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Chicago, Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets, NFL »

[31 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
New Year’s Eve at the United Center

Ever few years the Chicago Bulls play an afternoon game on New Year’s Eve. Nicole wanted to bring her great uncle to the play “White Christmas” which started at the same time the Bulls game did – 2 pm. Since you cannot bring a baby to a play, this was my opportunity to bring the Ultimate Sports Baby to his first Chicago Bulls game.
Beg, Borrow and Deal
I dropped Nicole and her uncle off at the theater around 1:30 pm which gave me plenty of time buy a ticket, find parking …

Chicago, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, NHL »

[27 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Blackhawks Tickets are Cheap…Just Wait

After the Bears game I needed to buy the wife tickets for the New Year’s Eve showing of a White Christmas. Plus, Gary was getting a ride from the guy we were attending the Blackhawks game with – Bob DeVries. He asked me if I wanted a ride but I said no thanks – knowing that getting out of Soldier Field parking lots is a nightmare.
After going downtown, I took the #20 bus down Madison Ave. I got off at Loomis St. because I saw the Palace Grill – a …

Chicago, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, NFL »

[27 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Doubleheader with Gary Herman: Jets at Bears

The last two Bears games were pushed to 3:15 pm starts. Today the game was kept at noon which was great so we could also make it to the Chicago Blackhawks game that was scheduled to start at 6 pm.
Last night Gary Herman (who runs royaltytours.blogspot.com) flew to Chicago to attend today’s doubleheader of the Chicago Bears and Chicago Blackhawks. Gary had planned this trip for awhile since the Bears were hosting the Jets and he is a diehard Jets fan. Since Parking Pass Mike sold his tickets and parking …

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

[23 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]

Northwestern was playing their second straight afternoon game at Welch-Ryan Arena. This time it was the men’s basketball team as they hosted Mount St. Mary’s for a 2 pm matinee.
Beg, Borrow and Deal
As I wrote yesterday there is no secondary market for women’s basketball games. So technically, even though the box office price for a men’s game is much higher, it can be cheaper to attend a men’s basketball game than a women’s basketball game at Northwestern. That was the case today as I received a free ticket outside of …

Evanston, Northwestern Women's Basketball, Toledo, Women's College Basketball »

[22 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]

It was a perfect day to attend a Northwestern women’s basketball game with a slow day at work and a Wednesday afternoon tip-off at 3 pm. The irony with women’s basketball games is that you always need to buy a ticket from the box office. There is no secondary market. Adult tickets for women’s basketball cost $7 each at Northwestern.
Toledo at Northwestern
Northwestern held a good lead throughout the game and defeated Toledo 70-60. Toledo got within nine points with 5:36 left in the game but they never really had a …

Chicago Bears, Minneapolis, Minnesota Vikings, NFL »

[21 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
MNF at TCF Bank Stadium: Bears at Vikings

When the MetroDome’s roof collapsed on Sunday, December 12 and the game location for the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings game was in question I was planning to attend the game. However, when it was announced that the game would be played at Ford Field, where I had just gone the week before, I decided to forego the trip.
But, when it was deemed that the MetroDome would not be ready for the Bears and Vikings game for Monday Night Football I was ready to travel. Rumors were swirling that …

Chicago, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, NHL »

[19 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]

With Nicole and Dylan at home, I planned to attend the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night game. They were both sleeping at 5 pm when I left for the 6 pm start at the United Center.
Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks
I bought a $65 ticket for $25 outside of the United Center. The Blackhawks finally played well as they defeated the Kings 3-2.

Chicago, Illinois Men's Basketball, Men's College Basketball »

[18 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
College Basketball at United Center: Illinois at UIC

As is the case with most Saturday mornings, Nicole was teaching skating. Thus, I found a sporting event to attend with the Ultimate Sports Baby. This time it was UIC Men’s Basketball hosting Illinois at the United Center. Based on my experience from the Blackhawks game last Wednesday night I figured it would not be too painful to bring Dylan into the United Center again. Plus, college basketball only lasts for two hours so the game should be quick.
Beg, Borrow and Deal
I figured tickets would be cheap. On my walk …

Chicago, Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, NFL »

[13 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Blizzard in Chicago: Patriots at Bears

It was the type of Chicago Bears game I have always wanted to attend – sub-30 degree temperatures, 50+ mph winds and a blizzard. The only other football game I attended where the field was covered in snow was the Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers divisional playoff game on January 12, 2008.
Parking Pass Mike had his parking pass for the south parking lot. So, once again, we were planning to tailgate. And, once again, the game time was changed from a noon kickoff to 3:15 pm since both the …

Chicago, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, NHL »

[9 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Ultimate Sports Baby attends First NHL Game

Hospitality Jim invited me to last night’s Blackhawks game. With the wife out of town and now babysitters available, the Ultimate Sports Baby had to attend his first NHL game at the United Center. I was slightly concerned since I knew I would have to put Dylan into the baby bjorn and sit in my seat with him for the entire game. Remember, I avoided this hassle when I chose to attend the DePaul Men’s Basketball game rather than the Blackhawks game on November 14.
Getting to the United Center with …