My year in review, adios 2011

30 12 2011

Another great year in “mi vida deportiva,” but not just in my life of sports, but life in general. I’ll skip the worst of the year and focus on the best moments. Because I can.

Year 2 in Arizona is coming to a close, but it began with the BCS national championship game here in Glendale, and I was fortunate enough to cover it. Even though my beloved Oregon Ducks lost, I was pretty proud of their effort and I can say that I was there. 

Later in January 2011 I took my first trip to the new Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore., new home for Oregon basketball. Awesome place. I’ll always cherish old McArthur Court though.

In February my wife bought me an I-phone for Valentine’s Day. She keeps wanting me to say that the device has made my life better and easier, so I’ll say it: she’s right. It’s not perfect but it’s pretty sweet.

February and March were spent covering Major League Soccer training and baseball spring training. I was very busy, needless to say.

After celebrating the end of spring training with dinner at Morton’s — ooh, swanky! — baseball season began. I went home to Portland in April for my birthday and attended the inaugural Portland Timbers match at Jeld-Wen Field. It poured rain all night, but I was under the overhang and stayed dry and the Timbers thrilled the sellout crowd with the win.

Later in April I went to the two Phoenix Coyotes NHL playoff games against Detroit. The Coyotes got dominated but the atmosphere in Jobing.com Arena was fun. It’s cool to have an NHL team right in my own back yard.

At the end of the month I took my wife to see my favorite rap artist ever, DJ Quik. And we met Mr. Blake in person! Great night.

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Visiting The Louvre and The Palace of Versailles

9 06 2011

I’m not a big art guy or museum person but I guess these are the things you can’t miss when in Paris. Good time, though. We started at Versailles.

Walking up to the palace.

Then it was off to the Louvre.

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Cruising through Paris (Day One)

7 06 2011

If you ever go to Paris, go in early to mid-May. The weather was perfect.

I still can’t believe I was there. It really is a beautiful city with so much to see and do, and eat.

We arrived by train from London (a pretty fast ride) and got on our bus that took us through town. The St. Pancras Station in London already has Olympic rings up for the London 2012 Games.

In Paris there were people everywhere from many different places, just like any big city these days I guess.

We took a ride through town past many sites, and down the Champs-Elysees toward the Arc de Triomphe.

Then it was over to a place where we could get a great view of the Eiffel Tower.

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Pac-12 empire, and a look back at where I was a year ago

4 05 2011

This morning I got up early to attend the news conference organized by the Pac-12 (formerly known as the Pac-10, so if you have anything that says Pac-10 on it, it might someday be a collector’s item). Here’s the story I wrote on today’s announcement.

So NCAA stuff in the a.m., baseball in the P.M. Got the Diamondbacks tonight vs. Colorado.

Last year on this day, my wife and I were celebrating being in Venice, Italy, walking under archways to stay out of the downpour, watching glass blowers do their thing and taking a boat ride to Baveno, a picturesque little town among the waterways leading to the Adriatic Sea. I look back with fondness on the fact that I have seen other parts of the world, and on Friday, it’s off to see more of the planet with a trip to London and Paris.

So does anyone have any recommendations as to what to eat/see in London and/or Paris? Taking suggestions.