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Celeb Sighting: San Fran Edition

July 16, 2009

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The celeb: Former NFL star (SF 49’er) Steve Young

The sighting: Late Monday night at SFO Airport. A full AA red-eye flight from SF to NYC was inexplicably and abruptly cancelled. Of course, there was little information given and when it was, it was poorly communicated. Steve, along with the other stranded passengers, was asking around as to what happened. He took off pretty quickly while the rest of us poor saps had to wait around for an hour or more to retrieve our luggage and get a hotel voucher for the night. I arrived at the hotel around 1:00am and ended up flying out the next day around 11:40am.

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A Night at Citi

June 26, 2009

On Wednesday, I made my way to Queens to visit my friend BC. We had a quick bite to eat at Neptune Diner and then were off to Citi Field for the Mets/Cards game.

We met up with my other friend and walked around the new stadium. It’s definitely nicer than Shea though the absence of Mets memorabilia and inclusion of an homage to Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers seems curious.  The famed dining options of Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack and Blue Smoke are nice touches but the lines were ridiculous so we passed on them. 

We took our seats and watched many a plane fly out of LaGuardia.

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We also saw a home run fly out of the ballpark and the emergence of the Apple, though I was a little late in capturing the picture and only got it with the Apple returning to its home.

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We were also graced by the presence of Cow-Bell Man.

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In the end, the Mets clobbered the Cardinals 11-0. It was a fun time and the Mets have a great new home but I have to admit that I like the minor league experience better.

Baracklyn

June 24, 2009

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Yesterday, we headed to Coney Island for some afternoon fun. We walked down the boardwalk, played some skee ball and a couple other arcade games and got a hot dog at Nathan’s. I don’t know if it was the bun or the ketchup-saturated onions but something was off and these dogs were not good. Pretty disappointing since we usually look forward to Nathan’s dogs and they usually deliver. Also, service at Nathan’s was horrendous! The lines weren’t long but the service was inefficient and slow (seemingly a prerequisite for NYC).

We had some time to kill (it was only about 4pm) before the game so decided to get some drinks before the Cyclones game at nearby Peggy O’Neills. We settled in for our drinks but noticed that a line was already forming to enter KeySpan Park – over an hour and a half before gates open and over three hours before the first pitch! The line continued to grow and grow as it became clear the “Baracklyn Cyclones” promotional night was getting people to show up early so that the first 2,500 fans would get their Barack Bobblehead

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My hand was forced – I could not sit there casually drinking my beer and be shut out of the damn bobblehead when I had already been in Coney for an hour. Eventually, I downed my beer and got in line with the rest of these suckers. Damn groupthink! The line began to snake around the corner and yes, we stood there for nearly an hour before the gates opened just to get that dumb bobblehead. It was also interesting to see the awful behavior exhibited by some – such as a couple of adult men (with their kids I assume) who totally cut in line! Way to teach your kids that cheating is wrong!

In any event, we got in, got the bobblehead, and the rest of the evening was pleasant.

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It looked like it was going to rain, but it never did. The promotional night was fun – besides the bobbleheads, the players wore special “Baracklyn” jerseys which they raffled off.

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Another nice touch was the inclusion of a Barack Obama impersonator who took part in the festivities by throwing out the first pitch and starring in some taped segments that aired on the jumbotron. 

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We left after 5 innings with the Cyclones up 6-0. They ended up winning 7-3

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@ The Garden

March 22, 2009

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On Wednesday evening, I kicked off my pre-birthday festivities by taking in the Knicks/Nets game at the Garden. Thanks to my bro who had comp seats through work, we were able to watch the game from a great vantage point. 

Unfortunately, my favorite player Devin Harris was not in action due to an injury but that didn’t stop the Nets from dismantling the Knicks lackadaisical defense thanks to a vintage Vince Carter showing and inspired play from rookie Brook Lopez.

No great celeb sightings – they had a non-descript Giants player, Ethan Hawke, and Jay Mohr (who I believed the crowd booed!) on the jumbotron.

Also, we had the pleasure of hearing a drunk, obnoxious fan’s chants throughout. The only solace was that he was not sitting directly behind. Sadly, he could clearly be heard.

Obamania at Fever Pitch

January 19, 2009

Of course, this kind of thing would happen now that we’re likely to leave Brooklyn. Can’t believe I will miss this!

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For more on this promo event, check out their site here.

Also, it was happening during the campaign, but now it’s everywhere. Can anyone put a number on the market for Obama merchandise? From legit products to the host of knock-offs sold around Union Square, here in NYC, to the countless magazine covers he’s on, this guy can move product!

I never liked Isiah Thomas

October 26, 2008

It’s one thing to suck as a coach and a general manager.

It’s another thing to create a toxic work environment and be accused of sexual harassment.

It’s still another thing to lie about overdosing on pills and to say it was your daughter who needed treatment.

I hate this guy!

Nets/Knicks at The Garden

October 26, 2008

Thanks to my bro, I was able to get tickets to the Nets/Knicks exhibition game at The Garden on Friday night. I met up with my friend BC at the Molly Wee pub and then we headed over to the game.

It was fun catching up with my friend and to take in some basketball. The Nets built up a huge lead only to squander it and ended up winning 111-110.

Minor Celeb Sighting – I mean, really minor

October 18, 2008

The celeb: NBA baller Brian Scalabrine

The sighting: In the winter garden of The World Financial Center – I’m a huge NBA fan and so I don’t think anyone else recognized who he was. He was in town for the Celtics/Nets game that night and was a former Net himself.

Outer Borough Outing

July 27, 2008

Yesterday, we celebrated my friend BC’s final days of bachelorhood with a guys’ outing.

We started off at the Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg where we took the “tour” (and I use the term tour loosely as it was fairly brief) and had a couple beers.

Afterwards, we headed to Peter Luger’s where we had the steak for three and a couple sides.

Having stuffed ourselves sufficiently, we took a walk down Bedford Ave. to walk some of it off.

Finally, we went to Shea Stadium to watch the Mets/Cards game and though it was action-packed, we took off when it was tied 8-8 in the 11th inning as we all needed to get home. Unfortunately, the Mets ended up losing in the 14th inning.

Coney Island

June 29, 2008

A friend of ours was visiting from L.A., so we made our annual pilgrimmage to Coney Island, Brooklyn yesterday. We played a little skee ball, had a hot dog and fries at Nathan’s and headed to KeySpan Park for the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league game against the Aberdeen Ironbirds. Unfortunately, there was a huge rainstorm that struck right before the game started and we got absolutely drenched. Amazingly, it passed and the game went on and we ended up staying for most of it (despite being soaked). All in all it was fun to be there and to catch up with our other friends who joined us for the game. Here are some pics from the day, including one of a bunch of “superheroes” pulling the tarp over the field in preparation for the rain (it was “superhero night” at the stadium).