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End Of The World: Rapture 2011 Edition

Posted By Michael Waterloo On May 21 2011 @ 2:30 pm In Pittsburgh | 2 Comments

Harold Camping, an 89-year-old California pastor has been in the news all week for the proclamation that the rapture is coming today (May 21st) and the end of the world will be on October 21.  Camping came to this conclusion thanks to a mathematical formula that he, well, made up.  Let us not forget that this is Camping’s second time at predicting the rapture.  He first predicted that it would come in September of 1994.  As we know now, Camping was wrong again but maybe the third time will be the charm for him in the future.

Let’s pretend for a second that Camping was right.  What if we knew the end of the world was upon us?  How would we live differently?  While none of us will know when this time will come, it’s interesting to think about.  Besides the normal spending time with my family and the people I love, I wouldn’t give up my sports.  As a matter of fact, I would make it to every big event I could.  If the world was to end in five years, here are the top events on my “rapture bucket list” that I wouldn’t miss.

5). Stanley Cup Finals Game 7:  Preferably, I would like to see the Penguins in this game, but if the end of the world is upon us, I’ll get tickets to see any two teams play.  The NHL playoffs are like a separate season for the players.  The frequency of fighting goes down and the number of penalties go down while the intensity and the beards grow.  We see the passion that the players have throughout the playoffs and when their season is on the line, they give it their absolute all for 60 minutes.  To see the team lift the most coveted and historic trophy in North America would be a sight to see.

4). The Masters:  I’ve always wanted to go to St. Andrews for a golf event but Augusta is my first choice.  Watching all of the action all week, including the Par 3 contest, leading up to championship Sunday, no golf event can compare to it.  I would be hoping Tiger Woods would bow out early and I would be pulling for Camilo Villegas to claim the “Green Jacket”.  With the way the majors have unfolded as of late, a lesser-known golfer will come through on championship Sunday to win the prize.  Much like this year’s Masters when Rory McIlroy entered the final day of competition at -12, four strokes ahead.  Then he shot a +8 to blow the lead reminiscent to Greg Norman’s epic collapse in 1996, allowing South African Charl Schwartzel to win.

3). Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies:  In what would be the last Olympics before the world ends, what better way to represent the United States of America than to take part in the opening ceremonies.  We remember the 2008 Games in Beijing for the remarkable beginning, which cost over $100 million to produce.  The countries as well as the athletes get recognized and the great tradition of the torch relay takes place (Li Ning, China’s most decorated athlete was the last to have the torch in 2008).  With an event that had a total of 69.9 million viewers in 2008, trailing only the Super Bowl, what an historic even to be a part of.

2). The World Cup:  What better way to spend the end of the world than by watching the world’s most popular sport and it’s version of the Super Bowl.  The World Cup is set to take place in Brazil in 2014 after a successful run in South Africa last year.  Spain won their first cup with a 1-0 win against the Netherlands in the championship match.  While soccer hasn’t caught on in the United States like it has in the rest of the world, the ratings were 31% higher than in 2006 for the total event and 32% higher before the United States got eliminated by Ghana.  Looks like I’ll be packing my bags (and vuvuzela) for Brazil in 2014.

1). The Super Bowl:  The biggest single event in America each year is the Super Bowl.  While I have heard that it’s a better game to watch at home, the experience of being there will trump watching it at home anytime.  While I would love to travel to Indianapolis in 2012 to watch the Philadelphia Eagles defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers (then we know the world is ending), I would love to experience any match-up I could.  While the Super Bowl has turned into more of a corporate event than an actual championship game, it still has the prestigious feeling with it.  Seeing the winning team holding the Lombardi Trophy at the 50-yard line, it doesn’t get any better than that.

What events make your bucket list if the world was ending?

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