Thursday, July 14, 2011
By Nick Nelson
Today's 'On the Street' question asks, "What is the farthest you have traveled to attend a sporting event?"
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Melbourne to see two Australian Football League games!
Birmingham Alabama to watch the Hawks get beat by Arizona in the Regional semi-final.
Same. Man, was that a long drive home!
JUST for a sporting event, the furthest was March, 1988 to see KU beat K-State in the Silverdome. We decided to leave about midnight the night before, figuring we could get there an hour before the game. We did, and luckily all the Purdue fans were dumping all their tickets!
Denver to LA, twice. KU v UCLA, KU v. USC
Plus 11 bball games in Boulder, CO. 13-0 since graduation.
Not sure which is farther:
Abilene, KS to New York for a Rangers/Islanders game or Salina, KS to Miami, FL for a Hurricane and Dolphin game or Billings, MT to Louisville, KY for the Kentucky Derby or Billings, MT to LA for a Dodgers game.
I approve of this message... Go Rangers!
Drove from Lawrence to Miami for the Orange Bowl. The drive was terribly long, but I'd do it all over again.
If were talking any sport, I saw Real Madrid and the Spanish National team play in Madrid a couple years ago. Just college sports: went to Cancun to see my university (SLU) play in a tourney. Just KU, (sadly) just to Lawrence from St. Louis.
Memphis to Las Vegas last Nov. - KU vs. Ohio U. and KU vs. Ariz.
Most Disappointing - OP to Lawrence KU vs. Ariz. 2003
Most Frustrating - Memphis to St. Louis KU vs. Memphis 2009
Most Lopsided Game - Memphis to Lawrence KU vs. Neb. 2006
Smallest KU crowd - Memphis to Murfreesboro, TN KU vs. Middle TN St. 1999
Best Seats - OP to OKC (row behind Jay Bilas-lucky scalp!) NCAA Regional 2003
Shortest Distance Traveled - Home in Mem. to Pyramid in Mem. NCAA SE Reg. 1997
Best Buzzer Beater - Memphis to Atlanta KU vs. Ga Tech 2007
You are mixed up in the buzzer beat as this was in AFH.
-I was there for the Las Vegas Invitational last year
-KU/GA Tech buzzer beater was in 2005, however, I was at that Ga Tech/KU game in Atlanta in 2007. That Tip Dunk by Mario Chalmers was incredible. I had 3rd row seats for that game. I was in an older Ga Tech alum section and they didn't like me much that game especially after that dunk.
Mario Chalmers Dunk vs Georgia Tech
Most Exciting- Lawrence, KS to Miami, FL for the orange bowl but by far the best experience was going with my father to South Africa last summer for the World Cup.
I was in Barcelona for the Grand Prix of Spain in 1970.
I remember that FSU game. I was so excited all summer to see the Jayhawks, fresh off a very good season, play the Seminoles while they were at/near their peak.
That was the day I learned the old football adage "don't take points off the board." That was also the day I learned not to get too excited about a team I haven't yet seen play any games. What a crushing defeat.
I hope you had some other fun things to do in NY, because driving all the way there just for the game would have been pretty tough.
I never have travelled beyond the borders ( with exception of Kansas-Mizzou border which really should only when it comes to the border war.... ) for just a game.
But, I have seen sporting events in 5 states. Baseball Games at Camden yards, Wrigley Field, Miller park,and of Course Kaufmann. Football sadly only in Arrowhead ( i regret never seeing the MNT Stadium and it's massive Purple glory. College Basketball games in the MCI Center, Allen and the United Center.
Many venues, but I don't think I've driven more than 2000 miles combined to go to these events....
Tokyo, Japan to Miami, Fl, 2008. 15 hours in the air to Miami, 30 hours in Miami, 18 hour in the air back to Tokyo
Drove to the Orange Bowl (46 hours round-trip by myself, all my friends bailed on me). Also road-tripped to the Insight Bowl the following year, found a group to go with on that one....thank god.
farthest would be Daytona Beach for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona international speedway. though im heading to miami for ford championship weekend in november. and for all of you who will argue that NASCAR is not a sport (which it is but that argument is for another day) the farthest would be to Arizona for the Insight bowl when ku won.
London, England to Wembley Stadium for England vs. Brazil in the first game in the new Wembley Stadium.
Johannesburg to Lawrence for a KU bball game...9000 miles. Also flew from South Africa to Scotland for Tri-Nations rugby match. 6000 miles one way. I was based in S.A. for 5 years.
I saw the Chiefs play the Rams in the first World Bowl of American Football in Berlin Olympic Stadium in 1990.
traveled to London in 2006 to see Man U play at Arsenal in Highbury's last season
Germany to see US vs Czech Republic in 2006 world cup. Reyna's shot that hits the post goes in, US would have advanced to elimination round! :-)
Watching the other matches at a pub in Amsterdam, I saw a Jayhawk t-shirt walk in to the bar. Loudest rock chalk moment that I've ever shared.
There's a question, what's the furtherest location from Lawrence that you've spotted a jayhawk?
That was a frustrating World Cup for the Stars and Stripes. It would have been awesome to be over there, though.
I once had a Jayhawk basketball conversation in the bathroom at the Uffizi Art Museum in Florence, Italy. I was wearing a KU sweathshirt and the guy asked me if I had seen the score of the Duke v KU NCAA Tournament game the night before. I got to tell him we won and we had a little celebratory moment. That was fun.
That was also the tournament when we beat Arizona (2003, I believe it was). I was in Venice, and stayed up all night by myself pumping money into an internet cafe computer so I could watch the live box score. They finally kicked me out at about 4 AM or so right when the game was coming down to the wire! I had to run back to my hotel and call my Dad (at great expense) to get the play by play of the last minute. When we won, I went outside and celebrated all by myself for a while in the empty Venice streets. That will always be one of my favorite KU moments.
That would be an amazing experience in Venice! Great game too! I was at Set'em Jacks for that one. More fans at Jack's, but your setting couldn't be beat. :-)
North Shore, Oahu to see the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
Soccer Mexico City - Brazil @ Mexico at Azteca Stadium (Mexico won in an upset)
Golf Atlanta - PGA Championship
Baseball Atlanta - Braves Baseball (multiple games)
College Football Dallas - OU vs BYU (BYU won)
College Football Norman - OU vs NE, OU vs KU (OU won both games, but KU held its own until the late 3rd Qtr)
College Basketball Norman Norman - OU vs KU (KU won)
Soccer Manchester United - Manchester won
Various other sporting events around Lawrence throughout the years
KU - CAL game last year at Berkeley from Atlanta.
Once went to Rome for the World Track and Field Chanpionships
I went to the moon once to see the fight between Optimus Prime and the Decepticons.
1996 Maui Classic
Hey!!...me too. So you were the guy wearing the bra on his head!!!!!
For KU football, Orange Bowl would probably be the farthest, with Insight Bowl the next year a close second. Have seen games in all Big 12 venues except Waco & Lubbock (highly recommend College Station, even if we aren't good - great experience). Also been to non-con games in South Bend, Tulsa, and Tampa.
Have also been to Rose Bowl (Jan 1987 on my honeymoon - wife actually was ok with this), Fiesta Bowl (Jan 1989 - title game between Notre Dame & West Virginia), and one Super Bowl (Jan 1993, also at Rose Bowl - Dallas big over Buffalo).
For KU Basketball, West Regional in Anaheim 2003 probably the farthest. Been to all Final Fours since 1988 (KC, Indy, New Orleans twice, Atlanta, and San Antonio). Regionals all over the place. Been to other Big 12 venues in Columbia, Manhattan (3-0, but hey who isn't), Lincoln, and Stillwater (when Gallagher-Iba was its original size). Also been to regular season non-con games in Chicago and St Louis. Still hopeful of making it to Maui or another exotic place one of these years.
Chiefs away games - Denver, Minnesota, Chicago, Tampa, Indy
Royals away games - Boston, St Louis
Other baseball venues - Minnesota (Dome, Twins/Yankees), Chicago (Wrigley, Cards/Cubs), New York (Shea, Mets/Braves), Denver (Coors Field, Rockies/Giants)
Guess it would be safe to say I like traveling to sporting events. Love to do KU away games whenever possible. Rock Chalk!!
emaw once went from Manhattan to Uranus to see an intergalactic Livestock Judging competition.
Parsons, KS to Tampa, FL. Saw the Devil Rays (at the time) vs. Baltimore Orioles right after Wade Boggs hit number 3000. There were still only like 500 people in stands.
Got drunk a day and a half before the AFC Championship in Buffalo. 6 guys, one car. 1,000 miles. We ran out of beer in Akron. Made it to Cleveland to take a whiz and get more beer. Cleveland is great for a whiz. We seriously thought about visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and going home. The fresh beer cured that. Made it all the way, but froze our asses off in Buffalo and missed the game. Hungover the entire trip home.
Don't do it.
The farthest I've gone is from KC to Bangkok to see some Muay Thai fights. It wasn't the main purpose of the trip, but it was still a lot of fun.
Where the sporting event was the actual purpose of the trip:
The farthest drive would probably be from Chicago to Toronto to see Liverpool play Porto in a friendly.
Farthest flight would probably be from San Francisco to Portland, OR to see KU play Oregon at the Rose Garden.
My team lost both of those games. :-(
Stillwater KU FB beat Ok St. I remember being impressed with both the running game and passing game-overall offense performance- during this impressive road win en route to the BCS game.
Chicago for the NCAA tourney, I was 16 rows up behind goal and had a great time watching UNLV upset Wisconsin then KU take down Kentucky.
Vegas when we beat Florida after their championship season. I knew that night that Darrell Arthur was going to be a big time player for the Hawks. Proven right as he was leading scorer in NC. Vegas at a blast and well you know the saying...
Lawrence to Detroit
Mario's Miracles vs. Curry and Company 2008...agonizing game
Houston to New Orleans in 1981 to watch KU play Wichita St in the Regional Semis. Watched Darnell Valentine miss what seemed like 10 layups and we got beat by one point. Got drunk on Bourbon St. Got in a fight with some WSU fans. The good ol days...............
Lawrence to Dallas for 1986 Final Four during junior year. Disappointing loss to Duke in semifinal and losing Archie Marshall to 2nd half knee injury was devasting.
I was there, too----two rows from the top of Reunion Arena. Disappointing loss. It was the only time I have seen the Hawks in a Final Four. I hope it is not the last time. I tried to get tickets at Kemper Arena in KC, MO, but of course, my luck was not good. In 1988, we all know that "Danny and the Miracles" made us proud against OU. rcjh.
Does having Sex on The Great Wall Of China qualify??
Yes it does.
ESPECIALLY if there's another person involved !!
That was damn funny!
Also went to Melbourne, to see Essenden play Collingwood -- at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Distance was only 5 miles to the bar but after KU lost to VCU and having to sit in the car with a VCU fan, that 5 miles felt like 5 million miles.
Any time I drive through Columbia on my way to a sporting event in Lawrence.
That 15 miles feels like 15 years.
Dante's Circles of Hell could be no worse, especially since I have to stop for gas.
At least the people in Hell have teeth!!
Could you just carry an extra gas can?
2008 Orange Bowl:
springfield MO to Miami Florida.
What an awful drive that was...but it was sweet watching Mangino hold up the oranges with pride afterwards.
Kansas City, Kansas to Fort Worth, Texas for the 2005 Fort Worth Bowl. Yes, I support the Jayhawks when they're good, bad, or mediocre. KU played The University of Houston in Texas and still had at least as many fans in the stadium, if not more. It was a good game between two mediocre teams. Okay, good for KU fans.
To see, Omaha NE, to Lawrence to see my first and only game at Allen Field House. Amazing. It is my Graceland.
To play in, Nebraska Boys state basketball tournament. Dunning Ne to Lincoln, just about 4 hours in a van, oh that was long. But the drive home after losing in the championship game was even longer.
Took my ku talents to south beach in 2008 for the orange bowl. Unlike Lebron I saw my team win a meaningful game.
This is a fun thread!
1) Made an American team right after college and traveled to Belgrade, Serbia for a mini-tour against professionals fo a month. Nobody from our team got picked up, but probably one of the most eye opening expierences I've ever done. Milosevic had just been committed of "War Crimes" so tensions were high against any Americans.
2) Monaco Grand Prix in Monaco
3) Maui Invitational
4) Not sports related, but saw Pearl Jam in Paris and Prague. Met Eddie Vedder in the streets of Prague walking by the beer garden we were sitting.
kushaw, I predict someday you and Jaybate will pass each other on cruises up and down the Amazon River. [A cruise my dad and his girl friend did when he was 76 and she was 72 in 1998]
Oh, I forgot...we went from St.Louis, Missouri to Juneau, Alaska to watch a dog sled race on The Henderson Glacier in 2010!!
Lawrence to Miami, FL for the 2008 Orange Bowl
Lawrence to Atlanta and Athens, GA for a Braves-Nationals game and the 2009 LSU-UGA football game.
I also went to a Dodgers-Blue Jays interleague game in Toronto, and a White Sox-Indians game in Cleveland. Those two also.
Wichita To Hawaii for the Pro Bowl
Lawrence to Johannesburg, South Africa - British Lions V. the Springboks (rugby)
Lawrence to Ireland (playing Rugby)
Orange Bowl in Miami
Toronto - Yankees v Bluejays
New York City - Took my son the the last All Star game at Yankee Stadium. This was one of the coolest trips. I was invited to a MLB Party hosted by the Yankees and got to meet a lot of the Hall of Famers that were on the field the night of the game. Drinking beer with George Brett, Mike Schmidt, Paul Moliter and Robin Yount for a while was awesome. Chatted with Yogi Berra, and Joe Girardi was nice. A great time all around.
New York City - Last year for the KU BBall game.
San Diego - Nebraska Bowl Game (last minute invite from a friend)
Detroit - BBall loss to Bradley
Calgary- Flames Hockey Game
I guess those would be the farthest. Been to tons of other places for games, too many to list.
Well, let's see---
Been to a lot of sporting events. Been to two Final Fours. I mentioned above the 1986 Final Four in Dallas (KU VS Duke). I am proud to say I went to the 1982 Final Four (Georgetown VS North Carolina). Greatest game I have seen in person. Roy Williams was the assistant coach to Dean Smith for Carolina. Of course, the greatest Final I have seen on TV was the KU/Memphis game in '08.
Anyway, not counting the trip to Mexico City in 1979 (World University Games), in which I was the basketball equipment manager for the Men's team, I went to New Orleans in High School to go see the then, New Orleans Jazz, and Pete Maravich play in person. I can't remember how many points he scored but he had a bunch and after the game, he went over to his mom & dad and gave 'em a hug. What a memory---as a young kid, I will never forget that awesome memory.
BTW, the 1979 World University Games in Mexico City, the Men's team saw the Women's final right before the Men were to play. There was a lady who was just tearing it up for USA against the Russians---maybe you have heard of her----Lynette Woodard. As Paul Harvey would say, we all know "the rest of the story."
a couple of times to London to see West Ham United play at Upton Park before their renovations. One time, a fight broke out in the area where I was sitting , and a number of fans jumped out of the stands onto the field.
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