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A great Sports Power Weekend in Minneapolis

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011



The fans in attendance at the Jack Morris meet and greet in Minneapolis were able to get autographs, take photographs and chat with the local legend and 1991 World Series MVP for the Twins.

I also took the opportunity to ask Jack a few questions about his career and away game travels.

Jack, what was the most intimidating road stadium you ever played in?

Jack Morris: I supposed when you are young it is Yankee Stadium, but Boston was a pretty rowdy crowd. In reality, I think the Red Sox fans are a little crueler than Yankee fans. Yankee fans yell, but they will cheer for you too. Boston fans I don’t think ever cheer for the other team.

Living in the area and playing one championship season with Minnesota, what do the fans here mean to you?

JM: They are about the nicest people in the world. The saying “Minnesota nice” is true. We have no reason to accuse you of anything bad until you prove you are worthy of it. They’ve been great.

Re: your time in Detroit?

JM: Detroit is a hard-working town and is a town that really embraces their sports teams because of the geography of what it is. It is an auto industry town, not a lot of theatre or arts, but sports are huge for them and sort of an escape. It is their passion and they really support their sports teams well.

What was the loudest stadium that you ever played in?

JM: The Metrodome.

Re: favorite stadium/city to visit on the road?

JM: The old ballpark in Oakland before they closed it all in what a great pitcher’s park; a lot of foul territory. Those are the things that pitchers like. I loved to play in Seattle because whenever we were there it seemed like the weather was beautiful, without the rain and ugliness that you hear about all the time. It was not an easy place to pitch; it was just a great city. I have always enjoyed Chicago, which was not necessarily the greatest place to pitch either. Those are good towns.

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Pregame field view at the Metrodome

After the fun meet and greet with Jack, we headed over to the Metrodome to see the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers visit the Minnesota Vikings in the 100th ever meeting between the franchises. Rookie quarterback Christian Ponder what his first career start, but even though he performed admirably, the Packers prevailed. The future is bright for the Vikings with Ponder at the helm however.

Some other notable aspects of the Minneapolis Sports Power Weekend:

  • The Mall of America is as advertised. It is a colossus, and you can probably spend the entire day there and still not accomplish everything you set out to do. The Nickelodeon theme park in the center of the mall is a kid’s dream.
  • The light rail is a great way to get around town. We took it all weekend long, from Nicollet Mall, to the Metrodome, to the aiport, and to the Mall. It is inexpensive, convenient, and easy to ride.
  • Nebraska was in town to face the Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium, and wow, do those fans travel well. Between the Packers and Huskers, Minneapolis was taken over by two of the best traveling fanbases in all of football.
  • Dinner at 112 Eatery even better than advertised. The place is small and cozy, but we hardly had to wait to get seated on Saturday night. We ordered what we thought would be way too much food, but we somehow found room to put it all down. The tagliatelle and foie gras meatballs are recommended.
  • The baseball season was over but people were still walking by Target Field to take photos and peek in. It seems the novelty has not worn off, and with good reason. The stadium is fantastic.

Overall, a successful weekend in Minneapolis, from good food, good company, a fun meet-and-greet, and an exciting NFL game. We’ll keep you updated on the next city to host our meet-and-greet & game SPW!

Super Bowl XLV Photos

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

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Super Bowl XLV Weekend Travel Guide

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011


Although Sports Power Weekends are normally predicated on attending multiple sporting events in one weekend in a city, events like Super Bowl XLV can act as the exception to the rule. Yes, the University of Texas and Texas A&M host basketball games against Texas Tech and Baylor, respectively, but in an action-packed weekend like this one you simply don’t have the time to spare to make a six-hour roundtrip. Worry not, even with the Mavericks and Stars on the road, there is more than enough action built around the Super Bowl to have a successful Sports Power Weekend.

Most hotels in Super Bowl cities require a four-night minimum stay during the big weekend, but there most certainly options for two or three night stays, allowing you a full weekend from Friday night through Super Bowl Sunday.

For those intending to fulfill a four-night stay, below are a number of suggestions for events taking place, points of interest, and restaurants in the Dallas area during Super Bowl weekend.

Daily (Thursday-Sunday)

  • NFL Experience (Dallas Convention Center, Dallas) – The NFL Experience is pro football’s interactive theme park offering participatory games, displays, entertainment attractions, kids’ football clinics, free autograph sessions and the largest football memorabilia show ever. Tickets can be purchased here.

Thursday

  • Cowboys Stadium Tours (Cowboys Stadium, Arlington) – A behind-the-scenes look at Cowboys Stadium prior to Super Bowl XLV. Tour includes views of the AFC & NFC locker rooms, NFC interview area and cheerleader locker rooms. Click here for more information.
  • NFL Charities Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling (Main Event Lanes, Fort Worth) – A team of four amateurs bowl two games each with a different celebrity captain – including current and former NFL players and members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Entry costs $300 per person or $500 for two.
  • NFL Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam Concert (Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie) – A concert featuring Kid Rock, Duran Duran, and Jason Derulo will be shown live on VH1. Click here to purchase tickets.

Friday

  • Adrian Peterson’s All-In Celebrity Poker Tournament (South Side Music Hall, Dallas) – Join Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson at the first annual Adrian Peterson’s ALL-IN Celebrity Poker Tournament. Ticket prices are between $150-$1,000 to attend, and $500 to play.
  • NFL Pepsi Musica Super Bowl Fan Jam (Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie) – Latin artists Jenni Rivera, Chino Y Nacho, and Dulce Maria will perform. Univision will televise part of the two and a half-hour NFL Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam on Saturday, Feb. 5 beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

Saturday

  • NFL Charities Super Bowl Celebrity Golf Classic (Stonebriar Country Club, Frisco) – Golfers will have an opportunity to hit the links with former NFL players – including Pro Football Hall of Famers. Teams will play two of North Texas’ finest golf courses at the Stonebriar Country Club. Entry costs $1,500 per person, or $6,000 for a foursome.
  • Celebrity Beach Bowl (Victory Park, Dallas) – A beach flag football game featuring celebrities and NFL players. A postgame concert will be headlined by Maroon 5.
  • Taste of the NFL (Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth) – More than 32 restaurant stations, one from each NFL city, provide fabulous food and wine pairings for guests to sample. There is also an NFL player (either current or alumni) seated at each food station.
  • CMT Crossroads NFL Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam (Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie) – The Pretenders and Faith Hill will perform. The CMT Crossroads concert also premieres live on CMT on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 10 p.m. ET.
  • Dane Cook Stand-up Show (American Airlines Center, Dallas) – Comedian Dane Cook will be live at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Sunday

  • Super Sunday Morning Hope Walk (Sundance Square, Fort Worth) – Pro Football Hall of Famers Darrell Green of the Washington Redskins and Tony Dorsett of the Dallas Cowboys will host the first ever Super Sunday Morning Hope Walk in Fort Worth, TX to raise funds for Cook Children’s Hospital, Fort Worth Independent School District and the Hope Walk Foundation.
  • Super Bowl XLV (Cowboys Stadium, Arlington) – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers. Need I say more?

Points of Interest in Dallas area:

  • Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (Dallas) – The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy.
  • Fair Park (Dallas) – The site of the Texas State Fair is the home of Cotton Bowl Stadium, the Children’s Aquarium, and through Super Bowl week, a personal collection of memorabilia from the Landry family in an exhibit called “Remembering Tom Landry: The Personal Collection.”
  • Dallas Zoo (Dallas) – Founded in 1888, the Dallas Zoo was the first zoo established in the southwest.
  • American Airlines Center (Dallas) – Home of the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars, the American Airlines Center also hosts high-profile concerts and events.
  • Pizza Hut Park (Frisco) – Home of the MLS FC Dallas.
  • Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas) – The Dallas Museum of Art was founded in 1903 and has been in its present location in the Arts District since 1984.
  • Deep Ellum (Dallas) – An entertainment district near downtown Dallas featuring live music, restaurants and bars.
  • Highland Park Village – A high-end shopping area near Southern Methodist University in North Dallas.
  • Sundance Square (Fort Worth) – ESPN will be broadcasting live from Sundance Square in Fort Worth all throughout Super Bowl week.
  • Fort Worth Stock Yards (Fort Worth) – A historic district that serves as the last standing stockyards in the country.
  • Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (Arlington) – Take a tour of the home ballpark of the American League champion Texas Rangers, just down the street from Cowboys Stadium.

Restaurants and Nightlife:

  • Mi Cocina – A Tex-Mex restaurant with multiple locations in Dallas and the surrounding area.
  • Bob’s Steak and Chop – A steakhouse with locations in Dallas, Fort Worth and Grapevine that is a favorite of Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl champion Everson Walls.
  • Twisted Root Burger – Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett’s favorite burger joint in Dallas is located in Deep Ellum.
  • Nick and Sam’s Grill – A spot that is good for brunch or later not far from the American Airlines Center.
  • Tillman’s Roadhouse – An update on the classic Texas roadhouse, Tillman’s serves a great dinner, but it is their brunch that three-time Super Bowl champion Daryl Johnston raves about.
  • PD Johnson’s – This sandwich shop with two locations in Dallas is a favorite of former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Russell Maryland. Trust him, he knows his food.
  • TABC – Chad Hennings, a three-time Super Bowl champ with the Cowboys, calls it his favorite place to watch a game in Dallas.
  • Deep Ellum – This district has a mix of dive bars, karaoke bars and live music that makes it a happening nightspot. Also check out this page on Dallas.com for a comprehensive listing of bars and clubs in Dallas.

For addition information please visit our Dallas City Guide or contact info@SPWtravel.com. Enjoy!