Monthly Archives: February 2011

New Sporting Good Stores Opening in NY & NC

February 27, 2011

Edge Sporting Goods
A new sporting goods store Edge Sporting Goods is now open on 103 Main St in Canton, NY. The business is a partnership among Timothy A. Youngs, Canton, and Rusty D. Gotham and his wife, Debra C., of Russell. “We’re going to try to be a full-fledged sporting goods store,” Mr. Youngs said. “Within six months to a year we’d like to evolve by offering items for a variety of sports.”

Find the rest of the article on Edge Sporting Goods at the Watertowndailytimes.com.

Tyro Sports Gallery
As the parent of two daughters active in sports, Leslie Smith of Tyro said he knew there was a market for a sporting goods store in the west Davidson area. So, after taking early retirement from a 30-year career in plastics, Smith decided to open his own business, Tyro Sports Gallery, at 4423 N.C. Highway 150, Suite E, in the 3,000-square-foot space formerly occupied by Movie Gallery adjacent to the Dollar General store. Smith said he is carrying baseball, basketball, football, softball, soccer and volleyball equipment as well as tennis balls, pingpong balls and paddles and shuttlecocks for badminton. He also can order team uniforms, T-shirts and caps, either screen-printed or embroidered.

Find the rest of this story at The-Dispatch.com.

Baseball 365 a New Baseball & Softball Store W/Coupon

February 22, 2011

Looking for a premier spot to search for all of your baseball and softball equipment needs? Check out Baseball 365, a new store that’s located at 9872 Lyndale Ave South, Bloomington, MN – 55420. Baseball 365 offers a large variety of baseball and softball equipment for every type of player whether you are just starting out or a seasoned veteran.

Baseball 365 CouponThe store was opened on December 1st, 2011 by two brothers, Nate and Ryan Cousins who currently still play baseball and have over 40 years of combined experience in the sport. They opened the store as in their words “We were increasingly frustrated with the lack of places in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area that players could go to purchase quality baseball & softball equipment from people who knew what they were talking about. We made the decision to fill this void and open a store completely devoted to the game we love. The game of baseball is timeless, truly the best game in the world. We are thrilled to be doing something in the field we love, and are eager to use our knowledge to assist the next generation of ballplayers.”

Baseball 365 is one of the only specialty retailers in the country that offer the categories of baseball and softball equipment by itself. The advantage of this focus is superior customer service and knowledge as well as high end services and special ordering. Baseball equipment & softball equipment they carry include baseball gloves, baseball bats, softball gloves, softball bats, baseball apparel, softball apparel, jock straps, baseball & softball pants, MN Twin Jerseys & everything in between. Top brands include Nike, Rawlings, DeMarini, Miken, Combat, Wilson, Louisville, Mizuno, and more.

Check them out online www.baseball365online.com and follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Stop in and visit Nate and Ryan as they are store that sells the best selection of baseball and softball equipment & apparel in the Twin Cities, Minneapolis-St. Paul.

They are located near Bloomington, MN – 55420, 55438, Edina, MN – 55439, & Richfield, MN – 55423

Changes to Make the NFL Better

February 17, 2011

So with all of the talk around Roger Goodell and the NFLPA trying to make a deal, but coming up ridiculously short; I have some ideas to help things move along:

The 18 game schedule: Don’t do it. I’m sure everyone would love to see more football, but I’ve got a better idea- an extra bye week. Give the teams two weeks off during the season, to rest wounds, including those pesky concussions. The extra week would provide even more money to owners in the shared revenue department, expand the fantasy football season, and give the players an extra week at home to get into more media-friendly scrapes with the law. But this will push the season back a week right? False. This ties into my next plan to keep the season ending the same week.

The Pro Bowl: Scrap it. Seriously, it’s the worst display of football known to man, especially one played by players over the age of 12. I’d rather watch an arena league game. Not to mention they apparently can’t find suitable jerseys for this game, as year after year it looks like the Shriners vs. Barnum and Bailey’s. Instead, award these players with the usual fanfare for being tops in the league, give them a vacation to Hawaii and everything, just don’t make them play a pointless, toothless football game year after year as a “Reward” for being awesome.

Preseason: Yeah, cut this down to 2 games. Aside from the Pro Bowl, there is nothing quite as pointless as the 4th preseason game, where no one with a secured job sees the field for more than a series. Two games, along with all the practices during August, is plenty enough to cleanse our palate from Arena League season, and more than enough to get the hordes of homers fired up for the season.

Money: Here is the sticking point. Players want more, Owners want more, and both have plenty of pull, thanks to that stinkin Union. I side with the Owners on this one, their money is the cash on the line when these teams open up every year, not the players. Not to mention players’ salaries are bordering on baseball-high, and they only work 5 months a year, 6 if they’re good. Take your millions, quit your whining and play a sport for a filthy rich living. And you’re welcome for the extra bye week, guys. At the same time, the league should take some of this money they aren’t giving the players, and put it towards concussion research and supporting retired players who aren’t insured. I’m no Mike Ditka, but these guys busted their ass for us when football players didn’t make nearly as much, and now their lives are shattered because of it. Also, let’s tone down the rookie contracts. Signing top talent is fine, and paying them well is fine too; but in the end they haven’t proven anything and there are veterans out there working just as hard, if not harder and getting paid a fraction of that. The list of players who have made less than Ryan Leaf is endless, and I’m sure filled with a who’s who of All Pro players. I rest my case.

This doesn’t solve everything, but I think it’s a good start to negotiations; along with preferred parking for veterans, I think would go a long ways towards getting football back on the field in September.

You have your orders, Roger, now get to work.

BBCOR Certified Baseball Bats

February 9, 2011

It’s been said that they are the four greatest words in the english language:

Pitchers. And. Catchers. Report.

As a baseball nut, I’m in 100% agreement with that idea and this time of year is like the day before a child’s birthday for me. It has begun, as all the major league teams have begun packing up and heading south, with or without Michael Young. The big question this year is who can beat the Phillies rotation, other than Brian Wilson’s beard. Another question, more at the local level stems from the new batch of bat certification standards. Composite bats have been wreaking havoc on baseballs and softballs for almost a decade now, and the subsequent injuries (and even deaths) resulting have parents and officials concerned enough to the point where we may not see them again.

My take on it is this- with full disclosure, I was struck with a batted ball two summers ago while pitching a softball game. After multiple fractures to my orbital bone, two titanium plates in my face and thousands of dollars owed from surgery; I can verify that composite bats are dangerous. Do I think that banning them completely is a good step? Not entirely. I’m all for it from a competitive standpoint, as some bats, especially in the slow pitch softball realm are like built in steroids; but from a safety standpoint, I don’t think it matters much. Had I been hit with a screaming line drive off of an alloy bat, I don’t think my face would’ve been any better off or my bills any less soul crushing. It’s a slippery slope, that’s true, but there has been people seriously injured with balls off of wood bats, so where does it end? The reason why I got hurt was I didn’t have my glove up. I threw the ball ending with my glove at my side, and missed catching the ball by about an inch. Had I pitched with my glove up, it would’ve been an Out instead of Ouch. It’s a tough task to ask kids to defend themselves from batted balls, especially while pitching, but in this sport, like many others; the dangers are always going to be there, regardless of the safety measures we take.

With all of that soap boxing aside, rule changes are inevitable, and this year the baseball world is being shook up by the new BBCOR (Batted Ball Coefficient Of Restitution) standards, that are targeting composite bats. In high school and college play, the BESR (Ball Exit Speed Ratio) certified bats are going out, this year for college, next year for high school, and must be replaced with BBCOR certified bats. The difference being the new BBCOR certification measures the bats trampoline effect, or how much pop a bat has, versus the old method of measuring the speed of the ball off of the bat in testing. We talked about these bats and how Sports Authority was offering them in one of our latest articles.

At the youth level, it isn’t quite that easy. I always recommend to check with your little league coach or a league official to get a list of either approved or unapproved bats, because youth leagues aren’t all uniformly sanctioned, and therefore will have several different rules and guidelines. Also, the friendly staff at your local sporting goods store should have a good idea as to what is allowed or not allowed in your area. And to find that friendly local sporting goods store, use Sportrabbit.com.

Top 10 Hottest Products at SIA Trade Show

February 5, 2011

By Mike Hardaker, Mountain Weekly News

“The 2011 SIA (Snowsports Industries America) trade show has wrapped up with recent sales data indicated more than $1 billion in snow sports goods were sold at retail during December of 2010 setting a new record. The trade show floor was a buzz from Thursday – Sunday with buyers, retailers, media, pros and industry folks all coming together to talk about the best business in the world… Winter Snow Sports!! Our top 10 Hottest Products from SIA are as follows:”

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How to Buy a Bowling Ball

February 2, 2011

Here are the different types of bowling balls:

Polyester and Plastic Bowling Balls
• Great ball for beginners and entry-level players.
• Least expensive.
• Most durable.
• Usually more forgiving than other bowling balls.
• Not a good ball for using spin, typically a better ball if you throw it straight.

Urethane Bowling Balls
• Great ball for higher end or skilled players.
• Ball provides great feel and control for hooks.
• Has a sanded finish
• Great overall ball for performance, control and price.

Reactive Resin Bowling Balls
• Another great ball for higher end or skill players.
• Offer most versatility and pin placement.
• Less durable than polyester and Urethane balls.
• Offer the most hook potential.
• Offer greatest strike potential of all kinds of balls.

Particle Bowling Balls
• Same type of ball as Resin, however used on oil or heavily oiled lanes.
• Offer maximum friction and reaction.

The typical pricing for Bowling balls is from $39.99 all the way up to almost $200. Pre drilled balls typically cost from $39.99. Usually higher end balls are better suited for very good players. You can usually get a nice ball for around $60.

Other things to consider when buying a bowling ball:
• Average adult male usually bowls with a: 14-16 lb. ball.
• Average adult female usually bowls with a: 10-14 lb. ball.
• Juniors: 1lb. of weight per year of child’s age, i.e. 8 yrs old = 8-lb. ball.
• Generally, heavy balls have larger holes and lighter balls have smaller holes.
• It is better to have a ball that’s too light than too heavy.
• Make sure the holes fit your hands comfortably.