leafs last Stan­ley Cup vic­tory; watch­ing Vince Carter and Allen Iver­son go toe-to-toe in 2001 and any num­ber of Michael Jor­dan per­for­mances.

I re­al­ize a lot of th­ese events are all things we’ve wit­nessed through the magic of tele­vi­sion, but I’m talk­ing about liv­ing them live. Be­ing in the arena when all of this is go­ing down is the goal.

Still, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less.

There’s Don Larsen’s World Se­ries per­fect game in 1956, Buster Dou­glas end­ing Mike Tyson or Paul Hen­der­son sink­ing the Rus­sians in the Canada Cup.

Maybe see­ing par­tic­u­lar play­ers is more in your wheel­house.

Go back and live the ca­reers of ath­letes you’ve only seen on YouTube or in high­light packs. Bobby Orr, Arnold Palmer, Pelé, An­dre The Gi­ant, Pete Mar­avich or Lou Gehrig are all ex­cel­lent choices.

As crazy as all this sounds, it’s can be fun to fan­ta­size about where you’d go and what you’d see.

Per­son­ally, I’m more in­clined to back my bags and head for Her­shey, Penn­syl­va­nia circa 1962.

My first stop — it’s my time ma­chine and I can use it more than once — would be at the Her­shey Sports Arena where a 25-year-old Wilt Cham­ber­lain ce­mented his place in the NBA record books when he scored 100 points on the New York Knicks. Why is this first? Well, it’s a record that will prob­a­bly never be bro­ken con­sid­er­ing the land­scape of to­day’s game.

It’s one of the best in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances of all time and Wilt was a po­lar­iz­ing fig­ure then and now.

With so many fig­ures at your fin­ger­tips, it’s hard to choose, but there re­ally isn’t a bad thing to see.

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