Where would you go?
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.