Sports

One Final Night Of Magic

Quick disclaimer for those who enjoy reading about travel on these pages. This post is certainly not about travel (well, technically I did ultimately travel for this event). So, I won’t begrudge you if you turn the figurative page. But, if you decide to hang around for a bit, I hope you’ll leave with a smile. This story starts and ends in the Bronx. I don’t have an exact start date, though I need to figure that out at some point. I’ll say it was 1980, in the summer. My […]

But Did He Earn Miles? New Yankees Pitcher Charters 787 From Japan to JFK For Press Conference

Best Story Of The Year, So Far. Well, for me at least. The Yankees signed a super stud pitcher from Japan to bolster our bullpen rotation for the upcoming season.  As a diehard Yankees fan, I was super pumped.  As a diehard travel geek and self-avowed 787 fan, I absolutely love how he got there. For a mere $200,000, he chartered a 787 from Tokyo to JFK for his debut in Yankee pinstripes: Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who signed a seven-year, $155 million contract with the New York Yankees last month, didn’t […]

Baseball And Airplanes

I’m a huge Yankees fan.  I don’t write about them as often anymore since it’s harder to weave them into travel stories.  So, given the opportunity to post about the Yankees and travel, I was excited.  Now, if only this could have been a different airline….     Delta commemorated a 757 in honor of Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer in baseball history (you know, most saves in the regular season, most postseason saves as well).  

Go Sharks! Stanley Cup Playoff Game At HP Pavilion Gets Me One Step Closer To Finishing A Bucket List Item

I consider myself a diehard sports fan.  I’ll watch just about anything sports-related, I don’t even need a rooting interest.  Yes, I’ve watched those strong man competitions on ESPN.  And, a few frames of bowling (shudder, not a TV sport).  I’ve had a bucket list item for quite some time to watch a game at every MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL stadium in the country before I kick that bucket.  You would think with as much travel as I do I would have made more progress.  But, it’s been a […]

Who Wins? I’m Not Sure.

I had decided I wasn’t going to write about the Lance Armstrong/USADA battle, as I’m decidedly biased.  As I’ve written in the past, here and here, I’ve always been on Lance’s side.  I was saddened when he gave up the USADA fight a few weeks ago, and had kinda decided that was my last post on the topic. But, after this morning’s news of Lance resigning from the LIVESTRONG board and the severing of his contract by Nike I felt I needed to post something if only for people to […]

On The Loss Of Our Captain

As my blog has moved further and further into the travel world, I’ve come across the occasional story that made me say, “Hmmm.  Wonder if that’s important enough to bore those that only follow me for travel info?”  Unfortunately, last night that story unfolded before my eyes in the wee hours of the night. Derek Jeter has been the Yankees captain, OUR captain, for as long as I can remember.  For the last 18 years, he’s been at shortstop pretty much every day.  In a game where it’s tough for […]

Lance Armstrong Gives Up The Fight

Lance Armstrong has announced he won’t enter arbitration to fight the USADA charges against him. I don’t really know what to say.  I’m biased as a huge Lance fan, but I haven’t read of anyone who thought he was going to get a fair shake from USADA.  That begin said, it does surprise me a bit that he chose not to fight further.  I’m sure the mental toll has been huge over the years, and I can certainly understand why he’d walk away.  I just didn’t think he would.