Saturday, May 14, 2011

My New Favorite Number: 19

Professional Tailgating: It's Bryce Harper Day

As a Nats fan, Friday was a big day, it gave me a chance to see the future of the franchise in Bryce Harper when the Hagerstown Sun visited Lakewood. While Harper was went 1-4, you could see what makes him the best prospect in baseball.

Even fans of Nascar ole number 3 even came out for the event.
 Harper's name was one of the first on the lineup card for the Sun
Lakewood players get ready for the game
 Harper takes his position in right field with people looking on.
Harper flies out in the top of the third inning
Harper in between innings
We will be posting more on the prospects involved in the game including AJ Cole, Jesse Biddle, Zach Collier, Anthony Hewitt, and Aaron Altherr.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Could Spurs still end up at the Olympic Stadium

With West Ham United squarely looking at the trap door to the Championship, could their move to the Olympic Stadium be on hold? It's a question that needs to be asked.

On 11 February 2011 the Olympic Park Legacy Committee selected West Ham United and Newham Council as the preferred bidder to take over the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games. The decision in favour of West Ham's bid was unanimous. However Leyton Orient have complained that the stadium is too close too their ground and would breach FA rules. They claim that West Ham's plans could force them into bankruptcy. On 3 March 2011 West Ham United's proposed move to the Olympic Stadium was approved by the British government.

Their relegation to the Championship could throw a huge wrench into their plans, gone will be the huge crowds that watch Premier League football and the large revenue that comes from both tickets sales and the Premier League TV deals worldwide. How is a club with such a decline in revenue, even if its for just a year, going to be able afford to make the needed changes to the Olympic Stadium. It's expected to cost about £95m to convert the venue from an 80,000 seat stadium to a 60,000-seat venue for football, athletics and cricket, according to the BBC. The Olympic Delivery Authority is to give £35m of that to West Ham, while most of the remaining funds have been provided by a £40m loan arranged by Newham Council.

Could West Ham issues, allow Spurs to call the Olympic Stadium home. Spurs have the money to pay for the changes that need to be made to the stadium in order to bring it up standards for Premier League football. Spurs have the supporters to fill the stadium.

I know nothing is set in stone, but if it all plays out like this, it could be very hard for The Hammers to hold on to their proposed new home.