2019 March Madness Champions

Congratulations to the Virginia Cavaliers for winning the 2019 March Madness Tournament! It was an intense battle, but in the end they won it all by a final score of 85-77 over the Texas Tech Red Raiders!

With College Basketball season over, it’s on to the NBA Draft for a bunch of seniors to see which teams they’ll play next season!

College Basketball is more intense than football because there’s a bunch of schools competing and it’s hard to tell who’s in what conference, which is why they don’t call it for March Madness for nothing.

I don’t know if my projects will relate to college basketball, but I have done a bunch with college football since a lot of the teams, conferences, and rivals are pretty much the same, but who knows what I’ll come up with!

To all the future college players out there, good luck next season!

Back to Baseball!

Today the 2019 MLB Season kicks off!

The defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox will have a ten game road trip to face the Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, and Arizona Diamondbacks, before coming home to face the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Oakland A’s will have a seven game home-stand with their division rivals the Los Angeles Angels and the Red Sox before heading on the road to face the Houston Astros.

The San Francisco Giants will be on the road to face their division rivals the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers before coming home to face the Tampa Bay Rays.

This year’s All Star Game will take place at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. It’ll be a long journey to see who will face off in this year’s World Series and who will be crowned the next the next champion!

If you want to find your favorite teams, check out A House Divided for the MLB and/or my custom made MLB Posters.

To all the teams out there, good luck and have a great season!

Las Vegas Tour (Casino Hopping)

Today’s tour of Las Vegas covered more ground than yesterday! This was basically casino hopping, going from one hotel to the next. Here’s a list of all the ones that were covered today:

-Excalibur

-Luxor

-Mandalay Bay

-Tropicana

-MGM Grand

-Flamingo

-The Cromwell

-Caesar’s Palace

-The Venetian

-The Palazzo

-Wynn

-Encore

-Paris

-Planet Hollywood

While going through all the casinos, I wanted to find one that had a pool party for a reasonable price because the Encore Beach Club was the most expensive and I’ve heard a lot of people go there.

Out of all the ones I looked at, I chose the Drai’s Beach Club at The Cromwell Hotel & Casino and it looked reasonably priced, but let’s see if it’s worth the money.

Other highlights included winning $11 on BlackJack, riding the Las Vegas Monorail, and riding the Gondola at the Venetian Hotel.

Overall, this was an awesome day and there’s more to uncover as the tour continues on!

 

2019 March Madness/Las Vegas Tour

Anyone who’s planning to watch March Madness, here’s the schedule of all the games leading to the National Championship Game:

-First Four: March 18 – 19

-First Round: March 21 – 22

-Second Round: March 23 – 24

-Sweet 16: March 28 – March 30

-Elite 8: March 31

-Final 4: April 6

-National Championship: April 8

This will be an intense tournament to see who will be crowned the next champion!

Along those lines, I’ll be traveling to Las Vegas for the first and second rounds of the tournament and to revisit places I saw on my last trip during my 21st birthday in 2014!

Looking forward to this trip and may the best team win!

Super Bowl Champions

Congratulations to the New England Patriots for winning Super Bowl LIII!

Although it was a low-scoring game, the Patriots came out on top by a final score of 13-3 over the Los Angeles Rams, giving them their sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy, which now ties the record with the Pittsburgh Steelers!

With football season now officially over with, its now on to the off-season with players being traded to other teams and getting contract extensions during the free agency, the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in March, and the NFL Draft in Tennessee on April 25 for the new players entering the league.

Before you know it, it’ll be a long journey to see who will compete in Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Florida on February 2, 2020 and who will be the next team to take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy!

As mentioned before, I’ve done lots of projects revolving around the NFL including A House Divided, all NFL teams, stadiums, logos, and recently the Super Bowl because its fun to see whose playing against each other and all the variety of logos there are!

To all the teams, players, coaches, and referees out there, hope you had a great year and good luck next season!

Super Bowl LIII

With the regular season over and the playoffs complete, the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams will face off in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, GA on February 3.

The last time both of these teams met was in Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 in New Orleans when the Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams by a final score of 20-17, thanks to the game winning field goal by kicker Adam Vinateri, giving them their first Lombardi Trophy.

The Patriots had an opportunity to go for their 6th win in Minnesota last year, but fell short to the Philadelphia Eagles.

As for the Rams, their last Super Bowl appearance in LA was way back in Super Bowl XIV in 1980 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and their last win was in Super Bowl XXXIV against the Tennessee Titans in 1999, when they were the St. Louis Rams.

What will be the overall outcome be of this game? A sixth win for New England or a first for Los Angeles? You never know what will happen!

May the best team win!

Washington DC Tour (Stadium Tours)

The Washington DC Tour continued with a tour of the stadiums to represent Washington’s Major Sports teams.

First stop was the RFK Stadium named after US Senator Robert F. Kennedy. This stadium opened in 1961 and was home to the Washington Redskins from 1961 – 1996 and the Washington Nationals from 2005 – 2007. It’s located about two miles  east of the US Capitol Building and adjacent to the DC Armory.

Next stop was FedEx Field, which is the current home of the Washington Redskins. They’ve been playing here since 1997 and it’s the farthest stadium from DC, plus it’s about a 25 minute walk from the Morgan Blvd Metro Station.

Then, it was on to the Nationals Ball Park. After being established in 2005, the Washington Nationals have been playing at this ball park since 2008 and was the site of last year’s MLB All Star Game.

Finally, it was on to the Capital One Arena, which is home to both the Washington Wizards and Capitals. Coincidentally, the Washington Wizards had a basketball game today against the Toronto Raptors, and it would’ve been nice to watch a live game there if I had thought about it earlier.

Overall, this was tour was a bit of a challenge because of researching on how to get from one stadium to the next and also battling the snowy weather! In the end, it was totally worth it and I’m so glad I got to see every one of them in person!

If I lived in Washington DC, I would have to root for all of those teams because it’s part of the culture, and the stadiums are easy access from the DC Metro, except for FedEx Field.

As the tour continues, more surprises await for me to discover!

2019 College Football Champions

Congratulations to the Clemson Tigers for winning the 2019 CFP National Championship Game!

With two undefeated teams going at it, this was an intense battle to be crowned the next champion and to have the perfect record. While Alabama was favored to win it all, it was the upset that got Clemson the win by a final score of 44-16.

With the season over, it’s on to NFL for a majority of seniors with stops at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and the NFL Draft in Tennessee.

As mentioned before, I planned to create projects through college football because of my interest and its fun seeing these teams compete against each other, especially during the playoffs. So far, I’ve done A House Divided with these teams, college football stadiums, and even the bowl games.

To all the teams out there, hope you had a great season and good luck to the future students and NFL players!

2019 CFP Fan Experience

Today, I attended a College Football Fan Experience in Downtown San Jose in preparation for the 2019 CFP Championship Game on January 7 between Alabama and Clemson. This was every college football fan’s dream come true and they had a lot to offer for everyone!

At Christmas In the Park in Downtown San Jose, they’re was a taping of ESPN’s SportsCenter and people got a chance to be on live TV behind the reporters. Plus, they had outdoor games found at most tailgating parties such as corn hole or Jenga.

The real excitement was at the Playoff Fan Central at the San Jose Convention Center! This was the place where fans could experience a whole lot of things from trying out different football activities to taking souvenir photos.

My favorites were seeing the trophy displays from the CFP and the New Year’s Six Bowl Games: Rose, Orange, Sugar, Peach, Fiesta, and Cotton. Another activity I enjoyed was getting exclusive access to being a member of the college football playoff committee section so I could choose teams to be in the Top 25.

Overall, sporting experiences like this is definitely worth visiting because no matter who you’re favorite team is, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

However, I wished they had displays of all the teams in their respective conferences such as the Pac 12, BIG 10, BIG 12, SEC, and ACC. The only place that would have it is at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA, and that’s where I want to go someday!

On the other hand, I have created posters with the team logos, stadiums, and bowl game logos.

Now the most important question is who will win the 2019 College Football Championship and take home the trophy? You never know what can happen!

May the best team win!

2019 CFP National Championship/College Bowl Scores

In case you missed any of the College Bowl Games, here’s a recap of the scores, including the New Year’s Six:

Las Vegas Bowl

Fresno State- 31

Arizona State- 20

 

-Potato Bowl

Western Michigan- 18

BYU- 49

 

-Hawaii Bowl

LA Tech- 31

Hawaii- 14

 

-Armed Forces Bowl

Houston- 14

Army- 70

 

-Quick Lane Bowl

Minnesota- 34

Georgia Tech- 10

 

-Cheez-It Bowl (OT)

CAL- 7

TCU- 10

 

-First Responder Bowl

Postponed

 

-Independence Bowl

Temple- 27

Duke- 56

 

-Pinstripe Bowl

Miami- 3

Wisconsin- 35

 

-Texas Bowl

Baylor- 45

Vanderbilt- 38

 

-Camping World Bowl

West Virginia- 18

Syracuse- 34

 

-Alamo Bowl

Iowa State- 26

Washington State- 28

 

-Music City Bowl

Purdue- 14

Auburn- 63

 

-*Cotton Bowl

Notre Dame- 3

Clemson- 30

 

-Belk Bowl

South Carolina- 0

Virginia- 28

 

-Peach Bowl

Florida- 41

Michigan- 15

 

-Arizona Bowl (OT)

Arkansas State-  13

Nevada- 16

 

-*Orange Bowl

Oklahoma- 34

Alabama- 45

 

-Sun Bowl

Stanford- 14

PITT- 13

 

-Military Bowl

Cincinnati- 35

Virginia Tech- 31

 

-Liberty Bowl

Missouri- 33

Oklahoma State- 38

 

-Red Box Bowl

Michigan State- 6

Oregon- 7

 

-Tax Slayer Bowl

NC State- 13

Texas A&M- 52

 

-Holiday Bowl

Northwestern- 31

Utah- 20

 

-Outback Bowl

Mississippi State- 22

Iowa- 27

 

-Rose Bowl

Washington- 23

Ohio State- 28

 

-Citrus Bowl

Kentucky- 27

Penn State- 24

 

-Sugar Bowl

Texas- 28

Georgia- 21

 

-Fiesta Bowl

LSU- 40

UCF- 32

 

With all the College Bowl Games complete, Alabama and Clemson will face off in the 2019 CFP National Championship Game on January 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara for the third time in four years.

The last time they met was in the Sugar Bowl, in which Alabama won and went on to defeat Georgia in last year’s Championship Game in Atlanta, GA.

Also, this year’s Championship match-up will be a battle of two undefeated teams and only one team will have a perfect record to the end the season. Will Alabama remain the number one team this year or will Clemson create an upset? You never know what can happen!

May the best team win!