Archive for April, 2011

Nashville Predators drown the Anaheim Ducks in Playoff Game 6

NASHVILLE PREDATORS beat the Anaheim Ducks in game 6 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee and head to the 2nd round.  After a exciting last second goal by Shea Weber to tie the game and then overtime win by Jerred Smithson in Game 5, I didn’t think it could get any better.  I was wrong. Playoff  game 6 was taken to another level.   I have been a Nashville Predators season ticket holder since day 1 and have experienced great, exciting games in the past, but Game 6 was the best in their 13 year history.  Captain Shea Weber led his team for 60 minutes.   After the Anaheim Ducks got on the board first,  Nick Spaling answered quickly to tie it up and the fight got tougher.  Pekka Rinne, Jordin Tootoo, Nick Spaling played exceptionally well. I believe each player stepped  up their play during the entire series and  Pekka Rinne played better than ever.     As a Day 1 season ticket holder, I am very proud of our Nashville Predators and the way these young players have played against the long time veterans like Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf.   Their intensity and determination has got Nashville buzzing and hockey fever is catching on.  I took some pictures of game 6, and I hope you enjoy.  Im looking forward to adding pictures from Round 2 playoffs as well.  Let me know what you think.     LETS GO PREDATORS!!!

Brigestone Arena Before Game Six

Pekka Rinne

Predator Defense

Preds Defense Strong

Preds Defense

Predator Fans

Preds Player

Almost a Goal!

Predators on the Attack


Predator Fans Giving Some Love

Predators make History with Win

Predator Players Celebrate Win

Preds Celebrate

Predators Celebrating Win

Predators Celebrating Win

Preds Celebrating after Win

Preds Celebrating Win in Nashville

Preds Celebrating on Ice

Smashville Celebrating Win

Fans Celebrating outside Bridgestone Arenas

Bridgestone Arena after Preds defeat Ducks

#3 Vandy Baseball Sweeps LSU Tigers to Win Weekend Series

Vanderbilt Baseball took 3 games from the LSU Tigers here in Nashville, TN.  We had nice weather with each game sold out.  Vandy took game two 10 to 1 and game three 10 to 7.  The Commodores rang up 45 hits during the weekend series.  With Vanderbilt’s weekend sweep of LSU the Commodores are now in a 3 way tie with South Carolina and Florida for 1st place in the SEC College Baseball Standings.

Here are some pictures from game 2 on Saturday at Vanderbilt’s Hawkins Field.

Hawkins Field Entrance

Vandy 3rd Baseman Jason Esposito

LSU 3rd Baseman Tyler Hanover

Vandy PItcher Grayson Garvin

Vandy Runner Rounding 3rd Base

LSU Pitching Conference

Another Vandy Hit

LSU Frustration Mounts

Vandy Runner Slides into 3rd

Coach Tim Corbin watches to see what LSU does next

Vandy First Baseman Ready for Play

Keeping Track of Vandy K's

Great Day at Hawkins Field

Vandy Runner Ducks at 3rd Base

Future Vandy Baseball Player Catches Foul Balls Outside Hawkins Field

Vanderbilt 11, LSU 3, Commodores Blow Past Tigers

The LSU Tigers Baseball team visited Vanderbilt’s Hawkins Field here in Nashville, TN this weekend in hopes of turning their season around in time for the SEC Baseball Tournament.  LSU jumped out to a one run lead in the first inning off Vanderbilt’s Ace Pitcher Sonny Gray.  Vandy answered quickly scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the first inning.  The Commodores hammered out 12 hits against 4 LSU pitchers to win the first game.

Tim Corbin greets Paul Mainieri

Vanderbilt's Hawkins Field in Nashville

LSU Scores 1st run of game

Vandy scores 5 runs to answer

LSU Catcher tries to calm LSU Pitcher in 1st inning

LSU's 3rd Baseman Tyler Hanover ready at 3rd

Night time at Hawkins Field

Vandy Scoreboard tells the story

Vandy runner scores another run

Another visit to the mound for LSU Pitching

San Francisco Giants beat Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3

San Francisco Giants reliever Brian Wilson picked up his second save of the season against the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 Wednesday night at AT&T Baseball Park.  Pablo Sandoval and Mike Fontenot hit solo home runs in the six inning to put the Giants ahead of the Dodgers for good.

It was this writers 2nd visit to the Giants baseball stadium and I now feel is one of the best baseball stadiums in all of Major League baseball to enjoy baseball at it’s best! AT&T Park has to be one of the smallest foot prints for a MLB stadium.  The Giants make the most of the small ballpark to bring all baseball fans close to the action.  San Francisco has some of the most supportive and knowledgable fans around which adds to the overall overall baseball experience.  Combine the Los Angeles Dodgers visiting the San Francisco Giants on a cool breezy night with Brian Wilson coming in to retire the final three batters and you have pure baseball euphoria.

I made my rounds with my camera in tow for some nice images I hope you enjoy.  How many baseball parks can a fan visit with access to the entire stadium, baseball sports memorabilia with great food and fans!

Giants Fans enter AT&T Park before LA Dodgers game

Giants LF Stands

Giants AT&T Park Outfield Walkway

View of AT&T Park from Right Field

SF Giants Fans in Outfield Stands

View of Giants Field from press box

2 Fans waiting for Brian Wilson to enter game

Brian Wilson Runs in from Bullpen

Brian Wilson strikes out 3 to win game

Giants World Series Flag

2011 NFL and College Football Cards Now on Pro Sports Website.

2011 HIT FOOTBALL CARDS ARE HERE!  Cards of future greats such as Jake Locker, Mark Ingram, Cam Newton, Ryan Mallett and many more have arrived.  We just got in our new shipment of HIT FOOTBALL CARDS today.  I opened about 8 boxes and got some great autographs in the mix.  Each box contained 6 autographs and one had 9 autographs.  The cards are nice just like in the past, and the inserts are very mixed.   I have found in years past that HIT FOOTBALL  seems to be the best mix of new rookies.  I have been putting sets of these together for years and am amazed to the value of the set that it holds.  I began putting sets together in 2004 and still am amazed at the superstars that have happened from that year. Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Phillip Rivers cards have maintained great value and is still a desired card by young collectors.  I have collected other brands for rookies but seemed to think that HIT produces the best opportunities for autographs and relic cards of the new prospects.

New 2011 Topps Baseball Cards are Great this year.

Baseball fans are grabbing the 2011 Topps Baseball Cards Hobby Box and 2011 Topps Baseball Cards Jumbo Hobby box  as quick as they hit the shelfs.  I have collected Topps Baseball cards since a kid and even though there are many different brands in todays market, Topps remains to be a staple in sports card collecting. Topps Cards are great for building sets and getting a variety of your favorite players and hot new prospects.    Every year they add a little more to their product and this year they did it again.  This year while celebrating their 60th year anniversary, Topps has added many different Diamond Anniversary cards to their packs.  Each hobby box has on average 1 autograph and 2 relic cards and many different parallel cards.  We got our shipment of Topps Cards in and have enjoyed opening packs and pulling some great players such as Steven Strasburg, Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter and many more.  I pulled several glove leather relics and 1964 Mickey Mantle reprint relics.  I am a fan as well as a collector and opening baseball cards makes the game experience so much more fun.   Encourage your kids to start collecting.  Its an investment as well as entertainment.

#1 Vanderbilt Sweeps #24 Alabama Crimson Tide with 11-6 College Baseball Win

The Vanderbilt Commodores beat a determined Alabama Baseball team trying to win Sunday’s final game of the series in Nashville, TN at Vandy’s Hawkins Field 11-6.   The Crimson Tide put on 2 strong hitting rallies in the final game tying the score at 3 in the middle innings and then scoring 3 runs in the eighth to pull within 4 runs at 10-6.  The Dores 6 run 7th was too much for the Crimson Tide to overcome and sealed the win and sweep of the Vanderbilt Alabama college baseball weekend series in Nashville.

The Commodores won game one 11-3 and game two on Saturday 7-0.  Vanderbilt Baseball Coach Tim Corbin has his baseball team ranked #1 at this point in the NCAA college baseball season.  Vandy Fans are starting to think about the possibility of hosting a Super Regional for the NCAA Baseball Tournament.  Here are some pictures we took at Friday and Saturday’s games. The weather was nice for the entire weekend baseball series.

These pictures are from Friday and Saturday’s Games at Vandy’s Hawkins Field in Nashville, TN

Friday Night Game Bama 3rd Baseman tries to make a play

Vandy Freshman Tony Kemp rounds 3rd to score

Alabama 3rd Baseman Brett Booth ready for play

Vandy's Corey Williams of Huntsville, AL Pitches

Alabama's Hunter Gregory gets his bat on the ball

Crimson Tide Baseball Bench watches game

Bama's Brett Booth makes play to first base

Pick Off Play Attempt to First Base

Vandy gets final out for Sweep of Series

Vandy Celebrates Win and Sweep

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