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    7 Things to do in Detroit When Going to a Lions Game

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Apr 25, 2014 | No Comments

    Even though we’re in t the first round of NHL playoffs, and baseball season just got underway, it’s time to start planning your trips for the 2014 NFL season! Yes, that’s right, football. The National Football League (NFL) released its 2014 schedule this week.

    Over the next few months, we’ll be highlighting fun facts about the various NFL cities, starting with the National Football Conference (NFC) teams.

    Here are seven fun places to see when in Detroit, home of the NFC North’s Detroit Lions:

    The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)
    Rodin'S Thinker BwThe DIA is known to have one of the top six art collections in the United States. While there, you can explore more than 100 galleries with works by Degas and Cezanne. They are home to a diversity of art: American, European, Modern and Contemporary and Graphic Art, so there is something for everyone.

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    Seattle Seahawks Win Super Bowl XLVIII

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Feb 4, 2014 | 21 Comments

    Seattle Skyline

    Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl XLVIII champs!

    Whether you’re a football fan or not, Seattle is a great place to visit. Not only is it the coffee capital of the US (Starbucks anyone?), home to Amazon, Microsoft, and Nordstrom, it also has some really great things to see and do.

    Have you been? My first visit was in September 2012 and I was amazed at all there was to do and see in the city. Our four-day weekend was packed and we still didn’t get to see everything.

    Here are just a few things to take in while in Seattle. Join as we walk down memory lane:

    Day One:  Space Needle, EMP Museum, Science Center

    Day Two:  Bainbridge Island, Underground Tour

    Day Three:  Edgewater Hotel, Pike’s Place Market, Pioneer Square

    Day Four:  Safeco Field, Agrosy Harbor Cruise, Seattle Aquarium

    If you’ve been, where or what do you recommend visitors see or do? If you haven’t and wanted to visit, what is your “must see” while there?

    Be sure to check out our Seattle Pinterest boards for more pictures of our visit!

    4 Days in Seattle – Day 2

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Sep 26, 2012 | 11 Comments

    As I said in my last post, there is so much to do and see in Seattle, Washington!  Day 2, Sunday, was a bit more sedate. We knew the downtown area would be crazy with Seahawks and Cowboys fans, so we decided to take the ferry and head over to Bainbridge Island. (Unfortunately, my sister isn’t a sports fan.) While waiting for our ferry, we saw a number of Seahawks fans disembarking the one that had just arrived.

    Seahawks fans disembarking the ferry from Bainbridge Island.

    The ferry to Baingridge Island was a short 35 minute ride and very inexpensive. Luckily the weather was gorgeous and the views of the Seattle skyline and the port area of the island were incredible. Bainbridge Island has a quaint downtown with a number of restaurants and specialty shops.

    Seattle Skyline

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    Romance Writers of America Conference Follow-up

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Jul 31, 2012 | 12 Comments

    The Romance Writers of America conference was AMAZING! Not only did I get to sit in on and moderate incredible panels, I got to meet some of my favorite authors, too! And the literacy fundraiser was a complete success raising over $50,000 for three Orange County charities:  ProLiteracy Worldwide, Read OC, and Literacy Volunteers – Huntington Valley.

    I’m a die-hard sports fan and got to meet Jaci Burton who pens the Play-By-Play series sports romance books for football, baseball, and hockey. Her newest football book, Playing to Win, comes out September 4th.

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    Calling all Notre Dame Vs. Navy Fans!

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Jun 8, 2012 | 30 Comments

    How would you like to see the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and Navy go head-to-head in the Emerald Isle Classic on Monday, September 1st, in Ireland?

    Fans, we have a stellar package for you, including round trip airfare!


    For the game:

    • Two nights at the luxurious Lyrath Estate in Klkenny
    • Club tickets to the Notre Dame Vs. Navy Game
    • Car rental

    For the rest of your trip:

    • Four nights at some of Ireland’s beautiful Bed and Breakfasts
    • Car rental
    • Admission to Kilkenny Castle and the House of Waterford Crystal tour

    There are only a few seats left, so don’t wait: This package will sell out FAST!

    Contact Ingenious Travel for additional information and start packing!


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    Did you know…

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on May 25, 2012 | 5 Comments

    Flickr.com carloscappaticciBabe Ruth’s Jersey, worn in 1920 when he was with the Yankees,  sold for $4.4 million dollars just the other day?  This set a record as the highest price paid for any item of sports memorabilia.  And it’s not just the Sultan of Swat’s jersey that has a heavy price tag; his home run balls, his bats and even his contracts command huge sums at auctions.

    As long as we have had organized sports, we have had sports collectors.  Whether it’s a group of boys trading baseball cards or corporations bidding hundreds of thousands of dollars, for the privilege of owning a one of a kind piece of sports history, if a sports figure touched it, it’s going to be up for sale.  There is always someone out there who is willing to pay the going price for the pride of ownership.

    And it’s just not baseball that racks up these kinds of prices.   Until the sale of Babe Ruth’s jersey, a copy of James Naismith’s founding rules of basketball held the record with a $4.3 million dollar sale price.   Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves brought in a little over a million dollars when they were sold during an auction in conjunction with his 70th birthday.

    So whatever you collect that is associated with your favorite sports, be it signed pucks, golf balls, tennis rackets, baseballs or footballs, if your favorite sports personality touched it, signed it or used it, you can buy it.

    If you could have anything that your favorite sports personality used during a winning game, what would it be?

    Image source:  Flickr.com carloscappaticci

    Are you ready for some football?

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Jan 31, 2012 | No Comments

    It’s just a few short days until the football game to end all football games, Super Bowl XLVI, scheduled to kick off 6:30pm on Sunday, February 5th.    But the celebrations and events created specifically around the Super Bowl started as early as last Friday, turning this event into something well and above just another bowl game.

    And if you are one of the lucky ones who have Super Bowl tickets, you have so much more waiting for you in Indiana.  Called the NFL Experience and sponsored by GMC, an entire theme park has been built up in the Indiana Convention Center aptly called the Super Bowl Village.   Opening day was last Friday and this over the top event will be open every day until Saturday, February 4th at 10: pm.   This incredible interactive theme park offers something for everybody in the family to enjoy the week before the game including over 110 hours of ESPN’s most popular shows, 10 days of free concerts with over 60 performers and some great games and tournaments in Tailgate Town.

    It also includes one of the largest memorabilia show ever and football clinics for children.  And each night, there’s a nightly lighting and pyrotechnic show to enjoy.   You’ll get a chance to meet the Colts cheerleaders, tour the stadium and enjoy some great street entertainment.   There is even a Care Clinic on site.  The very reasonable entrance fee of $25 per adult and $20 for children 12 and under makes this a great way to enjoy waiting for the Super Bowl.

    What is your favorite Super Bowl Memory?

    What’s in Your Bowl?

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Dec 9, 2011 | No Comments

    One of the biggest past times this time of year is watching all the great bowl games.    Starting with the Rose Bowl back at the beginning of the 20th century, the popularity of these college games has grown to where there are now 35 games referred to as Bowl Games.  The origination of the term Bowl came from the style of stadium the game was played in, although not all games in the Bowl series are actually played in a bowl shaped stadium.   The very first game was called the Tournament East-West football game and The Tournament of Roses Association was the first official sponsor.  This game was between Michigan (40) and Stanford (0) and starting in 1916, it became an annual event.

    These games start on December 17th and run through January 9th, starting with the New Mexico Bowl, held in University Stadium in Albuquerque between Temple and Wyoming and ending with the Allstate BCS National Championship Game in the Super Dome in New Orleans, LA.  Check out the full schedule here.  While the NFL also uses the term bowl for its championship games, to most of us, when we think of a bowl game, it still means great college football.

    Who’s your favorite college football team?


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    Turkey and Football–A Great Tradition

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Nov 22, 2011 | No Comments

    Along with Turkey and Stuffing, watching football is another great Thanksgiving Day tradition that has been around almost as long as the holiday itself.  The very first football game was played in 1876.  By 1893, Football became part of the holiday tradition.

    Another long standing Thanksgiving Football tradition is that the Detroit Lions play in one of the featured Thanksgiving Day games.  This tradition, which started in 1934 goes hand in hand with the very first national radio broadcast of an NFL game.  By 1950, the Thanksgiving Day game really took off.  This game featured the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers.   These two teams would meet again on the Thanksgiving Day playing field for the next 13 years.

    These days, there are two featured games on Thanksgiving Day, the second one features the Dallas Cowboys.

    What’s your favorite Thanksgiving Day NFL moment?

    Sports Trivia–On this date, October 14th

    Written by Maria Stefanopoulos on Oct 14, 2011 | No Comments

    Sports Firsts, Victories and Follies for October 14

    Here is some great sports trivia for events that occurred on October 14 over the last 100+ years

    Sports Triva

    In 1905, the New York Giants beat the Philadelphia A’s in the 2nd World Series.  They won 4 games to the A’s 1.

    In 1906, in the first American League Victory, the White Sox beat the Cubs, leaving the Cubs to collect a loser’s share of just $439.50.  This is the lowest share on record.

    In 1908, the smallest crowd ever, only 6,210 fan, was recorded for attending a World Series.  This was to see the Cubs beat the Tigers.

    In 1911, the largest crowd ever, 38,281 at the Polo Grounds turned out to see the Giants beat the A’s.  The gate was a record $77,379 at the time.

    In 1945 the Chicago Cardinals ended a 29 game losing streak to beat the Bears.

    In 1962 Houston Oiler George Blanda threw 6 TD passes to help beat the New York Titans 56-17

    In 1962 Kathy Whitworth one the LPGA Thunderbird Tourney.

    In 1964 Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris hit home runs off of back to back pitches.

    In 1965 Sandy Koufax pitched his second shutout of the Worlds Series with the Twins, 2-0.

    In 1973 Willie Mays last hit helped the Mets beat the A’s in the World Series.

    In 1979 Wayne Gretsky scored his first goal on the way to becoming the NHL’s greatest scorer.

    In 1986 The decision is made by the IOC to start to stagger the Winter and Summer Olympic Games.

    In 1990 Joe Montana passed for 6 touchdowns in the San Francisco 49er’s versus Atlanta for a final score of 45-35.

    In 1992 The Toronto Blue Jays won their first ever American League pennant by beaing the Oakland A’s.

    In 1996 Chris Jacke of the Packers kicked a 53 yard field goal to end overtime.  Longest field goal on record at the time.

    In 2000, Roger Clemens of the Yankees, sets a record of 15 strikeouts during a World Series Game.

    In 2007 during the New England Patriots versus Dallas game, Dallas ended up with 100 yards in penalties and were defeated 48-27.

    So what were some of your Sports Firsts?  I would love to hear all about them!



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