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ROAD TRIP: Second Installment – Cleveland OH

Posted on September 11, 2009. Filed under: Beer, Life, MLB, NFL, Random | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

ON THE ROAD AGAIN:  After two great days in Cincinnati – props to the Cincinnatian Hotel downtown on Vine St, especially to the bartender Natasha – and don’t you meet the most interesting people in a hotel bar?   Not to digress, but I will, we met a wonderful, loving woman who along with her other daughter, was helping her eldest battle late-stage breast cancer, and a very talkative Australian guy in his sixties, who has traveled America coast-to-coast, visiting the nooks and crannies of our beautiful country.  Something most Americans never get a chance to do . . . 

Anyway, we drove the four hour trek to Cleveland in time to check into the downtown Wyndham hotel – which was a steal of a deal at $105 bucks for the night, and then walk the two blocks to the Jake.  Progressive Field, I mean . . . although most of the fans still sported THE JAKE shirts . . .

It’s a gorgeous ballpark, and I’d have to rate it ahead of the Great American Ballpark in Cincy.  The open “floor plan” was condusive to catching the game action from almost anywhere, and the beer prices were lower.  Plus any park that has an open bar in centerfield with the game cornhole set up next to it must have been well thought out . . .

The ushers at Progressive field weren’t very pleasant, you could even say they were annoyed at you being there, shooing people away and not making eye contact when talking to, or AT you . . .

A product of not winning a championship since the Browns did it in 1964?  Before the Super Bowl era?  Probably . . .

One of my favorite moments came after the game when we walked to down the street to “Harry Buffalo”, a rustic sports bar that had $2, 23oz Miller Lites – cheers – when a young girl who couldn’t have been older than 22 and was TANKED, approached me for directions with her two tagalongs – This is how the conversation went:

DLG (Drunk Little Girl):  Heyeyeyeyey!!  (while chewing gum with her mouth wider than Angela Jolie’s legs) D’ya know where the wess end issss?

ME:  No, I’m sorry but I’m not from here.

DLG:  Wowww, where ya from then? (chew, chew, chew, snap)

ME:  Pittsburgh, we’re visiting different . . .
 
DLG:  WAIT!  D’ya saya Pisssttburgh? (no more chewing, mouth just hung open)

ME:  Yes.

DLG:  Are ya Steelers flan?

ME:  Yes.

DLG :  F*#K OFF!   (chew, chew, snap)

Then she quickly stormed down the street sideways, with her tagalongs in tow, before I gathered my thoughts to say, “okay, and I’ll take our six lombardi trophies with me.”

I think I was in shock that this young chick would say something like that to me.  I’m a 30-year old woman.  Do kids have ANY respect any more? 

Or is it just a product of not winning a championship since the Browns did it in 1964?  Before the Super Bowl era?  Probably . . .

 

An Ode to Cleveland….

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ROAD TRIP: First Installment – Cincinnati OH

Posted on September 2, 2009. Filed under: Beer, Life, MLB, Random | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

YES!  I am voluntarily going on a road trip visiting baseball parks and the NFL Hall of Fame.  I mention my intentions for my vacation to many with an overwhelming response ” why not the beach?”  Because as my readers know, I LOVE SPORTS.  Any chance I get to enhance my sports experience, knowledge or actuality, I WILL.  Plus,  I am more into beer than I am bathing suits right now . . .

FIRST STOP:  Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati OH – Courtesy of Mo Egger, of WLW & WCKY radio in Cincy, you can check him cincinnati-ohout at http://1530homer.com/pages/mo.html, where you can enjoy the Cincinnati sports rhetoric and the insightful female  commentary to this statement “August 31st, 2009, when the Reds played the Pirates in front of maybe 1,500 people.”  My husband, Jason, and I were at the afternoon game today and there were BARELY that many people at the park and the “paid attendance” was 11,516 – I thought to myself, who in the heck are you trying to impress?   Seriously?  Besides that weird calculation, there were many fabulous, and several funny, things about our trip to Cincy this far.  Including:

WOOHOO!  You can buy beer in a coinvienence store . . .

Okay, you got me, that wasn’t the first thing I realized, but it was VERY high up on the priority list . . .

Pittsburgh 6AM – First stop 9:30AM – While you are driving from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati, you don’t realize how southern you are getting.  We stopped about 30 miles outside of Cincy at a Mickey Ds (Jeffersontown?) – cause its the ONLY recognizable stop for a good 80 mile stretch – and the accent was crazy!    One of the workers was shouting over and over again- CAN WE GET FRESH EGGS WITH THAT BIG BREAKFAST? in an insane southern accent – just stop and say that to yourself several times . . . crazy.

Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park is gorgeous – the only thing I didn’t like is that you can’t see the field from the entire concourse.

As we got in the ball park after sneaking a quick chugging of a couple miller lites – you never want to take chances in visiting ball parks with drinking in public – just fyi . . . we bought a couple of beers  – 16 oz plastics at $7.50 a piece . . . so we were paying a buck fifty each beer pair more than we do at PNC PArk in Pittsburgh – but guess what?  We don’t care, we are on VACATION!!!

Then, we turn around the corner and find a BAR.  A real live bar where you can order SHOTS. Yes, shots . . . so Jason and I did some tequila.  Who wants to hear my joke?  Okay, you do . . .

Why did the husband throw his wife over the bridge? 

TEQUILA!!!  Get it?  I hope so . . .

Anyway, here are a few more observations on our trip so far:

LOVE the highlight zone with 13 flat screen TVs – although only 4 were ON while we were there . . . 

Weird, random, female fan overdosed on tanning and had an accordian skin two rows in front of us . . . gross.

Loved the Skyline Chili Dogs – got a FREE dog and just LOVED the dish . . . Big ‘n Rich weren’t lyin . . .

Met a few extra cool fans – including the newly 21 year olds, Kelly & Ben  . . . both them and their parents were FAB!

The Police Officers were also top notch, including Officers, Jodice & Brehm . . . picture coming soon!

Thanks for a great expderince, Cincinnati!

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Oh Where Oh Where Is The Stanley Cup . . .

Posted on June 19, 2009. Filed under: Beer, NHL | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 

Sidney Crosby Hoists The Stanley Cup During Pittsburgh's Championship Parade

Sidney Crosby Hoists The Stanley Cup During Pittsburgh's Championship Parade

JUST GETTING STARTED:  After the Pittsburgh Penguins upset the mighty Detroit Red Wings to shock the hockey world just one week ago, well everyone except the Pens and their fans, the Championship parade has come and gone, but the party is just getting started . . .

There’s been Stanley Cup sightings all over the city of Pittsburgh and I can’t wait to discover what the players do with it over the summer . . .

Seriously, how unique is this trophy?  Could you imagine Ben Roethlisberger riding his motorcycle through the city streets with the Lombardi Trophy slung over his shoulder like a boombox in the eighties?  Or Ryan Howard chillin’ at a Subway waiting for his 5 dollar footlong with the Commissioner’s Trophy on the counter?  Or the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy (NBA Finals – betcha didn’t know what it was called) left behind in a Colorado hotel room?  

Neither can I . . .

GROUNDED FOR LIFE:  Beginning on a 12 year old’s photo sharing site and ending up in an email chain, bloggers and the national media soon got hold of the private photos from Mario Lemieux’s house party.  I feel terrible for the young girl that made a mistake, which I am sure she is paying for, and out of respect for the team and their privacy, will not post them myself . . .

But they looked like they had a well deserved BLAST!  

Which brings me to some interesting facts, travels and “doings” of the Stanley Cup:

  • A “Cup Keeper” goes through 24 pairs of white gloves a season
  • The winner of the Stanley Cup gets 100 Days to do with it what they please – with a chaperone from the Hockey Hall of Fame, of course . . .
  • Babies have been cradled by the Cup
  • Champagne, beer, fruitloops and ice cream have all been consumed from the Cup 
  • Pet dogs have even eaten out of it
  • Scott Neidermayer, with the New Jersey Devils at the time, took the Cup on a helicopter, landing on a mountain in British Columbia, got out and hoisted it at over 9,000 feet high
  • Brian Rafalski of the Detroit Red Wings auctioned off an hour of time with him and the Cup with the proceeds going to a single mother in Wisconsin, who was battling Cancer
  • It has been to children’s hospitals, boys and girls clubs and military bases
  • Several Russian players have brought it back to Moscow, parading the Cup through Red Square
  • The Cup has also traveled to Alaska and London among many other places, it’s passport is a worldwide database
  • Baseball stadiums across the country, strip clubs, and Chicago’s famous Billy Goat Tavern, have all seen a glimpse of the three-foot trophy
  • The Cup has seen its share of TV studios including ER, Monk, Regis & Kelly, The Tonight Show and of course, The Late Show
  • Teemu Sellanne of the Anaheim Ducks took it back to Finland and dropped by a Sauna, heating up with the Cup for just a few moments
  • And of course, it’s widely known to have found its way to the bottom of Mario Lemieux’s pool

This year?  Maybe it will just take a quick dip.  I guess the Stanley Cup deserves to be handled with care by uniformed trustees wearing white gloves after its summer tour of recklessness . . .

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No Hands . . .

Posted on April 28, 2009. Filed under: Beer, MLB | Tags: , , , |

PNC Park, Pittsburgh

PNC Park, Pittsburgh

LEFT FIELD BLEACHERS AT PNC PARK . . . 

During a recent rainy visit to watch the Pirates on dollar ticket night – hey, they had to do something to attract fans while the Penguins were playing playoff hockey, although there were probably only 8,000 people in the stands anyway – my husband and I were lucky enough to run into a father and son who couldn’t sit in the front row of the left field bleachers because the 6 year old couldn’t see over the fence.

That’s right, they gave us their seats.  Close enough to pat the left fielder on the tookas . . .

My husband Jason tells the little boy with his tiny glove on, “If I get a ball from Nyjer Morgan (Buccos’ left fielder) I am going to give it to you.”  The kid was thrilled!  A promise of a real, live, major league game used baseball . . . you could plainly see that he could feel it in his little hands already.

So what happens?

Before the beginning of the first inning, Jason is yelling for Nyjer to throw the warm up ball to him, and I mean really workin’ it for that ball to give to the young man like he promised.   Nyjer Morgan turns around and obliges.  Here it comes!  Jason tries to balance a beer in his left hand as he reaches up to snag it out of the air.  Then THUD . . . .

It hit him right in the palm as his $8 beer was spilling out of the cup . . . and he missed it.  It bounced off of his hand, onto the ground where a fan with a glove scooped it up . . . 

Nyjer Morgan waves him off with a big smile on his face as if to say, “how’d ya miss that McFly?”  A minute later, after the crowd dissipated, that cute, wide-eyed, grateful little boy comes over to Jason and says

“YOU SHOULDA HAD THAT!”

Then walked away . . .

It was one of the funniest scenes I had ever well, seen . . .

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Cheers To FATE!

Posted on March 26, 2009. Filed under: Basketball, Beer, NCAA | Tags: , , |

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Of course while in Boston, you must do what the Bostonians don’t do . . . eat and drink at CHEERS!

Proudly sporting our University of Pittsburgh gear, we indulged in a Sam Adams, in a souvenir mug of course, and while waiting for Norm to walk through the door so I could let out a loud “NORM!”, a tall silver haired man stopped by our table to say hi . . . It was none other than Univeristy of Pittsburgh’s Athletic Director, Steve Pederson.

Along with him was Sports Information Director, E.J. Borghetti, who my husband had worked with while at KDKA radio, so we struck up a conversation with them, bought them a beer, and now have an invite to take a private tour around the Peterson Events Center back in the ‘Burgh!

Our trip couldn’t be going any better . . . time to go to my speaking event and then it’s time for the game!

LET’S GO PITT!!!!

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BEERlaxin’

Posted on March 25, 2009. Filed under: Beer, MLB, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL | Tags: , , |

Touched down in Boston and decided, as I would at 2:30pm on a weekday, to have a brew at the FOX Sports Sky Box Bar . . .

 

What struck me as funny was that they had ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNews on their 16 televisions, BUT NO FOX SPORTS!

 

As Pitt is having an open – translation, FREE – practice at TD Banknorth Garden, we are hanging at the airport FOX bar that does not have ANY FOX broadcast showing . . .

 

As an aside, airport bars should be careful before they get arrested for RAPE – we had 4 beers and our tab was $28.31

YIKES!  Updating you on more Boston adventures tomorrow . . .

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