This is going to be a list (with small summary and photo) of the games that I attended, before the four posts of games I just put up.
Some action in the 49ers/Rams game
I started the season early, as this was the 49ers vs Rams on New Year’s Day. The best play of this game was a play late in the third quarter. As they lined up for a field goal, the 49ers’ Michael Crabtree was lined up out wide and caught a pass from Kicker David Akers for a touchdown. The Rams made it a good game, but San Francisco won the game 34-27.
Blues celebrating the win
Only four days later, I went with some friends to the Blues game against the Edmonton Oilers. The Blues struck first in the first period as Chris Stewart scored at 14:42 to give them a 1-0 lead. The second period was all Oilers. Taylor Hall scored first at 5:12 and then, only fifteen seconds later, Ben Eager scored. Jordan Eberle added another one later in the period to give Edmonton a 3-1 lead going into the third. But just as the second period was all Oilers, the third period was all Blues. Alex Pietrangelo scored twenty seconds into the period. Less than a minute and a half later, Captain David Backes scored to tie the game up 3-3. At 8:59, Matt D’Agostini scored the game-winner. Jaroslav Halak shut out the Oilers the rest of the game and the Blues got a great 4-3 comeback win. The place was nuts. A great game to be a part of.
Some action from the Missouri State vs Evansville game
We attended a session of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The session included Drake vs Creighton and Missouri State vs Evansville. Doug McDermott led Creighton to a 68-61 win, scoring 26 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. In the other game, Kenneth Harris’ 20 points and 8 rebounds helped Evansville beat Missouri State 72-64.
Picture from on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium during our tour
Before going to the Pacers game, we decided to make a stop at Lucas Oil Stadium for a tour. Going into the tour, I figured we would look at the basic stuff and call it a day, but I was wrong. The tour lasted for almost two hours. We went from the field, to the Quarterback Suite, to the Visitor’s Locker room (where the Giants were just months before in the Super Bowl), and more. The tour only cost us $8; a great value for what all you get to see. And the craziest part…our tour started at 1:00 PM, the same exact time that Peyton Manning was being introduced as a Denver Bronco. They had the news conference on in the Pro Shop. Ironic!
Some Pre Game action before the Pacers game
This was the Los Angeles Clippers vs Indiana Pacers. Lob City didn’t exactly show up. Blake Griffin threw down a few nice dunks, but that was about all the Clippers could get going. Danny Granger led the Pacers with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Psycho T (Tyler Hansbrough) had a great game as well. He went 6/9 for 15 points. Ultimately the Pacers won the game 102-89. Blake Griffin put in 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. On another note, the gates opened up only an hour before game time. There were two times they let certain groups in before that, but they weren’t clear about it. We tried walking in with the groups because we had no idea that it was only for that group. If you plan on going to the game, they only let the general public in an hour prior.
Waiting for the face-off
This was unquestionably the greatest sporting event I have ever been to. This was Game 2 of the Playoffs between the San Jose Sharks and the St. Louis Blues. The atmosphere was unlike anything else I have ever been a part of. It all started in the first minutes of the game when Marc-Edouard Vlasic hit the puck into his own net to give the Blues an early 1-0 lead. T.J. Oshie made some sick moves gliding down the ice and weaving through traffic and eventually passed to Backes who was waiting for the puck and slapped it in the back of the net. Andy McDonald would score later on to give the Blues a 3-0 shutout win. There were two crazy events in the game. First of all, in the second period, Barret Jackman slid into Jaroslav Halak, taking him out. Brian Elliott replaced him for the rest of the game, and didn’t miss a beat. The other thing was the fights. There were an unusually high number of fights in a playoff game. When the game ended, everyone was fighting someone for a good five minutes after the horn had sounded. Everyone was on their feet yelling and banging their thunderstix together. The greatest game and atmosphere I have ever been a part of.
Nice view at the Louisville Bats game
The Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers AAA-Affiliate) came in to take on the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds AAA-Affiliate). The Bats’ Paul Janish went 3-4 with a double. Mud Hens first baseman Brad Eldred, one of the minor league leaders in most offensive categories, went 1-3 with an RBI. Toledo beat the Bats 2-1. On another note, Toldedo closer Brayan Villarreal hit 99 MPH about 10 times on his pitches. He saved the game pitching the last three innings of the game.
Delino Deshields Jr. on deck
This game was the Savannah Sand Gnats (New York Mets A-Affiliate) against the Lexington Legends (Houston Astros A-Affiliate). This game was full of offense. Absolutely no pitching. Savannah starter, Rafael Montero, gave up six earned runs in five innings and Lexington starter, Kyle Hallock, gave up eight earned runs in 3.1 innings. There were a total of 7 home runs in the game. The Legends tied the game in the bottom of the ninth 9-9, but would wind up losing the game 10-9 in twelve innings.
Some 15th inning action
This Orioles and Royals game was a long, great game. We went and tailgated about three hours before the game started. The Royals led going into the ninth, but Jonathan Broxton gave up a two-run homer to Wilson Betemit to tie it up and send it to extras. Adam Jones finally ended it with a 412 foot blast in the 15th and gave the Orioles a 4-3 win.
Some Cubs/Cards action
This was a good ‘ol Cubs/Cardinals rivalry game. It was a stalemate for the first 6 1/2 innings, but the Cardinals’ bats came alive in the bottom of the seventh, and in record-setting fashion. They would score twelve runs in the inning and win the game by that margin, 12-0. They tied a franchise record for runs in an inning that dated back to 1926. They also tied a major league record with seven doubles in the inning. What looked to be a pitcher’s dual early, turned into a very one-sided 12-0 win for the Cardinals. Great to be a part of some history!
Action during the Stoke City/Sporting KC friendly
To finish the post, our first perk of interning with the Chiefs led us to a tour of Livestrong Park and the friendly match between Stoke City and Sporting KC. This was the first soccer game I’ve ever been to. I don’t watch any soccer, except for the World Cup, but it was actually a lot of fun. Peter Crouch was the big name for Stoke City. Stoke scored late in the game on a penalty kick. With the game sure to be over, Stoke goalie kicked the ball and was re-directed off of the head of a Sporting KC player and redirected a good forty yards back into the net. It was very much a fluke goal, but a nice end to the night, as the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
This led up to the games I have the individual posts for:
Texas Rangers @ Kansas City Royals
Arizona Cardinals @ Kansas City Chiefs
San Francisco Giants @ Colorado Rockies
Australia vs U.S. Women’s National Soccer