Category Archives: General Sports

The basic miscellaneous category.

My 2014 through the Blog

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Caps on 34th Street

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Greetings readers,

According to an article from Retailing Today, written by Mike Troy on August 7th, Macy’s and Lids have struck a licensing deal. This deal will be for 200 stores, with the first twenty-five rolling out the new deal this Fall. The other 175 will have to wait until Spring 2014 for this licensing deal to open up.

With this deal, these Macy’s selected will roll out products relevant to sports fans. The deal calls for merchandise in four major sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA) as well as collegiate gear. This apparel will be available for men, women, and children, as well as a possible slice of housewares and novelty selections. In a small sample of these 200 stores, there will also be a customization stand to embroider hats. Space for the new Lids gear should take up around 500 to 1,000 square feet, as well as an interactive kiosk to order gear. will also sell the Lids gear soon, too.

That’s two hundred Macy’s stores out of about 840 that will add that additional grab for the sports fans. Earlier this year, Macy’s also signed a deal with Finish Line to handle the athletic shoe stock.

As a support associate at a Dayton area Macy’s, I can only tell you this is a nice grab for the company. Currently, the Dayton area Macy’s really don’t have a lot of sports stuff (just a small selection of Reds, Bengals, and Ohio State stuff.) If you venture out to the Columbus-area Macy’s, you can see more Buckeye gear. I remember the Cincinnati-area Macy’s usually have a bit more Reds, Bengals, and sometimes UC merchandise. Case in point, Macy’s really doesn’t carry a lot of sporting merchandise in Southwest Ohio…until possibly now.

Remember, only 200 stores will get the Lids treatment, with an eye out for the big sports areas (like New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and the like.) I figure these placements will also depend on how well a Macy’s store does.

Will the Dayton, Ohio region be treated to one of these 200 additions? As much as I love to see this happen, I don’t think the Dayton region makes the cut. While Dayton is a fantastic sports market with two NCAA Division I institutions, a superb Reds farm team in the Dayton Dragons, the Dayton Demonz hockey team, and various other professional teams in the area, remember the other markets out there like New York, where you have multiple teams and multiple Macy’s too. Now just how many (and what stores) get these, I have no clue. I think the closest area to receive this licensing would either be the Kenwood location in Cincinnati or one of the bigger Macy’s in the Columbus area (Polaris or Easton, maybe one of the two Tuttle Crossing locations [yes, there’s two. Interesting story, but that’ll be for another day.])

But is it possible for the Dayton Mall or the other two Dayton area Macy’s to get a piece of the Lids deal? Absolutely. One of my thoughts about this is over-saturation. Would you put a Lids section in two nearby Macy’s? I assume this wouldn’t be case, so if it’s more spread out, I think Dayton might get a piece of the 200 slice. If you spread it around the bigger markets, this leaves a couple of other markets open for this opportunity.

So there you have it, the next place you buy or receive a hat or sporting piece of clothing might just be from the department store with the star.

Until next time,


Interview Stories

Greetings readers,

I’d like to advertise an interview I was recently a part of. If you’d like to read it for yourself, you can do so by clicking this link

The website is called PBP (Play-by-Play) Stories, where all the interviews are from Michael Hirn. On the website, Hirn has interviewed other broadcasters, such as the voice of the Dallas Cowboys Brad Shum, Dallas Mavericks PBP voice Chuck Cooperstein, and many more.

Hirn is the Play-by-Play voice of the Lima Warriors, a football team in the Heartland Football League.

Recently, Hirn also partaked in the 2013 Midwest League All-Star Game, you can read his live blog here.

Thanks for the interview, Michael!

Until next time,


CBS Sports – An App Review

 Greetings readers,

Today I am reviewing the CBS Sports app, available on Android’s Google Play and the Apple App Store. The CBS Sports is developed by OneLouder.

Currently (as of 4/16/2013), CBS Sports has an average rating of 4.4 from 16,501 votes on Google Play and a combined rating of 3 out of 5 from 50,517 votes at the App Store (but the current version  has a 4.5 out of 5 from 109 votes.)

This app was previously called SportCaster, also developed by OneLouder Apps (they also make TweetCaster which is an app I use quite frequently.) Eventually, the CBS name took over the app and the SportCaster name was dropped after.

One thing I loved about the old SportCaster app was the tweets about games and teams. None of the apps I reviewed had that feature, so that’s what made SportCaster unique and on my mobile phone. Fast forward from 2011 to 2013, and CBS Sports still has that feature. You access it from the settings menu.

One thing that was worked on was the lack of sports. From my old review of SportCaster, there was only American Football (NCAA and NFL.) With CBS Sports, you have the options to follow your favorite teams as well as numerous European Football leagues, Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball, and both pro and college basketball.

You can also receive notifications on your favorite teams or any breaking news of major events from CBS Sports. These are customization options for these, including turning them off.

The front page is the big news stories. To get to the scores, you pull the menu down to pick the league you want or pick “My Teams” to see those scores. On the score screen, you can pull down news stories and see tweets from the team representatives (writers, actual teams Twitter, etc…)

While finding the tweets and news stories take a little bit getting used to, it is a good setup. I like the customization of the app, and I think it deserves a home on your mobile device. From this sportscaster, it’s a recommended app.

Sources of info from the Google Play and Apple App Store sites. Ratings/votes are current as of 11:57 AM on April 16th, 2013.

Until next time,


Raiders of the Lost Pool

Greetings readers,

Today I’d like to share with you an organization that’s been in the Dayton area for a while and recently made the news on a big purchase. This organization is the Dayton Raiders.

The Dayton Raiders have been in the area since 1981 (actually longer than that if you count the Dayton Dolphins and the Wright State Raiders, which you can read the entire history here.) It’s an organization for younger people who would like to train and receive coaching all year long.

Recently, the Raiders bought the Beavercreek YMCA for a training site starting this May. While the Y off of Grange Hall Road will still close, the community programs will stay and the Raiders will use this pool to train. For the 2012-2013 season, the home meets are at Wright State University (the pool’s right next to the bookstore.)

The Raiders have won a lot of awards and accomplished a lot of records  as a team, including breaking the American record for the 200 backstroke in short course meters, three Raiders winning U.S. Juniors National Championships, several hundred representatives in the Ohio High School State Championships, and many Raider reps went on to swim on the collegiate levels (including Wright State University.)

There’s also opportunities for people interested in helping out the team. The Raiders use a volunteer point system, to make sure everyone chips into the team.

The 2012 senior class of the Raiders include many reps from Centerville and Beavercreek High Schools, as well as a few reps from Yellow Springs, Miamisburg, Vandalia-Butler, Oakwood, Northridge, Tippecanoe, and Fenwick High Schools. These seniors have decided to go to college, including one to Wright State.

While never a rep of this swimming organization, I’ve seen a plentiful amount of Dayton Raiders gear since I was a kid. I saw a lot more of this in college, and I always wanted to ask what the Dayton Raiders were (I knew it wasn’t college related, since UD is the Flyers.) Turns out, it’s a big organization reaching out to the Miami Valley for swimming.

This purchase of the Beavercreek YMCA is a great one for the Raiders, as it continues to give the swimming organization a good link to Greene County (Wright State is another link to Greene County.) It gives the team a pool to practice swimming and prevents another building turning empty.

If you’re in the area and want to give your kids a chance to learn swimming, give the Dayton Raiders a shot!

Sources of information from WDTN Channel 2 and the Dayton Raiders. Picture from the Dayton Raiders.

Until next time,