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My First Book Review

I thought that since sports are such a big part of Thanksgiving weekend, I would post my book first book review now since it is sports related. I am writing this review because I got the book for free and because it has given me lots of ideas for future posts.

It’s title descibes it: 100 Sporting Events You Must See Live by Robert Tuchman. Looking for sports events to attend? Already know where you would like to go, and are looking for advice? Then this is the book for you.

Each entry tells you where the event is, when it is, why it is important, and who goes to the event. The “Who attends” may be the part to tell you whether you want to go to a particular event or not. Some entries also give some history, information about the sport, local restaurants and hotels, how to get to the event, and tips for having a good experience. Each entry includes a recommendation to a subsidiary of Premier Global Sports. Robert Tuchman runs one of those susidiaries, Premiere Corporate Events.

The book includes events from all over the world. It does a good job of covering events in Europe and North America, not so good for events in the rest of the world. Some venues have more than one event in which case you should read both entries as they will be different. It does not do a very good job of including women’s sports.

Overall, it is best for the most famous events and for the ones that you may not have heard of.  The middle (#25-50) dips a little in quality.

Now to the transit part of the review. About a fourth of the events lack a permanent venue. Of the rest, trains are mentioned in about a third of the entries. Of course, I think that trains should be mentioned in most entries, but that is probably good for a book published in the US. (It is notable that the management of auto races in Europe do not want people to bring cars to their events. They tell people to take trains or buses.)

Just a note, if you are going to New York City from most of the East Coast, it is faster to take the train than to fly.

Some upcoming sports events that I may do a post about include the Harvard vs. Yale and Army vs. Navy football games, basketball games at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, hockey in Toronto.

Caltrain supports Stanford Football

You can take Caltrain to the Stanford Stadium Station for all home games. There are three games left in the regular season: November 7 vs. Oregon, November 21 vs. California, and November 28 vs. Notre Dame.

The Stanford Stadium Station is a platform only. No ticket machines, and you cannot buy tickets on the Caltrain itself. Also, this a Caltrain service, not something organized by Stanford University. Sometimes the school does not open the gates as early as they say they will, in which case the trains will let early arrivals off at the Palo Alto Station half a mile to the north.

Notre Dame Football by Robert Tuchman

by Robert TuchmanThe option to travel from Chicago‘s Union Station to South Bend, IN for a Notre Dame Football game is enticing for more than one reason. Union Station’s roaring Twenties-style grandeur has made it a star in countless films & television shows, but its efficiency is to blame for making it a critical contributor to Chicago‘s transportation landscape since World War II.

After 10 years and $75 million worth of work, Union Station opened its doors in 1925. The 20,000-foot classic Beaux Arts style Great Hall is considered one of the greatest indoor spaces in the US and features 100-foot walls, a vaulted skylight, and connecting lobbies, staircases & balconies.

The food court is open 7 days a week from 5:30 am – midnight and boasts restaurants ranging from national chains to local favorites. Additional amenities include a newsstand, a flower shop, restrooms, ATMs, two bars and a game room. There are also public phones, an Amtrak Police office, and storage lockers with varying size and length of time options.

Should you choose to spend some time exploring Illinois before heading to South Bend, the transportation options at Union Station abound. MetraRail and Chicago Transit Authority buses depart right from the station and passes are available for purchase via vending machine. Subways, elevated trains, taxis, and intercity buses are within walking distance.

If you’re on foot, limited on time, or just looking to stay local, the Sears tower is less than 4 blocks east of the station. For a quick and satisfying lunch, you can walk to West Jackson Blvd to check out Giordino’s World Famous Stuffed Pizza or Lou Mitchells Restaurant & Bakery, a staple since 1923.

The South Bend station (about a 1.5 hour train ride from Chicago) has a baggage check service, enclosed waiting area, restrooms & payphones. A quick 15 minute taxi ride will have you to Notre Dame’s campus, where the adventure will undoubtedly continue. Please note that Notre Dame is in the Eastern Time zone, which is always one hour ahead of Chicago (Central) time.

Newark vs Brooklyn

The owner of the NJ Nets wants to move them to Brooklyn.   Fake Hustle mentions that the Prudential Center is near Penn Station making it convenient for New Jersey residents who take the train. I would be interested to know which location is convenient for users of public transportation.

Personally, I think a team called the New Jersey Jets should actually play in New Jersey, and that we should maximize the developments that we already have rather than constantly build new. I also like being able to take the train to my sporting events.