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Michigan at Iowa Weekend Trip

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013


Join Michigan fans on an unforgettable away game trip to Iowa City, as the Wolverines take on the Iowa Hawkeyes on November 23, 2013 at Kinnick Stadium. You can sit with a group of Michigan fans, have your pregame transportation and tailgate plans set, and stay in a reputable hotel in a great location!

Details

The experience includes:

  • Game ticket for Michigan vs. Iowa on November 23, 2013
  • Three-hour all-you-can-eat tailgate
    • Food consists of pulled pork, chicken, sausage, potato chips, cookies, brownies
    • Beer and wine available for purchase
  • Two-night hotel stay at the Residence Inn Coralville, November 22-24, 2013
  • Hawkeye Express transportation to Kinnick Stadium
    • Departs to Kinnick Stadium one block from Residence Inn Coralville
  • Limited edition SPW t-shirt made specially for this weekend
  • Discount code for 20% off purchases at the MGoBlog Store
  • All taxes and fees

To reserve for as low as $380, click “Buy Now” below:

Single ($800) Double ($505 per person) Triple ($410 per person) Quad ($380 per person)

 

For additional information, contact Jared Cooper at (646) 397-5350 or Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com.

The purchase of these packages is subject to the following Terms and Conditions, which can be found here.

2013 Masters Golf Travel Packages

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012



Sports Power Weekends is now offering packages for the 2013 Masters in collaboration with United Sports Associates, a company that has been running hospitality packages at the Masters for 17 years, and K Sports and Entertainment. Stay in a luxurious private home only five minutes from Augusta National, with transportation to and from the course, as well as in-house dining included. United Sports Associates and Sports Power Weekends staff will be on site to ensure your experience is a memorable one.

Different options exist for the practice rounds, first two rounds, and full tournament. Local tee times at Augusta Country Club, the inspiration for Augusta National and adjacent to the Masters course, are available as well. The 2013 Masters will take place from April 8-14, 2013.

 

2013 MASTERS HOSPITALITY PACKAGE OPTIONS

You can select from any of the following deluxe Masters travel packages:

  • Sunday, April 7th through Tuesday, April 9th

Attend the early practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday! Stay in a private home located in close proximity to Augusta National.  Enjoy the luxury and comfort of in-house dining prepared and served in your host house.  Daily housekeeping and ALL local ground transportation included.  Local golf and Tuesday/Wednesday stay optional. Wednesday’s Par 3 tournament also an optional add-on.

Cost: $3,000 per person ($2,750 per person based upon double-occupancy; $2,000 for group of 4)

Single ($3,000) Double ($2,750 per person) Quad ($2,000 per person)

 

  • Wednesday, April 8th through Friday, April 10th

Attend the first two tournament rounds on Thursday and Friday! Stay in a private home located in close proximity to Augusta National.  Enjoy the luxury and comfort of in-house dining prepared and served in your host house. Daily housekeeping and ALL local ground transportation included. Local golf and weekend stay/tickets optional.

Cost: $4,000 per person ($3,750 per person based upon double-occupancy; $3,500 for a group of 4)

Single ($4,000) Double ($3,750 per person) Quad ($3,500 per person)

 

  • Wednesday, April 8th through Sunday, April 14th

Attend the all four tournament rounds Thursday through Sunday! Stay in a private home located in close proximity to Augusta National.  Enjoy the luxury and comfort of in-house dining prepared and served in your host house.  Daily housekeeping and ALL local ground transportation included.  Local golf and Sunday night stay optional.

Cost: $8,000 per person ($7,500 per person based upon double-occupancy; $6,500 for group of 4)

Single ($8,000) Double ($7,500 per person) Quad ($6,500 per person)

 

Please click here for more information on our offerings. For additional questions or to book your package, please contact Jared Cooper at Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com, or call (646) 397-5350.

Courtesy of Masters.com

 

The purchase of these packages is subject to the following Terms and Conditions, which can be found here.

Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans — Rooms Available

Friday, September 28th, 2012



Whether you plan to actually go to the game, or just go down to New Orleans for a great time, Super Bowl XLVII weekend (January 31 – February 4, 2013) promises to be an overall incredible experience. With the explosion of the secondary ticket market, you can make your way into the stadium for the right price; the really difficult aspect of the weekend to lock down is quality hotel rooms in a convenient downtown location.

Luckily for you, Sports Power Weekends has that aspect of the planning covered!

Below are several options for lodging in New Orleans, with a varying number of rooms available and nights required. Rooms are listed in prices low to high (see map of hotel rooms here):

Two rooms are available at this property and require a two-night reservation (Sunday night and Monday night). The Audobon Room (king bed with twin size fold out) and Orleans Street (queen bed with day bed) are available, and can be reserved at $400/night.

A one-bedroom second floor apartment with a queen bed, small bathroom,  kitchen, and a living room with two single beds is available for $400/night (four night minimum).

All three rooms at this property are available and require a four-night minimum. The Grand Suite consists of a queen bed, sitting area with couches and chairs, and a large bathroom. The Loft Suite is an upstairs space that both a queen and twin bed, a bathroom, and access directly to the deck. The final room consists of a queen bed and bathroom. The property includes a garden area and a pool, as well as a kitchen area and dining room in a shared space.

The three rooms are $400/night each, and must be rented out together.

This room (the Esplanade room) is great for a couple, and consists of a queen-sized bed with matching daybed on the second floor of the property. There is a small dressing area just off of the bathroom. The property is located in the Garden District, on a tree-lined street in a peaceful neighborhood about three miles from the French Quarter. The room is $450/night, and requires a three-night stay (Friday-Monday).

The property is located on Royal Street just east of the French Quarter in the Marigny district. The second floor suite has a full bed and a separate living room with a full-size pull-out futon and bathroom. This would be a good room for a couple, and requires a four-night stay at $500/night.

We have 10 total rooms at this property (two 2-bedroom suites; eight 1-bedroom suites) — which is a few blocks east of Jackson Square — that all require a three-night stay. The 2-bedroom suites consist of one bathroom, a separate kitchen, and a living room with a full size fold out for $600/night, whereas the 1-bedroom suites are $500/night.

This European style B&B is about 15 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from the French Quarter. Of the nine total rooms, four have one bed plus a sleeper couch and the remaining five have one bed only. The property has a lakefront location, and requires a three-night stay at $450/night.

Eleven rooms of this property are available and consist of one bed. The front patio is a great area for gathering as a group. The property is three blocks from Pat O’s and the famous Cat’s Meow, right in the heart of the French Quarter. It is a two-night rental (Saturday and Sunday nights) at the cost of $1,000/night.


View Super Bowl XLVII Hotels Available in a larger map

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To purchase your room, please contact Jared Cooper at (646) 397-5350 or Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com.

The purchase of these packages is subject to the following Terms and Conditions, which can be found here.

Rally with a Tennis Legend!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

 

With VIP experiences from The PowerShares Series you can play on the court with a tennis legend! One-hour clinics are available in 12 different cities in October and November, giving you the chance to play on the court with Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier, and other Grand Slam champions!

The PowerShares Series will make stops at arenas in 12 US cities, pitting four champions against one another in a one-night-only event. Stops on the tour include: Surprise, AZ (Oct. 13); Chicago (Oct. 17); Detroit (Oct. 18); Boston (Oct. 19); Philadelphia (Nov. 2); New York City (Nov. 5); Tampa (Nov. 9); Atlanta (Nov. 10); San Jose (Nov. 16); Las Vegas (Nov. 17); Denver (Nov. 29); and Anaheim (Nov. 30).

Three different VIP experiences are being offered by Sports Power Weekends via the PowerShares Series, including the player clinic experience, the player backstage experience, and the player Q&A with hospitality experience. What those three entail is listed below:

Player Clinic Experience

  • Exclusive one-hour group clinic with two headlining players on the arena court
  • An autographed photo of you with the clinic headliners
  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event with dinner, featuring a Q&A session with all four headlining players, emceed by a Tennis Channel personality

Price: $1,500

Player Backstage Experience

  • Backstage meet and greet with all four headlining players before the matches start
  • An autographed photo of you with the clinic headliners
  • Player walk out: Accompany the players as they leave the backstage area and take center court
  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event with dinner, featuring a Q&A session with all four headlining players

Price: $750

Player Q&A with Hospitality Experience

  • Entry to a pre-match hospitality event featuring all four players with dinner and open bar
  • Rub shoulders with the players and hear their thoughts on all topics in a Q&A session

Price: $250

NOTE: Tickets to the actual matches are not included in the above experiences, and range from $45-250 each, depending on the city.

Purchase Information

To purchase any of these VIP experiences, click on your city to be taken to the specific event page. Then click the “Buy Now” button for the experience you would like to reserve!

Surprise, Arizona (Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex; Saturday, October 13)

Chicago, Illinois (United Center; Wednesday, October 17)

Detroit, Michigan (Palace of Auburn Hills; Thursday, October 18)

Boston, Massachusetts (TD Garden; Friday, October 19)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Wells Fargo Center; Friday, November 2)

New York, New York (Madison Square Garden; Monday, November 5)

Tampa, Florida (Tampa Bay Times Forum; Friday, November 9)

Atlanta, Georgia (Gwinnett Center; Saturday, November 10)

San Jose, California (HP Pavilion; Friday, November 16)

Las Vegas, Nevada (Mandalay Bay Hotel; Saturday, November 17)

Denver, Colorado (Pepsi Center; Thursday, November 29)

Anaheim, California (Honda Center; Friday, November 30)

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For additional information, contact Jared Cooper at (646) 397-5350 or Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com.

The purchase of these packages is subject to the following Terms and Conditions, which can be found here.

 

Michigan vs. Alabama in Dallas Experience

Thursday, June 7th, 2012


There is no better way to kick off the 2012 college football season than by seeing the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide take on the defending Sugar Bowl champion Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium on September 1. Both teams will be ranked in the top-10 of the preseason polls, making this a game you do not want to miss.

Sports Power Weekends, Inc. has an incredible offer for groups of any size that plan to attend this much-anticipated matchup.

Experience Information

  • A ticket to Michigan-Alabama at Cowboys Stadium on September 1, 2012 (standing room only, Michigan side)
  • A two-night stay at the Fairfield Inn Arlington Near Six Flags, which is two miles from the Stadium, and otherwise sold out (Friday & Saturday stay)
  • A tailgate at Cowboys Stadium including beer and finger foods/snacks, beginning  more than three hours prior to the game (must be 21 to purchase)

Reservation Details

Limited standing room only packages are still available!

They include a standing room only ticket (east end zone behind 200, 300 or 400 levels; Michigan side), a two night hotel stay at the Fairfield Inn Arlington, and the pregame tailgate at the stadium (must be 21 to purchase). To reserve for as low as $200, click “Buy Now” below:

Single ($425 per person) Double ($275 per person) Triple ($225 per person) Quad ($200 per person)

 

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We have very limited availability remaining for these packages, but may be able to accommodate your group. Please contact Jared Cooper at Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com or (646) 397-5350 to discuss options if you are interested.

The purchase of these packages is subject to the following Terms and Conditions, which can be found here.

Want to Meet Eli Manning and Victor Cruz? Sports Power Weekends, Inc. can Introduce You!

Friday, April 6th, 2012



Steiner Sports is hosting an incredible evening featuring two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and All-Star wide receiver Victor Cruz of the New York Giants as part of the TimesTalk series on April 23, 2012.  The event will feature a Q&A session with these Super Bowl champions from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, held at the TimesCenter on West 41st St (between 7th and 8th Avenue). Sports Power Weekends, Inc. has partnered with Steiner Sports and can get you reserved spots to this amazing event!

Several packages are available, and all come with Super Bowl champion New York Giants memorabilia, courtesy of Steiner Sports.

VIP Package #1 – $1,750

    • Admission for 2 to TimesTalk event
    • Admission for 2 to VIP cocktail hour after event
    • 1 Picture taken with your guest, Eli Manning and Victor Cruz
    • 2 Eli Manning signed and framed 8×10 photos
    • 2 Victor Cruz signed and framed 8×10 photos
    • 2 Ahmad Bradshaw framed 8×10 photos

 

Package #2 – $1,050

    • Admission for 2 to TimesTalk event
    • 2 Eli Manning signed Super Bowl footballs
    • 2 Victor Cruz signed Super Bowl footballs
    • 4 Glass football display cases

 

Package #3 – $450

  • Admission for 2 to TimesTalk event
  • 1 NY Giants turf crystal
  • 1 Set of NY Giants turf coasters

 


For additional information, contact Jared Cooper at (646) 397-5350 or Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com.

The purchase of these packages is subject to the following Terms and Conditions, which can be found here.

“Steiner Sports Power Weekends” Offering: Boston Red Sox Experience

Monday, April 11th, 2011



Following the exciting announcement that Steiner Sports and Sports Power Weekends will be partnering on weekend experiences based around Steiner Sports’ team partnerships, a limited number “Steiner Sports Power Weekends” packages for Patriot’s Day weekend (Friday, April 15 to Monday, April 18) in Boston are now available.

The “Steiner Sports Power Weekends” packages will include game tickets, game-used memorabilia, hotel accommodations, and travel itineraries, in addition to other added value items. For the Patriot’s Day weekend, based around Steiner Sports’ Boston Red Sox partnership, the following is included:

  • Two tickets for each of the Boston Red Sox games at Fenway Park against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, April 16 and Monday, April 18.
  • A game-used baseball and game-used base from each of the Boston Red Sox games you attend.
  • Three-night stay (Friday, April 15 to Monday, April 18) at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront hotel.
  • A batting practice viewing prior to Saturday Boston Red Sox game.
  • A Boston Red Sox autographed item.
  • Two tickets to the Boston basketball playoff series Game 1 at TD Garden on either Saturday, April 16 or Sunday, April 17.
  • A Paul Pierce autographed 8×10 photo.
  • A Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics ticket collage from the games you attend.
  • A $25 gift card to the Boston Red Sox team store.
  • A $10 Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority CharlieCard.
  • A full weekend itinerary from Sports Power Weekends.
  • Two Sports Power Weekends running t-shirts and umbrellas.

A limited number of packages are for sale for $3,250 and can purchased by contacting Jared Cooper at Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com or (516) 643-8800.

Heard from the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine

Thursday, February 24th, 2011



As players are made available at the media room at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine, I will be grabbing quotes from some key players regarding their travel, favorite stadiums, most memorable moments, and NFL stadiums they are most looking forward to playing in. Check back for additional quotes as quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers are made available on Friday.

Tennessee TE Luke Stocker

What was your most memorable moment as a college football player?

LS: It is hard to say because there are so many of them. There are two times that stick out huge in my memory. The first would be first touchdown at UT, which was against Alabama at Alabama in 2007. It ended up putting us up 14-10 at the half and we ended up losing that game but it was still a huge moment in my career getting my first touchdown and contributing as a freshman. Later on that year we went to four overtimes versus Kentucky and ended up beating them, which put is in the SEC Championship Game. That feeling of accomplishing winning the East and getting to go to the Championship Game was a great feeling.

What was the most hostile environment that you every played in?

LS: Alabama takes the cheese for that one. Especially in 2009 when we got down and they blocked a field goal to hold on and win the game. I made the catch to put us in field goal range, and you could hear a pin drop in that stadium, and it wasn’t two minutes later when they blocked the field goal and that place just absolutely erupted. Alabama doesn’t like Tennessee and their fans are so passionate down there and that is why it is the way it is down there.

What makes the SEC the best conference?

LS: I think it is the fans. SEC football is the premiere league. All of the top players wasn’t to play in the SEC and the majority of the top recruits go to the SEC, so you get these teams down there that are all loaded with talent from the top recruits in the country. They want to play in environments like Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Auburn; their fans are so passionate about football and that is what makes it so great.

What NFL stadium are you most looking forward to playing in when you get the opportunity?

LS: Lambeau Field in Green Bay, and not just because they just won the Super Bowl. All of the history that is there and Coach Lombardi and all of the trophies under him. Obviously Green Bay has a tremendous amount of history in the NFL and a tremendous legacy, so getting to play in Lambeau Field would be very special to me.

Villanova T Ben Ijalana

You have played road games at West Virginia, Penn and Lehigh to name a few. What was the most hostile road environment you ever played in?

BI: Delaware. They hate us and they are right over you. It is sick. It is one of the better stadiums in FCS football.

Is there a stadium other than Delaware that you were in awe of when you played there?

BI: Appalachian State. The Rock. As far as playing there during the Armanti Edwards years. I spoke to a former player and he was telling me that the playoff game that we had wasn’t even App State at full capacity. It was just sick.

Florida OL Maurice Hurt

What was your most memorable moment playing at The Swamp?

MH: My most memorable moment playing at The Swamp was probably the first time I ran out of the tunnel. There is nothing like it. Coming from high school into The Swamp with 90,000 people in there and the fans are going crazy – not to slight the National Championship or anything like that – but when you enter The Swamp, whether you are playing or not is an amazing experience. It is humbling and it is everything you could ever dream of. That was probably my most memorable time. Just running out of the tunnel for the first time at The Swamp.

Did you feel a similar rush going into any road stadiums? What was the most hostile stadium you played in?

MH: We play in the SEC so there are a lot of hostile stadiums. The first time we played at Rocky Top, we played at Death Valley at LSU, oh man. I’ll remember those experiences for the rest of my life. Being in those hostile environments, playing the game you love, facing that adversity with all of the fans going crazy. There is nothing like it.

What did you love most about Gainesville?

MH: Just being a part of the Gator Nation and trying to represent it well. That whole lifestyle of being a football player in Gainesville; the fans love you and little kids want to get your autograph and things of that nature. They don’t even care if you were on the field, they just want you to sign something. They know who you are. The fans in Gator Nation were great, so that was the best thing about being a Gator.

Michigan State TE Charlie Gantt

What was the most hostile road environment that you remember playing in during your days at Michigan State?

CG: It has got to be Iowa. The fans are crazy. When they get going, if they get momentum; their stands are right next to your bench and their fans are just so loud. They are on top of the other team and they hit you hard, and before you know it you are down a lot. This year we got our butts handed to us. It is a hostile environment and if you don’t come ready to play you are going to get your butt beat.

You felt that more than playing at Michigan, Ohio State or Penn State?

CG: Michigan is Michigan. It is hostile there but we still have about 30,000 fans there. There are 100,000 seats but you still have some of your fans there. At Iowa, it is pure Hawkeyes fans.

If there is one NFL stadium you are most looking forward to playing in when you get the opportunity, which stadium would that be?

CG: I’d have to say Ford Field. It would be cool because my whole family is in Michigan and I’d be playing at home. That is my team; they were OK this year but it has been tough the last couple of years. But that is my team and if would be great to play in that city as an NFL player.

Taste of the NFL XX a Super Event

Monday, February 7th, 2011



I have long wanted to go to the Taste of the NFL, an event that features 32 restaurant stations, one from each NFL city, providing food and wine pairings for guests to sample, on the eve of the Super Bowl. In addition to the fabulous food, a current or former NFL player is seated at each station to sign autographs or answer questions of the guests (you can see this year’s player list here). Most importantly however, proceeds from the event benefit food banks in each of the 31 NFL cities, with the host city food bank garnering special emphasis. For 20 years the Taste of the NFL has been addressing the needs of the hungry and homeless by raising over $10 million since their first event. It is nice to attend such an extremely organized (and tasty) event, and at the same time know they are doing great things in the NFL communities.

I was not able to sample food from every city station unfortunately (or maybe for my stomach’s sake that was fortunate), but I was able to fill up on some great food and talk to some high-profile NFL greats. I will channel my inner food critic and list my top three favorite food stations, which was no easy task.

1. Kansas City Chiefs

Chef Debbie Gold from American Restaurant served braised pork belly with a grilled cheese sandwich and ravigote. The pork belly was just so succulent and rich, and the grilled cheese was a nice addition. Future Pro Football Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden also concurred that this was his favorite station when I caught up with him at the event. He is 6’9 and 345 pounds; he knows a thing or two about food.

2. New York Giants

The braised beef pierogies with horseradish sour cream from Tribeca Grill chef Stephen Lewandowski really hit the spot. They didn’t skimp on the beef; it was hearty and filling and went nicely with the sour cream dip. Tribeca Grill co-owner Robert DeNiro apparently knows talent when he sees it.

3. Seattle Seahawks

The Sesame and Peppercorn-Crusted Ahi with Ginger-Soy Reduction and Wasabi Crème from Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar Chef John Howie was fantastic. Chef John is seemingly the king of the plank, and his tuna reflected his seafood knowledge and skills.

Honorable Mention: San Diego Chargers (Fish Taco with Hamachi Ceviche and Tomato Gelee from Chef Jonathan Hale at The Prado at Balboa Park), New Orleans Saints (Venison Sausage and Cheddar Biscuits with Louisiana Butter and Fig Jam from Chef Allison Vines-Rushing at MiLa), Carolina Panthers (Blackened Scallops and Pickled Okra with Vanilla Maple Reduction from Chef Cory Sharpe at Bonterra Dining & Wine Room) and Minnesota Vikings (Cupcakes from Chef Lynn Hackman at Franklin Street Bakery).

I also had the opportunity to ask a quick question to several NFL players in attendance about some of their memories in the league:

  • Denver Broncos Ring of Honor member Karl Mecklenburg on his most memorable game at Mile High Stadium: “Probably my first game. That was my welcome to the NFL game. Also we had several great snow games, including a Monday Night Football game against Green Bay where we scored on our first three possessions and the game kept going back and forth. Those are probably my favorite Mile High memories.
  • Former NY Jets RB Freeman McNeil signs an autograph at the Taste of the NFL XX Event

    New York Jets running back Freeman McNeil on the most hostile road environment he played in: “Detroit. The Pontiac Silverdome. It was so loud in there and the fans were right on top of you. They would throw empty bottles at you and things like that. It was rowdy.”

  • Carolina Panthers cornerback Richard Marshall on his favorite road stadium to play in: “I’d say Atlanta. I like the Georgia Dome because with the rivalry we have with the Falcons there is so much familiarity with our team by their fans. Also, they have a DJ in the stadium so there is always music playing behind the benches.”
  • Pro Football Hall of Famer and Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Bobby Bell on the most hostile road environment he played in: “Definitely Oakland.”

New Year’s Resolutions for 2011

Saturday, January 1st, 2011



With 2010 officially in the rearview mirror, it is time to look ahead to what 2011 holds. Now is the time on the calendar where people start to make their resolutions. These resolutions may deal with health, family, charity, or a variety of other ways people would like to better themselves and their community.

Now, I am in favor of any and all of these types of resolutions, and some of my own personal ones encompass many of these themes. My other set of resolutions however is predicated on traveling to and attending sporting events. In no particular order, these are some of my Sports Power Weekends-related resolutions.

  • Continue my sports travels and explore more of the country

Try as I may to see them all, there are still a number of stadiums and arenas on my wish list. There are even some I have been to, but sometimes once is just not enough. Going on a Sports Power Weekend is a great way to see two stadiums in one weekend, and experience what the city has to offer as well. I likely won’t be able to get to all of the events on my wish list this year, but here are a few I am targeting.

  • Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, Texas on February 6

I went to Dallas for a Giants-Cowboys Monday night game at the beginning of October, but I’m excited to see what kind of party the NFL is going to put on for the biggest sporting event in the country, in one of the most glorious stadiums in the world.

  • Raleigh/Durham or Louisville/Lexington on February 19-20

A Sports Power Weekend to either of those destinations allows you to see UNC and Duke or Louisville and Kentucky on the same weekend. The ability to see the Dean Dome and Cameron Indoor on the same weekend is rare, and with the new KFC Yum! Center and Rupp Arena rocking on the same weekend, one of these college basketball pilgrimages is a must.

  • A March weekend in Miami

There are certain weekends in March when the Miami Heat are home and Spring Training is in full effect a short drive away. With Sports Power Weekends headquarters based in New York, this is a good end-of-the-Winter opportunity to shake off the cold and have some fun in the sun.

  • An opening month MLB and NBA Sports Power Weekend in April

With Opening Day slated for the beginning of April and the NBA regular seasons giving way to the playoffs in the middle of the month, there is a two-week window for a full slate of NBA/MLB Sports Power Weekends. There are a lot of great options out there, and I want to capitalize on this opportunity. We’ll be laying those options out for you on the site in the coming weeks.

  • Attend a PGA Tour event over the Spring/Summer

After the NBA and NHL have concluded and Major League Baseball is king, I’d like to check out a high-profile PGA Event, such as The Players Championship at Sawgrass. There are also a slew of possible MLB/PGA weekends during this time period.

  • Go to Canton for Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend

This is somewhat contingent on my favorite all-time NFL players, and all-around good guy Curtis Martin being inducted (as he should) on the first ballot. Since his retirement I have had this weekend in mind, and I hope the voters do the right thing so I can be in Canton in August.

  • An extended trip to the Pacific Northwest in September

The idea is that when September rolls around, I can craft a trip that involves seeing some Pac-10 football in Washington, Oregon and northern California, as well as some NFL action (depending on labor peace) and even some September baseball. Throw in a hike on Mt. Rainier and a visit to Nike headquarters, and I’m looking at a Sports Power Week, not Weekend.

  • More NFL/College Football/MLB weekends in September and NFL/College Football/NBA/NHL/College Basketball in November through January

It is never to far in advance to look ahead to some potential weekends next football season. The NFL and college football make for the best Sports Power Weekend anchors, so when the NFL season comes out in April (again, assuming labor peace), you can be sure Sports Power Weekends will be all over the possibilities.

These don’t mark the entirety of my travel intentions, but I think it is a good start as a framework for the places I want to go and see this year.

  • Labor agreements in the NFL and NBA before games are lost

Tick, tick, tick, that is the sound of your football and basketball running out. It is not exactly as the writers of Dexter had intended, but this line unfortunately holds some truth. With labor agreements expiring after the Super Bowl and NBA Finals, the threat of missed games and shortened seasons in the NFL and NBA is all too real.

We are no doubt going to emerge from the NFL labor battle with an 18-game season, which means more Sports Power Weekend possibilities. This is good for the fans and the sports travelers. But if getting to that agreement costs fans games, nobody wins.

Memo to the NFL, NFLPA, NBA and NBPA: work it out!

  • Run a marathon

By putting this in black and white I have essentially written a social contract to get it done. The New York Marathon seems the most likely target. I better get started…like now.