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Chicago Cubs »

[23 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Yesterdays Cubs game started out with a 63 minute rain delay. Since I did not have tickets to the game, I either needed to buy tickets from a scalper (so I could wait out the rain delay at home) or buy tickets through the Cubs new “day of game” ticket sales policy and enter the park immediately.
Cubs New “Day of Game” Ticketing PolicyBefore the second half of the season started the Cubs used to sell “day of game” tickets starting at 9 am. Fans (and scalpers) would wait in …

Chicago Bears »

[22 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

After successfully making it to the Cubs game in the afternoon, I was also going to Soldier Field to watch the Chicago Bears host the San Francisco 49ers.
Pre Game DiningIf you are looking for a sports bar close to Michigan Ave., then ESPN Zone is your spot. Located at 43 E. Ohio St., the bar is a 2-block walk from Michigan Ave. It’s also a good place to stop if you are taking the red line between Wrigley Field and either US Cellular Field or Soldier Field. I met Nicole …

Chicago Cubs »

[22 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

On May 19, 2008 I had planned to attend the Chicago Rush game at the Allstate Arena. However, I was able to leave work early so decided to drive home rather than wait for the game to start. While driving home that day, a man rear ended me while merging and I ended up with a “Failure to Merge” ticket. After some shifting of court dates, my final traffic court date was yesterday afternoon. Knowing that the Cubs game was also yesterday afternoon, I bought a …

Chicago Cubs »

[21 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Ted Lilly had a no-hitter through 5 innings of last night’s game between the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs. Of course, I realized he was throwing a no-hitter as the top of the 6th began. Ryan Hanigan, the first batter for the Reds in the 6th inning, doubled to deep center field. Once again, as soon as I realized the possibility of a no-hitter the next batter hit safely.
With the wind blowing in the Reds beat the Cubs in a low scoring (3 runs total), low hit …

Chicago Cubs »

[20 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

After thinking I might attend my first 1-0 game of the season, the Cubs scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th to beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-0. The offensive output erased the save opportunity for Kerry Wood who still worked a scoreless 9th inning.
Rich Harden became the 6th Cubs pitcher in the past 13 seasons to strike out ten, while only giving up two hits and zero runs in a start.
Post Game DiningAfter the game we ate at Finley Mahony’s located at 3701 N. Broadway. Finley Mahony’s looks …

WWE »

[19 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

In a sold out night at Allstate Arena, the Ultimate Sports Wife and I attended the WWE Raw event on Monday night. It was only the second WWE Raw event I have been too and third WWE event overall. Our friend Todd, newly employed by the WWE, gave us complimentary tickets to the event so we did not have to look for tickets outside the arena. However, we did note that although the event was sold out, scalpers had stacks of tickets in hand (generally meaning fans can buy tickets …

Washington Nationals »

[18 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Decisions, decisions. The ATP Tour was in town with a noon doubles match and a 3 pm singles match. The Washington Nationals first pitch was at 1:35 pm. When faced with this sort of sporting event dilemma, I normally follow a few of rules to make a decision:
1) Location of the event – Nationals Park was 8 blocks from where we were staying. The Legg Mason Tennis Classic takes place in Rock Creek Park – 8 miles from where we were staying. Favors the Nationals Game.2) Frequency of the event …

Uncategorized »

[18 Aug 2008 | One Comment | ]

As the race for the presidency is heating up between McCain and Obama, another race is running even hotter on the field- The Presidents Race at the new Nationals Park.

This weekend, we took a trip to the nation’s capital to get a look at the new Nationals Park. It’s located south of the Capitol, along the developing Capitol Riverfront with great views of the city from the stadium.

Up-and-coming is the best way to describe the Nationals experience. D.C. is a growing baseball market in a town where everyone is from …

Washington Nationals »

[17 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Over a year ago, I wrote that I had attended a game at every Major League Baseball stadium and questioned how long that status would remain. It did not even last one year as the Washington Nationals opened their new park, Nationals Park, with the start of the 2008 season.
This weekend, I traveled to Washington D.C. with the Ultimate Sports Wife to once again complete the goal of many baseball fans – attend a baseball game at every existing Major League ballpark.
Yesterday started as any Saturday in our nations capital …

Horse Racing »

[16 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

With both the White Sox and Cubs out of town and the WNBA away on Olympic break, finding a good sporting event in Chicago was no easy task today. Three months ago, I realized I never even considered attending a horse race during a sports drought. Over the last few weeks, Arlington Park has been on my radar as a quick sporting option since I am working within a 15-20 minute drive from the track. Today was one of those days I was able to make it …