It's been a long time since The Big Dead Sidebar has taken a trip to the ballpark. OK, not that long. Still, it would be nice to get back on the open road and take in a ball game. Especially if it is within driving distance and is to a place TBDS' staff has yet been to.
Trips to see NBA and NHL games are forthcoming in the future, but right now, a trip to a NFL destination is on the front-burner. Being in southern Illinois, the options are limited for NFL games. But after a lunch break full of research, I've targeted the following games in the following cities.
- Colts @ Rams (Oct. 25, noon)
- Saints @ Rams (Nov. 15, noon)
- Cardinals @ Rams (Nov. 22, 3:05 p.m.)
- Texans @ Colts (Nov. 8, 1 p.m. ET)
- Patriots @ Colts (Nov. 15, 8:20 p.m. ET)
- Cardinals @ Titans (Nov. 29, 1 p.m. ET)
- Dolphins @ Titans (Dec. 20, 1 p.m. ET)
- Bears @ Bengals (Oct. 25, 3:15 p.m. ET)
- Chargers @ Chiefs (Oct. 25, noon)
The Rams suck, but they will play host to some high-powered offenses as the Colts, Saints and Cardinals come to the Dome in St. Louis. The Gateway to the West is the closest city to travel to, and is the city I am most familiar with among the prospective NFL towns. If the Rams were good, the games might be worth more.
Indianapolis is a four-hour drive that seems to be manageable. The Colts' most intriguing games include what could be a shootout with the Texans and a barn-burner against arch-rival New England Patriots.
Nashville is one of two cities on this list I have never been to, but comes with high praise from friends that have been to the city. The Titans host the high-powered Cardinals. And I've always wanted to see what the Wildcat would look like live. The drive to Cashville is about three hours.
The least-likely destination is Cincinnati. The drive is one that is nearly five-and-a-half hours, which is similar to the one I would make to sweet home Chicago. But I've never been to Cincy before and would be very intrigued by the idea of eating Cincinnati's world-famous chili, tweeting with @OGOchocinco and hanging out with Cedric Benson and a crew of attractive single white females on a boat. That trip would surely end with several intakes of road beef.
KC is the longest of the long shots, but again, comes highly recommended. Especially, its tailgating.
Several games were eliminated because of schedule and holiday conflicts. (Not to be confused with Holliday conflicts.) College suggestions will also be accepted.
Your vote will be taken into consideration.
So, where should we go?