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Monday, November 24, 2014

2015 Rugby World Cup Tickets: Good News and Bad News

Looking forward to meeting up with other Scotland fans in Newcastle.
It is 3:40 AM in Los Angeles. I woke up at 1:50 AM, along with my travel partner to Rugby World Cups-my wife (AKA "Da Redhead") as we sat on idle for over an hour to access the Rugby World Cup site to try get any type of tickets for a match or matches for next year's Rugby World Cup in England, as we got shut out a few weeks back in our bidding process to get match tickets. Remaining tickets for matches were put on sail at 10 AM GMT, or 2 AM my time.

After being on hold for the web site, because of the volume of other fans of the oval ball trying to buy tickets, I first tried to get any tickets for USA matches. I got shut out, there were no more tickets to be had for any USA Eagle matches. I looked up Scotland as a second choice, and found there were some tickets left for the October 10th match at St. James' Park in Newcastle for Scotland and Samoa. After keying in my information, and 169 Pounds Sterling(265 American Dollars) later, I got my confirmation that I got my tickets for my wife and I to see Vern Cotter's re-vamped Scottish side to take on crowd favorites Samoa.

I am bit disappointed that I got shut out trying to see the USA Eagles play, but I am thankful to at least see ANY match at the Rugby World Cup.

The good news is that now I can start planning our trip to the UK next fall in earnest.

I am a little irritated with this entire process, and why couldn't the ticket buying process for this Rugby World Cup be as straight forward as in 2007 and 2011?

At this point, I have more pressing going back to bed to get some sleep as I have to be up at 6:45 AM so that I can get ready for work.

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Shameless Plug to End Epilepsy

With some fellow members of my Neurology Clinic at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
As the title of my blog would indicate, I am a Registered Nurse in the Neurology Clinic at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles. I work with kids with neurological ailments like Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, and headaches-but by far and away, about 3/4 of our clientele are kids who suffer from Epilepsy.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

All Blacks-USA Eagles in Chicago: All Black and Blue

The Largest crowd to ever see a rugby game in the USA this past weekend:65,000 at Soldier Field to see the USA-All Blacks.

It was a blustery day at Soldier Field.

The All Blacks doing the Haka. One of the most Iconic things in all of sport.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sweet Home Chicago - Less than 48 Hours to go before I leave for Chicago.

I am very keen for rugby, ribs and Pizza this weekend as I anticipate Saturday's match between the All Blacks and the USA Eagles.

As I sit here packing on Tuesday night, less than 48 hours before I leave on Thursday for Chicago, I could not help but to think of the song "Sweet Home Chicago." It has a lot of meanings for me. I am married to a woman who grew up on the South Side of Chicago, by 107th and Western-You cannot swing a cat without hitting an Irish pub by where my wife grew up. I lived in the Chicago area as a kid from 1971-75 and as a family, my wife and my kids and I lived with my in laws for almost two years on the South Side. I have found out that some very good friends of mine from the New Mexico rugby community, Wally Minoli, Chee and Timaris Montano will be in Chicago for the game. Several members of the Metropolis RFC from Minnesota, my first club, will be in Chicago as well.

In the midst of taking in the rugby, it will be great to catch up with old friends, and also introducing my travel mate and frequent partner in watching sporting events, Tom Daniels to areas I know in the Windy City.

It's a city that may have some of it's issues, but I will always have a warm spot in my heart for Chicago for a variety of reasons-none the least of which is that Chicagoans are not fair weather fans-they live and die with their teams, and also the food is fantastic. Particularly ribs, deep dish pizza, the Italian Roast beef sandwich and Portillo's hot dogs.

I can hardly wait.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

2015 Rugby World Cup Tickets: Thanks for Nothing!

I have been on pins and needles waiting to hear word of my bid for tickets for next years Rugby World Cup that I applied for at the beginning of the month. I have not been very happy with this process compared to the very straight forward process in obtaining tickets for the Rugby World Cups in France and New Zealand. I smelled a rat with the process of bidding-and today I got an email that confirmed that something is rotten with the "Bidding Process" for tickets:
Your Rugby World Cup 2015 Ticket Application 
Dear Steve Adams

We are writing to let you know that your application for tickets to Rugby World Cup 2015 has not been successful. We received very strong demand for tickets and the matches which you applied for were balloted.

Remaining tickets will go back on sale in November and to show our appreciation for your support of the tournament we will be inviting you to be part of a priority sale. We will be in touch with you over the next couple of weeks to confirm all details.

Thank you again for taking the time to submit your application and if you have any further questions please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

Kind regards

Rugby World Cup 2015 Ticketing Team

Well, this just sucked. The matches that I bid for were for Scotland-USA and Italy-Canada in Leeds, and Wales-Fiji in Cardiff. You cannot tell me that there was that much demand for a ticket for Italy and Canada.

Interesting to note that there are a ton of tickets available now on secondary sites, like Stub Hub. I thought that this process was supposed to prevent this sort of thing from happening. I am so disgusted with the whole thing, that I think I will just boycott the whole thing and just go to Scotland and Northern Wales.

My buddy Tom got a similar message on the matches that he bid on too.

It takes a lot to alienate two huge rugby fans like my buddy Tom and me, but the ticketing people at Rugby World Cup 2015 have us in a really piss poor mood.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Hard to believe I am now in my mid-fifities- I keep wondering when I am going to grow up?
My wife and Grandson being goofy at the USS Iowa Tour in Long Beach, California.

I have had several phone calls today and several happy birthday wishes.

So much has happened since I started blogging back in 2007: I survived a pulmonary embolism, I became a grandfather(Duncan is 6 now), I have been to two rugby World Cups, have been able to travel with my wife to some pretty cool places like Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, France, England, Italy, Thailand, Texas, New Mexico, the East Coast and out here to California. My wife suffered a head injury that she has been able to have enough improvement to where she is back working. I have been able to still get a run in at the occasional rugby game and I just tried competing in my first Highland Games last weekend.
Me, Da Redhead and our daughter in front of Children's Hosptial-Los Angeles.

I'm very thankful to be in great health, to have a wonderful wife, to have fantastic adult children
With my son and grandson at the Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota.
and a wonderful grandson. If I drop dead tomorrow, I have no regrets, but to borrow a line from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, "I'm not dead yet."
With Tom Daniels at the USA-Uruguay RWC qualifier-where the Eagles punched their  ticket to England for the 2015 RWC.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

RWC QUALIFICATION: Uruguay v Russia Highlights

I was glad to see Uruguay make it to the Rugby World Cup after winning the home and away series against Russia. I found match highlights from the return leg in Montevideo. You can say what you want about Latin American Sports Commentators, but they do not keep the stiff upper lip-or ANY hint of neutrality when their team is playing well. Even if you don't understand Spanish, You have to appreciate how happy these Uruguayan announcers are that the Teros punched their ticket to go to the orgy of rugby, otherwise known as the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

I thought their fans were very nice in Atlanta, when the USA beat them in the second game to qualify. I was really hoping to see Uruguay go through. A whole lot of Tero fans showed up in Atlanta, and they were in full voice. In looking at the video, it was nice to see them pack the stadium in Montevideo.

See you in England!