Baseball’s Regular Season is Just Around the Corner

Opening Day will kick off on Wednesday April 4, 2012 in which the St. Louis Cardinals will face off against the upgraded Miami Marlins. Baseball fans have to be excited for the season to finaly kick off with all the offseason trransactions and signings made. The Marlins were able to reach an agreement in the offseason with sensational short stop Jose Reyes. The contract was worth $106 million over the next 6 years that gave the Marlins a new super star along with their new home. The team they willl be facing didn’t fair aswell.

During the offseason the Cardinals had been hopeful to resign one of the gretest players in the game right now if not the greatest, Albert Pujols. Pujols had expressed his desire to stay in St. Louis but with only a 5 year deal presented from the Cardinals, Pujols was forced to look elsewhere. Big mistake St. Louis. The team they are facing on Wednesday almost landed Pujols, but because of a no trade clause the Marlins refused to put  in the contract, the deal came crashing down. Pujols would sign a 10 year $254 million dollar contract with the Los Angeles Angels making them an automatic contender.

Other Notable Offseason Aquisitions:

Nationals– Jayson Werth

Boston Red Sox- Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez

Texas Rangers– Adrian Beltre

Chicago Cubs– Carlos Pena, Matt Garza

New York Mets– Chris Young, Scott Hairston

Minnesota Twins– Orlando Hudson, Jason Bartlett, Cameron Maybin

Philadelphia Phillies– Cliff Lee

Detroit Tigers– Price Fielder

Baseball season is almost here, let me know who your favorite is to win the World Series.

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Milwaukee Bucks -2.5

The Bucks have been playing excellent basketball lately winning 9 of their last 12 games. The have also gone over 100 points in their last 9 games. The have showed a balance offensive attack and are fighting for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings. The bandged up Grizzlies started a 10 game in 14 days on Friday in which they lost to Houston. The Grizzlies have lost 7 of 9 and aren’t playing there best basketball and tonight they will have to face a very hot team on their home court. FEAR the DEER!

Record: 18-19-00

Fans Back the Pack, But Not the Bighorns? How To Drive in Fans.

On March 17, 2012 I attended my first Reno Bighorns Developmental League game which I was excited for. This was my first professional basketball and that’s one thing I don’t think people realize. These are professional athletes waiting for their shot to make it, like former Bighorn standout Jeremy Lin. The Bighorns are on the same playing level as the Reno Aces and it seems as though much more of the community attends those games than the Bighorns.

I went on St. Patricks day and the team was giving out 1500 limited edition Jeremy Lin jerseys, which was the main reason why I went to the game. I know you can’t do this all the time but thought the idea was great!

Maybe fans don’t go because they think they are bad, but the Bighorns have had success making it to the post season in each of the last two seasons and advancing to the second round last season. They also have former Nevada Wolf Pack player Mo Charlo and two NBA-D All Stars in Blake Ahearn and Andre Emmett. Emmett had 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting in the All-Star game. So, the excitement and talent is there and they even have a nice stadium, but where are the fans? As I watched the game I tried to notice things that could make the game that much more entertaining.

Here are a few things I liked and others I thought could be improved:

  • Can I get some advertising! People want attend these events but if you don’t know when they are it is kind of hard to go. Facebook isn’t enough.
  • Amp up the dance team no offense, but they routine was lack luster at best. A good dance team is always great effective entertainment for fans.
  • I did think the mascot  was very funny and got all the kids involved.
  • I notice a lot, and I mean a lot of empty courtside seats in which a set were given to a winner of some raffle. I think there should be more of this. If no one is sitting in them why not fill them. It will only get fans coming back.
  • I would also think about something like a “Terrible Towel” concept to get fans feeling like they are part of the organization.

I enjoyed my first Reno Bighorns game and plan to attend many more in the future. I hope fans realize how fun it is to have something like this in their town. What are your ideas about the Reno Bighorns?