Last year, during our 7th anniversary week we went through the best athletes to wear the number 7. So naturally, this year for our 8th anniversary, we decided to follow that up with a list of the best players to ever wear the number 8. Here we go:
Cal Ripken Jr.
Baseball's Iron Man. It's absolutely absurd to think that Ripken played in 2,632 consecutive games during his career with the Baltimore Orioles. To put that in perspective, only one active player in Major League Baseball, Alex Rodriguez, has played in more games than that total. The streak stands as maybe the most unbreakable record in baseball (yes, I believe even more than Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak).
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Bucket List Venue: Madison Square Garden - NY, NY
Why I need to see this venue: I recently moved to the northeast from Seattle and I've always wanted to attend an event at Madison Square Garden. I wouldn't care if it was a concert, basketball game, or hockey game. I just want to enjoy the experience, take in the history, but most importantly be able to say I've been to MSG!
Towards the end of April, the NFL released its schedule and riled up all of the league’s fans. Whether the team is a perennial Super Bowl contender or consistently near the bottom rankings of the league, the release of the schedule reminds people that every team starts with a 0-0 record and has a chance to navigate their way into the NFL playoff picture.
When the schedule comes out, prices on the secondary ticket market are released as well. As you may have figured, the earliest of price swings head towards the league’s most popular teams, such as the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys and others.
It’s been just over two weeks since the release, and this past weekend, the NFL Draft concluded as well. The aura that is created from the introduction of the schedule has worn down, and an average ticket price on the secondary market is more level and now paints a more accurate portrayal of what some of the highest asking prices will be during the NFL regular season. Below are the three highest average ticket prices for NFL tickets this season, according to information provided by TicketNetwork.com.
Most Expensive: 11/01/2015 | Denver Broncos vs. Green Bay Packers | Sports Authority Field At Mile High | Average Price: $724.26 | Get-in Price: $300
The Toronto Raptors are by far the NBA’s biggest surprise of the season thus far. Led by veteran point guard Kyle Lowry, the Raptors are off to their best start in franchise history posting an 8-2 record through 10 games. The high-rising DeMar DeRozan leads the team averaging 21.2 PPG, while the 7-foot tall center Jonas Valanciunas is having a career season averaging 8 RPG and 11 PPG. The only NBA team located outside the U.S., the loyal Raptor fan-base has chanted and termed the phrase #WeTheNorth. Look for continued success from a team that is surprising the entire league with their energy and play-making ability.
My Prediction: Toronto will finish in the 5th spot in the Eastern Conference, behind Cleveland, Chicago (if Rose can stay healthy), Washington, and Miami.
If you're anything like me, then you probably know nothing about sports. Like, nothing might even be a generous descriptor. But today, you probably know something is happening — the World Series is happening, in fact. And if you don't want to be left out of the conversation, then you should figure out a way to be part of the conversation.
As someone who knows absolutely nothing about baseball, I can't give you much. But I can give you some really basic facts, and then a few silly ways to decide who you're going to root for. Ready?
What to know
- Game 1 is tonight. It starts at 8 p.m. EST.
- Two teams will play: Royals vs. Giants.
- This match-up is kind of weird. Nobody predicted it.
Reasons to root for the Royals
- They haven't even made it to the World Series since their 1985 win.
- Their colors are blue and white, which has a nice collegiate feel to them.
- Paul Rudd is a Royals fan.
- You can sing Lorde's song "Royals" in your head every time you think of this team.
Reasons to root for the Giants
- It would be really cool for them to keep up the every-other-year winning thing they've got going on. They won in 2010 and 2012.
- Their colors are orange and black, which is like a tigers, and tigers are fun.
- Usually when people mention the Giants, they're talking about the football team, so in a way, these guys are kind of an underdog.
- San Francisco is probably a cool city.
It's not scientific... but you have a 50/50 chance of rooting for the winning team, so pick one and go for it. Good luck!