With the big game over, iFilm has all the Superbowl XL commercials online already. As usual, I thought the Anheuser-Busch ads were well done, but there were a couple other goods ones as well.
The Saturdays before and after Thanksgiving, we saw the last two football games at the “old” Stanford Stadium. Sadly, Stanford lost to both Cal and Notre Dame, but at least we had some excellent tailgating beforehand.
The ND game was the last before the big stadium renovation. At the game’s end, there was a brief ceremonial groundbreaking, then they let fans on the field for one last time. I didn’t come home with a clump of the field or anything, but today I was excited to see an online photo gallery capturing the construction progress, including live webcams.
The renovation is pretty ambitious, rebuilding everything without missing a single home game. The next home game is September, 2006, which gives them 9 full months to complete it. The demolition phase looks pretty easy so far. From the pictures you can really tell how the stadium is just an earthen structure. I’m glad to see those old bleacher seats finally gone!
This past weekend we watched the Indy Racy League series at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. This was the first-ever road course race (aka “natural terrain course”) for IRL and the first top-tier open wheel race in Sonoma in 35 years.
As a bonus, we had a chance encounter with Danica Patrick, this year’s hottest star in IRL. She came running out of the Argent Mortgage pre-race event and hopped on her scooter, signing only one autograph in the process. On Monday, my dad noticed a picture of Danica in the Stockton Record and spotted me in the background.
The Record doesn’t put their pictures online, but here’s a scan from the paper. Click to see the larger image — I’m the goofy looking guy in a white shirt in the background:
As many suspected, today it was announced that Michael Waltrip won’t race for DEI (Dale Earnhardt Inc) next year. I’ve always rooted for Michael to do well; he’s such a great spokesman for the sport and is really generous with his time for the fans. My daughters have a fledgling interest in NASCAR (thanks to my brainwashing); the one who love Michael is going to be upset about this. On the upside, those Napa #15 hats might be worth something now. Luckily, Dale Jr is her “backup” and I think we’ll have him around for a long time.
My friend Chris IM’d me this morning to share the good news…it looks like the NHL is going to be open for business for the 2005 system. On the one hand it’s hard to feel sorry for either side here (“millionaires fighting with billionaires”), but as a San Jose Sharks fan I’m glad to see that they’ll be back on the ice. With the overwhelming popularity of the other “major” sports (NFL, MLB, NBA and of course NASCAR), I can’t believe that NHL would basically take a whole year off over this.
Yahoo! Sports is running a quick poll to see if folks are excited or not about this. So far the results don’t look good…