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Naperville, IL (by way of Columbus, OH)

Member since 21 February 2011 | Blog


  • NFL TEAM: Kansas City Chiefs
  • NHL TEAM: Chicago Blackhawks
  • NBA TEAM: Haven't watched the NBA since Jordan
  • MLB TEAM: Chicago Cubs
  • SOCCER TEAM: Hahaha...no.

Recent Activity

Comment 12 Sep 2016

11W meet up? Where do I sign up?

A couple of buddies and I are arriving for a 4 day weekend on Thursday morning - we're staying in the Bricktown area of OKC (seems to be a big nightlife destination).  A place where beer and food is served, in exchange for money, in that part of town may be as good of a spot as any on Friday night...just throwing it out there...

Saturday, before the game...need to do some Norman recon...

Comment 31 Aug 2016

Your geography matters.

I think about this a lot during the college football season.  My 'formative' years where spent in Columbus, so while I did not attend Ohio State (life directed me elsewhere), I have been a diehard fan for a majority of my life.

However, I originally hail from the great state of Kansas, and spent some pre-formative time in Oklahoma and Virginia.  I sometimes wonder what my allegiances would be should I have stayed in any one of those areas...a Kansas State Wildcat, like my father? A Sooner, or Cowboy? A Hokie, or Cavalier? Would I have been as big of a CFB fan as I am now?  Even growing up in Cbus, for a few years - in the early 90s - I was probably a bigger KC Chiefs fan (thanks, Dad) than anything...helped by a) my father, and b) Joe Montana. It can be interesting how it all shakes out.

As the 2016 college football season kicks off I'm reminded - as I am every year - we don't get to choose how many of these rides we get to enjoy.

That number is chosen for us. I'll take whatever I can get.

Roger that.

Comment 30 Aug 2016

No. 18 Wisconsin jumped to a 7-0 lead when David Gilreath returned the opening kick 97 yards for a touchdown.

I was at this game...after that kick return Camp Randall was/is the loudest stadium I have ever been in.  It felt like my brain was vibrating in my head.

And to add insult to injury... Prior to the return, my OSU alumn friend had just got to our seats after mixing a 'cocktail' with his stadium bought Diet Coke.  My moronic brother-in-law (who was rooting for Sconnie) - while raising his arms in jubilation over the return - knocked my buddy's cocktail all over the seats in front of us (luckily no one was there)...I will never forget the look on my buddy's face...just 2 swift kicks to the nuts...

Comment 10 Aug 2016

Despite the loss, that Iowa game will always be special to me.  It was my first game at the Shoe.  Just me and my dad went.  We had the opportunity to go that day because a neighbor had tickets and got the flu, or something, and couldn't go...so he gifted the tickets to my dad to take young me.  Good memories of freezing in A deck with the old man.

Comment 03 Aug 2016


Just having a bit of fun.

I do have to say, New Orleans is probably the most unique place I have ever been.  Honestly didn't care for the quarter at all.  My buddies and I ventured to, I think it's called the Garden District, to go to a craft beer place called The Bulldog.  Enjoyed that area of town way more.  Also, speaking of beer...Courtyard Brewery is one of the cooler breweries I have drank at.

Comment 02 Aug 2016

Oh yeah...I've been to a Cal/Arizona game prior to the Ohio State/Cal game at Berkley...it is extremely quiet, and was maybe 60%-70% full.

I'd almost up your estimate of OSU fans at the Cal game...seemed like 60-70% scarlet to me.

It was awesome...while at Cal, as we were walking to the stadium we took a bathroom pit stop at a Starbucks, and while waiting in line one coed asks me, "Is there a football game, or something, today?".

Comment 02 Aug 2016

Completely agree.

A few buddies and I have moved to different parts of the country post-college, so we use away games as an annual 'guys weekend' to meet up, have a 'few' beers, see a new/different part of the country and maybe get a little culture (a little) in the process.  To date we have seen the Bucks play at Cal and Navy.  Since the big away game last year was on Labor Day weekend (and most of us are family men now), that was an unfortunate no-go, so we hit up the Big Sleazy last October and attended the LSU/Florida game, instead.  This year we're headed to Oklahoma...extremely pumped for that one...just worried about sourcing tickets... :-O ...(so, if anyone has any tips, I'm all ears!).

Comment 08 Jun 2016

The Iron King, Cardale Jones, First of His Name, Poacher of Badgers, Controller of Tides, Slayer of Ducks, Troll Sultan, ...Rounder of Wagons?..., and 12th Son of Ohio

Admittedly probably too much Berman-ese for my liking...