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Lehigh Valley Professional Sports: Holiday Wishbook

Do you remember the Sears Christmas Wishbook?  Boy, I sure do.  I don’t remember exactly when it was delivered each year, but between Thanksgiving and Christmas I had that thing all but memorized.  Page by page, I knew the cool stuff and what was on my list.  I don’t remember ever GETTING any of it, but I remember I wanted stuff.

There’s no real Wishbook anymore, though.  The Wild West of the internet has replaced the old Wishbook tradition.  Heck, we’ve got stores open on Thanksgiving Day now, and overnight delivery and all of that.  It’s quite a change from 1981.

But, that doesn’t mean I don’t still want stuff.  I’ve learned by now I probably won’t get everything on my list.  I know it’s the season of giving, but I’ve already spent all my money on season ticket packages.  So, this is a list of the stuff I want from my sports teams:

SteelHawks:

I’ve given up on my wish for a green field–just like those walkie talkies I never got.  So instead, I wish for a home playoff game.   The SteelHawks have been in the playoffs the past two seasons–even made the championship last year–but we haven’t had a home playoff game yet.  It’s just the thing the ‘Hawks need to solidify their place in the Lehigh Valley Sports-scape.  With the move to the PPL Center Arena in Allentown, the SteelHawks will be attracting new fans, and hopefully creating the same exciting atmosphere we had in Bethlehem–and more.  I think a home playoff game (or two? I’m getting greedy…) is just what we need.  It would be easy for me to just put “winning” for each and every wish, but here, specifically, home playoffs.

Velodrome:

People keep telling me what a great time it is at the Velodrome in Trexlertown on summer Friday nights.  But, for some reason, I still haven’t been.  So from the Velodrome, I wish for an invitation, and good weather on Friday nights.   No, they don’t need to personally invite me–they don’t owe me anything.  But, they should keep on plugging away, advertising, and letting people know what a great time it is.  Excellent food and drink options are just what I need–and they’ve got it!  It’s the cycling capital of the United States, and it’s two miles from my door.  I have no more excuses.  This one is on my New Year’s Resolution list as well:  I’ve got to get there this summer!  You should too.

Phantoms:

For the Phantoms I wish good health.  There are a bunch of young and highly-regarded players on the team, and we’ve already experienced some injuries with Gostisbehere, Hextall and Alt.

From the Phantoms I wish for competitive and action-packed games to kick off their inaugural season in the Lehigh Valley.  Just a few night’s ago, both Mrs. Kram and NoiseNation Dan attended their first-ever hockey games.  Both enjoyed it and said that they’d be back.  It was a 3-2 win for the Phantoms.  I’m not so sure both would feel that way would it have been a 5-0 loss.  We’ve already had a bunch of good home games; I hope they continue.

IronPigs:

The IronPigs are like that rich Aunt who can afford to buy you whatever you want.  Will she?  That’s another matter.  But in this case, we’ve already seen the IronPigs invest in their stadium and invest in their brand in the past.  We’ve seen new seating areas, tiki bars, whole new uniforms sets and other cool stuff.  And, we’ve gotten a little kicker–in the form of loaded ticket credit–as season ticket holders.  It’s all good.  What could I possibly want?  I wish for a new scoreboard.  I know it’s a luxury.  We have a perfectly good, working, scoreboard right now.  But technology moves forward.  Big gorgeous boards in Philly, Reading, and Moosic–not to mention 7th and Hamilton–have passed Coca Cola Park by.  As the number one destination in minor league baseball over the past several years, the park–and the fans–deserve the best new scoreboard Aunt Kurt can afford.  And while we’re wishing for stuff, let’s hire an additional intern who’s only job is to get replays up on that new board so that we can see what the heck just happened.

What do YOU wish for, from our professional franchises?  Leave your wishes in the comments section, and I’ll make sure they get to the proper “Santas.”

 

See you at the North Pole,

@Kram209

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STEELHAWKS COACHES TO LEAD FCS NATIONAL BOWL GAME IN MIAMI

Lehigh Valley’s Staff Returns to Coach FCS White Nation

Bethlehem, PA: Members of the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks coaching staff will return to the sidelines for the third straight year coaching in the 5th Annual National Bowl All-Star Games presented by East Preps LLC. This year there will be two games, a FCS National Bowl game featuring smaller Division I schools and another game featuring Division II/III National Bowl game. Steelhawks Head Coach Chris Thompson has been named the White Nation’s Head Coach while Assistant Coaches Kenny Miller (OL Coach/Special Teams Coordinator) and Bill Sellars (DL/LB Coach) will also travel to Miami, FL for the December 7th game to be held at Ocean Bank Field at FIU Stadium on the Campus of Florida International University.

Joining the Steelhawks coaches on the FCS White Nation coaching staff will be Chris Hovan (AFL’s Tampa Bay Storm Defensive Coordinator), Lawrence Samuels (AFL Tampa Bay Storm Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator), and Bernie Nowotarski (PIFL Harrisburg Stampede Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator). Also assisting on the sidelines will be Preston McKnight and Dave Keeny, who are both experienced coaches at the Collegiate and High School levels.
The National Bowl Games feature only the best college All-American and All-Conference senior players from hundreds of USA colleges and universities. Professional coaches and scouts from several National Football League (NFL), Canadian Football League (CFL), Arena Football League (AFL), and other professional indoor teams can be found in the stadium watching the games and evaluating the talent. The weekend is a great experience for these players to get in front of various personnel from higher professional organizations. Every year there have been players that get signed by teams at the next level or that are brought in as free agents.

Steelhawks’ season tickets are available now. We hope to everyone inside the PPL Center this season for the Steelhawks 5th season! Keep checking for the latest news and events from the Steelhawks! For further information please call Lehigh Valley Steelhawks Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Clark at (610) 282-3100, or visit our website at http://www.LVSteelhawks.com for the latest Steelhawks news! 2015 Season Ticket packages are now on sale! Reserve your seat now by calling the Steelhawks office at 610-282-3100.

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STEELHAWKS JR. FOOTBALL LEAGUE RETURNS @PPLCenter

Opportunity for Youth Teams to Play Inside the New PPL Center
Bethlehem, PA:

The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks Jr. Football League (SJFL) returns for its second season with games being played inside the brand new PPL Center this year. Domino’s Pizza returns as a proud founding sponsor of the league. This season St. Luke’s Sports & Human Performance Center will also host some outside arena combines for the participants and Bishop Photography will be on hand at each game to give the kids and parents professional photos of the participants in play. The league aims to give local youth football teams the opportunity to learn more about the indoor arena football game by providing a league that follows that same style of play. All games will take place during the Steelhawks’ spring 2015 PIFL season that begins at the end of March.

The league is sanctioned by the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks professional indoor football team whose mission will be helping to bring the indoor arena football experience to the Valley’s youth by offering a full contact, tackle football league using an arena rules format. The league will feature one division, of 4th- 6th grades; of tackle football teams that can now enjoy the excitement of indoor arena football inside the Steelhawks new home, the PPL Center.

The 2014 inaugural season was a huge success and it saw four teams and more than 60 kids take part. This season, there could be more than 100 players participating and a few teams have already pre-registered for it. Games will take place morning and early afternoons of selected 2015 Steelhawks home games. Players must register as part of a team with a designated coach (individuals may contact the league directors to register as an individual). There is a $140 fee per player that includes a customized youth team jersey, Steelhawks End Zone Level season ticket pass for all Steelhawks home games inside PPL Center, a scheduled team session with St. Luke’s Strength and Conditioning Coaches, a spot at the SJFL Skills Camp with Steelhawks players and coaches, and each team will play a minimum of 4 games inside the new PPL Center arena on our brand new field.

For all registered team coaches, there will be a pre-season information seminar that will go through all the relevant league information and schedules. Teams only need to consist of 12 or more members and can only practice up to 4 hours a week when the season starts. Steelhawks coaches and staff will also be conducting a short SJFL 101 crash course on the rules and procedures of the league.

Each player will be receiving one (1) Steelhawk End Zone Level Season Ticket. There is a Special Offer for SJFL families to purchase additional season tickets at a discounted price (price to be announced at a later date).

Co-League Director and Founder, Head Coach Chris Thompson, has big plans for the 2015 SJFL, “We have achieved so much in the last four years as a Professional Indoor arena football team and the upcoming 2015 season and move into the new arena allows us to grow our style of football and brand, to an even wider array of families and kids in and around the Lehigh Valley. We can’t wait for the start of our 2015 season to get here, play in the new PPL Center, and watch all of the kids, parents, coaches, and youth programs associated with our SJFL enjoy it as much as we will. There is not an opportunity out there like this for our kids.”

Similarly, Co-League Director and Game Day Coordinator Lauren Petri is just as excited for the second season of the SJFL, “This is a great opportunity for kids around the Valley to experience the game of arena indoor football. Being able to play inside the new PPL Center on a professional field is a unique experience that you can’t find anywhere else.”

To learn more about the SJFL visit http://www.lvsteelhawks.com/sjfl. If you have any questions please contact league directors Lauren Petri, lpetri@lvsteelhawks.com, or Head Coach Chris Thompson, cthompson@lvsteelhawks.com.

Steelhawks’ season tickets are available now. We hope to everyone inside the PPL Center this season for the Steelhawks 5th season! Keep checking for the latest news and events from the Steelhawks! For further information please call Lehigh Valley Steelhawks Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Clark at (610) 282-3100, or visit our website at http://www.LVSteelhawks.com for the latest Steelhawks news! 2015 Season Ticket packages are now on sale! Reserve your seat now by calling the Steelhawks office at 610-282-3100.

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Keystone Cup and NoiseNation-TV @SteelHawksPIFL Interviews

 

One of the other things to come out of the SteelHawks News Conference yesterday, other than the 2015 schedule and the re-signing of QB Shane McSweeny, is more on the addition to the PIFL–the Erie Explosion.  This sets up a football rivalry similar to the Phantoms/Hershey/Wilkes-Barre rivalry in hockey and the IronPigs/Scranton Rivalry in baseball.  It’s being termed the “Keystone Cup” and will certainly add some interest to this season.  Erie is an established team.  They come in having dominated in their old league.  However, sources close to the SteelHawks have privately told me that the Erie franchise might be in for a big surprise given the high quality of play throughout the PIFL.  And, from the interviews above, there WILL indeed be an actual cup.  The design specifics have not been revealed yet.

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SteelHawks Schedule Release Now Official

We’ll have interviews and commentary from the PPL Center coming up on NoiseNation TV.  But, until then, a couple quick things.  First, the official schedule–note the 4PM start time for the opening game; it’ll fit better with IronPigs!

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In other news announced today, QB Shane McSweeny will be back to lead the offensive attack.

Here’s the Bambuser stream from today’s event:

http://embed.bambuser.com/broadcast/5017765

Stay tuned!

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Finding a Rhythm

My view from 106  Photo: DiPro

My view from 106
Photo: DiPro

As a fan, do you ever get that “gameday” feeling?  Can you feel the energy as you make your way to the stadium?  I can.  I first felt it many years ago, at one of my first NFL games.  Everybody’s walking in the same direction approaching the stadium.  Almost everybody’s cheering for the same team.  Who knows what will happen on this day?  There’s a palpable excitement in the air as you approach the gates, find your seat, and wait for the action to begin.

Once you become a season ticket holder for something, you begin to anticipate that electricity a bit.  At least, I know I do. If it’s a game day, I wake up a little easier.  Fix coffee a little quicker, and find my way to work a little better.  My day moves along a little smoother because it’s GAME DAY!  Perhaps it’s just me, but I get that way even for the minor league sports we enjoy so much here in the Lehigh Valley.

Over the years, as a full season ticket holder for IronPigs Baseball, I get in a rhythm of “home stand” and “road trip.”  When the ‘Pigs are at home, I’m accustomed to scheduling,and anticipating each and every game.  Yes, things get put off and neglected (sorry, kids) but that’s what road trips are for.  When the team’s away, there’s a chance to catch up on the housework, the lawn mowing and talking to the family.  There’s an ebb and flow to it, and the season moves along quite nicely.

The SteelHawks are football.  And football means once per week.  Once the game is over, you know there will be another next week and it will be either “home” or “away.”  Anyone who’s been an NFL fan knows how to fall into the rhythm of a football season quite easily.

But now there’s hockey.  I admit I’m not the biggest hockey fan in the world, and tend to start paying attention around the time the NHL playoffs start.  I know, I know.  But now I’m excited for Phantoms hockey, and I’m ready for more of that hockey action!  But hockey isn’t “every day” like baseball.  And, it’s not “next weekend” like football.  It’s fits and spurts, and I’m having trouble finding a rhythm in this young season.  I need more “game days.”  I know the players need a break. I know they have to play ‘away’ games.  But now I’ve got to wait all the way until Friday for another game.  Then, there will be two road games and another at home on Wednesday, then Saturday, then TWO WEEKS without a home game.  There will be a point in November-December where we’ll go 19 days without a home game.  There’s another two-week stretch in March.  I’ve got to learn to adapt, I guess.

Or, the arena’s gonna need another tenant.  Not this season, but perhaps next we’ll be able to add D-League Basketball or MASL-Soccer.  I think that would help me.

News and Notes:

  • From the previous post:  SteelHawks Schedule Release news conference and party, starting Wednesday at 2:30PM at the arena.  Food and Drink specials in Chickie’s and Pete’s following.  A NosieNation contingent is planning to attend.  Join us, won’t you?  Can’t get out of work?  Stop by after for the social event.
  • Forward Scott Laughton (@Laughts21) was named CCM/AHL Player of the Week!  His four goals in two games earned him the recognition.  Good job, Scotty!  We’re looking for more!
  • Monday is “Phantoms – Breaking the Ice” show on SECTV-2, which films live at 7PM (I believe) at Chickie’s and Pete’s.  Tonight’s guests are expected to be:  Forwards Brett Hextall and the aforementioned Scott Laughton!  Stop by C+P or watch on SECTV-2.

Waiting for ‘Game Day,’

@Kram209

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Hockey, Basketball AND Football?!!

The Lehigh Valley pro sports scene is rapidly growing since the PPL Arena opened. Kram has been doing a great job keeping us in tune to all the details of hockey and basketball and now we get ready to welcome the Steelhawks arena football team to the new arena!

From the Steelhawks:

Allentown, PA: The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks would like to invite the local media and general public to their 2015 Schedule Release Press Conference on Wednesday, October 22nd. The press conference will include some exciting announcements; the 2015 season schedule, key player signings, Assistant Coaching staff, and tryout information. Announcements will begin at 2:30pm inside the PPL Center, 701 Hamilton St. Allentown. Please enter at the Tim Horton’s Gate of the arena. Following the press conference fans are invited to come mix and mingle with the Steelhawks at Chickie’s and Pete’s inside the arena. There will be food and drink specials available.

Keep checking for the latest news and events from the Steelhawks! For further information please call Lehigh Valley Steelhawks Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Clark at (610) 282-3100, or visit our website at http://www.LVSteelhawks.com for the latest Steelhawks news! 2015 Season Ticket packages are now on sale! Reserve your seat now by calling the Steelhawks office at 610-282-3100.

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