54 in 2009

A year ago today I asked if I would manage to attend fifty live sporting events in 2009. My previous best (at least since I started tracking it in 2007) had been 49, and 2008 was only 33, what with it being an election year and my buying a house right as hockey season started heating up.

This year I did it…helped along immensely by my decision to go from a half to a whole season ticket package for the Crew. And also I went to a few more Clippers games with the opening of the new ballpark. I made it to 54 events (51 if you don’t count Jackets’ prospects or training camp).

The list:

1. 1/2/09 — Clarkson Golden Knights vs Miami Redhawks @ OSU (Ohio Hockey Classic)
2. 1/2/09 — Army Black Knights vs OSU Buckeyes @ OSU (Ohio Hockey Classic)
3. 1/13/09 — Colorado Avalanche @ Columbus Blue Jackets
4. 1/30/09 — Ottawa Senators @ Columbus Blue Jackets
5. 2/11/09 — Mexico vs USA WCQ @ Crew Stadium
6. 2/18/09 — St. Louis Blues @ Columbus Blue Jackets
7. 2/24/09 — Phoenix Coyotes @ St. Louis Blues
8. 3/12/09 — Pittsburgh Penguins @ Columbus Blue Jackets
9. 3/26/09 — Calgary Flames @ Columbus Blue Jackets
10. 3/28/09 — Toronto FC @ Columbus Crew
11. 3/29/09 — St. Louis Blues @ Columbus Blue Jackets
12. 3/31/09 — Nashville Predators @ Columbus Blue Jackets
13. 4/3/09 — Johnstown Chiefs @ Cincinnati Cyclones
14. 4/4/09 — Columbus Blue Jackets @ Nashville Predators
15. 4/11/09 — Colorado Rapids @ Columbus Crew
16. 4/18/09 — Toledo Mud Hens @ Columbus Clippers (opening day of the new ballpark)
17. 4/21/09 — Detroit Red Wings @ Columbus Blue Jackets
18. 4/23/09 — Detroit Red Wings @ Columbus Blue Jackets
19. 4/25/09 — Chicago Fire @ Columbus Crew
20. 5/27/09 — San Jose Earthquakes @ Columbus Crew
21. 6/27/09 — New York Red Bull @ Columbus Crew
22. 6/30/09 — Durham Bulls @ Columbus Clippers
23. 6/30/09 — Columbus Blue Jackets Prospect Camp
24. 7/1/09 — Columbus Blue Jackets Prospect Camp
25. 7/4/09 — DC United @ Columbus Crew
26. 7/7/09 — Jamaica vs. Costa Rica @ Crew Stadium (CONCACAF Gold Cup)
27. 7/7/09 — Canada vs. El Salvador @ Crew Stadium (CONCACAF Gold Cup)
28. 7/25/09 — Toronto FC @ Columbus Crew
29. 8/8/09 — Buffalo Bisons @ Columbus Clippers
30. 8/18/09 — Puerto Rico Islanders @ Columbus Crew (CONCACAF Champions League)
31. 9/13/09 — Columbus Blue Jackets Training Camp
32. 9/13/09 — Houston Dynamo @ Columbus Crew
33. 9/26/09 — LA Galaxy @ Columbus Crew
34. 9/29/09 — Saprissa @ Columbus Crew (CONCACAF Champions League)
35. 10/3/09 — Seattle Sounders @ Columbus Crew
36. 10/4/09 — Western Ontario Mustangs @ OSU Buckeyes (men’s hockey)
37. 10/9/09 — St. Lawrence Saints vs UMass-Lowell Riverhawks @ Qwest Center Omaha (men’s hockey — Ice Breaker Tournament)
38. 10/9/09 — Army Black Knights vs Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks @ Qwest Center Omaha (men’s hockey — Ice Breaker Tournament)
39. 10/10/09 — St. Lawrence Saints vs Army Black Knights @ Qwest Center Omaha (men’s hockey — Ice Breaker Tournament)
40. 10/13/09 — Calgary Flames @ Columbus Blue Jackets
41. 10/17/09 — LA Kings @ Columbus Blue Jackets
42. 10/25/09 — New England Revolution @ Columbus Crew
43. 10/30/09 — Pittsburgh Penguins @ Columbus Blue Jackets
44. 11/5/09 — Real Salt Lake @ Columbus Crew (MLS Conference Semi-final)
45. 11/7/09 — Carolina Hurricanes @ Columbus Blue Jackets
46. 11/11/09 — Detroit Red Wings @ Columbus Blue Jackets (left after most of two periods)
47. 11/14/09 — Western Michigan Broncos @ Ohio State Buckeyes (men’s hockey)
48. 11/20/09 — St. Lawrence Saints @ Ohio State Buckeyes (women’s hockey)
49. 11/21/09 — St. Lawrence Saints @ Ohio State Buckeyes (women’s hockey)
50. 12/3/09 — Toronto Maple Leafs @ Columbus Blue Jackets
51. 12/4/09 — Michigan Wolverines @ Ohio State Buckeyes (men’s hockey)
52. 12/5/09 — Colorado Avalanche @ Columbus Blue Jackets
53. 12/12/09 — Anaheim Ducks @ Columbus Blue Jackets
54. 12/31/09 — Nashville Predators @ Columbus Blue Jackets

Of all those, the most memorable was definitely the April 23 Jackets-Wings playoff game. The farthest I traveled was to the college tournament in Omaha.

I’m guessing I don’t make 50 in 2010…it’s another important election year at work, which means October and the beginning of November will be shot. But we’ll see where it ends up in a year’s time.

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