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Chicago, Chicago Bears, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles »

[29 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]
Sneaking Into the United Club: Eagles at Bears

With the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles both sitting at 6-3 in the standings, FOX changed the game time from a noon start to 3:15 pm. Since my friend, Mike Holzman (who I guess we now need to start referring to as Parking Pass Mike), had his parking pass for the South Lot we were planning to tailgate. The game time change meant we got out to the parking lot at noon rather than 9 am – a much needed delay.
But, once again, without the Ultimate Sports Wife attending, our …

College Football, Northwestern Football, Wisconsin Football »

[27 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]
Camp Randall: Northwestern at Wisconsin

This game has been on my radar for a long time. I want to attend a game at each Big Ten football stadium but my preference is to attend a Northwestern road game. Since Nicole and I were not going anywhere this year for Thanksgiving, this was a perfect opportunity to attend a game at Camp Randall since Wisconsin was hosting Northwestern on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend.
My original plan was to drive to Madison on Saturday morning, attend the game and drive home after the game. However, on Friday …

Chicago, Men's College Basketball »

[23 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]
Alabama St. at Loyola Men’s Basketball

With the wife out of town the Ultimate Sports Baby and I decided to take in the only game in town – Loyola Men’s Basketball vs. Alabama St. Two seasons ago, I took in a men’s and women’s game at Loyola University – my first visits to the Gentile Center at the time.
I had to pay to park since I was with the Ultimate Sports Baby, but paying for parking is better than taking the train. It only cost $7 to park in the parking structure closest to the arena. …

Chicago, College Football, Illinois Football, Northwestern Football »

[21 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]
Northwestern Football at Wrigley Field

It was a game we had looked forward to since it was announced in March – Northwestern football hosting Illinois at Wrigley Field. This would be the first college football game at Wrigley Field since 1938 and the first football game since 1970 when the Chicago Bears moved to Soldier Field.
Even my parents, who are also Northwestern alumni, flew in from San Francisco to attend the game. At first, we hoped this game would repeat annually, but with the announcement that both teams would score in the west end zone, …

Evanston, Men's College Basketball, Northwestern Men's Basketball »

[19 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]

It was a Friday night and my parents were in town. Thus, we all decided to pack into the car and head to Northwestern’s Evanston campus. Nicole needed to prepare for her job interview on Monday and my parents, Dylan and I wanted to attend Northwestern’s first regular season game of the year.
Rather than park for free on city streets, we decided to pay for parking in the parking lot east of Ryan Field. As we approached the arena, there was a ticket scalper with a lot of extra tickets. …

Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA »

[17 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]

With my mom in town to watch Dylan, I chose to drive to Milwaukee for the Lakers and Bucks game since it is easier to drive to Milwaukee after work than back to Chicago.
Parking in Milwaukee
Parking is free on city streets in Milwaukee for night games but the walk is pretty far and not necessarily worth while even though I continue to do it. This time I parked on the corner of Kilbourn Ave. and Broadway St.
Beg, Borrow and Deal
One thing about Milwaukee is that it is much cheaper to …

Chicago, Chicago St. Men's Basketball, DePaul Men's Basketball, Men's College Basketball »

[14 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]
DePaul Men’s Basketball at McGrath Arena

I normally would never choose to attend a DePaul men’s basketball game over a Chicago Blackhawks game, but there were several reasons why it made sense tonight. First, my mom was planning to attend the game I did. Second, we were bringing the Ultimate Sports Baby. Third, I was not sure how much we would have to pay for tickets outside of the United Center. Fourth, Nicole could meet us for dinner after the event. Fifth, and the main reason, I always wanted to attend a DePaul Men’s Basketball game …

Chicago, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, NFL »

[14 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]
Calm Sunday: Vikings at Bears

It was a calm Bears Sunday for the first time in a long time. I had no tailgating options since my friend, Mike Holzman, was in New Orleans for the game and my other connections were also missing today’s game. Nicole on campus working on job applications so I was going to a Bears game solo for the first time ever. And, it was pretty relaxing.

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
The game was also calm as the Bears got to Brett Favre and the Vikings. Favre threw three interceptions and lost …

Chicago, Chicago Bulls, NBA, Washington Wizards »

[14 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]

I picked up my mom after the Northwestern football game – our babysitter for the evening. I planned to attend the Chicago Bulls game Saturday night before going out to dinner with Nicole. This game happened to be the 100th Chicago Bulls game I have attended.
Beg, Borrow and Deal
I had to pay for a $25 standing room only ticket from the box office since none of the scalpers would take $20 for a ticket and I was not going to pay more than $25. I knew I would be able …

College Football, Evanston, Iowa Football, Northwestern Football »

[13 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]
Another Northwestern Win over Iowa

Once again Northwestern was hosting an 11 am kickoff. However, rather than bring the Ultimate Sports Baby with me, I called Nicole’s cousin from East Chicago, IN to come over and babysit. Thus, without the Ultimate Sports Baby with me I headed up to my usual tailgate early.
Beg, Borrow and Deal
In what may be my most convoluted ticket scheme in a long time – I ended up making money attending today’s Northwestern football game. First, a fan contacted me through this website asking me the best way to buy tickets …