Holes remain in to do list

Never fails. No matter how many times I watch “The Bucket List” starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, it’s difficult to keep a dry eye.

Started me thinking. As a sports writer, what would my “Bucket List” consist of?

Visited the clubhouse of a major league baseball team. Walked past a future Hall of Famer in Chipper Jones, but forgot to say hello.

Interviewed a World Champion in Kent Tekulve. He wasn’t quite as thin as he was in 1979 when the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Baltimore Orioles for the title.

Chatted one-on-one with the likes of professional soccer player Zak Boggs and LPGA Tour professional Brittany Lincicome. Swimmer Tim Phillips still is considered an amateur, but I rank the Parkersburg High School graduate elite in his field.

By being in the newspaper business for 25 years, I’ve had the opportunity to accomplish several personal highlights. Wrote a first-person account of cycling up one of the more grueling and historic alleys in Burlington, Iowa, as part of the Snake Alley Criterium.

In Galesburg, Ill., owned the first-round lead of the net division at the All-City Golf Tournament. Needless to say, bowed down to the pressure over the course of the next three days.

So where’s that leave things? Is the “Bucket List” near completion? Far from it. Like candles on a birthday cake, many wishes remain.

For starters, never officially flipped the coin at midfield for a football game at any level. Never thrown out the first pitch at a major league baseball game.

If I want to dream even bigger, I begin with next year’s Hall of Fame Baseball Induction Ceremony. Possibly (notice I didn’t make any guarantees), three members from the Atlanta Braves could be enshrined -manager Bobby Cox, and pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux. A chance to interview any one of the three would be an honor.

On the subject of baseball, imagine the feeling sitting next to legendary broadcaster Vin Scully and announcing one game. Teams don’t matter. Neither does the venue. I would even settle for a little league game.

Same goes for NFL announcer Cris Collinsworth, who I believe is a craftsman at breaking down a football game.

Remember the book entitled, “A Good Walk Spoiled” written years ago by John Feinstein? I would enjoy playing a round of 18 holes with Jack Nicklaus and – bite my tongue – Tiger Woods.

My interest in golf didn’t develop until after the glory days of Nicklaus and I would want to hear about his battles with Arnold Palmer. As for Woods, I would want to know what makes him tick. Has he learned from his mistakes, and why does he stay so guarded in the public eye?

On a more sensible note, I’m still searching for that perfect bracket during March Madness. And I wouldn’t begin my selections by taking a No. 16 seed over a No. 1 seed.

So there it is. No skydiving. No Egyptian pyramids. No tattoos. Just a sports writer daring to dream.

Contact Kerry Patrick at kpatrick@newsandsentinel.com