Another item crossed off the bucket list

Deontay Wilder stands in the ring before his WBC heavyweight title bout with Bermane Stiverne on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

When I turned 25, I wrote about the ten things I wanted to do in the next quarter century of my life before I turn 50. Some of them may not happen ever in my life, some of them may be much easier to accomplish – but none of them have been fully marked off the list, until tomorrow.

Deontay Wilder has helped me cross #10 off my list of things I want to do before I’m 50. I always assumed it would be in Las Vegas with some fortunate timing or something, but luckily one of Alabama’s own is holding the belt and bringing it to Birmingham tomorrow. It’s his first defense of the title, and I couldn’t be more excited than to attend a heavyweight title match in town.

Here is the list of the top ten things I want to do or accomplish, or see accomplished, and updates on where things stand as of now.

1. I’d like to see Alabama win at least three more football national championships (the amount they’ve won in my first 25 years of existence – 1992, 2009, 2011)

One down, two to go. I could see this happening before I turn 35, much less 50. The 2012 year was a great year, and Bama has come close, but hasn’t won #2 or #3 yet. I have faith this will definitely happen.

2. Start a successful media company.

I have started a media company, that kind of counts right? I do own an LLC, and I have done media work through it. It’s a legit company to the government, but it’s hardly a legit company in any other regard. One day though…

3. I want to write a published book.

I have started four books, and haven’t finished any of them. Here are the four books:

The Five Rules of Life – My family has these rules that everyone should live by. That’s another story for another day, but it’s a semi-fictional account of how the rules came to be.

The Tornado Books – A book I started writing about the tornadoes in Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011. It’s a first hand account from my experience on that day, being a student at Alabama and having an apartment just off 15th Street that was barely missed. It’s based around the fact that I went to Barnes & Noble that afternoon shortly before it hit to buy a few books, and I have yet to remove them from the bag. They still sit, unopened, in the backseat of my car to this day.

I Am You – A weird, thriller book that I barely got off the ground. It’s about a guy who thinks someone is framing him for doing things around a small college campus, and he swears he didn’t do it. Turns out (secret secret secret). I haven’t gotten very far with this one.

Elen – This is a book I started writing that is loosely based off the “Five Rules of Life” as well. However, it’s not a “real life” style of story, it’s actually more of a Lord of the Rings meets Interstellar kind of story. Yeah, I know that makes no sense, but while I haven’t actually written any of the book, I have laid out this whole world called Elen, and everything about it. The religion, government, layout of the world, main people, and everything. I’ve written countless pages about the theory behind the book, I just need to sit down some day and actually write the book.

4. I want to go to the Super Bowl.

Still working on this one. I’ll have to be fully entrenched in sports media again probably before I get to accomplish this one.

5. I want to go to the The Masters.

I have multiple friends who have gone to The Masters, so I don’t know if I will be able to jump in there and do it one day or not.

6. I want to go to Japan.

Hardly anyone knows this about me outside of my parents, but I am enthralled with everything about Japan. I want to not only go there, but spend more than just a week or two there. I have said for years that if I ever get to go on a sabbatical of any kind, I’m going there for as long as I can. There is just so much about the country that I love.

7. I want to go to Italy.

This is another country I really want to go to. I’m not enthralled with Italy necessarily, but there is just so much about the country to see. Rome, Milan, Venice, the Vatican – all places I would love to see. Plus, I love Italian food, so I want to go try the real thing and see if it’s one of those “I like American Italian food better” situations. I’ve done that with Chinese food. I went to China for two weeks, and the best Chinese meal I ate on the entire trip was at PF Chang’s in Anaheim the day before I left.

8. Visit every continent (already been to Asia/Europe so Japan/Italy don’t count).

So I’ve been to China already, that checks off Asia. I’ve been to Germany already, so that checks off Europe. I still need South America, Africa, Australia. I think for South America, I’d like to just go to Brazil, maybe Argentina. For Africa, I’d like to go to South Africa. I would say Egypt, but I don’t know how much I would like it other than my fascination of ancient Egyptian culture.

9. See an opera at the Sydney Opera House.

Then for Australia, I obviously want to go to Sydney. The opera house is just such an iconic place, I would love to go see an actual opera there, instead of just a concert or something.

10. (DONE!) Attend a heavyweight title boxing match (big fancy coat and top hat optional).

I can finally mark one off completely. As I mentioned, I always thought this one would happen in Vegas, but even better with it happening in Birmingham, with an Alabama native holding the belt. I don’t think I’ll don the fancy coat and top hat, I’ll save that for my next title fight in Vegas. Maybe I can wear a fancy mask like Deontay Wilder instead.

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Jon Lunceford is a sports media broadcaster and digital professional. Jon is a graduate of the University of Alabama school of journalism, and played football at Birmingham-Southern College. He has also won two AHSAA Football State Championships while at Homewood High School and was a two-time World Cyber Games Team USA representative. He currently hosts Primetime on WJOX 94.5 and runs the high school athletics site JoxPreps.