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Drei’s Super 9 Super Sunday’s

Super Bowl Sunday. 50 years of history. Like baseball, each Super Bowl Sunday has been hit or miss. My first Super Bowl Sunday, January 24, 1982 when the 49ers won the first of 5 Super Bowls. Joe Montana won the first of 3 Super Bowl MVP honors. Growing up, the Super Bowl was always the last or second to last Sunday of January. Now, it’s carried over to the first Sunday of February. February 7 is the latest possible day a Super Bowl can be played barring any national tragedy. The only other time a Super Bowl was played on February 7 ? 2010, when Drew Brees led the Saints to their lone Super Bowl title . I guess you could say this is the equivalent of the World Series being played in November. 

So, in all the Super Bowl Sunday’s over the years going back to 1982, what make’s Drei’s 9 ? With the exception of number 1, this was not an easy list. 

9. Super Bowl XLIV Saints 31 Colts 17, 2/7/2010, The Saints Go Marching In…

8. Super Bowl XXX Cowboys 27 Steelers 17 1/28/1996, Rivalry Renewed…

7. Super Bowl XXXVIII Patriots 32 Panthers 29, 2/1/2004, Adam to the Rescue Once Again…

fb_img_1453690629349.jpgWith former Panthers running back DeShaun Foster. Foster would score a touchdown on a 33 yard run in the 4th quarter…

6. Super Bowl XLII Giants 17 Patriots 14,  2/3/2008, Perfection Denied…

5. Super Bowl XLIII Steelers 27 Cardinals 23, 2/1/2009, First to Six…

4. Super Bowl XXXVI Patriots 20 Rams 17, 2/3/2002, A Dynasty Born…

3. Super Bowl XLIX Patriots 28 Seahawks 24, 1 Yard Away…

2. Super Bowl XXXIV Rams 23 Titans 16, 1/30/2000, Oh So Close…

 

1.Super Bowl XXIII 49ERS 20 Bengals 16, 1/23/1989, The Drive of The 80s…

Yeah, this list is debatable. I know you have your own Super 9 Super Sunday’s. If you’re older than me your Super Sunday’s may even go as far back as the first Super Bowl in 1967. This list I put together has the Patriots in four of these, while the Steelers and even the Rams are on this list twice. Unsurprisingly, the 49ers and Cowboys are only mentioned once as they we’re once Super Bowl world beaters. As to why Super Bowl XXIII is my top number 1 ? Yeah, this is a Niner fan telling the story. Aside from that, this would be the first SB to be won on a game winning drive. On another personal note, Super Bowl XXIII would cap quite a sports year for me in 1988 as I would hit the trifecta…

Lakers…Back to Back

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Dodgers…The Impossible

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49ERS…The Drive of the Decade

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So, what’s your Super 9 ? Enjoy your Super Sunday folks ! We’re that much closer to baseball !!!

 

 

 

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Last Call For Vinny…From The Gridiron

Leading Off… R.I.P. Glen Frye

Vin _Frey.jpgVin Scully with Glen Frey, June 1985 (Jason Foster, Sporting News)

Glen Frey, one of the founding members of The Eagles, passed away this past Monday at the age of 67. At one time, Frey aspired to be a baseball announcer, even announcing alongside our very own Vin Scully during a game against the Houston Astros in 1985, announcing a 2 run home run by Pedro Guerrero. The shot called by Frey was part of a historic month for the Dodgers and Pedro Guerrero. Guerrero would set a franchise record for home runs hit in a single month, belting 15 for the month of June.

From the Diamond to the Gridiron…

 

As we get closer toward the Super Bowl, that just means we are that much closer to baseball. (YES !). Before the Super Bowl, we have the conference championships. If this past weekends games are any indication, the conference title games should be just as exciting. The AFC features two longtime heavyweights as the New England Patriots will take on the Denver Broncos in Denver, while the NFC game will pit the Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers.

Vin_Booth (Photo, Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports)

By now, many of you are aware that this upcoming season will be Vin Scully’s final season in the booth calling Dodger baseball. This season will be Vin Scully’s 67th season as our beloved storyteller. While many are aware of his work with the Dodgers, many may even remember him being during NBC’s Saturday Game of the Week, Vin Scully also called NFL games as well for CBS Sports from 1975-1982, at one time teaming up with John Madden. What many of us didn’t know, and probably many still don’t know, is that Vin was approached to be the original play-by-play man for ABC’S Monday Night Football

Vin_MaddenVin Scully and John Madden, @VinScullyTweet . Just imagine…

Last Call for Vin…

The_Catch,_Dwight_Clark,_S.F,_Ca._1981“Montana … looking … looking … throwing in the end zone … Clark caught it! Dwight Clark! [Crowd noise … 29 seconds] It’s a madhouse at Candlestick.”‘ Vin Scully

The 1981 NFL season would be Vin Scully’s final season calling games for CBS. CBS had decided that Pat Summerall worked better with John Madden thus making them the networks top announcing team for their Sunday lineup. Before leaving CBS, one of football’s more memorable moments took place during the 1981 NFC Championship was called by none other than the man himself. No one knew it at the time, but as Vin Scully would call his final NFL game ever, he would be calling the Death of a Dynasty, and The Birth of a New One, simply known to 49ERS fans as, The Catch

Now I know I am NOT the only Dodger fan out there who is also part of the Niner Faithful. Here’s the full game. You Dodgers/Cowboys fans are certainly more than welcome to watch as well…

We can all hope that this season will bring every Dodger Blue Blooded fan yet another memorable finish for our favorite storyteller. 

9th Inning… You Belong to the City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ballparks, Bytes and Bites, A Sunday Fun-Dre at The Park, From the 619

What up everyone ! We’re Baaaaaack !!! Kid Marly Marlz and DodgerDrei here, aka Kid N Drei, back here for one last edition, road edition at least, of Ballparks, Bytes, and Bites , this time coming to you from the 619. PETCO Park, San Diego, C-A. Of course, as always, BB&B….

MARLZ_BUBBLES_PETCO Featuring Kid Marly Marlz, of House Party fame ( I Think ) ready to throw a Foam Party. ( Something about Dodger Blue and Foam Parties)

Sunday, 8/31. On this, what Drei here likes to call, Sunday Fun-Dre , on this last Sunday Fun-Dre for summer 2014, Kid N Drei take to the road this time with our buddy Jose, aka JJ as we make the 2 hour plus trek down I-5 to PETCO Park in San Diego. Before heading south…

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PORTOS_MINION We decide to make a quick stop for some morning munchies. Hey, can you blame our Pet Minion Dave (whom you will see later as well) for being so happy?  After all, we’re grabbing them munchies from Porto’s . For those of you not familiar with Porto’s, perhaps these reviews may help . FYI, the reviews itself don’t say enough about Porto’s, and I’ve been told even from The Kid that I’m a tough critic…

PORTOS_CHEESEBALLS Porto’s famous potato cheeseballs and chicken croquets.To the surprise of Drei and JJ, Kid Marlz never knew of Porto’s before this day…

Kid Marlz: What’s Portos ?
Drei: Uh, Jose, did he just ask what is Portos ?
JJ: Uh, he did NOT just ask what Porto’s is…

After trying some of the munchie’s that DREI provided from Portos, KID !!!, it’s safe to say this won’t be the last time Kid Marlz will be munching from that ever so popular Cuban bakery…

PORTOS_KID Tell us what you really think Kid …

OK, time to head south, from the ” West-Side”, via the 405 to the 5…

DABOYS Hey look . Jose, aka JJ, has joined us today and will be the one putting up with Kid N Drei as he provides the ride behind the wheel. ( Sidenote folks, JJ has been putting up with Kid Marlz a lot longer than Drei…) Glad you could finally join us JJ !!! Off to Diego….

MARLZ_SAMMY_DODGERDOG Having fun back there kid ? Hey, what’s Sourdough Sam smoking back there ? Yes folks, that’s Sourdough Sam, the 49ERS mascot with our Dodger Dog keeping Kid Marly Marlz entertained. Now you all may be asking why is Sammy heading south with us. Well, believe it or not, Sammy does have a favorite Dodger that he does cheer for when his buddy Lou Seal is not looking. Who you may ask. Why none other than Matt Kemp, who also happens to be a huge 49ERS fan…

Matt Kemp, 49ers Hey, it’s that time of year Matt. Drei here thinks we’ll be singing WHO’S GOT IT BETTER THAN US not only in February but also late October…

Road Games…

As we’re cruising down I-5 after breezing down the 405 through The OC ( Yes folks, it ACTUALLY is possible to breeze down 405 believe it or not…) , I bring up an old game that I used to play as a kid many many years ago. A game called, Out of State. It’s one of those classic road trip games you play with your buddies . Simple game really. All you do is call out an out-of state license plate that you see on the road and keep tabs among yourselves. Of course it’s a little harder to play these day’s with so many different license plate designs. ( Yeah, I’m that old folks. Drei here still remembers those blue license plates…) It was pretty close for the most part. Who won ?

JJ- 9
Drei- 7
Marlz- 2 ( The second was only because JJ and Drei felt sorry for Marlz we let him have North Carolina…  Then again, Kid Marlz was probably having too much fun with his mascot buddies to be paying attention to out of state license plates…)

Almost There…

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ARENA2 The San Diego Sports Arena. One time home to the Clippers before moving to L.A. in 1984. Gotta love that old-school feel .

Trolley1 Ready to board that trolley to PETCO. Uh, Marlz, what are you doing to The Mariner Moose ? Uh, Marlz, you’re not being very nice to the Friars spring training buddy… ( No harm was done to The Moose folks..)

Trolley2 Drei and The Boys using the trolley to get to PETCO. The SDMTS trolley really is a great way to go if you should ever venture south for a game…

Finally Arrived. Today’s Ballpark, PETCO Park

SDPECTO1 Our view early in the game from the upper right field corner

SDPETCO2 U.S. Marine Corps. A longstanding tradition for the local Marines to take in a Padres game on Military Sunday. Oh yeah, should you arrive early, you may want to check out this exhibit beneath the right field stands. San Diego has always been regarded as a town with heavy military ties…

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SDPETCO4 Honoring those that serve

SDPETCO7 Our view later on in the game from the upper reaches behind home plate.  Can’t beat that view, can we ?  Hey, how about our first audio/video byte ?  Here’s Matt Kemp, with a chance to give the Blue the lead, Top 5, With Drei and The Boys…

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/105066058″>Bison Up, Top 5, PETCO Park, 8/31</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user29602044″>Andre Ojeda</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

OK, I think it’s time to grab a Bite . Today’s Bite will be inside the Park . Today’s Bite, Hodad’s

SDPETCO6_HODADS Here’s The Hodad’s Lowdown . You might even get the latest surf report, dude…..

As JJ and I make our way toward Hodad’s and Kid Marlz was enjoying himself  with some of his mascot buddies, we all decided upon the single bacon cheeseburger with all the fixens with fries ( For JJ ) and onion rings ( Drei ). Of course we were not going to leave Marlz to Wipe Out, dude, so of course we got him a single bacon cheeseburger as well… ( Whoa. Hodad’s got Drei talkin’ that surf talk.  How are the waves at The Strand, Dude ?  ) 

SDPETCO8 Must be nice to have your food brought to you kid ! Let’s see, earlier it was Porto’s, now Hodad’s. Must be nice living the life of a kid…KID !!! Care to Hang 10, dude ?

Hey Kid, as Drei here brings the next video byte, perhaps you’d like to give a review of Hodads ? Speaking of the next byte, Kid Marlz here isn’t the only one that act’s the part of the kid as Drei shows he can play as well. Heck, in this clip, as Matt Kemp is up in the top 8, Drei decide’s to bring in our guest from The Bay, Sourdough Sam !!!

20140831 151515 from Good_Drei on Vimeo.

Yeah, JJ and Drei also had rave rewiews for Hodad’s . Those were some big and tasty burgers. That was just the single patty bacon cheese piled high with all the fixings. I can only imagine what the double bacon cheese would be like for us big eaters. I also liked the fact they don’t skimp on the bacon bits, really enhancing the taste of our burgers. But on Drei’s scale of 5, Drei had to take one star away for this…

BEATLA Not on this day…

MINIONS Hey, Dave, our Pet Minion is back ! Dave seems to be having a great time down south on this last Sunday Fun-Dre of the summer, 2014…

OK. Back to the on-field action.  It’s still the top of the 8th, and now Andre Ethier is at the plate pinch hitting for today’s starter Hyun-Jin Ryu.  Drei hasn’t had much of a chance to call Dre’s action lately with him not getting much playing time.  OK, Let’s check out this next clip.  You’ll also see later in the clip Kid Marly Marlz getting the Foam Party started early …

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/105587523″>Top 8 at PETCO, and Dre at the Plate, Drei Calling the Action</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user31977468″>Drei</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

With the game now comfortably in the hands of The Blue, Kid Marlz and his mascot buddies figure now is a good time for some good old fashion playtime. But before he does….

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Kid Marlz got the bubbles going !!!

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Oh look, Dave our Pet Minion this time trying to steal the spotlight from Kid Marlz, along with his Dodger Dog.  Our Pet Minion Dave sure had a great time on the road with Kid Marlz.  After all, he deserves a day of fun away from his home at a certain theme park in Universal City…

You know kid, there is A Park At The Park . We can all go there after the game…
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Uh oh. Sammy and The Moose are about to go at it. The Moose didn’t care for Sammy’s comments about having 5 more Super Bowl titles than his favorite team. The Moose didn’t exactly care for Sammy calling his city Seadderall…

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It looks like Sammy has taken down The Moose…

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Yo Moose ! What’s up with you and Sammy ? Why do I have to seperate you two ? Can’t you two get along ?
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You behave yo-self Moose…

Yo Marlz, as always, you seem to be having fun with your mascot buddies . You know you can take them with you to The Park at the Park after the game.  But before we head to the Park at the Park, here’s one last audio/video byte from Drei.  Top 9, Bison up one last time, and Sammy back to see his favorite Bison at the plate.  Do Sammy and The Mariner Moose resolve their differences ?  Also, a Cowboys fan also chimes in on with the NFL season opener getting close ( As you may have seen this past Sunday, talking bad about the 49ers, Matt Kemp’s favorite team, around Sammy, is never a good thing…)

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/105673287″>Top 9 at PETCO, Matt Kemp Up One Last Time</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user31938568″>Drei</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Postgame, Park At The Park With Kid Marly Marlz and Friends.

wpid-20140831_163620.jpgOn this Labor Day weekend, we take time to honor those who serve. No matter what our political stance is especially on war, we still cannot deny the time and sacrifice they put in to protecting us. If only the government did more for not only those are currently serving but those who have served as well….

wpid-20140831_163442.jpgJJ and Marlz giving PETCO a touch of Blue…

wpid-20140831_163932.jpgPaying our respects to Mr. Padre , Tony Gwynn. He was a thorn to our side for many years, yet he played the game the right way. RIP Tony Gwynn…

wpid-20140831_163557.jpgKid N Drei turning PETCO, Blue. Our signature L.A. sign is backwards. That’s not the only thing that you will see backwards … OK, time to take the kid to The Park while the sun is still out…

wpid-20140831_164325.jpgWhy Kid, you got dem braids working. You even got your shirt on backward. Uh oh. Is it Kid Marlz or The Daddy Mack from Kris Kross ?

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wpid-20140831_164255.jpgYO, DADDY MACK ….

wpid-20140831_164815.jpgFinally . We’ve arrived at the Park at the Park. Kid Marlz is really excited to be here with his mascot buddies. Even The Swinging Friar, in spite of our Boys in Blue taking down his Friars earlier 7-1, joined Kid Marlz’ Foam Party with his other mascot buddies…

wpid-20140831_164818.jpgAnd in the back, as the kid blows away, Drei enjoys a good book…

wpid-20140831_164829.jpgUh, Kid. Don’t you think the other kids here at the park would like to join you and your mascot buddies in your Foam Party  ?

wpid-20140831_164833.jpg Uh, Kid…

wpid-20140831_164835.jpgKid…

wpid-20140831_164837.jpgKID !!!

wpid-20140831_165014.jpgFinally the kid moves his Foam Party . And he still got the backward look on. With the braids to go with it, Drei is starting to think it was the Daddy Mack he took to the park .  In the meantime, the mascot’s decided there’s a big playground for them to play around.  I wonder if Sourdough Sam and The Mariner Moose have made up yet ….

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wpid-picsart_1409814442351.jpgSee Kid. Even the other kids love playing with bubbles. And the kid is still got the shirt on backward . It looks like the Daddy Mack wannabe is making those kids wanna…JUMP ! JUMP !

wpid-picsart_1410036960726.jpg You really are having a great time with the other kids with your foam party aren’t you kid?  Hey kid, there’s also a mini baseball field for kids like you to play….

Field of Dreams

Every  kid, even the big, bearded ones, dream of making it to the bigs someday…

wpid-picsart_1410037709533.jpgCheck out that little one’s relay to third…

wpid-picsart_1410041621942.jpg You…

wpid-picsart_1410041506886.jpg Are…

wpid-picsart_1410041779007.jpgOUT !!! ( Look at Jose in the back. He seems to be enjoying the fact that Kid Marlz has been thrown out by a little kid !!!!)

wpid-picsart_1410038545653.jpgMarlz: Yo Drei, what do you mean I was out !

wpid-picsart_1410038767039.jpgDrei: The kid tagged you before your hand touched the bag kid !

wpid-picsart_1410038913330.jpgMarlz:  ” FERTILIZER ! FERTILIZER ! FERTILIZER ! “

wpid-picsart_1410039064068.jpgDrei:  Kid!  You did NOT just say ” FERTILIZER”… You’re Outta Here KID !!!

wpid-picsart_1410039219734.jpgOh I never felt so good tossing someone from a game… Looks like Kid Marlz had himself a good time as well. The day at the park is almost over. I’d take you to Stone Brewery behind you bu they wont let me bring any kids inside….

So a long Fun Day , Sun-Dre comes to a close.  Let’s see kid, a ballgame at PETCO, an afternoon at Park at the Park with Dave The Minion, your mascot buddies,  small ball at the lil’ Friars yard… Yeah.  Drei can see why you’re so exhausted kid.  But hey, it sure was quite a fun-filled Sun-Day Fun-Dre at the parks, wasn’t it kid ?

KID_SLEEPING Kid Marlz really is beat…

PETCOsign wpid-picsart_1410039517987.jpg Hey kid, it’s time to go now.  I know you want to sleep here at The Park, but you know what the sign says…   wpid-picsart_1410039383055.jpg  Kid….

KIDNDRE_PARKATPARK Yo, Wake Up Kid !!!  It’s time to go.  Even the Marine Corps behind us is heading home.  All that fun today finally got to you huh ?   We really did have a lot of fun this summer didn’t we kid ?   Heck, we even brought the Foam Parties down I-5 with us…. Drei_Anaheim   Be it Anaheim… 

wpid-20140831_165014.jpg or San Diego, there sure was no stopping our Dodger Blue Foam Party, right kid ! Yup.  Kid N Drei got all of SoCal covered this summer.  In case you missed our  previous adventures of BBB, here they are, from here in L.A. , to The O.C., and of course here in the 619  ( It really is hard to believe that one is in his early 30s and the other one is in his early 40s.  But hey, I guess that’s how it goes when you’re at ballpark, a playground, and around those who believe their still kids at heart… )  Also, from Kid Marly Marlz…  MARLZ_MEME1  MARLZ_MEME2  Don’t ever tell me I never “like” your stuff in instagram kid!  All kidding aside, I just want you to know that a true like should always go beyond 2 taps on a screen , and Drei see’s a lot more in and ahead of you Kid.  Allright kid, before we sign off, why don’t you tell us how it went down from the 213 to the 619 and back to the 213 as we cruise up 405 north with JJ behind the wheel.  Oh yeah, speaking of JJ, I want to thank you Jose for not only driving us around today but for putting up for Kid N Drei as well, though you’ve put up with the kid a lot longer that Drei has.  Drei is also glad you could FINALLY make it to a game with us.  OK Kid !  Tell us how it went down… ( Warning . Some minor explicit words here.  After all, this is a Big Kid we’re dealing with here… )

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/105297692″>Kid Marly Marlz , Freestyle On The 405</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user31938568″>Drei</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p> As Drei said, you really got a lot more ahead of you…  I hope you all enjoyed this light-hear-ted version of BBB with Kid N Drei .   Oh yeah, here’s a more structured review of PETCO Park from Drei .  Going on any other sports themed road trips ?  Check us out at Stadium Journey for all your road trip tips.  Will there be another BBB this season ? Maybe another , Foam Party ?   I really hope so.  Never a dull moment with you Kid Marlz.  Good Time Kid…

wpid-picsart_1410040381025.jpg From the 619.  Hey, we got our signature L.A. tag right this time !!!  As always, Good Times Kid…  ” ‘Til The Next Episode…”

wpid-20140831_161051.jpg Once a Kid…Always a Kid…Forever a Kid…Kid at Heart

 

 

Honoring Dr. King, Jackie, and Hank, and Dre Goes Through Heartbreak ( AGAIN )

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From Dodgers.com , two of the most influential Americans who left a huge impact on society, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Jackie Robinson.

And for you ballpark travelers or travelers in general…
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When visiting Atlanta on your ballpark excursions to see the Dodgers, or your favorite team, youbmay want to pay a visit tothe Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Atlanta’s Auburn district, Dr. Kings childhood neighborhood.  Mass is held there once a year on the day of his birthday.  It is open yearound for visitors to walk inside and pay tribute.  This was taken in 2007.  While I was inside, audio clips of some of Dr. King’s speeches, including his ” I Have a Dream ” speech we’re played. 

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You’ll also want to stop by the statue of Hammerin’ Hank in Turner Fields outfield concourse.  Hank Aaron is another icon who during his playing days endured plenty of racial hatred, including death threats during his chase of Babe Ruth’s home run record.  Speaking of, if you should ever arrive to a Braves game early, you may want to check out the empty parking lot across Turner Fields outfield entrance.  Why ?

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That empty lot has the baseball outlines of the Braves old home, Fulton County Stadium.  If you’re with a couple of buddies, you may even want to re-enact the night Hank Aaron hit home run 715 .  One of you could be Hank, and two of you could be the two guys trailing Hank in this famous picture.  Or you could just do it solo and play the part of Hank.

More Heartbreak For Dre

Well, as of yesterday, football season is over for me.  And for the 2nd time in 3 months, I find myself heartbroken over the fact my team came , oh so.close.  And just like in October with the Dodgers, the Niners being ousted on a drive killing interception caused by Niner nemesis Richard Sherman has me pained, and heartbroken.  Oh well.  It was a great year for my 49ERS, who came 18 yards of becoming only the 1st team to win back to back conference championships on the road.  Oh so close…..  If you’re questioning why i’m a Niner fan, well, i’m not the only one in Dodger Blue who backs the Niner Faithful….

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Well Matt, dare I say it….. How many days ’til baseball season starts ? 

2013 in review, Changes in 2014, and My Weekend Playoff Picks

I’m Baaaaaaaaaaaaack !!!! ( For now…..) I hope you’re all having a great 2014 so far. Hopefully you all had a great year in 2013. How did my blog do in 2013 ?

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,100 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

2013 was by far the best year for this blog, now in it’s 9th season !!!! I had 83 new posts throughout 2013, averaging of 7 per month, or a little more than 1 per week. My biggest months statistically we’re in March and October, particularly October, when this blog hit it’s highest peak at number 33 amongst Top 50 during the Dodgers exciting playoff run . As the season progressed, more and more of you, the readers came here and checked out It’s Always A Good Dre In L.A. . So I just wanted to say Thank You !!! Because of your deep interest in my blog and of course our Dodgers, for the first time, my blog has reached the MLB.com Blog Central Top 100 for 2013 at number 96 amongst the Top 100 fan blogs !!!
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As for 2014, of course my personal goal is to increase my ranking and perhaps maybe even crack Top 75 if not Top 50 so yeah, please keep checking back for new content that I post. And of course, do share this blog with other Dodgers and baseball fans as well !!!

Celebrating a New Year in Grand Park

As L.A. kissed 2013 goodbye, for the first time at least in my lifetime, after watching on TV the countdowns from other cities, particularly New York, we ACTUALLY had a celebration to call our own over at Grand Park in DTLA. The turnout was so huge they had to turn away those arriving after 11PM . Of course, Blue had to be there to help celebrate L.A.’s first ever New Years street event….
NYE_1 NYE_2 75 minutes to 2014….

NYE_3 Moments after midnight….2014 !!!! So, where else in L.A. has Blue been during the off-season ? You can check out more of my pics on my instagram located on the right as well as my instagram at good_drei.

Changes Coming to Our Ravine….

As many of you know by now, more changes will be coming for Dodger Stadium for the upcoming 2014 season. One of them will be the addition of a bullpen lookout over both the Dodgers and visiting bullpens…
dodgers_bullpen1 dodgers_bullpen2 In addition to the lookout and more concession and food options, fans in the pavillion, as well as the loge and stadium club will have access to the field level concourses as well ( It’s about time !!! ) . From the artists renderings, I’m liking the concept and am looking forward to the fact that other areas of the stadium will be more accessible, especilly with fans visiting ballparks more so than they did even 20 years ago. As for the bullpen lookout, I wonder how the visiting teams will feel about our fans standing above them listening to their ” polite comments ” ?

Winter In Brooklyn with Jackie Robinson

jackie_snowinbrooklyn I thought i’d share this with you….

On The Gridiron

You know you all have a strong interest in this weekend games. I know I do , especially with the 49ERS ( My team since The Catch….) doing battle with Carolina this Sunday. Last weekend I went 3-1, with the Chargers being my one blip. Here are my weekend picks…

Patriots over the Colts

I expect a shootout between Brady and Luck, with Brady coming out on top

Broncos over the Chargers

Chargers with a great late season run, I don’t see Manning losing to them 2 times in a row at Mile High

My Upset…

Saints over the Seahawks

Yeah, I’m going with my heart on this one. Last meeting between the two was all Seattle, 34-6. I see Brees coming through this time…

And Finally…

49ERS over the Panthers

Panthers edged the Niners in Candlestick in November 10-9. Niners didn’t have Crabtree, Vernon Davis or Alden Smith. I expect another low scoring game, could come down to Phil Dawson’s leg again.

Speaking of the 49ers. 32 years ago today, our very own Vin Scully, from Candlestick Park, calling the action to what would be the beginning of a dynasty…

Enjoy the games everyone !!!