Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Major Leagues in Jacksonville

By Josiah Gingerman


If you want to know different professional legues in the state of Florida, major leagues in Jacksonville, a city located further north, are getting more headlines adn becoming news all over the Sunshine State.

Jaguars are Becoming a Fierce Competitor

Mike Mularky, the new head coach for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, is trying to bring victories to the team with tghe help of Quarter Back Blaine G. and Running Back M. Jones-Drew. In spite of winning just two games, the Jags have wish for the future thanks to a defense that finished as the sixth best overall in the NFL. If you still need to scratch the NFL itch, consider a visit to see the Dolphins and a stay in one of the great Miami resort hotels. Sports might be rough, but enjoying them doesn't need to be.

Jacksonville Sharks Dominate in this Arena

The Arena Football League Jacksonville Sharks won the 2011 title behind an explosive offense controlled by quarterback Aaron Garcia. He tossed 118 touchdown passes and led the Sharks on a 13-game winning streak. If you're keen on offense, it isn't getting any better than Sharks' football in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Baseball Heats Up

The Miami Marlins ' Class-A club calls Jacksonville home. The Marlins' small time system is mythical for making some of the top talent in MLB. Names like Josh Beckett, Miguel Cabrera, Hanley Ramirez and Mike Stanton have all played baseball in Jacksonville at some particular point. The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, which opened in 2003, is a wonderful facility that gives fans the opportunity to see stars in the flesh. The open-air facility is listed as one of the top destinations in the country for a baseball pilgrimage.

Destroyers Build Love for Soccer in Jacksonville

Heading into just its second year as a franchise, the FC Destroyers of Jacksonville are bringing a passion for the stunning game to the town of Jacksonville. The team is looking to build on last season under new coach Eric Dutt's leadership. The increasing popularity of the team has encouraged club official to bring another team to play soccer in Jacksonville. Later this year, the club will add a women's team to USL Women's League.

Jacksonville Rugby Expanding Its Reign

Jacksonville features the premiere squad in American Rugby. The Axeman are playoff contenders every season and won the championship in 2010. Fueled by its on-field success, the team has worked to build the game in this country. The team has given off a smaller league that serves as a developmental team for their squad. The league is composed of 3 teams, including one here in Jacksonville, the Hatchets.

Jacksonville Giants Steadily Grow

The city also features an ABA pro basketball team in the Giants, a young franchise that commenced in 2010. In its initial season, the Giants ' style of play was deserving of their moniker as the team rolled to a 23-0 record. The team plays its home games at Jacksonville Veterans Commemorative Arena.

Jacksonville Hosts Pro Golfers

Frequently referred to as golf's 5th major, The Players Championship is a staple in Jacksonville. TPC Sawgrass is in a suburb of Jacksonville and plays host to the best golfers in the world for one weekend each May.

Lacrosse Is About to Hit Jacksonville in 2012

This year is becoming a season of new beginnings in Jacksonville as another team is about to begin its franchise there in 2012. The Northern US Lacrosse League will be adding the Bullies in late January.




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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Major Leagues Sports in NY

By Henry Franklin


You recognize New York as a great destination for the humanities, entertainment and dining. Nevertheless there are many exciting major league sports in New York. Carry on reading to find out all about the big league sports scene in New York, and find many fantastic options for the sports fan.

Baseball

Baseball in New York has a long and storied history. While the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers left for the West Coast years ago, NY is still the proud home of the New York Mets and New York Yankees. The Mets play their home games in Citi Field. The team is famous for the Amazin ' Mets championship team of 1969, as well as the 1986 World Series championship team. The second team featured stars such as "Doc" Gooden, Darryl Strawberry and Lenny Dykstra. And of course the New York Yankees are not simply the most famed major league baseball team in NY, but the most outstanding baseball team in the world. As you can see, there's actually lots of baseball in New York for the die-hard sports fan to enjoy.

Ice Hockey

Long Island is home to 2 NHL groups, the New York Islanders and the New York Rangers. The Islanders play their home games on Manhattan, in the Nassau Coliseum, while the Rangers play in Madison Square Garden, possibly the most famous arena in the country. While neither team has had a meeting with much success recently, ice hockey could be a great sport to observe live, and it can be a fun time to catch any one of these teams in action.

Soccer

For fans looking for soccer in NY, their best option is to check out the New York Red Bulls of the MLS. While the team carries the NY name, they really play their home games in Red Bull Arena, located in Northerly New Jersey. For fans looking to catch some top soccer action, Red Bull Arena is simply a short distance away from New York.

Basketball

The big league basketball scene in N. Y is focused on the New York Knicks of the NBA. The Knicks also call Madison Square Garden home. While in the past the team has featured stars such as Bill Bradley, Bernard King and Patrick Ewing, it's been a while since the Knicks competed for a championship. Nonetheless the team has been improving recently, and the crowd at the Garden is virtually always loud and passionate about their hoops. The New York area also features the New Jersey Nets, who play their home games at the Prudential Center in nearby Newark, New Jersey. Nevertheless beginning with the 2012-2013 NBA season, the Nets will move to Brooklyn and be retitled the Brooklyn Nets.

Football

Ultimately, for the football fan, the Long Island area features 2 NFL franchises with proud histories, the New York Giants and the Big Apple Jets. The two teams share a home field in MetLife Stadium, located in East Ruuthrford, New Jersey. This unique arrangement ensures that there is a professional football game to catch on almost every fall weekend in the NY area. For people that like to plan in advance, be suggested that Super Bowl XLVIII is lined up to be played in MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014.

As is obvious, Long Island is a cool place for sports, and there are plenty of major league sports played there. After having a look through this list, you're sure to have plenty of fun options to make a choice from.




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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Texas Tech: A School Rich in History

By Richardo Manning


One of the most fun-filled and exciting activities of the month can be attending an athletic event. Cheering for the favorite team, hoping for their success, feeling their pain, and rejoicing in their victory creates memories that last a lifetime.

It's known for its ability to silence, or interfere with, the expression of specific genes. Applied to HIV, it could possibly interfere with the negative expressions of the virus, essentially curing it by stopping it from working.

Learning to enjoy watching a baseball game, however, may take a little understanding on the part of the spectator.

Some have suggested that symbolic clothing can have an effect on our behavior. A football player that wears a uniform which they relate the symbolism to a champion could perform better.

A timeless instruction passed from generations of fathers to their sons as they teach them they game of baseball reflects the importance of the ball to the game. "Keep your eye on the ball" has been the concise call of every baseball coach at every level, and is in turn the key to enjoying one's time at the ball park.

Over the years, they have produced 5 players that were inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Donny Anderson later played for both Green Bay and St. Louis back in the late 60's and early 70's.

If a person really wants to be amazed while watching a baseball game, they should try fielding some grounders, catching a pop fly, and hitting a baseball before going to the ball park.

In this tech dependent era, it is becoming increasingly necessary to have high quality photos, videos, and other such media. Art and design are becoming progressively significant and contribute more than possibly ever before. A great looking website allures more prospective viewers. A savvy company design captures the attention of more potential clients.

Many of their more recent players are found scattered throughout the NFL. The school itself has several conference championships to its name.

Entertainment and enjoyment will follow the baseball fan who understands the impressive, but seemingly easy, actions of the athletes on the diamond.

From advancing in science to working through the NCAA tournament during March Madness, Texas Tech has a notable history. That history will only propel the University to a successful future.

With such fierce competition, any little boost in motivation by fans sporting t-shirts they come to love will in turn help their team achieve victory. If what we wear effects how we act, then we should wear the best we have.

Complete your wardrobe with proper Texas Tech apparel to show your support. Your advertising help can aid the university's goal to continue in such a rich and diverse tradition.




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Friday, April 5, 2013

At What Level Will the New York Yankees Compete This Season

By B. Crawford


As we all know, the New York Yankees have made a concerted attempt to shrink their payroll for the upcoming season and beyond to avoid the dreaded luxury tax. They have been pulling players off of the waiver wire, signing average free agents and avoiding their previous spending habits from seasons past. This is not truly a bad thing, but definately unusual. As a baseball fan it has definately been strange to see and somewhat tough to digest.

The New York Yankees have a problem. That situation is quite simple for the near future when you boil it down; quite simply, they have some dreadful contracts that aren't going away any time soon. To get your payroll under $189 Million dollars should not take such significant measures and really speaks for itself. The only real cure is time, in the mean time mediocre players will be taking field sporting pinstripes.

The New York Yankees will compete because, well, that is what they do. They are good at winning, better than any other organization, but a World Series ring is probably not on the horizon. In fact, they stand a really good chance of winning the division with a little bit of luck and a lot of players having better than average seasons. I have never been a huge fanatic of the New York Yankees but I can't help but pull for the group that they have assembled for the upcoming season.

Brian Cashman and the rest of the front office for the New York Yankees have done a masterful job of assembling a competitive team in light of the spending vices that have been put into place. Primarily because that is a new territory for them, usually they have been allowed to spend at will. Like I said, I doubt this team, as engineered today, is going to win the World Series, but they will compete and cause the other teams in the American League East to sweat a little bit.

The New York Yankees are a role model franchise that many other clubs have tried to duplicate. Putting aside the payroll, they win at a level that is to be admired. One instruction that they will learn by default from the payroll constraints is that bigger contracts and spending at will are not the only way to realize your goal of winning World Series Championships. They have also proven over the years that an endless supply of cash doesn't hurt either. Either way, best of luck to them in 2013!




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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A new start for the Atlanta Braves

By B. Crawford


We are now about ten days away from opening day for the Atlanta Braves. After the way that the season ended last year in the one game wildcard game, the fans are ready to start a new journey to a what is hopefully a championship season. I hope that the we can get through opening day without random trash being thrown on the field because of a bad call by umpires.

There are no doubt that the season ended abruptly due in large part to a terrible call of the umpires. However, I was at that game and that call was not the primary reason the Atlanta Braves lost that ballgame. The game was lost by a mixture of not hitting with runners on base and poor defense; you can't put that form of performance available to you and expect to go home with a victory. Ask any fan of the team as well as give you a different opinion.

The expectations for the Atlanta Braves are very high this year and that is understandable. They were a lot more aggressive this winter than in they have been in recent years and the result is the potential for a very potent offense. In fact, this is the probably the most powerful offense that this team has in well over a decade. With that potential also comes a lot of swings and misses, the Atlanta Braves could potentially approach the all time record set by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 with 1,529 strikeouts.

The Atlanta Braves are getting to be athletic, their outfield is regarded as the best inside the entire game plus they are going to hit for power. The main question mark comes with the starting pitchers. When they can get a combined 60-65 wins from their starters they will stand a good chance of winning the division and knowcking from the Washington Nationals. You will find a high probability that it will take upwards of one hundred victories to attain a first place finish.

This division is certainly going to be a dog fight that could very well go right as far as the final weekend of the season to determine a winner. Everyone concedes that this might be certainly pretty much a two team race with they exception of a few folks that think the Phillies are capable of coming out on top. As the Phillies will probably end up getting a better record than this past year, they appear to be destined for a third place finish. This season will probably be a lot of fun to view and I can't wait to chose the season under way. It is a difficult fight and a lengthy season, but the Atlanta Braves are made to be a great team this season so let the games begin.




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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Major League Baseball to get rid of non-player pensions

By B. Crawford


There has been reports coming out over the last couple of days that Major League Baseball is planning on cutting out the pensions of anyone that is not in uniform. That is a large group of employees that are covered in that statement; probably every employee from the usher all the way up to the president of the team. People seem very swift to jump all over this and bash Bud Selig for this but the reality is that he is following the model set forth by the majority of private sector jobs. Still, that is a big blow to the employees.

I highly doubt that the commissioner would eliminate the pension program without setting up an optional retirement program, more than likely a very comprehensive program. They will not simply bring to an end the pension plan without offering an alternative. Pension plans are expensive to employers so it seems plausible to offer an alternative if you invest your savings back into employee salaries. If the goal is to line the pockets of Major League Baseball and all thirty owners, that would be bad. Very bad! If I were an employee of Major League Baseball I would be a little worried but not yet in panic mode, I expect that they will be offered a fair alternative.

Like I said earlier, pension plans are rapidly becoming extinct in the business world. It's probably only a matter of time before the government takes a close look at the pension program they offer to their employees. Twenty years from now it in all probability won't be the same as it is today and I don't think that is necessarily a bad thing. Just because employers don't offer a pension plan, or change a pension plan to a secondary retirement plan, doesn't mean they are a crappy employer. It simply means there may be a more beneficial way that benefits both sides, the employee and the employer.

There is little doubt that Major League Baseball is a cash cow that prints money around the clock for all team owners. Even the more modest markets such as Tampa are profitable; however, the gap in profits between all clubs is substantial. If the current arrangement is not beneficial to those profits then, like any other business, they have the right to make it better for everyone involved. I'm sure that each individual club will have the opportunity to set their own plan within a certain set of standards, the downside to that is that subsequently some clubs will be much better employers to work for than others. The cream will rise to the top.

In the end, the right conclusion will be made. One that is good for the employees and employer. By default this will put more money into the pockets of the owners and the league itself, but that is not truly a bad thing. As long as that money in reinvested back into the labor force then everyone has done the right thing morally. Whether they like it or not, Major League Baseball has an obligation to make certain that every employee is taken care of prudently; how they get there should not that big of an obstacle.




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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Why the Pirates Will be Successful in the Baseball Standings

By B. Crawford


I was in high school the last time the Pirates had a successful season in the baseball standings; I am currently pushing forty. Two decades ago they were a consistent challenger and were a tremendously talented team. And, of course, they had Jim Leyland as their manager in the dugout chain smoking like a chimney. They had Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla in the young part of their respective careers, to mention just a couple. Needless to say the financial aspects of the game caught up with them and all of their talent walked and they went through a rebuilding phase. That cycle was expected to be a short term plan, not twenty plus years, but here we are with no winning seasons in between then and now.

Over the years they have done a great job of drafting skilled players. Unfortunately, it never paid off in the baseball standings. In recent years they have shown bursts of success and winning through the first half of the season only to have it tumble late in the season. Generally this has been due to the starting pitching, really all of the pitching, faltering as season enters the late summer months. The end result has always been a hard slide in the baseball standings.

They truly have the team in place to be elite and remain relevant in the baseball standings this season. They also have a great manager in Clint Hurdle; on a side note, the greatest blunder the Colorado Rockies ever made was to fire him. The Pirates have a very intelligent front office staff that has done a fine job of adapting to what is needed to assemble a winning team. There are few teams with the raw talent that the Pirates have on the roster. Now all they need to do is to turn that into a winning season in the baseball standings. Sounds easy enough.

The Pirates have some of the premier fans in baseball and those fans are ready to win. Finishing in the bottom half of the baseball standings year after year has to be getting old; they are entitled to better results. After all, this might be a business that is totally based on results. If you don't win, nothing else matters. This isn't little league where everyone gets a nice shiny ribbon and a cool little plastic trophy; this might be a business where your results in the baseball standings is all that matters in the end.

On paper they are more than capable of accomplishing any goal that they set. Without doubt their goal is to win a World Series ring and they are as capable as anyone else to pull that off by the end of the season. It is doubtful that either wildcard position will come out of the central division so they will have to finish first in the baseball standings in their division. There is no cop out anymore; win or go home. The management has done their job, now it's time for the players to generate the results that everyone knows that they are capable of.




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