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International Soccer »

[9 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

In the second game I attended yesterday, Mexico beat Peru 4-0 in an international friendly at Soldier Field. After leaving Grace O’Malley’s, I made the 20 minute walk over to the Soldier Field ticket office. On the way, I talked with a few scalpers – most who wanted around face value for tickets.
Once I was at the ticket office, I again ran into the woman who recognized me at a Northwestern basketball game. This time we started chatting about how ticket sellers outside the stadium always save …

Chicago White Sox »

[9 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

The first game of the day started off slowly yesterday. I was ready to leave the house when a classic Chicago thunderstorm rolled through the city. I turned on the TV and the White Sox announcers stated the game would not start at 1:05 pm CT because of the rain and no time had been set for the first pitch. Instead of sitting at US Cellular Field for an undetermined amount of time, I decided to wait in the house and leave as soon as they knew the first pitch …

Chicago White Sox, International Soccer »

[8 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

For the first time since 2004, I am planning to attend a Chicago White Sox game and a soccer match at Solder Field in the same day. Today, the White Sox are hosting the Minnesota Twins at 1:05 pm and Mexico is playing Peru at Soldier Field at 7 pm.
The Ultimate Sports Wife, who is only attending the soccer match, is planning to meet me at Weather Mark Tavern located at 1503 N. Michigan Ave. in between games.

Football (aka Soccer) for Dummies »

[8 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

This weekend is all about soccer. But, if you really want to sound like you know what you are talking about, especially to Europeans, start calling “soccer”…”football.” 

Tonight, the Mexican National team (or El Tricolor to the fans) will be playing a “friendly” against Peru at Soldier Field. A friendly is an exhibition game but don’t be mislead by the name.   These matches  are still fiercely competitive since the teams are the “warming-up” for international tournaments and experimenting with strategies and substitutions.  For instance, the World Cup qualifiers  for World Cup …


[8 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

Somehow, I have attended three drag racing events in three different time zones this year. The first was on February 10, 2008 in Pomona, CA, the second was on March 15, 2008 in Gainesville, FL and yesterday I attended the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, IL.
The great thing about arriving at Route 66 Raceway is no traffic. Three months ago, when I arrived at Gainesville Raceway, it took more than an hour to drive the 3 miles from the highway to the track. The drive from …

Fans Behaving Badly »

[6 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

I wish there was a “sarcasm” font so I could be sure that readers don’t actually think that lesbians are scary.  After hearing about this story through the AP, it is clear that some fans need to get a grip and make their way to the new millennium.

Fans at a Seattle Mariners game complained about a lesbian couple kissing at Safeco Field. The usher in the section approached the couple and asked them to cease and desist on the kiss. There may be children watching!
Regardless of your politics, can …

Belmont Stakes, New York City, Prioritization »

[5 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

When planning a sports vacation many decisions need to be made. First and most important are the city to travel to and the sporting events taking place in that metropolitan area. This weekend the Ultimate Sports Wife and I had planned to fly to New York City to see Big Brown race for the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes, the US Men’s National Team host Argentina at the Meadowlands and watch the Yankees play in their last season at Yankee Stadium. (I must admit these were the sporting events …

Football (aka Soccer) for Dummies »

[4 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

Women’s Professional Soccer is coming Spring of 2009. The Chicago Women’s Professional Soccer francise was unveiled as the Chicago Red Stars. The Chicago Red Stars honors the four six-pointed red stars on the City of Chicago’s Flag.
Fans had the opportunity to vote and select the team’s name from ten nomintated entries. Thank God the”Red Stars” was the winning name; the runner-ups were the less than ideal. For instance, can you imagine cheering for the Chicago “Stinking Onions”? What would their mascot be? I don’t want to think about it.
Season tickets …

Fun but Dumb, Scraping the Bottom of the Sports Barrel »

[3 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

I live in the epicenter of the Cornhole Capital of the World. Night, day, pre-game, post-game…cornhole is the tailgater’s game of choice.
I always thought that this game was just part of the atmosphere of Wrigleyville and other tailgating cites. I was wrong. It seems as though Cornhole is a sport, in and of, itself. Soldier Field is hosting the 2nd Annual Soldier Field Cornhole Classic on July 12, 2008 at Soldier Field. Now, beer guzzling guys everywhere can stand-up and reclaim their competitive glory days of the past in a …

Chicago Cubs »

[2 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

I received the call at 1 pm (20 minutes before the scheduled first pitch of the Rockies at Cubs game) – “Hey Andrew, you can come up on the rooftop. How many are you?” the rooftop owner asked. I said, “Just my brother and I.” “Ok. Call me when you are downstairs,” said the rooftop owner.
My brother and I then scurried out of our house and over to the rooftop (http://www.wrigleyrooftops.com/). Since we were going through the owner for access, we went through the Ultimate …