Sunday, October 10, 2010

One Busy Weekend in the Wild Wild World of Sports

I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to attend a couple of great sporting events in one day. The Southwest Classic between Texas A&M and Arkansas at Cowboys’ Stadium and a Ranger’s Playoff game…all in the same day.

Now most of you may know that I’m not a huge A&M fan after the 1998 Big XII Championship in St. Louis where A&M beat K-State in double overtime and we subsequently lost our shot at the national title and were then relegated to the Alamo bowl (which we then went on to lose at the hands of a little known quarterback from Purdue named Drew Brees). All that aside, I still want Big XII teams to do well against the likes of the Big 10, SEC and PAC 10 so I was routing for A&M on this one. Besides the fact that the group I was with was all Aggies, lets be frank, when someone give you a ticket to watch a game in a suite and you don’t have a horse in the race, you might as well be a good guest and cheer for their horse…you know what I mean.

FYI all the shots below are from my Nikon Coolpix point and shoot (didn’t feel like going thru the hassle of bag checkpoints with my EOS bag.

PIC: Walking to Cowboy’s Stadium from the Rangers Parking Lot


PIC: View of the massive Mitsubishi Diamond Vision HDTV from the suite at Cowboys’ Stadium


At halftime of the Southwest Classic we left the A&M game and headed to The Ballpark. We had some primo seats to Game 3 of the ALDS between the Rangers and Rays at The Ballpark. Brant’s regular seats are front row half way down the left field wall…fantastic seats really…but these where even closer, seriously in spiting distance of the on deck circle and Nolan Ryan’s owner’s box.

PIC: View from our seats


PIC: Nolan Ryan, Jim Nantz, & George W. (they were in the section next to us..the guy in blue is one of the Secret Service detail)



PIC: Cheerleaders and the RED WHITE AND BLUE at The Ballpark.


PIC: Ballpark Waste…an ungodly amount of trash is produced at one of these events…a fair share by me.


PIC: Scoreboard.


In the end the Rangers didn’t win this one, but it was still a good time. How often in your life will one get to go to a Major League playoff game anyway? BTW the Aggies didn’t win either.

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