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Tough Love

Greetings readers,

Fans are an important staple in sports. Basically, no fans equals no money. No revenue; no team. The fans are the ones who buy the jerseys and merchandise, who pay the cable company for Pay-Per-View, and who pay to have a seat.

So let’s ask something, what does a fan do when that team isn’t easy to follow? What if their team is consistently losing?

Today’s topic is going to be covered by two articles. We have ESPN‘s list of the best-ran professional teams and we also have Puget Sound’s Business Journal with their list of the toughest MLB teams to watch (here’s a little guide into how this list was created.)

From the ESPN list, we have a team close to the Miami Valley that is 15th overall in the nation…and one dead last. That’s right, the Reds are 15th and the Bengals are dead last (122nd, if you wondered.) The rankings are based on a few categories, such as players’ effort, ownership honesty, strength of the coaching staff, and values that effect fans. This list took the NHL, NBA, MLB, and the NFL into account.

For the Bengals, the ownership (which, if you ask the majority of the fans and Who Dey Revolution, that’s the problem) is 120th overall. Only the Maloof family of the Sacramento Kings and the Atlanta Spirit of the former Thrashers scored worse. For the Reds, ownership was ranked 17th.

For a look up north near the lake, the Cleveland Indians were the top team in town, ranking 53rd. The Cavs were 65th, followed by the Browns at 91st. For one last stop, the Columbus Blue Jackets were 87th. Out of the ESPN list, the Green Bay Packers were 1st, followed by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

With the Biz Journal, the Reds are the 11th toughest team to root for, with the Indians 9th. The Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs are the top two teams in the list. The easiest teams to root for are the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

Stats aside: when a team consistently loses, it becomes difficult to continue alliances with that team. While it might become frustrating to continue seeing that team lose, it also affects the social part of lives. For example, Person A is a fan of a team that continues to lose. Person B is a fan of a team with a 24-game winning streak. Person B could rag on Person A for liking that team. That’s just part of the Circle of Sports.

From what I’ve seen, the media seems to cover teams that keep on winning. That’s why you keep seeing the same teams on national broadcasts. The more your team wins, the more you win.

I know this article has mostly been reciting stats and saying obvious things, but it does matter how much peopleĀ  invest in their team. For the fans, they feel like they’re part of the team and have become family. For the front office, the more they invest usually results in more fans. When the players/coaches invest in the team, that usually brings fans in, as well. It’s the Circle of Sports, if that exists.

One last thing: you might wonder why I used a Seattle Mariner as the picture. Well, while looking at the Puget Sound article, I got the idea to type this article. The Mariners were picked seventh, and that was originally going to be the article. However, I remembered the ESPN list and thought it would add more to the post. That wraps up the closest thing to director’s commentary you’ll see on this blog.

Sources of information from ESPN and Business Journal.

Until next time,

-Lee

Concussed Out II – Madden and Co.

Greetings readers,

It’s no secret how popular the Madden series is to the sports video game world. Year after year, it’s the football game most people buy to play as their favorite team. Whatever your opinion is on video games based on sports, you can’t deny that Madden is the king of the NFL games.

There’s been some additions to the series, such as the quarterback sights, making custom teams and players, and many more features. Concussions could be another feature to the series.

From ESPN, that move is supported by John Madden himself. This feature would teach people about the effects of concussions. The President of EA Sports Peter Moore said that it wasn’t fair to have concussed players return after one quarter.

One of my favorite parts of the article is Madden telling the New York Times that it’ll be an osmosis effect, teaching others the effects of concussions.

Along with the concussion effects, helmet-to-helmet tackles are excluded from Madden ’12. “…if we show players playing through concussions, then kids won’t understand.”

I like the changes planned, as it shows an effort to stay in touch with the game today. Luckily there is no Lockout Mode in the game. Like I previously mentioned, you could be a person that questions why sports games are constantly remade or you could be a die-hard that picks up every single game possible, these changes are actually important. According to the article, you can expect this new game in August, even if the teams are still locked out.

Source of information from ESPN.

Until next time,

-Lee

Fixing the Tiger Cage

Greetings readers,

Today’s post is about the Cincinnati Bengals. As you know, the Bengals are currently losers of their last ten games. With a 2-11 record, saying this season is a disappointment is being too kind. After sweeping the AFC North last year and keeping virtually the same team, expectations were sky high. Cincy started off 2-1, with a loss to the New England Patriots. However, it started to snowball down with a loss to the Browns in Cleveland. The Bengals are winless since late September.

Currently Cincinnati is second to last in the NFL, only ahead of the Carolina Panthers (1-12). The Bengals are 24th out of 32 teams on total offense and 21st in total defense. Also, The Bengals are 15th in passing yards but 30th in rushing yards. With that last sentence, it’s clear that the running game isn’t working and it forces the offense to keep passing.

If you read this article from the Bleacher Report, you will see why (or should) the Bengals are done trying with Carson Palmer. Along with that one, check out what Terrell Owens says about the owner and coaches.

So, who do you blame for this horrendous season?

You can blame the owner, you can blame the coaching staff, or you can blame the players. You can blame a combination of all or any three. Blaming gets you nowhere, however. What do you do to fix this?

One possible way is to get rid of the expiring contracts and old players that have seen better days. Eat up some contracts, whatever you have to do. Bring in fresh, new offensive players. Granted, you’ll have a growing pain with new players straight out of college trying to muscle their way into the Sunday life, but you’ll have the talent. You could also try trading out on the market. Also, trying new plays and going for it (smartly, not on 4th and 20 on your own 15) is a boost. New offensive tactics with fresh players could make a difference.

Another step is to make sure the defense will be back on the field healthier than ever. I think Mike Zimmer has done a nice job this season, and I will use the last game in Pittsburgh. There wasn’t any offensive touchdowns scored by the Steelers. However, when Palmer threw those pick-sixes, it turned the score upside-down for the Bengals.

You could add all the players you wanted, but what if it’s a fault in coaching? Like I previously touched on, you can’t be so predictable on the offense that teams know what to expect before. What if these losing season have piled up on you and you’ve mentally given up? It would be time for a fresh start, for both the coach and players. New sometimes works.

I know I probably should talk about it, but I won’t touch the whole ownership issue as there’s a whole site for that at whodeyrevolution.com. They do a great job on debunking on why Mike Brown is just in it for the cash and why he’ll go cheap for anything. Hats off, WDR!

You might be wondering why I wrote this article. This is my first NFL team that I follow and one that I always will follow (the other one being the New England Patriots.) I guess you can say I want to see my team succeed more than just a few years at a time. Call me a fan that wants to win but wants to stay neutral and open to any ideas to make this team better.

Until next time,

-Lee

Diff’rent Hats

Greetings readers,

Today’s topic is going back to the design portion of sports. As you all know, there are colors used for each team. Usually comprising around two or three, color palettes usually have some meaning to the team.

Today, when you walk into a sports store you will see replicas of the same hats that the athletes wear (for baseball and sometimes football, anyways.) However, what about the other merchandise with that same logo and different colors?

That’s the topic for today.

I’m near the Cincinnati market, as you might know. The majority of the baseball gear is for the Reds fans. Football is sort of mixed, due to the Browns’ long history in Cleveland and Cincinnati not arriving on the scene until the 60’s. There’s a nice selection of sports shops, especially in the Northern Cincinnati malls. There’s one store that I like going through called Cincy Shops, where it has a ton of ball cap hats to choose from, for pros and colleges. I guess you can say that’s why I chose to write this blog.

It seems like any store that carries a boat-load of hats always has the ones the players wear, but then has hats with different colors and different logos. The hat you see as the blog picture is one example. I know once upon a time, the Reds did have blue in their color scheme. However, they never had cyan during a time where it was popular to have. There are a few hats that take the “Wishbone C” logo and move it off-center of the hat. There was a design which took the away jersey script that the Reds wore until 2007 (sadly, I can’t find it online.) There’s some hats that use the Mr. RedLegs logo as the centerpiece of the hat. There’s a load of color mixes as well and not just for the Reds. The weirdest hat I saw online has to be a tie between a purple Reds hat and a Reds hat with ear flaps (it’s built like a ballcap except with ear flaps.)

You can find many more of these creations at your hat store in the mall or online. The site I used to find most of these is lids.com.

The main point of this article is not to spot all the hats or give out free advertising, but to rather question why the need for all of these designs. Should there really be an endless supply of hats? What was wrong with the styles that the teams wore? Why is it acceptable to use another team’s color scheme (let’s say, the Pittsburgh Pirates gold and black) and use another team’s logo (the Reds, who are red and white/black)? Maybe I’m just old-fashioned and think that these gimmicks in merchandise aren’t necessary. Of course, you the reader aren’t me and maybe these are the things you and the general people want. You do have to acknowledge the fact that you can’t say “Oh, they don’t have any styles of hats.” You do have a lot to choose from online, but the store experiences will vary. It also helps to be a fan of your team and shop around that area.

People continue to buy hats, so it’s not an issue but rather just an observation. To add one last positive point, at least with all the hats there is variety out there so you don’t see the same hat over and over again.

As a final closing note, there are camouflage football jerseys. Don’t believe me? Instead of continuing on with the article, I’ll end it at this. Why?

Until next time,

-Lee

Los Angeles Football: Undefeated Since 1995

Since 1995, the second largest city in the United States has been without a NFL team. A city that once held the Rams and the Raiders is still looking for a team to take the gridiron. That city is Los Angeles, California.

If you search for “Los Angeles NFL” in Google, the first thing that pops up is this site. It talks about plans to build a stadium when the NFL okays a franchise to be placed there. Claiming it will be designed by the same people who built the Staples Center (where the Lakers and Clippers play basketball) and be LEED certified. A nice touch for fans would be the 600 acres for tailgating all day. There will be 75,000 seats (12,500 club seats and 176 suites) with 25,000 parking spaces.

While there isn’t any official word about LA getting a football franchise, it has been heavily rumored. When the word is placed into the league, the stadium will begin construction.

Recently, there was a group from Los Angeles talking with the Minnesota Vikings about the chance to move the franchise that is currently celebrating 50 years. You can read that story here.

This is a story I really wanted to have done and publish a long time ago, but the last article made me revisit this topic. I just think it’s strange where the second biggest market doesn’t have a team but a city without any other professional teams can support a NFL team. The closest teams to Los Angeles are the San Diego Chargers, the Oakland Raiders, and the San Francisco 49ers. While all teams are fairly close to the City of Angels, there might be a few folks that wish to have no ties to other California cities.

Since the two teams moved, there have been many attempts on luring a franchise back to the city. Some teams included the Cleveland Browns, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Saint Louis Rams, and many others. There have been a few articles published on ESPN about how the Jaguars struggle to meet the 72-hour deadline, where if you don’t sell the game out you can’t broadcast locally.

While it would complete the circle of pro sports in Los Angeles, would it draw fans? Like previously mentioned, there are already three teams near Los Angeles. Granted, we’re talking about the second biggest media market in the United States. Remember that 72-hour rule though. When both teams played in the Los Angeles Coliseum, both teams struggled to sell their games out due to having around a 93,000 person capacity.

There have been talks about renovating the Coliseum to include luxury boxes and other modern requirements of stadiums, but many say it’s not good enough to host a professional team. Also, the University of Southern California has stated they don’t want a NFL franchise moving in as well.

It will be interesting to see in the next few years if Los Angeles does get a football team again. The question is, IF we do see a L.A. team, who will we not see? Also, since we still have the Raiders and Rams playing football, what will be their nickname? What will be the color scheme? Who will play?

Until next time,

-Lee