Minneapolis, Eh

Minneapolis, Eh

I can cross Minneapolis of the list of places I've been, but I don't think I will be going back any time soon.  It didn't really impress me at all.

The Metrodome was a horrible place to watch a basketball game.  The seats we bought were absolutely horrible and they shouldn't even be allowed to sell them.  I'd rather watch the game at a bar.  I'm serious.  Luckily for us, my buddy had his face painted, so we snuck into the B.C. section and ended up having great seats for the entire game.  Look at where our real seats were.  That's a couple hundred of feet behind the basket.
The game was a tough one.  I said to my buddy in an email on Friday, "I think the key to the game for B.C. will be ball control.  They tend to get sloppy.  If they don't get sloppy and keep themselves composed then they have a shot."  Looking back on the game now I'd say careless turnovers and poor foul shooting cost them the game.  I haven't seen a replay of the walk they called on Williams at the end, but I was pretty livid at the time.  It looked as if he was being dragged to the ground.

There is simply no excuse for allowing a wide open layup with 3.5 seconds left.

The scene in the Metrodome was weird.  Villanova actually had a decent number of fans there, but their fans are horrible.  There was a very typical bunch of Nova fans behind us who were constantly worried that Allan Ray or Randy Foye wouldn't bring the ball over mid court in time.  They're trash talk was pathetic, yelling at the refs that "this is the Big East! not the ACC!"  Painful.

There was indeed a Troy Bell spotting.  He showed up a few minutes into the game, getting a decent ovation from the small B.C. crowd nearby, wearing a black tee shirt.  A fan near him threw Troy a superfan shirt and he promptly put it on.  Good guy that Troy Bell.  Also of note, he was with a young female who looked like she could have been in a Jay Z video.  At one point Troy moved to seats closer to the court and was seemingly harassed by security to jeers of "that's Troy Bell you asshole!"  Awesome.

Saturday was spent taking in some of the local beers.  I preferred the Bell's blonde (Michigan) over the Summitt pale ale.

Did I mention the Metrodome was horrible to watch a basketball game at?  Other than the poor facilities, the fact we screwed up and were staying at the Villanova hotel, oh, and the last second heart break.. it was a pretty kick ass time.  

Union sign second-round pick, defender Aaron Jones

Union sign second-round pick, defender Aaron Jones

The Union have signed their second-round draft choice, Aaron Jones, from last month’s MLS SuperDraft. 

The 5-foot-9 defender was selected 33rd overall and is the second player the Union have signed from the Jan. 13 draft. Marcus Epps was the first to sign. 

Jones has been practicing with the team in their preseason camp and has impressed the front office. 

“We are pleased to sign Aaron to an official MLS contract,” Union sporting director Earnie Stewart said. “Aaron has impressed throughout his time with us in preseason camp, displaying quickness, his ability in passing and on free kicks, and his aggressive one-on-one defending. We look forward to bringing him aboard officially and tracking his development at the right back position over the years to come.”

The 22-year-old originally played at the collegiate level with Georgia State University between 2013-2014. He made 35 starts while scoring three goals with five assists. He transferred to Clemson before the 2015 season and finished his final two seasons with the Tigers. In those two seasons he made 38 starts, scoring four goals, and gathered seven assists. 

Flyers clash with Penguins in cheapest outdoor game this season

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Flyers clash with Penguins in cheapest outdoor game this season

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Attending this year’s Stadium Series game won’t come at much of a cost for fans at Heinz Field.

With the Penguins set to host the Flyers in the 68,000-plus seat stadium on Saturday, tickets are the cheapest of all three outdoor games this season. On TicketIQ, CSN Philly’s official ticketing partner, Penguins vs. Flyers Stadium Series tickets now average $202.

Saturday’s game is considerably cheaper than the Centennial Classic and Winter Classic, which were held in Toronto and St. Louis last month, respectively. The Winter Classic between the Blues and Blackhawks averaged a $632 ticket while the Maple Leafs and Red Wings’ Centennial Classic posted a $299 average.

As it stands now, this weekend’s game owns the third lowest average for a Stadium Series game in the last four years, trumped only by a 2016 game between the Wild and Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, which owned an overall average of $160. It is the cheapest two-day-out average that any game has posted, however, inching past a 2015 game between the Sharks and Kings ($203) for that title.

Only a 2014 Stadium Series game at Yankee Stadium between the Rangers and Islanders owned a lower get-in price ($45) two days out than Saturday’s game at Heinz Field. Penguins vs. Flyers tickets currently start from $67 each in the 500 sections.

The Flyers will play in their first Stadium Series game since the format was created in 2014. It will be their third overall outdoor game after 2010’s Winter Classic at Fenway Park and 2012’s Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park.

The game comes at a crucial time for the Flyers, who remain on the cusp of a playoff spot in a crowded Eastern Conference. As of Thursday afternoon, they sit just three points removed from the second wild-card spot. Some pushing and shoving will occur over the next two months, however, as several other teams fight for that last playoff berth.

The Penguins play host to their second outdoor game at Heinz Field following 2011’s Winter Classic against the Capitals. It will be the reigning Stanley Cup champions’ fourth outdoor game since 2008. They enter Saturday owners of the second seed in the Metropolitan division behind the league-best Capitals with 82 points in tow.