I’ve had friends try and see a game at every MLB stadium and while that’s impressive, its got nothing on this New York lawyer. Ned Hirsch has a goal of seeing everyone of the 351 Division-I men’s basketball teams play and he’ll get to see four more teams in Sioux Falls, S.D., at the Summit League this weekend. He’s seen 324 teams play, that’s about 300 more than any other basketball fan. I don’t want to drink wine with LeBron James, I don’t want to crush beers with Peyton Manning, I don’t want to sip whiskey with Phil Mickelson. I do want to sit court side and drink Dirty Manhattans with Mr. Hirsch. The games, the athletes, the damn memories this man has made is mind-blowing. He saw MJ play at UNC, he saw Magic at Michigan State and he saw an undersized Steph Curry light up men’s basketball. If there was ever a time to have a hero and make it a reality, it’s Hirsch. Yeah, you can dream to be an NBA star or a franchise quarterback but there’s a very very very slim chance that’ll happen. Dream to be the man who is on his way to see every college basketball team play. That’s a dream that can be turned into reality.
Source — Hirsch pursues this mission mainly by attending conference tournaments, where he gets more bang for his buck. He has attended 20 so far, including the first Big East tournament ever played.
He saw Michael Jordan play at North Carolina, Magic Johnson soar for Michigan State and Stephen Curry suit up for Davidson. He watched Bob Knight’s undefeated 1976 Indiana team beat St. John’s before a crowd of nearly 20,000 at Madison Square Garden.
He has never set foot in South Dakota. That changes this weekend.
On the 10th anniversary of the Summit League tournament arriving in Sioux Falls, Hirsch will make an appearance at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, where in-state rivals South Dakota State and South Dakota are the top two seeds in the men’s and women’s brackets.
Hirsch had planned to arrive Saturday but was delayed when the East Coast was slammed by a Nor’easter that affected weekend travel. He intends to be on hand for Sunday’s action, as well as Monday’s semifinals and Tuesday’s championship.