The Darden at The Garden

How’s it going guys? It’s Madison Square Darden and I back with another blog post. I haven’t been posting blogs lately because I have been shipping out orders of my book (It’s in the shop, buy a copy) and figuring out the financial aspects of running a media company. For future blog posts, I intend on posting on Fridays to give some consistency on when I upload new content.

With this blog, I will give a quick recap of my day at Madison Square Garden for the Big Ten Super Saturday College Hoops & Hockey showcase. In the afternoon, the hardwood was out in the arena as the Illinois Fighting Illini took on the Maryland Terrapins in men’s basketball. Later that night, men’s hockey was on display as the Penn State Nittany Lions faced off against the Michigan Wolverines.


My day started off at 7 am as I woke up unusually early on a Saturday. I laid in my top bunk in the hostel and thought about the long, yet fun day I was going to have. After taking a shower and getting dressed, I took the E train down to the World Trade Center as a I had a 9 am ticket for the One World Observatory. It was cool seeing New York City come alive that morning. It was a clear day as the sun was shining and I was able to see for miles and I spotted famous landmarks such as the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge. After my time at observatory, I took the train to Penn Station and walked through the concourses to reach street level. I got my first glimpse of Madison Square Garden and I took a few pictures in front of the banners at the arena. I went to my seat and looked around the arena. I noticed how intimate the seating was and that there was no one in the upper bowl. To find out how the game went, check out the vlog below.


After the basketball game, I went over the Versa restaurant and got a late brunch. I got blueberry pancakes with home fries and a few glasses of water. I was at the restaurant for about 2 hours eating my food then I walked over to Madison Square Park. I walked around the park of 20 minutes looking at the statues and the architecture of the buildings surrounding the park. I walked back over to MSG around 5:45 pm and made my way to my seat. My seat was in a wheelchair section and I was right behind the Michigan band. I went to the concession before the start of the game and bought a beer and a bottled water for $19. I felt somewhat ashamed at buying the beer and water but I REALLY wanted beer. I got a Brooklyn Lager which was pretty good and I finished it before the first intermission. To find out how the game went, check out the vlog below.

After the game, I went back to the hostel and relaxed in the lobby for about two hours. I got some pizza and a drink at the bar then I went to my room and called it a night. It was a long day but a fun and memorable one and a good start to the many sports events that I will attend in 2019. My new book, IT’S GAME TIME FOLKS!: Quest for 30, is available in the shop right now. Thanks for reading!

Top 5 Places to Visit While in Town for Big Ten Super Saturday - Madison Square Darden

How's it going guys! It's Madison Square Darden and this is my second Sports Travel Guide of the year. This Top 5 list will give you suggestions of attractions to visit while you're in New York City for the Big Ten Super Saturday showcase. The Fighting Illini of Illinois will take on the Maryland Terrapins in men's college basketball while the Michigan Wolverines will take on the Penn State Nittany Lions in men's hockey. The basketball game will begin at 12 pm while the hockey game will begin at 7 pm. The 4th annual doubleheader will take place on January 26, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 

This list is in no particular order


1. One World Observatory 

Positioned on top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, on levels 100, 101, and 102 of the 1,776 foot tall One World Trade Center building, One World Observatory provides unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters.


2. Brooklyn Bridge 

The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed / suspension bridge in New York City. It connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, spanning the East River. The Brooklyn Bridge has a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m) and a height of 276.5 ft (84.3 m) above mean high water. It is one of the oldest roadway bridge in the United States and was the world's first steel-wire suspension bridge, as well as the first fixed crossing across the East River.


3. Iron Bar

Just a few blocks from Times Square, the Iron Bar is a sports bar that offers a wide selections of burgers and beer. There are plenty of TVs where you can catch of the sport events of the day.  I'm also a little biased towards this bar because this is an Ohio State bar in New York. GO BUCKEYES! 


4. Times Square

Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. It stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets.


5. Rockefeller Center and the Today Show

Rockefeller Center is a large complex consisting of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres between 48th and 51st Streets, facing Fifth Avenue, in New York City. Commissioned by the Rockefeller family, it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan. Also, if you have the time and want to get an early start to the day, check out the Today Show and you may appear on TV.

I hope you enjoyed this Top 5 list. The more I do these lists, the more I realize that make a Top 10 list may be a little over ambitious. I'll keep experimenting for future lists. Stop by the shop and order your copy of IT'S GAME TIME FOLKS!: Quest for 30. Thanks for reading!