Bulls Playing in St. Louis — WIN VIP Experience

The Chicago Bulls are coming to my favorite town — St. Louis! For what? A preseason NBA game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Check out rookie Andrew Wiggins with his new found team the Twolves!

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So I’m going to be at this game. But you should be there to! Enter to win a VIP experience with the Chicago Bulls as they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in exciting preseason action at Scottrade Center on October 24.

Experience includes:

  • Premium seats for 4
  • Pre-game VIP tour of the Scottrade Center
  • In-seat visit from Benny the Bull
  • Bulls Prize pack for 4
  • Professional picture with the Luvabulls
  • Pre-game personalized greeting on the digital scoreboard

To register for your chance to win this VIP Bulls Experience in STL click here.

Cardinals NLCS Run, #STLCards and Kid Problem?

4 NLCS Trips in 4 Years

I promise the Cardinals won’t be the only thing I talk about on this blog — but for now it’s what is heavily on my mind! Last night the Cardinals clinched a spot in the NLCS for the 4th time in 4 years. That’s right. 2011, 2012, 2013 and now 2014. Talk about spoiled huh Cardinal fans?  Here is the full history of Cardinal postseason baseball and below is the last 3 years.

  • 2013 — Beat Pirates for NLDS, Beat Dodgers for NLCS and Lost to Red Sox in WS
  • 2012 — Beat Nationals for NLDS, Lost to Giants for NLCS
  • 2011 — Beat Phillies for NLDS, Beat Brewers for NLCS, Beat Rangers for World Series

#STLCards Twitter Explosion

So as some of you know I’ve long been a hater of Twitter. I’ve tried giving it a chance time and time again but just can’t keep up with it or get into it. October Cardinal baseball is one time I really enjoy being on Twitter (Follow me @RyanKnuppel).

Talk about a massive explosion of TWEETS. I follow the hashtag #STLCards and it just blows up during October baseball games. When Wong hit that HR in Game 3. WHOA! Then when Adams hit the game winner in Game 4 — TWITTER Exploded! So fun and nearly impossible to keep up with. But definitely some creative Tweets.

Young talent for the Cardinals

PI-MLB-Cardinals-Matt-Adams-Kolten-Wong-Oscar-Taveras-071014So I want to talk real quickly about the “young talent” on this Cardinals team. Being in Central Illinois there are many Cub fans around. And all we have been hearing in 2014 is, “look at our young talent, Cubs are going to be good soon.” Baez, Bryant, Castro, Soler and more. Maybe some good players.

But let’s talk about these Cardinal players. These young Redbird players who are getting valuable POSTSEASON experience while the Cubbie guys are workin on their golf game. Wong is a legit 5 tool player. I’m real excited for his future with the Cardinals. Matt Adams shows he has some power and some “clutchness” to him. Matt Carpenter is a youngster who is now a legit All-Star. Add in our pitching staff with Wacha, Miller, Martinez… And some raw players such as Taveras.

I’ll take this group of Cardinal youngsters up against the Cubs youngsters anyday!

Cardinal Baseball Fills My Calendar

So it’s no secret I love October baseball. But good lord. It FILLS MY SCHEDULE. I’m a planner. And I can’t miss a Cardinals playoff game. So the minute the times come out for the next series — they are on the family calendar.

For instance, last night I booked Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday for Cardinal baseball. Sorry honey — won’t be seeing much of me this week! Then, if they win the NLCS it’s World Series time. Another week or 2 of Cardinal baseball filling up the schedule!

Cardinal Baseball Empties My Bank Account

While it fills UP my calendar it puts a major DENT in my bank account! If they make the World Series — I’m going and I’m likely taking (one or two) of my boys. We’re talking $150 a ticket most likely plus the travel to STL and the hotel room.

I also bought NLCS Game 6 and Game 7 tickets. I can’t help myself. I’ll definitely be able to sell these if I don’t want to use them. But who are we kidding. If Game 6 and/or Game 7 happen they are IN St. Louis on a WEEKEND! Consider me THERE!

So there is another trip to STL. Another hotel room. More tickets. Food, drinks and of course the Cardinals postseason gear.

Whew, I’m going to need another job if the Cardinals keep winning in October. That’s ok, YOLO right! It’s what I enjoy so I’m going to enjoy it!

Kid Problem?

ws-drew-ryanSo I mentioned above that I may take one or two of my boys to the NLCS game. I’ve always made it a point to take my first born boy, Drew, to about everything Cardinals. He enjoyed his first playoff/World Series experience when he was 3 during the 2006 run. He then got to really experience and remembers the 2011 World Series Game 1 game we went to. He’s very much in love with the Cardinals and know about everything about them. This is NOT by chance 🙂

Now I have Bryce. Who is now 6. I have kind of been leaving him out for some reason or another. Mainly because it’s inconvenient bringing a 6 year old and my oldest and I have a blast “without Bryce”. But is this fair to the little guy? Why doesn’t he deserve the same CARDINAL TREATMENT to learn the “Cardinal Way”?

I’m feeling a little guilty about this as I didn’t bring him at all through the 2011 run (he was 4). But I think being 6 now he deserves it. It’s going to cost some more money but once he gets a chance to see the “Sea of Red” and how Cardinal Nation reacts to playoff baseball — he’ll be hooked!

Wish me luck with an 11 and 6 year old at the NLCS this year (pending we need to go to a Game 6).

Cardinals Win Game 1 of 2014 NLDS

Wow, what a game. The Cardinals just knocked of the Dodgers as big underdogs in Game 1 of the 2014 NLDS. Unreal. As a small bonus I bet on the Cardinals as well 🙂

So most of you know I’m a Cardinals fan! A huge Cardinals fan. It’s amazing how “amazing” these last 10 years have been as a fan of the #STLCARDS… I’ve grown to absolutely love October because of Playoff baseball. It’s unreal how fun it is.

But somehow it’s minimized my love for the regular season. Yada yada, another 162 games leading into another AWESOME MONTH OF BASEBALL. I’ve been spoiled. The Cardinals are there each and every single year. I barely follow the regular season but once October hits, I bleed Red!

1028_series-624x384My Twitter is blowing up. My Facebook feed is blowing up. My heart is racing to get the final 3 outs. I can’t sleep. I love Cardinal playoff baseball. Drew, my oldest son who is 11, loves them as well. Imagine his life?

  • 2014 they are up 1-0 in the NLDS
  • 2013 they made Game 6 of the NLCS
  • 2012 they made Game 5 of the NLDS
  • 2011 they win the World Series

Oh and they won the World Series in 2006.

I mean these are all very impressionable years of this boys life. All he knows is CARDINALS WIN! So glad I’m not raising a Cub fan! lol sorry for the jab Cub fans.

My last thought of the night before I try to go to bed is in regards to Yadi Molina. In one of the middle innings tonight Adam Wainwright hit Yasiel Puig with a high pitch. Was it intentional? Who knows! But the next batter Adrian Gonzalez thought so and had some words. Yadi was having NONE OF IT. He stepped right in and got it Adrian’s face. I GOT YOUR BACK WAINO!

Yadi is the ultimate team player and competitor. He has his teammates back and they know it. After the game Adam Wainwright said he was never prouder to be a Cardinal! That’s awesome to hear. I guess I’m pretty proud to be a Cardinal fan as well.


Needless to say, it’s going to be another October of late nights and Cardinal baseball! Can’t wait to get to Ballpark Village to watch a game — or better yet — get to another World Series game!


Michael Jordan & Ryan Knuppel Pickup Game Video

Check out this awesome one of a kind video of Michael Jordan playing some pickup basketball back in his “prime”. I was actually at this event. It was during his bsaketball camp that he held at Elmhurst College. Actually I was playing in this game. Can anyone find me? I’m the one getting nearly YAMMMMIED on by Shawn Marion.

2012-13 Morton Basketball Schedules

I’m sick and tired of not being able to find these schedules.  It’s like torture going through whatever system Morton HS is using to find the schedule I want.  So, below are the 2012-13 Morton Varsity Boys, 2012-13 Morton Varsity Girls and 2012-13 Morton Freshman Girls basketball schedules:

Obviously I won’t be editing this if things change.  So if you really want to verify Morton high school keeps their sports schedules here.
Update – you can also watch Morton games or listen in here.


Drew’s 2012 JFL Awards Banquet

Last night was the 2012 JFL Awards banquet. Drew and his “squirt red” team all gathered together with the rest of the Morton tackle football teams for a fun awards night. This was our first one of these (being this is Drew’s first year of tackle). It was a lot of fun. The team really seemed to enjoy it and each of them got a small trophy. At that age – trophy’s still rock! Here are a couple pictures from the event.