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Chicago Bulls »

[31 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

In my third consecutive NBA afternoon game, the Orlando Magic embarrassed the Chicago Bulls 113-94. Dwight Howard had a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds, just as he did on Christmas Day and in 23 of his 30 games this season. It was the second Bulls game I have attended on New Year’s Eve – the first coming on December 31, 2001.
Obtaining TicketsIn a round about way, I ended up paying $20 for a $110 face value ticket and sat on the first level. However, the process to buying …

Atlanta Thrashers »

[30 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

The Falcons game ended around 4:15 pm, meaning I had 45 minutes until the start of the Atlanta Thrashers game. I left the Georgia Dome, walked across the park and was at the Philips Arena within 5 minutes. It was the shortest distance I have had to travel between two venues when attending two games in the same day.
Obtaining TicketsBefore the Falcons game I went to the Philips Arena box office to see if they had $10 tickets available. They did not, so I planned to buy a ticket for …

Atlanta Falcons »

[29 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

Exactly five years ago, on December 28, 2003, I saw the St. Louis Rams play in Detroit on the final weekend of the season. Five years later, on December 28, 2008, I again saw the St. Louis Rams play on the final weekend of the season. This time they were in Atlanta.
Pre Game DiningAfter checking into the W Hotel Midtown, Nicole and I immediately went for Sunday brunch at Einstein’s located at 1077 Juniper St. – about two blocks south of the W Hotel. Einstein’s has won several awards for …

Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Thrashers »

[28 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

Today I am planning to attend the Atlanta Falcons game at the Georgia Dome and the Atlanta Thrashers game at Philips Arena. We left Nicole’s family’s home shortly after 5:00 am and arrived at the W Hotel Midtown shortly after 11 am. The Falcons game kicks off at 1 pm and the Thrashers game starts at 5 pm.
The irony with today’s doubleheader is that I have never seen either of these teams play at home and these are the only two teams I have not seen play …

Bowl Games, Orlando »

[28 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

The Champs Sports Bowl is the eighth bowl game I have attended. The other seven bowl games include: three Rose Bowls, the Citrus Bowl, the Outback Bowl, the Alamo Bowl and the Emerald Bowl. Northwestern, my alma mater, played in three of those bowl games. The other bowl games were either conveniently located to where I worked or where family lived.
Last night’s Champs Sports Bowl was no exception. As I have already stated, we are visiting Nicole’s family for the holidays in the Villages, FL. Although the Villages are not …

Orlando Magic »

[25 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

In my first Christmas Day sporting event, the Orlando Magic defeated the New Orleans Hornets handily 88-68. They began the game on an 8-0 run and never looked back.
Under normal circumstances I would never attend a game on Christmas Day. However, I was able to attend the game today since Nicole’s family eats a big dinner and opens presents on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day is left to sitting around, relaxing and eating another big dinner. With no plans to visit with any relatives and dinner scheduled for 7 pm, …

Atlanta Hawks »

[24 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

Back in August, the Ultimate Sports Wife and I decided to visit her family for this year’s Christmas Holiday in the Villages, FL (about 75 minutes northwest of Orlando). I also wanted to take a weekend trip to Atlanta in November to attend an Atlanta Falcons game at the Georgia Dome and both an Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers game at Philips Arena.
However, after researching flights to both locales, it was going to cost more than normal to fly to each city (especially after airlines added all of the …

Chicago Bulls »

[18 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

Last season, I witnessed Joakim Noah grab 20 rebounds against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was only the 6th time I had watched a player with 20 or more rebounds. On Wednesday night, Marcus Camby grabbed 27 rebounds against the Bulls. It was the most rebounds I have ever seen by a single player, breaking my previous record of 24 by Ben Wallace on April 7, 2001. It was also the second time I have witnessed Camby with 20 rebounds – the first game occurring on April 3, 2007.
Also, for the …

Philadelphia Eagles »

[17 Dec 2008 | One Comment | ]

To complete the east coast trip, I planned to take the train from New York City to Philadelphia for Monday Night Football. However, this was not going to be your typical overnight trip. After taking the train and watching Monday Night Football, I planned to hang out (not stay) at the Holiday Inn until my 7 am flight back to Chicago Tuesday morning. Since Monday Night Football does not end until 11:30 pm on the east coast, I thought it did not make sense to pay for a hotel room …

New York City, Women's College Basketball »

[15 Dec 2008 | No Comment | ]

Not many times would I attend a women’s college basketball doubleheader over a New York Jets game. But this is exactly what happened today. Let me explain.
I was visiting my friend, Mike Nadel, the un-fan, in New York City. He did not want to attend a sporting event Sunday afternoon, especially after attending the Devils game Saturday night. However, he was going to the gym Sunday morning at 10 am and would be in Manhattan between 2 and 3 pm. Since the women’s doubleheader would end around 3:30 pm, I …