Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Revive This Blog

I think I may have figured out a way to post to this blog without it affecting my work situation. Hopefully, we won't be too far into football season before I start posting again...


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Thursday, May 04, 2006

ReAL Phoenix? And Utah as a "big" league sports town.

In today's Tribune, Kurt Kragthorpe says that losing Real Salt Lake will hurt Salt Lake City's image as being a big-league sports team.

It's an image that we don't have.

RSL says that they will make a profit in 5 years if they have their own stadium they don't have to build to rent out for concerts (because that's what this city lacks is concert venues), and has 20,000 fans per game (near-sellout crowds, BTW).

I'm not surprised they aren't doing as hot. The Blitzz sure didn't sell any tickets, and they put a winning product on the field.

It's the problem the WNBA had when they brought the Starzz here: They overestimated the market for women's basketball. They figured the Jazz sold out nearly every game, and lots of people in town play bball. But, the UofU women's team got 1,000 people per game, and those were free.

Right now, sports in Utah aren't doing real well financially, and it's probably because there's an oversaturation of sports in town.

The Jazz had their smallest crowds since the Delta Center opened. The Grizzlies averaged 1/4 capacity, and they were a playoff team. The Bees worse than that.

The only team to do well lately has been the Blaze, and the jury's still out on that one. Will the newness wear off? It's hard to know.

But this I do know: It's hard to call yourself a major league town when you can't even support minor league teams.


Sunday, April 30, 2006

Rocky Mountain Raceways

Yesterday, I attended the opener for Rocky Mountain Raceways' 2006 season. It was fun, except for one thing.

Some of their classes are really small.

For instance, the figure-8s consisted of 4 cars.

And, the most they had on the track at a time was 3.

That's not fun for anybody.

However, in the Modifieds, Lynn Hardy was back to his beating and banging self. Some people were really getting into it, some arguing he wasn't being penalized enough, others saying he shouldn't be penalized.

This should be good.


Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Ah, spring is in the air. I'm writing this from the third floor of the main salt lake library, looking out the window at the fresh snow-capped mountains. The sky is a beatuiful blue, and things are good. The Jazz season is done after tonight, and we're two weeks into the Bees season. Not to mention 3/4ths of the Blaze and the start of Real Salt Lake's season.

Life is good.


Monday, February 06, 2006

Blaze Opener

I'm sorry that it's been so long since my last post. My life is a little too crazy at the moment to write on 3 blogs, so I make do with what I have.

For the Blaze home opener last Saturday, I was positioned near the players' wives' room, so I didn't get to really see anything. However, the crowd seemed good-sized, and was loud. I did enjoy KJZZ's broadcast of the game.


Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Blaze Home Opener in 10 Days!!

The Utah Blaze open in 10 days, and I am so excited!!!

Oh, and Bob on Sports has learned that Lt Governor Gary Herbert will do the opening coin flip.