First Half of College Football Season Closes in LA

LA Coliseum.JPGI closed out the first-half of the 2018 college football at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The stadium is undergoing a major renovation so construction was very noticeable. As a result, the stadium lost 14,000 seats this year and there was a makeshift press box and suite level.

The LA Coliseum is one of sports most iconic venues. It has hosted two Olympic Games, the Dodgers, Rams, Raiders and USC football. UCLA played here before moving its home games to the Rose Bowl.  Continue reading “First Half of College Football Season Closes in LA”

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My First Indiana Game; Super Chefs

Columbus.JPGMy third trip to the famous Horseshoe was an exciting one for me. I added a new team to my growing list of FBS teams and I had the chance to eat at one of my favorite breakfast spots.

I was able to add the Indiana Hoosiers to my list of FBS teams. I have seen 109 of the 130 active FBS teams. Only 21 teams remaining to complete the list. Indiana is my 12th different Big Ten team, missing only Northwestern and Rutgers.

When in Columbus, a trip to Super Chefs is a must. The pancakes are unique and well worth the trip, but I must warn you, go hungry. It’s a lot of food.

Super Chefs has a comic book theme, with Super Heroes adorning the walls. I even said hello to my namesake, The Flash!  Continue reading “My First Indiana Game; Super Chefs”

Wade LeBlanc, Husky Football and Chowder

Safeco Field.JPGSeattle is one of my favorite cities and Husky Stadium is one of college football’s most scenic venues.

While on this trip, I was able to take in the Texas Rangers-Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field. I had great seats in the club level, thanks to Mariners play-by-play announcer Aaron Goldsmith. It was the final regular-season series of the 2018 season. Continue reading “Wade LeBlanc, Husky Football and Chowder”

Texas-Sized Statement; Dinner at Fixe

Austin Texas.JPGAustin is a great place to visit – Texas football, great food, great city and the Texas state capital.

The only missing in recent visits was Texas football. The Longhorns have been in a decade-long slump, but a decisive win over TCU on Sept. 22, quickly had Texas football back in the college football conversation. I covered Texas in its week one loss at Maryland.

Texas, you’ve come a long way baby. Continue reading “Texas-Sized Statement; Dinner at Fixe”

Tech Gets First Win; Another West Texas Shootout

Texas TechAnother trip to Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.

Another West Texas shootout.

This time Texas Tech won, something the Red Raiders had never done before my eyes.

Texas Tech snapped a six-game losing streak with a 63-49 win over Houston on Sept. 15.

Tech freshman QB Alan Bowman broke the Big 12 single-game freshman passing record with 605 yards. He completed 43-of-59 passes and threw five TDs in the win. Tech scored on four straight possessions in the second and third quarters to seize control of the game. Continue reading “Tech Gets First Win; Another West Texas Shootout”

Pac-12 Opener; So Long to the Oasis

Stanford Stadium.JPGThe second week of the college football was a marquee match-up between two Pac 12 powers.

In rematch of the 2017 Pac 12 Championship Game, USC and Stanford met the 2018 Pac 12 opener at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto. It was one of two AP Top 25 matchups on Sept. 8. USC played in the Pac 12 Conference first game of the season for the eighth straight year. USC and Stanford have played in the Pac 12 opener six times in the last seven years, including five straight years (2014-18).

Stanford won a defensive struggle 17-3. It was the first time USC had been held without a touchdown since a 52-6 loss to No. 1 Alabama in the 2016 season opener. It was lowest scoring total since a 27-0 loss to Washington in 1997. Continue reading “Pac-12 Opener; So Long to the Oasis”

A New Ballpark in Kingsport?

Kingsport Mets LogoA new stadium could be in the works for the Kingsport (Tenn.) Mets, who play in the rookie level Appalachian League. The Mets currently play their home games at Hunter Wright Stadium, which opened in 1995 and seats 2,500 people.

Prior to moving to Wright Stadium, the Mets played at J Fred Johnson Park, which was also the home to the Dobbins-Bennett HS baseball team. Dobbins-Bennett HS and Gate City (Vir.) HS play home games at Hunter Wright Stadium. Continue reading “A New Ballpark in Kingsport?”