Straight from Brooklyn, better known as …

 

Some more housekeeping here… an early December game in the brand spanking new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Kris Humphries is coming  achya. Funky digital banner outside the Barclays.

Kris Humphries is coming achya. Funky digital banner outside the Barclays.

 

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View from my seat, floor seats at the Barclays grant access to the Calvin Klein lounge for pigging out.

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Portlandia meets Halloween

I’m doing some housekeeping on this long weekend, and rounding up photos from my hoop journey has been a priority. Here are some snaps from opening day 2012 in Portland, which nicely coincided with Halloween! Portland turned out to be one of the nicer surprises during my travels.

The Max overground train map; my bible for 24 hours

The Max overground train map; my bible for 24 hours

 

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Boston Freaks (from the archives)

Another playoff game photo gallery from last season; this one taken from the Celts- Hawks series. I didn’t realize how many fans come in costume at the TD Northbank Center Garden (or whatever it’s called these days). It made for pretty awesome people watching:

I wasn't kidding...

I wasn’t kidding…

Probably my favorite photo from the entire journey

Probably my favorite photo from the entire journey

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Celeb spotting at the Knicks Playoff Game (from the archives)

 

Reggie Miller and Chris Mullin, two Hall of Famers and former teammates laughing it up before the game.

Reggie Miller and Chris Mullin, two Hall of Famers and former teammates laughing it up before the game.

With the Knicks about to head into game 7 of a crucial playoff series, I thought it was time to update my post from last year’s Knicks-Heat playoff game (the first playoff series the Knicks had been in since the 1990s). The Heat won the game, but the Knicks had all the celebs in place.

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California Dreaming

These images were taken from a jaunt through all three California NBA arenas and one baseball stadium in April and May of 2012:

There were almost as many players on the field at this Oakland A's home game as there were people in the stands.

There were almost as many players on the field at this Oakland A’s home game as there were people in the stands.

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Dining at the Tokyo Dome

Yomiuri Giants vs Hiroshima Carps

September 10, 2011

Final score: Giants 1 Carps 0

Tokyo Dome; Bunkyo, Tokyo

Reported attendance: 40,361     Capacity: 42,000

Tokyo Dome

Surprisingly retro for such a techie country

Well, if you consider edamame beans washed down with a Coke dinner, then I dined at the Dome. I was in Tokyo for three nights as part of an Asian work trip that included Shanghai and Hong Kong. But visiting Tokyo for the first time since 1994 was what I was most anticipating. And, naturally, being The Frugal Fan (my new moniker… you like?) I jumped on the chance to attend my first ever Japanese baseball game.

The Giants are one of two teams based in Tokyo, along with the Yakult Swallows, who resemble the Mets to the Giant’s Yankees. The Giants have won 21 Japan League titles, 11 of them with legendary player Sadaharu Oh (most career home runs of any player in the world).

The Japanese league has only 12 teams, compared to Major League Baseball’s 30, and each of them are corporate sponsored. With the Japanese economy in the doldrums for, oh, the past 23 years, companies have been pretty stingy with their spending and the league has suffered. The most talented Japanese players now take their trades to the US; thus, the likes of Ichiro in Seattle and Matsui in LA command more attention than local players.

Nevertheless, I was determined to pay a visit to the Tokyo Dome, which most famously was the host of the biggest boxing upset of all time: Buster Douglas’ knockout of Mike Tyson in 1990. The fight was scheduled for a morning start, so that it could be shown late night in the US, and Tyson later admitted he was up mingling with sketchy women in his hotel room the night before. Douglas, grieving over the loss of his mother, was less distracted and miraculously evaded getting knocked out himself, having been floored for 9 seconds before finishing off Tyson in the 10th round.

The Japanese love to stand in line

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Doubleheader in LA (Part Two): Clippers at Lakers roundup

Completely different lighting for Lakers games. Spotlight only on the players during warmups, Hollywood style.

 

I'm so hating this. (surreptitious photo courtesy Amer Ali)

Meanwhile  the game started and i’m still outside. I’m so hating this. (surreptitious photo courtesy Amer Ali)

 

LA Live, expect an hour wait for food before a game

LA Live, expect an hour wait for food before a game

 

Everyone muscling for space down low

Everyone muscling for space down low

 

The sun's always shining in Lala land... until I invariably get lost in the hood.

The sun’s always shining in Lala land… until I invariably get lost in the hood.

 

 

 

Doubleheader in LA (Part One): Wizards at Clippers roundup

Late and nary a scalper in sight

Bright lights for the Clips. This was our view.

People came to see only one player

People came to see only one player

Everything is switched around for Clips games...except for these little things

Garden party in NYC: Celtics at Knicks roundup

Only the Mecca of basketball riding on those shoulders…

who’s get-up is worse?

Yeah, he busted me.

Yeah, he busted me, but the hair is mesmerizing.

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Smiles have been known to switch to frowns in a hurry in NY

Courtside in the Capital: Nets at Wizards recap

Elementary students singing national anthem, guaranteed two parents per kid attendance!

 

The national anthem ritual offers a few minutes for scoping out the babes in the crowd.

The national anthem ritual offers a few minutes for scoping out the babes in the crowd.

 

Courtside! Erm... where is everyone?

Courtside! Erm… where is everyone?

6’1 Wall shoots the game winner over 7 footer Lopez

 

Forget the wood paneling, any paneling will do

Forget the wood paneling, any paneling will do

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