Sunday, August 10, 2008

Chicago Road Trip

Well, it's not going to go exactly according to plan.

The Blackhawks don't let you buy more than 8 seats together.
Our plan was to get 20 or 30 people in a huge faction in the stands.
No dice.

Single-game tickets go on sale Monday, August 8.

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Car-pooling is still logical in order to save on expenses.

66 comments:

Flyer Hater said...

I'm confused

shawnawwwesome said...

Chicago has that eight-seat rule for the same reason PA makes it illegal for over 16 women to live together in a single house.

No whoring for the Pens in Chi-town!

sh0ez said...

Lame.

sh0ez said...

I love how they charge an extra $10 per ticket for games against some opponents like the Pens and Wings.

sh0ez said...

Time to go play Nashville in the SCF. Be back sooooon.

Flyer Hater said...

I love watching some of these classic games from the Pens DVD boxset. In the Buffalo game, the Sabres main strategy for defense was tackling.

eileenover said...

I don't really see this working. Plus, Chicago is so damn cold in the winter. There's no point in doing any sight seeing because you'll be completely frozen in about 5 minutes.

Flyer Hater said...

Flashblog should be the independent nominee for president this year.

Unfreakingreal.

coffeytalk said...

the sight seeing i intended on doing involved me sitting on a bar stool and looking around while i wait for my drink.

brndlynn said...

im with you on that one coffey. i dont care what sights i get to see as long as i have a drink in my hand.

eileenover said...

Well that's good for the people who are of drinking age! Haha.

sh0ez said...

I still don't understand the Ottawa vs. Chicago thing based on temperatures/weather. How is Ottawa going to be any better than Chicago? Especially in December. Assuming that's still the argument.

debrisslide said...

Chicago is a great city. . .but I'm sure if you're roadtripping to Chicago to watch their team get beat, sightseeing is something you'll eventually forget about.

brndlynn said...

@ sh0ez: i think it was more chicago vs washington.

eileenover said...

Well I've never been to Ottawa, so I don't know. I just know Chicago is nasty in the winter.

sh0ez said...

Not at Primantisblog. It was Ottawa vs. Chicago. At least that's what I was told. 'Cause we were talking about the beheading story. Hah. Washington is obviously different.

I think the counter-argument was that if we were going to Ottawa, it would only be for the game. Chicago would be a few days. And it didn't make any sense at all.

eileenover said...

And I wasn't saying it might not work because of the weather.

sh0ez said...

Ottawa is more north and in Canada. Hah. I thought that proved it would probably have colder weather!

sh0ez said...

Damn you all!

eileenover said...

Like I said, I know nothing about the weather in Ottawa. I wasn't trying to be annoying, geez.

threshhold9k said...

I went to Chicago last summer to vist my brother and his wife plus for my 21st. Drinks were about 9$ for most beers (bottles or drafts). Mixed drinks were more and varied on what kind of liqour you wanted. This was in the downtown area and the suburbs. So prepare your wallets now.

TheNWChica said...

Yes! Come out to Washington! I can get a good deal on group seats or a suite at a Tips game.

Oh...wait you were talking about DC and the Craps, weren't you? Damn it!

sh0ez said...

fguiebineversaidyouwereannoyingsufbeafyui


Chica, I'd love to come out there some day, even if just to see the 'Tips! I've always wanted to go to Seattle. Maybe take a trip to a 'Nucks game.

I need to stop shortening names!

TheNWChica said...

Sh0ez...we call them the Tips and the Nucks out here and we know who we be talkin' about.

If anyone does get out here, I'll be happy to be the happy hostess; and it would be bestest during hockey season. The Seattle Thunderbirds are hoping to move into their new digs around the new year or so I've read; which will be so much better than the craptastic set up they've had at Key Arena.

Just a warning...it's a 2.5ish hr drive from Seattle to Vancouver, but it's so much fun at the Garages.

I Have Kasparaitis said...

@threshhold9k: Yeah, Chicago is very expensive when it comes to drinks ... my dad had to go there for some work thing and he said that beer was around $9 per bottle on the cheaper beer.

If Washington is going to be the place, they still have bad winters, and the crime there is worse than Philly.

If I were yinz, I would go with Ottawa or Chicago ... the Blackhawks are starting to build their team up and have a lot of talent that you don't usually see because of the conferences. Ottawa is in Canada ... I always have wanted to go to a game in Canada, hockey's homeland. I don't think the cold should be a big factor in where you choose to go because it's about the teams. December 6th or February 27th, either way those days are probably going to be cold.

Flyer Hater said...

If you're going to a game in Canada, go to a Leafs or Habs game.

BlacknGold66 said...

Screw Chicago... too expensive.


Go to Columbus. Cheap seats, great arena... great Arena district.

Plus you'd be spending about 1/3 as much on gas alone.

brndlynn said...

columbus also has group seating plans...

coffeytalk said...

I will go wherev.

The cold winter doesn't bother me. I've tailgated through blizzards before. Drink prices, ah well. I'm used to over-priced beer at both stadiums and the arena. When I'm in LA or NY I prepare myself to ebay off my first born so I can get a drink and a pack of smokes.

I just want to go see my Penguins on the road. That's that.

BlacknGold66 said...

The Columbus group seating plans also have deals where you get drinks and food along with the ticket.

(Like 1 pop, 1 popcorn, 1 hotdog per seat)

brndlynn said...

they also have this...

Tunnel of Pride
Your group gets to greet the Blue Jacket players and fire up the team as they leave the locker room. You will get to see your favorite hockey heros up close and personal as they take the ice to start the game.

I Have Kasparaitis said...

@bng66: You really want everyone to go to Columbus, huh? I adore Nash, not gonna lie. I would love to see him live. Also, the advantage of not hearing announcers say RJ is from Pittsburgh would be fantastic ...

coffeytalk said...

Tunnel of Pride

brndlynn said...

can u imagine a line of cbloggers "greeting" the BJ players before they take the ice.

just sayin'

Dan said...

i'm baaaaaaaaacccccckkkkkkk!

al gore's interwebs decided to disappear after wednesday. i miss anything important?

coffeytalk said...

haha BJ greeting.

that sounds a lot dirtier than it should.

I just love a solid Columbus BJ greeting...

J.S. said...

I'll second bng's comment about c-bus. I did a New Years Eve game there a few years ago and it was a great time. Highly recommend the elevator for the microbrew drinkers.

Plus I'm sure the tix would be easier to come by and you'd only be looking at a 3 hr drive from Pittsburgh.

Pens_MINI66 said...

Columbus sounds like just a better idea then going to Chicago. Count me in for a Canadian trip or this Columbus one.

Flyer Hater said...

"Go to Columbus. Cheap seats, great arena... great Arena district."

I'd rather go to Atlanta to see a hockey game. Pick a better atmosphere.


Joke

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eileenover said...

I was thinking the same thing coffey.

brndlynn said...

i realized that after I had already posted it. opps!

brndlynn said...

the only problem i would see with Columbus is the game is on a thursday night and I dont see many people traveling during the week.

SexyChubbs said...

If there does end up being a DC roadtrip (it's only 4 hours or so), I would be thrilled to open my doors to people that want to crash.

Nothing beats a free place to stay. The atmosphere at a Caps/Pens game is always unreal down here. The place is about 50-50 everytime as far as fans. Good stuff.

eileenover said...

I'll definitely go to Columbus. Any reason to request off work is a good reason.

how 'bout dat 'burgh n'at? said...

HBDBNA would possibly be willing to make this trip. I should have a couple people on board as well in my car. I could probably fill up 2 more seats (for gas purposes) though if anyone is interested.

If this happens, tailgating in Chi-town will be a must.

curtO. said...

I'd be in for a trip to Washington. I have a couple friends down there already that have offered to open their doors.

If we don't bus it down together, I'd at least like to be in on a group seating situation.

J.S. said...

I have every other Friday off, so asking for a half day on a Thursday and not having to go in the next day would work for me.

eileenover said...

I just ordered my practice jersey =)

jefe penguino said...

@eileen -totally wicked awesome.

i just got back from golfing for 5 hours without sunscreen. not so totally wicked awesome :/

Rage said...

@eileenover-from where did you order it? (If you don't mind)

akus said...

With Crosby now 21, Empty Netters did a list of players
who averaged more than a point per game in more than 78 games before they turned 21

.


1. Wayne Gretzky, Oilers GP.159 P.301 PPG.1.89
2. Mario Lemieux, Penguins 152 241 1.59
3. Sidney Crosby, Penguins 213 294 1.38
4. Eric Lindros, Flyers
126 172 1.37
5. Rob Brown, Penguins 119 159 1.34
6. Alex Ovechkin, Capitals 81 106 1.31
7. Dale Hawerchuk, Jets 239 296 1.24
7. Denis Savard, Blackhawks 156 194 1.24
9. Jimmy Carson, Kings/Oilers 240 286 1.19
10. Ron Francis, Whalers 210 241 1.15
11. Pierre Larouche, Penguins 155 179 1.15
12. Evgeni Malkin, Penguins 78 85 1.09
12. Barry Pederson, Bruins 89 97 1.09
12. Joe Sakic, Nordiques 150 164 1.09
15. Bryan Trottier, Islanders 156 167 1.07
16. Steve Yzerman, Red Wings 211 218 1.03


Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux are the only players with at least the equivalent of a full NHL season under their belt to record more points per game than Crosby before they turned 21.


emptynetters

akus said...

"The Americans? We're going to smash them. That's what we came here for."


Go to it, Mr.Phelps & Company.


here

eileenover said...

@rage

NHL.com
They're having a summer sale right now, so you get money off on basically everything. I saved $8 on my jersey.

JYo said...

I'll most likely be at the Chicago game regardless what others do because its the closest NHL city to where I currently live. Whoever decides to go can arrange to meet up. Chicago is expensive, but so are most big cities. Its not like you are moving there.

I'd also likely be up for Columbus. If anyone is planning on group tix, definitely organize it here so we can all get in on it. If no one else is up for it, I'll prolly still meet you there if you are up for it BNG (and any others).

Tix on sale can only mean real games are just around the corner! WOOOOOOOOOO!

KaylaJ said...

if nothing else i think i'm gonna break down and get the baby blue pens shirt on nhl.com.

eileen my bank account will be upset, but thanks for the nhl.com sale update :)

ha! the olympic announcers just used "STUNNED!". take that you trash talking frogs!!!

lis said...

FRANCE=STUNNED

lis said...

kaylaj:

you picked up on that too?

akus said...

France=STUNNED.


Who's talking now?

eileenover said...

That relay was incredible. I love when we kick France's ass.

And you're welcome Kayla!

Nature Boy said...

The French swimmers stunned face was almost as good as the Flyers fans in game 3.

eileenover said...

The best part is that France won't be gracious about losing.

KaylaJ said...

lis lol, i think that's all the announcers could say, that was totally awesome to see the faces on those french who should've saved their breath for the pool.

KaylaJ said...

lol, look at the french at the ceremony podium! they're not even looking at each other looking around, like trying to think up an excuse or figuring out how not to choke up when they swallow their pride.

ChiTraderRob said...
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ChiTraderRob said...

I am still offering my services as official host of the Windy City Road Trip to all who make the trek. Hit me up if you want any information on Chicago.

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