Hey there sports fans! Welcome to “From The Cheap Seats.” Writing sports-related stories for my first blog site – “The Walking Tourists” (www.thewalkingtourists.com) – made me long for a sports-related blog. Having been a sports writer in a previous incarnation as a journalist, the medium has always stuck with me. Thus, when I decided to create this blog, I wanted to focus on something different than just scores and opinion pieces. I chose the name “From the Cheap Seats” because I used it as a column name several years ago.
So, I hope you’ll find some of the things I like interesting, as well. I want to be more of a features-centric site. Thus, stories will include sports attractions, such as sports-related museums and stadium tours, among other features.
I enjoy following two major sports – football and hockey. Baseball and basketball run third and fourth, respectively. The blog will primarily focus on these four sports. I’ll branch out occasionally. College sports are probably No. 1 with me, since I grew up a Nebraska Husker fan. I’ve been a Minnesota Vikings fan since I was about 9 years old, so I’m used to having my heart cut out of my chest and stomped on, only to be put back in and then pulled out and stomped on some more. However, since I am a sports fan, I plan to cover most teams, leagues and conferences.
In hockey, I am a college fan first. The University of North Dakota and Nebraska-Omaha are my two favorite teams. I am always torn when the two meet during the season as members of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. I’ve been a UND fan since I saw my first game in 1982. UNO heads into its 21st year during the 2017-18 season.
College basketball finds me rooting for Creighton in the Big East and Nebraska in the Big Ten. I also like Duke and Kansas among the greater teams in the sport.
Baseball finds me rooting for the Minnesota Twins. I grew up in Kansas City Royals territory, so I follow them, as well, but my heart belongs to the Twins. Omaha is home to the Royals’ top farm club – the Storm Chasers. So, as we see the prospects come through and get promoted to the Royals, it’s hard not to pull for those guys to be successful. Again, I enjoy keeping my eye on the sport as a whole.
So, begins this journey for “From the Cheap Seats.” I thank each of you for coming along, and I hope you find the stories entertaining. Now, Play Ball!