The Last One


No, no, no…not my last BLOG silly! It’s something totally different! For those of you who don’t know what I do for a living, I create graphics for television sporting events. So if you are watching a game on tv, I am the guy putting the stats up on the individual players and stuff. It’s a great gig and I get to travel and watch sports and work with some extremely talented people. Anyway, “The Last One” refers to the only stadium I have not been to…Soldier Field in Chicago. And, oddly enough, this week for my 40th birthday, as luck would have it, I am working a game there for the NFL Network!

That’s 31 stadiums (32 if you include Wimbley in London and don’t forget that Giants Stadium is also home to the Jets) and you can see me in all of them in the “Places I’ve Been” tab at the top of my site here. It’s nowhere near as cool as being in every baseball stadium or traveling all over the world! But for me, it’s been kind of a journey. It took me only 3 years! Of course, I’ve been to several of these places several times, but some of them I’ve only been to once (Dallas, San Francisco). So getting to Chicago hasn’t been easy…but now it’s over! All 31 stadiums accounted for!

Until next year when Dallas gets their new home. Then I gotta get there again somehow!  🙂

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8 Responses to The Last One

  1. Wow – how do I get a job like yours?!?

  2. Mom says:

    To: The Incredible Woody: To answer your question—-work very hard at every two-bit radio/tv staion on planet earth, be willing to leave your mom forever and then fly away from a birthday party where everyone is sick. Then if you are lucky, you hit big time and they say “Hey, that Alan’s one great graphic artist! Hire him!” and there you go. Your life belongs to whichever airport you happen to be laying-over in. High priced coffee and stale sandwiches/snacks. But hey, he loves it! And his dad got to go with him a few times, and sorry to say, his dad loves it, too. I am related to two – no make that three – sports nuts!!!!! Mom

    No one like my Mom to put my life into perspective. Keeps me from getting a big head, I guess…

  3. you know thats one of those awesome jobs that you dont even really realize exists…

    how cool are you?

    Depends on who you ask! My kids don’t think I’m so cool right now…

  4. mandy says:

    Congrats Alan, that’s a really cool accomplishment!

  5. Tammy says:

    Most guys would think you have a DREAM job to be able to go to all of these stadiums. Which explains why you laughed at my “I could give a rats-ass about football” post. LOL

    Yeah…I’ve heard that before. See my Mom’s comment below!

  6. Tessa says:

    Wow, that’s a really interesting job. Was it Wembley that you visited in the UK? I never went there, when I lived in London, because you’d have to be crazy (or into kicking peoples’ teeth in!) to go to a live soccer match in those bad old days. But I did make it to Twickenham (“Twickers”) once, to see the Irish rugby team defeat an English side that couldn’t beat the skin off a rice pudding.

    Yes…I worked at Wembley. It’s a big, concrete stadium like everyplace else I work…

  7. Amber says:

    Congrats Alan! Chris is totally jealous, and I am too. Now we just have to build a stadium here in the Z-ville, that’ll get you home more:)

    Probably not gonna happen. The stadium that is…

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