Whitewater Rafting in Colorado [VIDEO]

While on our two-week national park puddle jumping trip through Utah and Colorado, my buddy Michael Butler and I took a day to do some amazing whitewater rafting on the Cache La Poudre River with Mountain Whitewater Descents.

The trip included a handful of Class Four rapids, a half dozen Class Three rapids and consistent Class Two water. I had done a trip on the Delaware River that I enjoyed, but this was even more thrilling.

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Temple basketball upsets Georgetown

It was the second time I attended a Temple University men’s basketball since I graduated, and the result was much of the same: an upset win of a Top Ten ranked national powerhouse.

In December 2008, I saw Temple beat up on Tennessee, and tonight, with a couple friends, I had great, $35 near-floor seats to an exciting escape win over a tough Georgetown program.

Televised on ESPN2 and featuring Jay Bilas offering commentary, the game turned out to be beloved Coach Fran Dunphy’s 400th win. Afterward, the student section rushed the floor, as you can see in the video below, including friend Sean Blanda. Photo of Dunph’s 400th career win ball.

College basketball is easily my favorite live event.

Rodeo: Cowtown Rodeo in Cowtown, New Jersey

Tonight, I finally made it out to a rodeo. Though I had watched for years portions of events during the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show in Northwest Jersey where I grew up, I had never attended one in full.

With friends, I was excited to get the chance to watch a handful of different contests at the Cowtown Rodeo, the country’s oldest weekly rodeo show, as put on in Cowtown in Salem County, New Jersey.

Below, see video of some past barrel racing, one of the contests I saw in the 4,000-seat arena.

Eagles Stadium sneak peek

While I had been inside Lincoln Financial Field for Temple University football games — even once seeing it packed for a drubbing by Penn State — I had never seen, or any professional arena, empty before.

Today, while working at the Broad Street Run Expo for Back on My Feet, I snuck out one of the doors to see an entirely empty, peaceful LINC. Cool.

Broad Street Run: my first organized race

I finished today’s Broad Street Run, my first organized race ever.

I finished then 10 miles in more than 90 minutes. Not exactly lightning quick, but good for, of course, quicker than 10 minute miles over the run.

It is a great experience to be running along the damn -near straight and flat Broad Street 10 miles through the city of Philadelphia, through various neighborhoods, with fans lining up much of the way, and 30,000 people shouting at you and cheering you along the way.

My lessons? Pee early because the lines get crazy the closer to launch time.

Peep video kicking off the rainy race below.

Temple men’s basketball over Tennessee

I had great center-court, second level seats to watch guard Dionte Christmas light up No. 8 Tennessee Volunteers in exciting men’s college basketball.

Here’s to a great year — my first game since graduating, sitting far from the student section I once reveled in.

Yankee Stadium: The Final Season

Myself, with my cousin Dan, my father, and my Uncle Mike in the bleachers of tonight's Yankees game.

I never was a Yankees fan.

So when I bought the dramatically overpriced tickets a few months ago for tonight’s Yankees game against the Chicago White Sox, it wasn’t because I wanted to see the team in action.

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Baseball Stadiums

My girlfriend and I at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, April 18, 2008.

My girlfriend and I at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, April 18, 2008.

Tonight I went to Citizens Bank Park, which reminded me of something else on my list.

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Blue Horizon

Tonight, with my friend and photographer, I got the chance to see a boxing match, actually several, in the legendary Blue Horizon.

Rucker Park

Jamie and went up to Harlem to catch a summer league Rucker game.

In the second half, the drizzle turned to an outright pour and everyone bailed. We took to the train. ..I think this counts.