Sunday, February 22, 2009
The Dam from the Rimrock Trail
Me along the Rimrock Trail
Castlewood Canyon with Pikes Peak on the horizon.
Castlewood Canyon below the dam
Dam from the former lake bed.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
The fun began Wednesday around lunch time. We went to Claddagh Irish Pub in downtown Columbus for lunch. Sam’s Army was hanging out there. We watched some soccer and ate lunch with a whole bunch of people wearing U.S red not Buckeye red. From there we went to Ruby Tuesday (not the chain), where the American Outlaws were hanging out and having a good time. Ruby Tuesday is a dive bar in a neighborhood that is mainly Ohio State students. The Hudson Street Hooligans, a Columbus Crew supporter’s group, use it as their hang out bar. The bar is in walking distance to the stadium. So we hung out there for a while drinking beer, singing songs, etc. Captain America, Abe Lincoln, Rocky, and company were at the bar. They were same guys that I met in Colorado and saw in D.C.
Crowd Shot at Ruby Tuesday
Me & Hunter in the crowd at Ruby Tuesday
Singing Outlaws Video
Cold weather is the reason for having the game in Columbus, Ohio in February. The idea is to freeze the Mexican players since they are not use to the cold. It worked in 2001. This time, the weather was in the 50’s at game time. However, it started raining in later half of the afternoon. Columbus was under a tornado watch. About an hour and a half before the game, there was a hail storm. There was concern about getting the game in. Fortunately, the dangerous weather did not last long, but it was extremely windy the rest of the night.
We had great seats for the game with one exception. We were in the middle of a huge Mexican section. That was disappointing. The crowd was probably split 50-50. Not exactly, the home field advantage the U.S. Soccer Federation was looking for, but it is better than playing in a huge stadium. It was hard for us to be heard until the U.S. scored right before halftime. The Mexican fans got a bit quieter after that. The U.S. got their second goal right before the end of the game. Click here for game highlights.
Dos a Cero!!!
Ray, Jim, me, & Hunter
Dos a Cero!!! Dos a Cero!!! Dos a Cero!!!
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Lake Ladora with Longs Peak on the horizon
I'm being watched.
A World Cup Qualifier between the U.S. & Mexico is this Wednesday. If you are not jumping on a plane to go to Columbus to see it, you should check out on TV or at your local soccer pub. It is on ESPN2 at 7:00 P.M. Eastern & 5:00 P.M. Mountain. It should be a good one!!!