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Exterior photo of the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago, Illinois.

In a sports world where fans jump aboard and off the bandwagon on a whim, one must give credit to Chicago Cubs fans. Not since 1908 have Cubs fans been able to celebrate a World Series Championship.

Exterior photo of Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

What would you say is the most intense rivalry in all of sports? Ohio State and Michigan in college football? Duke and North Carolina in college basketball? The Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics in professional basketball? None of those. Real sports fans know that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox rivalry is unparalleled to any rivalry in any sport.

 Photo of the ice at Joe Louis Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings.

The National Hockey League is popular in the United States. Don't get us wrong. But after reading for days on the topic of hockey's popularity in Canada, the answer is complex and seems to lie in the geography and climate. The two hockey powerhouses internationally are clearly Canada and Russia; both of those countries have chilly climates most of the calendar year and produce most the NHL's talent.

Photo of the Dominican Republic's national baseball team.

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There are many misconceptions about the foundation and origin of baseball in the Dominican Republic. No, American Marines did not teach the game to the local residents in 1916.

Who are some names fans think of when they think of the greatest home runs hitters of all-time? Willie Mays. Ken Griffey Jr. Mark Mcgwire. Hank Aaron. Babe Ruth. Truth is, perhaps the greatest home run hitter to ever play baseball will not appear in any Major League Baseball record books. His name was Josh Gibson.

Photo of the field at Louisville Slugger Field, home of the Louisville Bats. 

Sure, Major League Baseball players live glamorous lifestyles. They make millions playing the game that they love, date beautiful women, travel the world, as well as share a camaraderie with hundreds of other players doing the exact same things. But few fans know about the hardships they endured to get where they are.

Photo of the field at Globe Life Park in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers. 

The National Football League and Major League Baseball are the two most popular sports in the United States. The months of February and March are the most dreaded months in many fans' calendar year with no football or baseball to entertain them. Many NFL fans even made solid attempts to watch Arena Football when it was still active. Since 1998, the NBA has lost nearly 30% of its audience. What attributes for the decline in the NBA's ratings?

Photo of the field at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians.

Major League Baseball fans are familiar with the never ending debate on bringing a salary cap into Major League Baseball. Luxury taxes and salary caps are aimed at curing payroll inflation, leveling the playing field and combating high ticket prices. Fans outside of the Los Angeles DodgersNew York Yankees and Boston Red Sox organizations are almost always in favor of introducing a salary cap. 

Photo of the field at FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns.

All sports media outlets have all but guaranteed that the proposed 18 game NFL schedule will be put into effect in the near future. Hey, we're all for more football! Especially if you cut out two NFL preseason games which are so painful to watch. But is it good for the players?

Photo of Terrell Owens while playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Was I the only NFL fan that knew Terrell Owens would not go over well as a Cincinnati Bengal? Once you get into your late 30's, its hard to change behavior and habits; especially as a player. While he may have been correct in his assessment that some of the Cincinnati Bengals' struggles was on behalf of the Brown family and coaching staff, opinions like that should not and cannot go public.

Stock photo of a one hundred dollar bill.

Sports fans are often bewildered at many of the stories they read about pro athletes losing their fortunes. It's disgusting that many of the fans in these large cities are living well making $60K-$70K a year while athletes end up squandering millions. So how does it happen? This subject does take some research but the cases are well-documented. There are really too many athletes to cite, and it would make no sense to break down their financial woes on the micro level.

Photo of the field at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It's no secret that the NFL attendance numbers are down this season; close to 4% from 2009. That doesn't seem like much on paper, but it is. Is it because of the recession? A lot of people don't think so. The culprit is the NFL itself.

Photo of the field at the Georgia Dome, former home of the Atlanta Falcons.

Today, the most expensive sport to see in person is the NFL. There are only 8 home games, which makes buying season tickets a fairly easy commitment compared to the other 3 major sports (NBA, MLB, NHL). We often hear of fans complaining about the high price of NFL tickets and how it is too expensive to go to games, etc. Fans, however, cannot point the finger at the NFL if they're unable to afford tickets to see their favorite team in person.

Our staff made the mistake of going to the Buffalo Bills - vs. Cincinnati Bengals game on Sunday November 21st, 2010 at Paul Brown Stadium. You don't need a recap. The Bengals blew a huge first half lead and lets just say that the Bengals fan base were not that surprised.

 Photo of the field at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Miami Dolphins game (10-31-2010) was our staff's first game at Paul Brown Stadium for the 2010 season. Our seats were in section 131, row 11 and paid $160 for two tickets.

Photo of the playing field at Paul Brown Stadium from the upper level. Home of the Cincinnati Bengals.

In all honesty, this was the game that inspired me to create From This Seat. After paying a handsome amount for 9th row/end zone playoff tickets (Section 152, Row 9) I was extremely disappointed to have the field goal post obstructing my view.