Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

Call the Fashion Police!

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Apparently, I have bad taste in sports apparel. This 1926 replica White Sox cap was voted one of the worst baseball caps of all time by the blog, Pitchers and Poets.

Greatest Moments of March Madness

Friday, March 18th, 2011


Welcome Back, Madness!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

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Unbelievable!

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

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Photo credit: Mark Weber of the Commercial Appeal

What a game!

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

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Quite a gutsy performance from third-string quarterback Caleb Hanie! Too bad it didn’t go the Bears way…

I’m home.

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

I have returned back to Chicago after working the past two weeks on the road for the Big Ten Conference for a special video announcing their new logo and division names after the upcoming addition of Nebraska. During our stretch, we visited New York, San Diego, New Orleans, Tampa, Newport Beach, Oakland, State College, and Omaha. The video we worked on can be found here.

Sox vs. Twins – Attended Game #9

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Sox 3, Twins 9

The White Sox’s season is over. All last week’s hopes have now been crushed. Zero chance making the playoffs. Now, we’re just playin’ for fun. Yet, little fun is being had.

Cubs vs. Mets – Attended Game #8 (9/5/10)

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Cubs 5, Mets 18

Last week, Apryl’s mom came to visit. A few days prior to her visit, she had mentioned that one of the things she wouldn’t mind doing while she was in town was attend a baseball game. She had a good reason for wanting to do so… she had never been to a Major League Baseball game. Since the White Sox were on the road (defeating the Red Sox in dramatic fashion, I might add), we hoped on the Addison bus and made our way to Wrigley Field.

Even if the Sox had been in town, I’d like to believe that I would have forgo my own team loyalties. For someone who has never been to a MLB game, Wrigley Field is one of the purest places in the world to experience our National Pastime. A day at the Friendly Confines isn’t marred with gimmicky promotions or loud, obnoxious music. The scoreboard doesn’t tell you when to start cheering or pressure you into kissing the person next to you. No, you have to make those decisions on your own. And while your insatiable need to text might take your attention from the play on the field, the fault of that diversion lies directly on you. Simply, if you want to experience baseball, Wrigley won’t let you down.

Not to say that the quality of play will always be stellar. During a disappointing season, the Cubs have given their fans ample excuses to daydream. At the time of this post, the Cubs are 19 games back and have the 4th worst home winning percentage record. This has resulted in some of the worst attendance in recent history at Wrigley (though still larger than most other ballparks). Surely, the new owner hadn’t planned on a season like this when he took over operations.

We didn’t experience a lackluster crowd. It was Labor Day weekend. The weather was beautiful. It was a perfect day for baseball. We arrived early. Earlier enough to catch Ronald McDonald throw out a pregame pitch from the mound:

Ronald McDonald

As well as being Apryl’s mom’s first MLB game, it was also the first time Apryl kept score. I taught her right before the game started, and she grasped it quickly. However, she didn’t find it as relaxing as I do, and stopped in the 3rd inning. Though, she did keep it going while I went to the concession stand or the bathroom. Below, Apryl keeping score:

Apryl keeps score

At the start of the 5th inning, the Cubs were winning 4 -2. And then, everything went wrong. Very wrong. The Mets scored five runs, which they would also do in the 8th and 9th inning. Around the 7th inning, a large majority of the crowd had left the ballpark and gone to the bars.

Cubs fans leaving Wrigley

During the top of the ninth inning, when it seemed like the Cubs were never going to find a way to get that final out, a fan next to me told that I was going to run out of room on my scorecard. I told them there was plenty room left on the Cubs side. Below, the real story of the game:

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Scorecard – Cubs

Mets scorecard

Scorecard – Mets

I love how the scorecard tells you more than the boxscore ever will. You can see how it took 3.5 hours to finish the game. Which might have been more than Apryl’s mom had bargained for. I am reminded of a story my friend Aaron told me about a cousin of his that didn’t like baseball, yet agreed to go to a Pirates doubleheader. The second game went into extra innings that I believe went to 18 innings (not as long as this one). So it could have been a harder introduction. In total, we witnessed 4 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, and 9 strikeouts from the starters. As for Apryl, I think her favorite part of the long day was finding out that there was a ballplayer named Angel Pagan.

Below, the gals:

Apryl and Mom at Wrigley

Sox vs. Yankees – Attended Game #7 (8/28/10)

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

White Sox 9, Yankees 12

The last time I attended a ballgame, it was the love not lost match up between the two Chicago ball clubs. As a ranking of rivalry, I assumed when it came to the White Sox, the Cubs topped the list (with the Twins a close second). However, as I realized last night, the real hatred is reserved for the one and only New York Yankees. And let’s be honest, if you aren’t a fan of the Pinstripers, there is a good chance you take a certain joy in seeing them fail. When your ball club has won 27 World Series and 40 AL Pennants, you’re just showing off. And no one likes a show off.

Still, it is the Yankees. And I have never seen the Yankees. For one reason, tickets are prime for Yankee days, so it has usually been out of my price range for a ticket. But thanks to Steph and Adam, I used my Sox gift certificate from Christmas and bought a ticket just behind the right field wall, third row. A perfect spot for a souvenir homer run ball. Check out my view:

Pretty nice. You are so close to the field, you almost feel like you are a part of the game. Unfortunately, all seven home runs were hit to left field. Can you believe that? Oh well, it was a nice vantage point, and a seat that I will seek out in the future.

The game was also the first of the season that I decided to score myself. Every time I score, I seem to fascinate those around me. The guy behind made a point to show his wife what I was doing, as well as inquire me on what my plan was if in one inning, the lineup started over (which it almost did in the 5th, until Jeter flied out to center field). Another fan seemed obliged to tell me that I had bad handwriting when he was trying to figure out what had just happened on the field. Oh well, you could have just asked, and I would have been happy to translate my chicken scratch. You should be able to see, however, how Yankee pitching phenomenon C.C. Sabathia earned his keep as the highest paid pitcher in baseball history, collecting nine strikeouts:

The Sox did have a few bright moments, including the shortest home run that I have ever seen hit by Paul Konerko. Below, fireworks for Paulie:

Although the Sox made it interesting in the 9th, the Good Guys fail short to the Yankees. No shame. A lot of teams do. However, there seems to be a certain disappointment losing to a dynasty like the Yankees. Who wants to see Goliath win?

And oh, I forgot to mention how I saw three Yankees fans ejected from the game, including one right in front of me. A rough bunch, I tell you. As this fan’s shirt depicts, the Yankees are not a well liked ball club:


First Place!

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Today’s most watched sporting event might have been the World Cup, but if you’re a White Sox fan, this afternoon’s match up against the Kansas City Royals was the one that really mattered. With the Detroit Tigers losing and the Good Guys winning 15 – 5, the White Sox are now in First Place in the AL Central Division. The Sox are presently on an eight game winning streak (while sweeping the Angels and the Royals) and have won 21 games out of their last 25. Amazing!

The team gets a bit of a breather as everyone takes off for the All Star Game. If you’re watching this year, be on the look out for Paul Konkero and Matt Thornton who will representing the Good Guys from the South Side.