ABOUT THE AUTHOR

   Stan Beck has built a unique reputation as the preeminent expert on college sports’ traditions. He has been interviewed on the subject by numerous publications and radio broadcasts, including Sirius XM College Sports Nation, ESPN, and Fox Sports as well as featured at many college Bowl Games, Rivalry Games, the College World Series, and the College Football Hall of Fame. Stan is a member of numerous sporting organizations, including the Sport Marketing Association, North American Society for Sport Management, Atlanta Sports Council, and he is a contributor to NAIA's Champions of Character Program. The research and publication of books about college sports' traditions is the culmination of Stan's lifelong passion for sports. He is often described as the consummate sports fan and has traveled the globe attending many of the world's most well-known (and obscure) sporting events and traditions. The below list documents only a sample of Stan's spectator experiences:
  • NCAA / NAIA
    • Each College Football Playoff Championship to-date, and many Semifinals
    • Basketball Final Four (DI, DII, DIII & Women’s); NIT Semifinals & Finals
    • NCAA National Championships: Baseball, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Soccer, Tennis, Softball, Volleyball; NAIA Football Championship
    • Multiple Basketball Regionals, 1st & 2nd Rounds; Hundreds of College Basketball Games; 20+ ACC Basketball Tournaments
    • Numerous McDonald's High School All-American Games
    • Hundreds of College Football Games; 20+ College Football Bowl Games; Numerous SEC Football Championships; Numerous Chick-fil-A Football Kickoffs
    • Drake Relays
    • Numerous Rivalry Games (e.g. Army/Navy, Harvard/Yale, Georgia/Georgia Tech, Ohio State/Michigan, Clemson/South Carolina, Lehigh/Lafayette)
  • Major League Baseball
    • Multiple World Series Games; Multiple League Championship Series Games
    • All-Star Game; Numerous Rivalry Games (e.g. Yankees/Red Sox, Cardinals/Cubs, Giants/Dodgers)
  • The Olympics & International Events
    • 70+ Olympic Events spanning 5 Olympic Games (3 Summer, 2 Winter)
    • The Goodwill Games; Winter X Games
  • World Cups
    • World Cup Soccer Semifinal; World Lacrosse Championship XI
    • IX Diving World Cup; IX Water Polo World Cup
    • Table Tennis World Cup; Volleyball World Cup IV
  • Recreational Sporting Events
    • Supercross Series & SCCA Regional
    • Masters of Snooker; World Championship of Darts
    • European Team Badminton Championships
    • International Netball Playoffs; World Dingy Boat Championship
  • International Sporting Events
    • Multiple Golf Majors (e.g. Masters, US Open, PGA Championship, British Open); Ryder Cup
    • Multiple Tennis Majors (e.g. Wimbledon, US Open, French Open); Davis Cup
    • 80+ Grade 1 Horse Races (e.g. Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont, Dubai Cup, Florida Derby, Travers Stakes, Whitney Stakes, Breeders’ Cup)
    • Tour de France; America's Cup, USA Pro Cycling Challenge
    • Stanley Cup Playoffs; Australian Rugby Matches; Carling Cup
    • Pan Pacific Swimming Championships; UK Steeplechase Championship
    • Multiple World Heavyweight Boxing Title Matches
    • Indianapolis 500, Formula Super VEE Series, Multiple NASCAR Races Matches; NHRA Drag Racing Series
    • International Snow Sculpture Championship; Middle East Sand Sculpture Championship (Qatar)
  • Other
    • WWE WrestleMania; Roller Derby
    • Multiple NFL Super Bowls; NBA & NHL All-Star Games
    • Numerous ESPYs; Sports Illustrated's 20th Century Awards Show; College Football Awards Show
    • National Championship Burget at The Rama Jama
    • Attended games at numerous iconic venues including The Palestra,Rupp Arena,Cameron Indoor Stadium, and many others
    • Attended an ESPN 30 for 30 World Premier