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  1. The Storm are ceasing operations. This hit me hard, some of my best childhood memories were going to Storm games with my dad, we had season tickets for many years, up until 2009 when the league didn't play and our personal lives got in the way as well. While I haven't been as die-hard as in the past I still followed them and enjoyed the ArenaBowl this last season. I think for me this kills whatever connection I had left with the league for good. A shame, I have amazing memories. Those games were a blast.
  2. As someone who grew up in Tampa I love the name change. The Tarpons name is great and has a lot of history in the city and league. I'm excited
  3. Football and CTE

    For whatever little it's worth, I work at a large sports complex (and also home to an MLB Spring Training team), and we have baseball/softball year round, most of it youth. I also see a lot of other diamonds and smaller complexes across the metro here. Purely anecdotal for sure, but youth baseball is still going. And this backs me up: Again for whatever it is worth.
  4. Football and CTE

    To be fair, people have been saying this about baseball for a hundred years. I can dig up articles from the 20s, the 50s, the 70s, all lamenting the death of baseball and how youth are going elsewhere. Yet the game is still doing just fine.
  5. 2017 MLB Season

    That article was the first time I ever heard of the D-Rays were originally going to be in the AL West! But it appears to be true: That would have been interesting. NFL levels of geographical weirdness.
  6. Football and CTE

    Yeah, this is just one reason of many I don't watch football anymore. Amazing how a sport that was such an obsession to me as a kid means so little to me now. It's cannibalizing itself and now the thought of it dying off doesn't even bother me anymore.
  7. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Yes, the supporters section is standing room only.
  8. 2017 MLB Season

    Rays vs Marlins World Series, Florida Cup, Sunshine Series, make it happen! As a Rays fan, great win yesterday too bad I missed most of it at work but was able to catch the end of it. Today I am enjoying as much baseball as I can, Rays get back to the field tomorrow.
  9. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Orlando City fans have been pretty well behaved since entering the MLS. The supporters groups especially, we have had a couple of small incidents but I don't think any of them linked to the SGs. And I just have to say the new stadium is beautiful and that crowd was amazing. Orlando is a diehard soccer/football town no doubt about it.
  10. 2017 MLB Season

    I hope this isn't too early or I missed another post, but... Today pitchers and catchers reported to camp for the Cleveland Indians. Over the next few days the rest of the MLB will report and in 13 days the first Spring Training games will commence. Baseball is back!
  11. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Orlando is up in Atlanta a couple times late season. I want to catch a road game up there then catch a game at the Braves new stadium, for a nice weekend. Can't wait for the season
  12. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    I am looking forward to Atlanta in the league, it makes a reasonable road trip for a game, and I plan to drive up and catch an OCSC in Atlanta for my first road MLS experience. Another Florida team would be fantastic.
  13. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    MLS releases it's first weekend/home openers schedule: Seasons starts on March 3 with Minnesota United at the Portland Timbers. Orlando City opens their new stadium against NYCFC on the 5th.
  14. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    If the Rowdies got in I would be a bit conflicted. I would never stop supporting Orlando City, it would be the only case where my primary team wasn't the Tampa Bay area team.