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Everything posted by Norva

  1. As a Bolts fan I am not saying series over until we have won 4 games. Here's hoping they close it out though.
  2. Greatest day of the year. Opening day!
  3. Long overdue. I think one reason logos like this have survived so long over other caricatures like Sambo, is that Native Americans are so marginalized in society that you can spend your whole life without seeing one or hearing from any of them. They have historically been brutalized and to this day are still pushed to the very edge of society and taken advantage of time and again by the US government, you can't claim to 'honor' them with sports teams while largely ignoring their very existence.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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: http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/study-shows-youth-baseball-softball-participation-on-the-rise-051817 Again for whatever it is worth.
  7. 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.
  8. 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: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1997-01-18/sports/9701180170_1_trading-interleague-opponents-tampa-bay-new-york-area-teams That would have been interesting. NFL levels of geographical weirdness.
  9. 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.
  10. Yes, the supporters section is standing room only.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. MLS releases it's first weekend/home openers schedule: http://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2016/12/21/mls-announces-2017-home-openers-all-22-clubs-season-kicks-march-3 Seasons starts on March 3 with Minnesota United at the Portland Timbers. Orlando City opens their new stadium against NYCFC on the 5th.
  17. 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.
  18. The new Orlando stadium coming along:
  19. The MLS Cup will feature two teams who have never played in it before. Very cool, should be a great Cup no matter who wins the East final.
  20. Wow Jax. I had no idea they were even looking to change? Just awful. Suns was a great name with a ton of history. I like as much whimsy as anyone but so much of this ends up as forced crap.
  21. At this point, I would be over the moon thrilled if they just called them the "Braves".
  22. So what is the news on MLS expansion? Last I saw Minnesota has a TBA date, Atlanta is next year and LA after than and Miami is up in the air. So is Atlanta going to possibly be a one team expansion next season?
  23. I still am not thrilled with the nickname choices, but Kissimmee or Osceola in front of them instead of Florida would be more stomachable.
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