So, you think you’re a sports fan?

[This started as an e-mail to his burgeoning legion of fans – but the scope grew too large. For the complete story visit “Basketball Dan” elsewhere in this site.]

This is beyond stupifying. I can’t believe there’s anybody else even close to this “level of achievement.” Of every major sports venue in the country, Basketball Dan has now seen a game EVERYWHERE, except for Division 1 basketball at Mississippi Valley State, where his effort at completing such was snowed out in January. The attachment is his complete list! Long live the King! All I can say is . . . well, I don’t think he’s seen a girls’ hockey game in Fergus yet!

[Addendem II to my blog story of him, by e-mail dated February 2, 2011, from The Great One – the list is complete: I’m glad you sent the follow-up message . . . I have indeed hit a stadium for each baseball, football, and basketball pro team. However, there are a few new facilities that I haven’t been to:
Have Attended – Have Not
Foxboro Stadium – Gillette Stadium
Texas Stadium – Jerry Jones Palace
Shea Stadium – Citi Field (but will get at this year’s US Open Tennis)
The Met, Metrodome – Target Field

And there are a few new college basketball facilities: at Louisville, Gonzaga, Texas Tech, Oregon (I’ll get that in a couple weeks), Quinnipiac, St. Joe’s (I’ll get at end of Feb) built since I was there last and a few more under construction: Texas Arlington, Bowling Green, Troy, Nebraska, that I know of.]

Just today, a new missive: Will there be a ‘summer’?….I jokingly told someone I was hoping for “high 40’s” this weekend in Houston…but no, their forecast is for 2-5 inches of snow this afternoon through tomorrow morning, and rolling blackouts following the freezing rain. Campuses at Rice and Tx Southern have closed till Saturday noon !!

He has tried hard to maintain his anonymity, for reasons of his own.  However, through the years he has been sighted by paparazzi at various locations throughout the country.  The following are but a few examples:

[The John Hancock Building, Chicago, 1973.]

[Memorial Stadium, Gopher football, 1975.]

[Camping at Zion National Park, 1983.]

[Angels’ Landing trail, Zion National Park, 1983.]

[Bryce Canyon, 1983.]

[San Juan Islands ferry, 1984.]

[Yosemite, 1988.]

[Sequioas, 1988.  I believe he’s giving the “We’re No. 1” hand gesture.]

[Lost Lake, Oregon, 1985.]

And finally, the list: arenas&stadiums


About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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