With the release of the 2009-2010 NHL schedule yesterday, we had the opportunity to turn our minds to one of my favorite times of the year. The first weekend in October marks a period where it can be possible to attend an MLB, NHL, and NFL game all in the same city (and/or suburbs of a city) in one long and glorious weekend.
What's better than just burying yourself in sports for an entire weekend? Especially in one of the most beautiful and historic cities in America. Go ahead, buy your tickets. You only live once!
On Friday, October 2nd, you can catch the second game of the final series of the 2009 regular season for the Red Sox. They're playing Cleveland, and while the game won't mean a thing for the Indians, it may very well be an extremely meaningful game for Boston.
Fenway is my absolute favorite ballpark, and sitting in the stands in October with a Sam Adams in one hand and a cup of chowder in the other just feels about as good as I can imagine.
Saturday night you can head over to TD Banknorth Garden (ugh) to catch the Bruins and up-and-coming goalie, Tim Thomas. It will be the Bruins second game of the season, against the offensively charged Carolina Hurricanes.
Finally, on Sunday, October 4th you should wake up early and make the short drive to Foxboro for some tailgating and a great matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. This may very well be a preview of the AFC Championship game.
Enjoy the spectacle that is Tom Brady versus Ray Lewis.
Mostly, enjoy sports. Because this is one big fat weekend of sports loving fun!