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Bucket list cut by 2 thanks to Broncos, Blair

Bucket list cut by 2 thanks to Broncos, Blair

Posted: Friday, September 23, 2011 8:03 pm
By: By Kevin Bowden

Bucket list cut by 2 thanks to Broncos, Blair | Kevin Bowden, Just A Thought
I’m about to mark a couple more items off my bucket list.
A Denver Broncos football game.
Meeting former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Sports Reporter Kevin Weaks and I will head out early Sunday morning as we make our way to downtown Nashville and the Tennessee Titans-Denver Broncos matchup at LP Field.
Do I have a great job or what?
I’ll be roaming the sidelines during the game, alternately photographing the action on the field while also basking in the glory of a Sunday afternoon with my Broncos.
I’ve been a die hard Broncos fan ever since I lived in Denver in the ’70s and spent my Sunday afternoons cheering on quarterback Craig Morton and the Broncos’ “Orange Crush” defense.
I’ve endured many lean years and I’ve relished the Broncos’ Elway era and back-to-back Super Bowl victories. Through it all, the Broncos have been my favorite NFL team since I was old enough to understand the sport.
And no matter the outcome of the game, I win. I would love to see my Broncos prevail, but even if the Titans come out on top, it’s going to be alright by me. I’m just looking forward to being there.
And just being there is what I’m looking forward to when I travel to Jackson in a couple of weeks to hear Blair speak at Union University’s 14th Annual Scholarship Banquet.
Blair served as England’s prime minister for a decade, from 1997 to 2007 and was the leader of Great Britain’s Labour Party from 1994 until 2007. Blair was also a 14-year Member of Parliament and a year ago released his memoir, “A Journey: My Political Life.”
Getting to hear him discuss global politics from an Englishman’s point of view should certainly be interesting.
I’ve already been to two previous Union University scholarship banquets. I’ve covered former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Sir Winston Churchill’s grandson, Winston S. Churchill.
Do I have a great job or what?
Through my different career choices I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy a life filled with interesting adventures.
This weekend’s Broncos game and getting to hear from Tony Blair are two more adventures I’m really looking forward to.
Like Robert DeNiro’s line in “The Untouchables” where he portrays infamous gangster Al Capone and delivers the memorable line, “A man becomes pre-eminent, he’s expected to have enthusiasms, enthusiasms, enthusiasms.”
I’ve already marked some pretty memorable items off my bucket list, including watching Michael Jordan play, ringside seats at the Kentucky Derby (twice), visiting Shakespeare’s home, attending a presidential inauguration, splashing my feet in the muddy Mississippi (I enjoyed reading Mark Twain as a boy) and walking around atop Pikes Peak.
Now I’ve got to come up with a few new items to update my bucket list.
Let’s see. What about getting to meet Jack Nicholson (one of my favorite actors) or Sean Connery (another favorite), or strolling down a winding road in Tuscany.
A man can have dreams … or enthusiasms … can’t he?
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be reached by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 9.23.11

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