Touring Derby Country: The Great Little Silver Charm

Little Silver Charm, the star of Old Friends Retirement Farm

I now follow a horse on Twitter and Facebook. But this isn’t just any horse, he is the great Little Silver Charm. I met him for the first time on the farm where he is spending his “retirement years”, Old Friends, an equine retirement center home located in Georgetown, Kentucky, just outside of Lexington.

Old Friends is home to many past Derby winners and race horses, but the real star is Little Silver Charm or ‘Charmie’ as he’s known to his thousands of followers and fans (follow him on Twitter or his Facebook page). He was a rescue show pony who today considers himself an entertainer.

He’s a blonde, loves kids, carrots, and plays soccer in YouTube videos.  He often talks about his crush, a horse named Zenyatta, and he seems to enjoy posing for quite a few pictures that are auctioned off to benefit Old Friends. He even has his own miniature replica toy available on Ebay.

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Sports Traveling with Anbritt – My Ireland Heritage

Filed under: Golf,Sports Traveler Blog,Travel
Tags: golf, tourism, tours, Travel
Anbritt @ 3/11/14 6:51 pm

View of the Irish Sea - Northern Ireland

I recently traveled to Ireland and Northern Ireland to see exactly where I come from. I ended up in the little coastal town in Northern Ireland called Annalong located an hour north of Dublin, right at the base of the Mourne Mountains. 

I walked the shores of the Irish Sea on a gravel-like sand, visited the church where my great-grandfather worshipped, and hiked The Kingdom of Mourne, a place my cousin described as the ‘Center of the Universe’. Here you can see the mountains, the sea, and the green earth all in one glance. Incredible.

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Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees: Class of 2014

Filed under: Baseball,In the News,Sports Traveler Blog

Craig @ 3/10/14 1:59 pm

The National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will feature some of the best talent the game has seen from any era.  Cooperstown, NY will be the place to be on July 26th as the Class of 2014 is inducted.

This summer the baseball community will gladly welcome in three legends of baseball.  Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas will all have their places cemented in MLB history.  All three new member of the Hall of Fame managed to do so in their first year of eligibility.  This is the first time since 1999 that we have three first ballot HOF’ers in the same year.  Any clue who those three players were? (more…)

Sports Traveling with Anbritt – Staples Center in Los Angeles

Filed under: NBA Basketball,NHL,Sports Traveler Blog,Travel

Anbritt @ 2/25/14 4:52 pm

I haven’t been to the Staples Center for a few years, so when I had a trade show to attend at the Los Angeles Convention Center I was in! The convention center is part of an area called “LA Live” that features an impressive array of hotels, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues including the Staples Center. The Staples Center is home to the LA Lakers and LA Clippers NBA teams as well as the LA Kings NHL team.

If you are heading to the area, I highly recommend staying at the JW Marriott LA Live. The hotel has large modern rooms, oversized bathrooms, and a lovely pool area with a hot tub. The views from the rooms are also fantastic. My room faced the famous Hollywood sign in the hills. Try to upgrade your room to the Executive Club level and get your breakfast, wine-time, evening appetizers and desserts served in the club’s 4th floor. It’s well worth the upgrade cost.

It seems most everything is within walking distance to the LA Live area. The shopping district is 6 blocks away and there is also affordable shopping nearby including a Target. Dining options are plentiful with over 22 options to choose from. Affordable options included Rock n Fish. Higher end options include Wolf Gang Pucks Bar and Grill. I loved LA Market, located in the lobby of the JW. It’s not your typical hotel restaurant and had a great seasonal menu. I had a delicious grilled Halibut sandwich.

If you are staying on a non-game day, take in a movie or head over to the Grammy Museum. If you get the desire to head to the beach, take the #10 bus (The Big Blue Bus, $2 one-way) over to Santa Monica or rent a car for the day from Hertz, located in the lower level of the JW Marriott.

The Staples Center is a great venue but try to sit on the first level, if at all possible. The distance between the first levels and the upper deck is huge. If this is your one and only trip to a game, sit low.

LAX airport transfer was a $47.50 cab fare one-way or take the Super Shuttle for $16 one-way, shared ride.

I’d love to help you plan your sports trip to LA. Give our office a call at 1-888-654-7755!

Damian Lillard Attempts NBA All-Star Game Greatness

Filed under: In the News,NBA Basketball,Sports Traveler Blog

Craig @ 2/14/14 3:56 pm

This weekend Damian Lillard will have the opportunity to expedite his path to becoming great.  In just his second year Lillard has the chance to become the king of NBA All-Star weekend.

Damian Lillard is not your average NBA sophomore and this weekend he will be out to prove it.  Baring any last minute changes the Portland guard will be competing in almost every possible event during the NBA All-Star weekend.   The only event he will not compete in is the Sears Shooting Star competition.  A competition that is more like the celebrity game than a true challenge.  So for the purpose of this accomplishment we can just say he is competing in every All-Star event.

1, 2, 3 Go!

It will all begin with the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge.  Last year Lillard played in this game and managed 18 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals.  A nice line but not worthy of MVP.  So this year he will have another shot to make his mark against the players of his generation and possibly take home an MVP. (more…)

Super Bowl Hangover

The biggest sports day in the country has come and passed.  The Super Bowl is now over and the Seattle Seahawks are the champions of the NFL.  Hard to think that this journey has come to an end but we are finally here.

Like any NFL season, there were highs and lows for all teams but only one could come away with the Lombardi trophy.  Yesterday we all got together to watch this spectacle and today we say good bye to the 2013-14 football season.

The fans in Seattle will ride this wave for the next couple of weeks as the city and team celebrate the first Super Bowl win in franchise history.  The rest of us have to settle with draft analysis and off-season expectations.

What a Finish!

It was quite a season this year that ended on a very surprising note. (more…)

Top 3 Final Four Locations: The Best Host Cities

Twenty six cities have had the pleasure of hosting the Final Four.  But what are the three best locations?  It might seem like a hard task to try to label the top 3.  But after a little research I think that you will see that it is relatively easy to come up with the best 3.

First let us take a look at the cities who have hosted the most amount of times.

Kansas City – 10
New York City – 7
Indianapolis – 6
Louisville – 6
New Orleans – 5 (more…)

2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule

Filed under: In the News,NASCAR,Sports Traveler Blog

Craig @ 1/6/14 9:46 am

Hello sports fans and welcome to the first blog of 2014! This installment will feature the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule and a preview to the upcoming race campaign.

Please note that there are a few changes from last season.  I will specifically address each change to the schedule at the bottom of the 2014 NASCAR Spring Cup schedule that you see listed below. (more…)

Top 10 Gifts For Sports Fans

Filed under: In the News,Sports Traveler Blog

Craig @ 12/20/13 4:06 pm

Everyone loves the holiday season, especially sports fans.  We see this as another opportunity to get more stuff with our favorite team’s or player’s names and branding.  We, as sports fans, are a little nutty when it comes to seeing the new sideline cap or new throwback jersey.  We immediately think we have to have it.

We just hope someone else is paying attention so we try to make sure potential gifters understand our wants and needs.  In some ways its subconscious but we all are looking to bolster our collection of supportive merchandise.

Here is a guide to the buyers of these very special gifts.  How can you give a sports fans what he/she wants most?  Here are a few ideas that will make up our top 10 list. (more…)

BCS Bowl Game Predictions, Projections, & Previews

Filed under: College Football,In the News,Sports Traveler Blog

Craig @ 12/3/13 3:34 pm

The 2013 college football bowl season is almost upon us.  Here is a look at our bowl game predictions for all five BCS games this season.

2013-14 BCS Bowl Projections

BCS Championship
January 6, 2014 – Rose Bowl – Pasadena, CA

Florida State Seminoles vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (more…)

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