Back Again?

Last fall I had my laptop crash. That combined with a busy schedule made me rethink my blogging priorities. I had branched out too far, and gotten away from what I intended to do with the blog in the first place. I set out to follow the end of my chase for 100 sporting events in one year. After I accomplished that goal I decided to show how much of a sports junkie that I really am. From there I became all of that plus a baseball card blog. That just became too much for me at the time. I think that from now on I will go back to just being a sports junkie. Tomorrow I am going to Opening Day at U.S. Cellular. That should be a great launch pad for getting up and going again. I am just going to post when I want about whatever I am thinking about at the time. Let’s see how this goes.

Somewhat Related to Sports

A month or so ago I wrote a post about going to the Robin Williams show in Lafayette. Tonight I saw Frank Caliendo in Merrillville, IN. He makes his living impersonating other people. He does some great ones, but his best by far is President Bush. What does that have to do with sports? Absolutely nothing. He does do a great John Madden, Charles Barkley, and Jim Rome though. I did not take my camera, and once I got inside the theater I was upset that I did not. My walk up ticket put me in the fourth row right in front of Frank. He put on a great show that had me rolling around in my seat. He can jump from character to character so fast that you wonder how he doesn’t screw it up. He also spent some time laying down on the floor flat on his back doing his routine. Don’t ask, you would have to see it. It was a great show. I may have said that already huh? Since I did not have a camera I posted a YouTube clip of Frank doing his Charles Barkley. I will be saying trble for days after hearing this impression. Enjoy the clip!

500th Post

This website started as a log of the end of my quest to attend 100 college or pro sporting events in one year. I accomplished my goal, but kept the site going. It evolved into a site where I talked about the games that I went to, and put up a couple of pictures that I took at the game. But talking about the game after the fact was not enough. I started previewing games that I was going to. I then would even start talking about sports and events that I was not even a part of. Then somehow last year I put a couple of cards up on the site. The site then went from sports blog to almost full time baseball card blog now. I think my identity is missing. I think the card deal just has evolved because of my need to post most days. This is a great way to do that. I think that for now I will keep doing what I have been doing on this site. I will keep talking about the games that I am going to, and throw in some comments about sports when I feel the need. The card aspect will stay here as well. I had considered moving that to another site, but decided against it. I have 1984 Topps Cards, but that is dedicated to one year and make. It has taken me two years to post 500 times. At the rate that I am going now I will hit 1,000 in just over a year. I need to get a life.
Just for fun I thought that it would be neat to go back and look at my first real post on here. I had the introduction, but here is the first game post from the site. Things have changed quite a bit since then. It was great to see how much fun I was having in 2006. Here is the Purdue – Ball State game post with one of my favorite pictures ever of Korey Sheets stretching the Ball into the end zone.

Not Sports Related At All

Tonight I was in West Lafayette to see one of my idols as a kid. Not many children would want to be Robin Williams when they grew up, but I was one of those kids. I loved him on Mork and Mindy. I watched his ‘A Night at the Met.’ special way too many times. Especially for someone as young as I was. Six years ago I saw him in Lafayette, but waited too long to get tickets and ended up in the back. This time I had tickets right up front thanks to early ordering. I was in row EE which as you would guess is five rows back of the stage. Actually where I was at because of the stage configuration I was three rows back. Great seats for a great show.
The show itself started off as usual for Robin, but with one hitch. He really got on anyone who was filming him. With the Michael Richards incident (which he alluded to) I guess you have to be careful. He kept at the people that would not stop recording, and although he tried to be funny about it you could tell he was not happy. I can’t say that I blame him. His normal opening with local flavor was not bad. He went with a reference to Harry’s a local college bar. He also talked about how the name Boilermaker is also a drink. The rest of his routine was typical Robin. Jumping around topics with impressions and his normal theatrical presentation. His closing routine about the making of the human reproductive organs was an instant classic that I will feel tomorrow. I was laughing way too hard, and I am sure that I will hurt in the morning. Apparently I was having too much fun at the show because they kept putting me up on the screen. I must have been the easy crowd reaction shot. I went into the show with high expectations which usually leads to letdown. Not in this case. You really get what you pay for with his shows. Hopefully he will stop by again in the future.
I nearly did not get to see him this time. I missed the ticket sale for the Chicago shows that were this past weekend. If it was not for a site called The Robin Williams Fan Site I would not have known about this new tour. I check the site fairly often, but apparently not often enough. It is a good site if you like Robin. Thanks to them I was able to get great tickets for this show.

New Blog Features

Anyone out there using blogger may be able to use a couple of the new features on here. The first is the ability to post entries in the future. No need to find Doc Brown and rev up the car to 88 mph. On your dashboard you should be able to find the beta version of blogger, and sign in through it. Once you have done that you can go to the post options while you are creating your post, and set it to post whenever you want. This will help me with the Fisk Countdown. I can write the post at night, and it will automatically post the next day when I set it to. I use to have to manually edit the date and time, then wake up and go to edit posts, then hit send. This will make my life easier.
I also found a new feature that you can put on your sidebar that lists the blogs that you frequent. When new content is added it moves the blog to the top of the list and tells you what the name of the new post is. I have added it, and already found a few posts right away because of it. I am trying it out right now. It is located on the right sidebar just under the labels.

Competition!

Today I was looking through the site statistics and noticed that someone entered this site through a blog that had a familiar ring to it. The site name was http://slicer28.blogspot.com/ and the name of the blog is Living Vicariously. Slicer28 sounds familiar because it is the handle of one of my good friends. Don’t worry about the Slicer part of the name. That is the nickname of our local high school. He is not a serial killer or anything. Although the way we both like to eat I would say that we are cereal killers. His site is still in its infancy, but I expect great things from it. We are both big time sports fans, but have major differences. He is more the cerebral fan. I am the kind of guy who is still wondering if he spelled cerebral correctly. He is the guy that you don’t want to play in a fantasy league (trust me I know). I am the guy that picks his favorite players for his fantasy teams.
I do have to warn you about this guy though. He is a Twins fan as well as a Vikings fan. This is in direct competition with my White Sox and Packers. We have had some fun at the others expense when our teams have triumphed, or sometimes even more fun when the other guys team fails. It will be fun to see how we see things differently over the next few months. Maybe we will even have a few similarities who knows. I look forward to seeing how his blog grows in the next few months. His first post other than the introduction was about the movie Metro which leads me to the conclusion that he needs to go to bed earlier. I don’t think that they even play that movie when vampires are asleep. It does rule the time frame up against some tough infomercials.
Go Sox! Go Packers!

Dyngus Day With the Clintons

I wanted to post yesterdays games last night, but I got home so late that I just went to bed. When I woke up this morning I realized that it was Dyngus Day. Dyngus Day is the Polish tradition of gluttony after the fasting through lent. What better way to celebrate gluttony then with Bill Clinton? I went to South Bend to the West Side Democratic Club for a Hillary Clinton event. On her behalf she sent her husband and Chelsea to speak on her behalf. I have never met a President before so why not go? I did see Gerald Ford last winter, but that was in his casket at his Presidential Library. I wanted to see a live President. Bill Clinton has always fascinated me anyway. He could look you in the eye and tell you whatever he wanted you to believe and you would believe it. I did not get into the building, but was able to get up close with the President by listening to another politician. Joe Donnelly was going up and down the line asking people what issues mattered to them. When he got to me I said that I wanted to meet the President. He whispered in my ear what I needed to do to make that happen. I went to my car to get my camera, and when I got back I found out that he must have whispered in lots of ears. I was about five deep in a receiving line for the President when I got back. I remained there until he actually started talking to the people. A secret servicemen needed to get in front of me, and said he had to get to the front of the line. A sports junkie knows what this means so I followed my blocker closer to the front. The picture on the right shows where I was when I met the President. It was a quick meeting. He shook my hand and said “Thanks for coming.” That is all that I have from my first meeting with a President. Well that and about 100 pictures from the day. Anyone who knows me knows that I like history, and I also like to think that I follow politics. Today helped satisfy two of my curiosities.
Besides the Clinton’s I was also able to see Joe Kernan, Joe Donnelly, Tim Roemer, and one of Bobby Kennedy’s daughters Kathleen. It was fitting that she was there because it was exactly 40 years prior on Dyngus Day in 1968 that her father was at the West Side Democratic Club. Part of politics is the stump speech, and I was able to hear plenty of them today. As always I had a blast in the midst of the fray. With Indiana meaning so much in the primary I think we will see the candidates in the area before it is all over. I will have to see if I can have as much fun. One part that is scary looking back on it was the secret servicemen. They were cool before he came out laying out the ground rules. What is scary know is looking at the big picture at the top of the post. It looks like one of the bodymen was really staring me down. If I had seen that live I might have had some sauerkraut in my pants. He really looks serious about something. I know I was having a bad hair day, but I didn’t think it was that bad.
The one downside of the event was how the Presidents autographs were handled. Mr. Clinton does not want to sign in the line so he hands them off to an aide. After he has gone through the line he signs them, and they are distributed. I wondered how this would work, and I was told that people had their names on the items. That made sense. What did not make any sense was the young man who spent his morning straightening Hillary signs. He decided to distribute the materials, then he left to allow what was left to blow away in the wind. Some people contained the mess, but that was the least of the problems. The young man came back and instead of trying to read the names on the items he just handed them out to anyone who would take them. This was well after the President left so the crowd was sparse. One woman really wanted her Hillary poster that she had signed, but the guy took great pleasure in giving them to anyone but her. When she started crying he told her that it was just paper get over it. He then told her to try again at the Elks Club down the road. I don’t think that this woman will vote for Hillary now. All over a piece of paper. This guy had no common sense. I did not get my sign either, but I grabbed a ticket from him after he announced that they were “First come, first serve.” After a good day, this was a bad way to end it for Hillary. Heck this rant is almost as long as the post telling me what I really took from the day. There was a lot of muttering leaving the grounds. Thats too bad. I think this guy needs to learn something about people.

Long Time No Post

It has been a while since I made my last post on here. Almost a month. It has been over a month since my last sporting event. Unless you count my beer league softball games. I have been busy lately trying to get myself into shape. Most of my posts lately have been here. In the next couple of weeks I will be at a couple of sporting events. The Yankees will be back in Chicago, and it looks like Clemens may make his debut this season there. I would like to see him pitch, and will try and go. Until then I guess this site is on hold. Never fear though. Football season is approaching, and I am sure that I will be back at it by then.

Snow!

Not really sports related, but we got dumped on last night with snow. So much in fact that I had to go out twice to shovel it. On top of my car there was nine inches, but it was colder and started accumulating faster on the car. On the ground there had to be 7-8 inches. After the freezing rain the night before, and the wet snow on the trees it is amazing that we haven’t had any come down. It sure is fun to look at though.

New Page Element at the bottom

I have added a new page element towards the bottom of this page. Starting today I am beginning a new fitness program. That chart will show how much I have ran, cycled, and/or walked during the next year. The actual distance is located in the lower left hand corner. The map will allow me to see my progress as I take a virtual trip across the United States. As of writing this I am in San Francisco. My goal is to make it to Washington D.C. by the end of the year. If I can do that I can try and achieve a new goal next year. Right now they have a tour of Canada or Australia available. So let me know if you think I am slacking in my travel.

By the way, does it count for my actual travel if I visit a state virtually?