Take me out to the ballgame....

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Sports

The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, the smell of popcorn and peanuts. Those are some of the things most people conjure up when you mention America’s “favorite past time.”

But not yesterday, at least not in Camden Yards in Baltimore.  In what had to be strangest MLB game ever played, the Baltimore Orioles faced off against the Chicago White Sox, witnessed by no one except for news media and security personnel.

Because just for that game, the concessions were closed, the seats were empty, and there wasn’t a hot dog to be had due to public safety concerns surrounding the riotous unrest just outside the stadium’s gates.

Talk about memorabilia?!  Everything that happened in Camden Yards on April 29, 2015 was in its own way history making.  Both the winners and the losers actually can celebrate one very certain fact; they played in the only game ever in the history of MLB that no spectators were allowed to attend.

I have to believe that every Baseball Card company on the planet was on hand for this once in a lifetime event. Every player, every ball, every bat, every piece of equipment; all of it can now claim a piece of MLB history.  I can see it now, in thirty years, a whole bunch of grandpas will be telling their grandchildren that, through no fault of their own, they were there, got a hit, made a crucial play, or were maybe just freaked out by the dead silence of the empty park.

Look at it this way.  Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Bo Jackson, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Lou Gehrig, Honus Wagner, Whitey Ford, Ozzie Smith, or even Bob Uecker; all of them and many more are famous for one thing or the other inside and outside of MLB, but none of them ever played a game in the silence of an empty stadium.  And I dare say that more than likely, no other professional ball players ever will again.

By the way, in an otherwise unremarkable game, the Orioles defended their home turf by a score of 8-2.

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Starla Brown is her name and Football is her game!

Written by Fundamental SEC on . Posted in Sports

Publisher's note:  After a brief, but never the less all too long absence, Starla M. Brown is back with a vengeance.  SEC Football is getting ready to start again, and Starla's keyboard is warmed up and ready to crank out the very best in So. Florida football highlights and perspective.  We at The Patriots Press can't wait to see more.

Starla M. Brown:  Hi everyone!  After a long off-season and some downtime, we are ready for some FOOTBALL!  College football season is quickly approaching and I trust all the fans out there are entering the pre-season speculation phase.

For SEC fans it is truly an exciting year as ESPN's SEC Network launches August 14th, and the newly announced carrier Comcast will make it easier for sports junkies and Xfinity subscribers like myself to enjoy lots of SEC football on the go.  I highly recommend theXfinity TV Go app for smartphone users.  And it's not just football, you will have access to all of the SEC sports coverage from the network.

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Lousy call by NFL

Written by Fox Sports on . Posted in Sports

Publisher's note:  Okay, I'll admit it, I'm not the world's biggest sports fan.  I like football, baseball, basketball, and all the rest just fine; but I never have been a raving fan of even my hometown teams. It has never been that important to me.  However, I do understand nonsense when I see and hear it.

In case you missed it, the NFL has told the town of East Rutherford, NJ that they can party in the streets all day and night and have a great time, except they may not use any logos of make any mention of the name Super Bowl in any marketing of the planned downtown party.   It's a copyright thing y'know.  And they're not kidding either; the NFL is watching and there will be legal penalty flags all over East Rutherford if they break the rule.   

The problem is that East Rutherford happens to be the town where this Sunday's big game is taking place.  Talk about a bad call.  Perhaps the NFL might want to review this play.

Fox News:  Super Bowl XLVIII's hometown has a rude guest.

The sports world is converging on East Rutherford (pop. 8,978) for Sunday's game between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, and all the town wanted to do was have a little block party for locals not rich or lucky enough to have tickets. 

The NFL can't stop the party, but they did bar East Rutherford from using the phrase "Super Bowl" in any description of the humble event, set to take place Sunday afternoon in the shadow of the town's most famous building, MetLife Stadium.

“Do I feel snubbed?” Mayor James Casella replied when asked by FoxNews.com if he thought it was fair. “This is the way it has always been, I never expect more.”

So Sunday's event, at which main drag Park Avenue will be blocked off, live bands will play and local restaurants will serve up food and drink in the open air, will be dubbed “The Meadowlands Tailgate Party Live from East Rutherford.” The town's website trumpets a "Game Day Tailgate."

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NFL to gun dealer..."NO!"

Written by Fundamentals on . Posted in Sports

Publisher's note:  I find it very interesting that the NFL allows ads for numerous things that have a pro American stance, however an ad depicting a soldier returning from home and his plans to protect himself and family by exercising his Constitutional rights is being snubbed.  Perhaps gun owners should make a stand and say no Super Bowl this year.

Fundamentals:  One advertisement you will not see as part of the commercial lineup during the 2014 Super Bowl is the Daniel Defense spot.  Apparently gun dealers are not welcome after the ad was rejected twice according to a story written this week in Guns & Ammo.

The article described as a themed about "personal protection and fundamental rights", is not allowed due to the NFL's policies for ad content.  Firearms is one of the categories banned by the NFL which includes such items as alcohol, energy drinks and prescription drugs. 

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