As has been widely reported, the Minnesota Vikings are on the verge of acquiring Donovan McNabb from the Washington Redskins. McNabb will presumably be the Vikings opening day starter for the 2011 season.
It is interesting to note that this could be the third consecutive season that McNabb is the opening day starter for a different team (Eagles '09, Redskins '10 and “presumably” the Vikings '11).
The last quarterback to do that is the guy McNabb is replacing in Minnesota, Brett Favre (Packers '07, Jets '08 and Vikings '09).
Monday was a great day for football fans, as the NFL lockout finally came to a conclusion. Unfortunately, one place that may not be so happy is Canton, Ohio, location of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The extended lockout caused the city’s annual pre-season Hall of Fame Game to be cancelled. The game was going to feature the Chicago Bears and the St. Louis Rams, but the August 7 contest turned out to be the only game lost to the work stoppage.
As a result, the Hall of Fame will lose $1.5 million in estimated revenue, with the city of Canton’s losses pushing several million dollars higher.
This marks the first time since 1966 that there will not be a Hall of Fame Game.
Throughout spring training and the first half of the 2011 MLB season, ifollosports.com has been the fan's source for behind the scenes access to some of this year’s All-Stars. These ifollosports.com original videos include both All-Star managers and some of the Midsummer Classic participants.
Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier taking cuts at Camelback Ranch, during Dodgers spring training.
Since 1959, the MLB All-Star Game has been dominated by extended winning streaks. From 1959-1988, the National League went 27-5-1 during the Midsummer Classic. Beginning in ’59 and concluding in ’62, Major League Baseball held two All-Star Games per season.
Since 1988, the American League has turned the tide, winning 18 out of 23 games. The 2002 game, at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, resulted in the now infamous 7-7 tie.
Tuesday’s 82nd MLB All-Star Game will be played at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. The retractable roof facility will be closed during the game, due to the intense summer heat of the Arizona desert. Chase Field will serve as the ninth indoor or retractable roof venue to ever host the game.
Four times the event has been played in domes (Astrodome ’68 &’86, Kingdome ’79, Metrodome ’85).
Tuesday marks the fifth indoor/outdoor ballpark to hold the Midsummer Classic (SkyDome ’91, Safeco Field ’01, Miller Park ’02, Minute Made Park ’04, Chase Field ’10). Toronto’s SkyDome is now called Rogers Centre.
The 1982 game was played at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, prior to the construction of the facility’s roof.
When attending a game at Milwaukee's Miller Park, fans can immediately sense how fan friendly everything is.
Upon entering the stadium parking lots, there are so many Brewers fans tailgating, as if it was Lambeau Field. Tailgating has been a long standing tradition for Brewers fans. In fact, it is a more significant part of Brewers culture than that of any other MLB team.
The stadium parking rate is a whopping $25.
Just outside the main entrance, there is a display of Milwaukee baseball history, including a statue of Henry Aaron from his Milwaukee Braves days.