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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4 1/2 Days, Three Stadiums, Two Carlos Ruizes and a Cristiano Ronaldo

24 07 2011

My Philadelphia odyssey ends today and I am glad to say that A. Phoenix is a much better place to stay, and B. I saw the great Cristiano Ronaldo play.

That’s some rhymes right there!

While I don’t doubt that the wife and I will go to Madrid some day, I more doubt I will get a ticket to see Ronaldo in action at the Bernabeu. So I am happy to have seen him and Real Madrid last night, even if I had to fly 4 1/2 hours to see it. A small price to pay, tickets in the end zone 100-level were pretty affordable considering what these things cost these days.

Cristiano Ronaldo on the big screen in Philly

The game itself was pretty good. Didn’t imagine there would be so many Real Madrid fans there. I really like the World Football Challenge. The matches mean little but at least it brings money to MLS (which I have to believe can only help the league) and puts MLS on a world stage. Love seeing all the fans here in Philadelphia and across the nation in San Diego, Seattle, Washington D.C, and Chicago ¬†turning out in big numbers for these games.

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