Earlier this week my girlfriend and I attended the South Carolina Stingrays versus Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL game at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, and IT WAS AWESOME!!!
This was my first time visiting the Gwinnett Center and my first live hockey experience since I attended an Atlanta Thrashers game back in 2003. My girlfriend is an avid ice hockey fan and proud supporter of the Gladiators, and she wanted to treat me to my first ECHL game.
The Arena at Gwinnett Center is a fairly new facility, having opened back in early 2003. The arena is clean, well maintained, easy to access, and to those of us first timers, it still has that “new arena” feeling to it. I’m looking forward to future visits for more Gladiators action and perhaps some Georgia Force arena football and other events too.
As far as the Gladiators, I like the team. They don’t get all of the press and national attention like the Atlanta Thrashers, but it’s still a real ice hockey team. They skate fast, have good puck handling skills, and the fights are great. It’s just a little bit disappointing that Atlanta isn’t much of a hockey city, whether it’s for NHL or ECHL teams. Read more…
As a Michigan native and lifelong fan of the University of Michigan football program, I was extremely pleased to see Coach Brady Hoke take the reins as the new head coach of the Wolverines.
For the first time in three years, I am optimistic in seeing a real coach bring the Wolverines back to life and restore honor to the university, alumni, and fans across the country. I’m not expecting to see a miracle first season as it’s going to take some time to erase the damage that Rich Rodriguez has done to the team.
But what I do know is that after seeing what Coach Hoke has done at Ball State and San Diego State University, and after listening to the press conference, Coach Hoke is an OUTSTANDING choice for the University of Michigan!
University of Michigan press conference with Coach Brady Hoke
Today I had another opportunity to attend a home football game for Georgia Tech.
I’m not a Tech alumni, nor am I a huge fan of the school. I do like them significantly more than that other popular college in the state of Georgia. My alma mater, however, is with a different university a couple of states away. Today’s gameday experience was provided by my late brother’s seasons tickets.
The game against Miami went pretty much as I expected. Tech’s passing game was non-existent, and despite having a greater time of possession and the same if not more rushing yards, the scoreboard called the game a blowout. The game was pretty much over since the first quarter when Miami was up by 14 points. If Tech has to play catch up with its triple-option offense, well, good luck. There’s a good reason why you no longer see that style of offense in Division 1 football.
One of the more exciting parts of the game (aside from the 1990 Georgia Tech National Championship football team being honored at halftime) was the military fly-by at the end of the national anthem. Making an approach from the north and staying about a thousand feet above ground level was a C-17 Globemaster III. The massive transport made a low pass over Bobby Dodd Stadium and managed to get what Tech fans were sober enough to get to the stadium in time excited for today’s game.
The second half of the game was a bore as Miami pulled ahead and sealed the game. As I was watching the Tech fans leave the stadium at the start of the fourth quarter, I couldn’t help but overhear conversations about the fly-by from last year’s Wake Forest game. This was the infamous “too low” fly-by performed by a pair of F/A-18 Hornet pilots from the VFA-136 “Knighthawks” strike fighter squadron. Those two pilots (both were GA Tech alumni) were permanently relieved of pilot duty after that stunt. Read more…
Last night’s IndyCar race at the Chicagoland Speedway was nothing but spectacular for fans of racing. That was a real treat to see the lead pack of ten cars staying together for most of the race, giving the fans many hair raising moments and a spectacular finish.
Franchitti’s win was his third win of the season, and Wheldon had a strong second place finish. Wheldon continues to give the best TV interviews. It’s always a pleasure having him speak to the interviewers before and after races.
And speaking of good finishes, how about three out of four Andretti cars going third, fourth and fifth?
Kudos go out to Sarah Fisher for getting up front and leading a total of ten laps. True, she went to the front by skipping a pit stop and only led the pack during the yellow flag laps, but she held second place until she came in to pit. She was gambling for another yellow flag during which she would pit with everybody else and hopefully maintain her position. It didn’t work out that way for her in the end, but she did a good job staying up front with the leaders. Read more…
This past weekend was exciting as our favorite NFL teams took to the playing field for some hard-hitting practice sessions (a.k.a NFL preseason).
Sure, it is only the preseason and the games don’t count, but it’s exciting seeing the new rookies in action as well as other players as they begin playing for new teams. The preseason is also a last chance for players to make a team or prove that they are worthwhile and worthy of not being cut from the roster. But the preseason is way too long and needs to only last for two games max, not four.
I didn’t get a chance to see as much as I wanted, but what I did see was certainly interesting around the NFL.
Let’s take a look at a few teams and key players. Take note that these are observations not from a die-hard NFL analyst but merely an amateur observer and general fan of professional football. This also does not cover each team and every key player. Read more…
The days tick by, and Ndamukong Suh, the #2 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, still has not signed with the Detroit Lions.
According to a recent article, so far Suh has already missed three days of practice. Whether he’s holding out personally or if it’s from his agents, this kind of crap with NFL rookies being hold outs needs to end NOW!
The problem here is that many rookies tend to get over inflated egos when it’s time to sign the contract with an NFL team. They worked hard and performed well in college football, and after the big media blitz they expect to have massive contracts with millions of guaranteed dollars.
Well, folks, I’m sorry, but this is complete garbage. Read more…
Yesterday we had the annual running of the world famous Indy 500 race, also known as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
For the most part, it was an entertaining race full of crashes and excitement throughout the race. Despite the incredibly lame fuel-efficiency ending, I was glad to see Dario Franchitti put his car in Victory Lane. Perhaps one of these years he’ll win it without help of rain or a yellow flag at the end of the race.
Of course, the big questions are, would Dan Wheldon have had enough time to catch up to Franchitti on that final lap? Did Franchitti’s car have enough fuel to go around one more time, even if he was averaging over 20 miles-per-hour slower than at full speed?
It’s too bad that this wasn’t a case where all the cars needed fuel to make it to the end, forcing everybody in for a splash of ethanol and letting them go full speed to the finish line.
The Mike Conway / Ryan Hunter-Reay crash at the end of the race was nothing short of spectacular. Apparently Conway had a fractured lower left leg and will have to wear a back brace for a few weeks, putting him out of action in IndyCar for the next few weeks. It’s amazing that he wasn’t injured more seriously and no fans were hurt in that accident.
And then there was Danica Patrick, megastar of IndyCar Racing and star of numerous GoDaddy and Peak antifreeze TV commercials.
DO YOU THINK THEY AIRED ENOUGH GODADDY COMMERCIALS DURING THE RACE??? Read more…
Okay people, the 2010 NCAA March Madness tournament starts tomorrow, so it’s time to fill out those brackets before the games begin.
This past Winter I paid zero attention to college basketball. The most I watched were parts of the ACC and SEC tournaments. Otherwise, during the regular season I was watching ice hockey or other shows. Sorry, but basketball isn’t one of my favorite sports.
So with basically no knowledge about how well certain teams are doing this year, I decided to let the flip of a coin decide my bracket picks.
My original idea was to use a state quarter for each of the arenas hosting games in this year’s tournament, and using the Indiana state quarter for the Final Four. However, some of my coins are in better condition than others and there could be inconsistencies with the actual flipping between the different quarters. I wanted to keep an even playing field, so I instead opted to use a 1987 one dollar game token from the Circus Circus resort and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is a large, heavy coin, and it would land solid on my mattress with each flip.
The Winter Olympic games are only a few days away, and people and athletes are already voicing concerns about the judges in figure skating.
The problem here is that no matter what, when it comes to being judged for style, people will always be upset with the outcome unless the differences in the performances are significant. If performances are nearly identical to the average person, no matter what, people will be upset when their performer does not receive a high enough score.
Throw in the claims over the years of judges from certain countries giving overwhelming bias for their country’s athletes despite poor performances, and, well, you get the picture.
Perhaps the real question is, do judged events belong in the Olympics, whether its all of the gymnastic events during the Summer Games or the figure skating, freestyle skiing, ski jumping (current version where the judges give style points) snowboard events in the Winter Games?
An article was published today claiming that former Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback, Michael Vick, wasn’t exactly giving it his all on and off the playing field. In fact, Vick admitted this himself just recently.
The problem here is that for anybody who actually watched Michael Vick play, and still kept watching him on the sidelines, the fact that he didn’t appear to really care at times or give it his all was painfully obvious. It’s just sad that his lack of leadership and inability to learn plays and analyze the defense were overlooked by so many people, including the biased sports reporters who bent over backwards to compliment every single thing that he did.