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).
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 […]
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 […]
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 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.
I’m not an NBA fan, and yet I couldn’t help but comment on last night’s NBA Finals game between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder. LeBron James has been vilified more than Richard Nixon and I’m still not entirely sure why. Don’t get me wrong. I’m neither a fan of Miami nor a big LeBron fan. But, from a casual observer, he’s the most talented player I’ve seen since Michael Jordan. Last night, with roughly 4 minutes to play, LeBron fell and hurt his ankle, then started to cramp. […]
The WSJ is reporting that the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) has brought charges against Lance Armstrong. I really did think it was over when the US government decided not to move forward with charges. Heck, I even wrote about it. I guess there are no 3-legged dogs to kick or any olympic hopefuls to monitor. Instead, Lance is now banned from racing in triathlons for fun. I really do hope this finally dies at some point. I get the point that they (whoever the hell they is, I lost […]
As a lifelong Giants fan, there are few people higher up the respect ladder for me than Phil Simms. Giants fans weren’t wild about drafting the blonde haired kid from Morehead State, but I was a bit too young to (only 5) remember that. When I found out I was going to get a chance to meet him, I took a stroll down memory lane. Along the way I learned that the 49ers coach Bill Walsh actually planned on drafting Phil Simms later in the draft, instead of a celebrated […]
I hope everyone won’t mind a brief moment to contemplate some sadness in my sports world. I always thought I would be a bit sad to see Mariano Rivera retire. But in the same sense I thought it would be a happy moment, a celebration of the past 15 years, replete with championships and records, and the winning smile and attitude even his competitors couldn’t knock. We had hints that this might be the last year, and I was at peace with that. But, not like this. He tore his […]
Quick Yankees thoughts and some notes on my upcoming Japan trip: Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park. There was a big celebration before the game between the Yankees and Red Sox, our first time playing them this season. Then, we kicked the crap out of them. Nick Swisher hit a bomb over the Green Monster. Eric Chavez hit two bombs, one over the Green Monster. A-Rod hit one into the seats. And, to round things off, Russell Martin hit his first homer of the season. […]