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Wrigley Field, Home of the Chicago Cubs

Ever since the movie "Rookie of the Year" with Gary Busey hit theatres, I've been intrigued by Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Some 20 years later, I was fortunate enough to see the Chicago Cubs take on the San Diego Padres this past weekend. The excitement I felt seeing Wrigley from the subway was hard to explain. However, I may have chosen a terrible time to form an opinion on this historic ballpark. There was a ton of construction going on, especially in the famous bleacher area.

 U.S. Cellular Field, Home of the Chicago White Sox

View of U.S. Cellular Field's Exterior from Gate 5

After attending a Chicago White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field, I saw firsthand the differences between the White Sox and Cubs fan bases that I had heard so much about. I also saw the difference between both of their ballparks. And to be honest, I think the Chicago White Sox have the Chicago Cubs defeated in both categories.

 Chicago Blackhawks Fans at the United Center

Photo Source: ChicagoTribune.com

It's no secret that the Nashville Predators and their fans don't particularly like the Chicago Blackhawks organization. When playoff tickets went on sale for Game 1 of the divisional semifinals tonight in Nashville, no tickets were sold online, all tickets had to be purchased locally. The Predators organization also allowed their season ticket holders to purchase additional playoff tickets rather than issuing a limit. In years past, if you wanted tickets for a Blackhawks/Predators game at Bridgestone Arena, you had to also purchase tickets for a second Predators game later that season. Not only does the Predators organization try to find ways to hinder Blackhawks fans from invading Bridgestone Arena but they're also copying their traditions too. For Game 1 tonight in Nashville, Predators President Sean Henry asked the Nashville crowd to sing during the national anthem before the puck dropped. At the United Center in Chicago, Blackhawks fans are known to cheer loudly when the national anthem is performed by Jim Cornelison.  As Henry put it "it would be against God to cheer during the National Anthem while fans are singing it". 

First of all... Sean Henry... - SELL OUT YOUR ARENA! Either Nashville is too small of a sports market, you've priced your own fans out of attending games in person or have done a poor job at engaging them. Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens fans can show you how the whole sellout thing works. Sean Henry's statement also brought me to three questions. Why do Chicago Blackhawks fans cheer during the national anthem? How is it "disrespectful"? And how did this tradition start? 

 Modern Woodmen Ballpark

 The dynamic of what makes a great Minor League ballpark is a little different from what makes a great Major League ballpark. Minor League ballparks typically don't come with all of the bells and whistles that the Major League venues have. If you ask most people, history is what makes a ballpark - Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox) and Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs) are two of the most iconic stadiums in Major League Baseball. They're also the two oldest. 

With a smaller demand, smaller payroll and smaller talent pool in smaller cities, the Minor Leagues do the best with the resources they do have. We've compiled a list of the ten best Minor League ballparks in America. See if a city local to where you live made our short list. 

Commissioner Rob Manfred

Photo Source: NBCSports.com

Steroids. Gambling. Racism. Lying. Cheating. Like any other professional sports league, Major League Baseball has seen it's share of questionable characters. The league has done an excellent job at reprimanding it's players and keeping them in check. But when it's all said and done, whether or not that player should be allowed into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown always comes up. Newly appointed baseball commissioner Robert Manfred is currently in talks with former Cincinnati Red Pete Rose and his attorneys to decide if he will lift Rose's ban from the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Rose is baseball's all time leading hitter with 4,256 hits. If the ban is indeed lifted, why stop with Pete Rose? 

George M. Steinbrenner Field, Home of the Tampa Yankees

Photo Source: BaseballHotCorner.com

Every summer, Florida sees some of it's largest baseball audiences invade Marlins Park and Tropicana Field to see two New York teams; the New York Yankees and the New York Mets. The New York Yankees have a minor league affiliate known as the Tampa Yankees. The New York Mets have a minor league team in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Native New Yorker Dick Vitale is a season ticket holder for the Tampa Bay Rays. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter lives in Tampa during the off-season. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez lives in Miami during the off-season. But why? New York City is 1200 and 1500 miles from Tampa and Miami. To understand why there are so many New York Yankees fans in Florida, you must first understand why there are so many New Yorkers in Florida to begin with. 

 Fans Sitting in Empty Marlins Park

 Photo Source: Huffington Post

Have you ever thought about how cool it would be to be a season ticket holder of your favorite sports team? Few sports fans have the disposable income to make that dream a reality these days but let's admit, we've all thought about it.  The many opponents and players you would see in your hometown. The many friendships you would make in your section. The legendary tailgates you would throw beginning during the wee morning hours on game day. Unfortunately, buying season tickets is not always as simple as just sending a personal check to your team's ticket office. Many teams these days, especially NFL teams, are now requiring fans to purchase what's called "personal seat licenses" or "permanent seat licenses" before even spending a dime on tickets for the season. What exactly are PSLs?

 
William "WorldWide Wes" Wesley
Photo Source:  BleacherReport.com
 
 An article by a website called the Pasadena Post caught my attention on Twitter recently. The article was very outlandish but I do believe that there was some truth to it. It insinuated that Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari and his agent William "Worldwide Wes" Wesley cheated during the 2014 NCAA Tournament. How did they cheat?

 

Photo Source: Cronkite News

For whatever reason, sports fans see ticket scalpers as such mystifying people. How do they get tickets? Do they sell tickets for a living? How do I know if the tickets they sell me are real? These are questions we hear all of the time. And for those that cannot afford tickets on websites like Stubhub or maybe don't even know how to use them, ticket scalpers are their only hope.

 

Photo Source: StadiumPage.BlogSpot.com

Not since 1988 has the city of Cincinnati, Ohio hosted the Major League Baseball All Star Game. At the time, the game was played at the former home of the Cincinnati Reds, Riverfront Stadium. 12 years after the opening of Great American Ballpark (2003), the organization is gearing up for this year's "Midsummer Classic". The first order of business - replacing the old seats with brand new ones. 

Obstructed View Seats

 

Photo Source: NYPost.com

Purchasing tickets to your favorite event isn't always fail proof. Thousands of ticket transactions happen every single day a game is played. Mistakes are often made and it isn't always your fault. Below are the most common mistakes made when purchasing tickets to your favorite event and our advice on how to resolve the situation. 

 

Photo Source: Uni Watch

 The NBA has definitely seen it's share of bad nicknames over the years - especially before it merged with the ABA. Who would have guessed that Utah isn't known for it's Jazz and Grizzly bears aren't native to Memphis, Tennessee? However, we wanted to touch base and document how all 30 NBA teams came up with their nickname for everyone's enjoyment.

 

Photo Source: ChicagoTribune.com

The NHL has a lot more history than the rest of the sports world gives it credit for and hockey had history decades before the NHL was even founded. With it's rapidly growing popularity in the United States, I thought it would be cool to include a brief history on how all 30 NHL teams came up with their nicknames. Some of the stories are cooler than others. Enjoy!

 

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Why are the 49ers called the 49ers? What is a Packer? Don't lie. As big and popular as the National Football League is, few fans know the origins of even the team they cheer for. Well let us put an end to all of that ignorance. We did some research and here is how all 32 NFL teams got their nickname. Enjoy!

 

Photo Source: BrooklynBallparks.com

As devout as Major League Baseball fans are, I would guess that 70% of fans don't know the history of their team's nickname. I knew my favorite team's history (Cincinnati Reds) but not to the extent that I had expected. From This Seat did some research as to how all 30 Major League Baseball teams arrived at their nickname. Keep in mind that many of these are legend and that there are conflicting stories but the ones listed are by wide consensus. We're looking forward to your comments below. Enjoy!

 Michael Jordan Signing Autographs

Photo Source: UpperDeckBlog.com

Due to our elaborate list of hotels that teams stay in while on the road, we get all kinds of questions from autograph seekers. We thought it would be helpful to give advice to sports fans on how they could meet their favorite athlete in person. I can promise you that no one is as inaccessible as you might imagine.

Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals

 Only three teams in the National Football League have made the NFL playoffs the past four consecutive seasons; the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals. Two of those three teams won Super Bowls in that time span. In fact, the Cincinnati Bengals haven't won a playoff game in 25 years and are in 0-6 in the playoffs since Marvin Lewis took the reigns. Both Lewis and Andy Dalton are taking the most flack for the Bengals lack of success come January while Bengals owner Mike Brown lurks behind the scenes.

 Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio

If you're like me, you've recently become annoyed with all of the media and corporate hoopla surrounding the Super Bowl. I thought it would be nice to take a look back at some of the good ole' days of the NFL and the top ten players to ever play in this fine league. See if your favorite team is represented on our list.

 Super Bowl XLIX

Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest day in Sports in the United States. And whether the NFL likes to admit it or not, it's all because of us. Whether it's watching for the silly commercials, because of the half time entertainment, because our favorite teams are playing or because you just love football, there is no other day like it. We compiled photos of football fans from around the U.S. to show how they spent their day for Super Bowl XLIV between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. We hope everyone ate and drank well! Enjoy!

Tom Brady at Gillette Stadium

 Photo Source: USAToday.com

In case you've been hiding under a rock for two weeks, there is a bit of controversy lingering heading into Super Bowl XLIV. Here's the situation. The New England Patriots met the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Championship game to decide who goes to the Super Bowl. The Patriots were victorious by a score of 45-7. Afterwards, there has been speculation that the Patriots staff had deflated their footballs used on offense to less than 12.5 PSI (pound per square inch). Did this trick give the team an advantage? Or did they even cheat the system? As radical as ESPN's Colin Cowherd's comments are at times, he made one last week about the ongoing "Deflate Gate" investigation that put this whole mess into better perspective for us all.

"Give a deflated football to Vince Young or Ryan Leaf vs. Andrew Luck. Let's see who comes out on top".

Sure, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have been in question before concerning cheating. But when a team comes out on top 45-7, does it really matter?

 Map of all 30 Major League Ballparks

Photo Source: Pinterest

There are tons of review websites out there like Yelp and TripAdvisor. Tons of websites where you can see the view from your section. We wanted to give baseball fans the opportunity to briefly peak inside all 30 Major League Ballparks via Youtube. Many of the videos we have compiled will show you what the concourses are like, what the crowd flow is like and also what the game day atmosphere is like! Some of the videos are brief, some are long, some are better than others. Go see these ballparks for yourself! Enjoy!