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Baseball’s Opening Week Brings a Little Something for Every Fan

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Ahh, baseball.

If you’re anything like me, you wait, somewhat impatiently, through all of football season to get to that one coveted day in April known simply as “Opening Day.” This year, that day fell on Sunday, April 3rd. In the days since, we’ve seen some fantastic games and some pretty amazing home runs, too. While home runs (Colorado Rockies rookie Trevor Story had three in two games!) and big plays are something every baseball fan keeps an eye out for, this first week has been overshadowed a bit by controversy – already!

The game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays was the first to end in what can only be described as anger and confusion. In the ninth inning, Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays slid into second base, as runners do. However, replay footage  showed Bautista gripping second baseman Logan Forsythe’s right ankle. Was it to interfere with his fielding of the ball? Who really knows, but the newly-developed Rule 6.01 was called upon. This new slide rule states that a runner cannot interfere with the fielder at second base. The runner also isn’t allowed to change his “pathway for the purpose of initiating contact with a fielder.”

Whether Bautista’s slide and subsequent action broke that rule may be hard to tell, but the umpires called it interference. Just like that, Tampa Bay won the game 3-2. Want to see for yourself? Check it out below:

Controversy definitely isn’t the only thing baseball fans have loved about this week. The game between the Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins could be one of the best early-season comeback wins we’ve ever seen!

Through five innings, the Tigers led 5-0 and pitcher Justin Verlander carried a no-hitter. Amazing, right? It gets better. Giancarlo Stanton gets to the plate and blasts a three-run homer to get the Marlins right back into the game. Wait! It’s gets even better yet. Another player hit a run-scoring double, tying the game at five. In the end, Ian Kinsler hit a run-scoring single in the 11th inning to win it for Detroit, but what a game.

Interested in seeing that Stanton homer? Check it out below:

If you’re one of those baseball fans who just loves it when managers get going, you probably would’ve loved the game between the Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners. It was pitcher Tom Wilhemsen’s debut for the Rangers, and boy, was it an ugly one. In the 8th inning, Seattle managed a fabulous run, scoring six runs. Needless to say, the Rangers got a little upset. Wilhemsen hit Chris Iannetta with a pitch, and things seemed to explode.

Iannetta yelled at Wilhemsen. Wilhemsen yelled back, and was ejected a short time later for arguing with the umpire.
Then the managers got into the mix. The Rangers’ Jeff Banister yelled across the diamond to the Mariners’ Scott Servais.
It was…interesting, to say the least, and in the end, the Rangers won 10-2.

Tom Wilhemsen even called the entire thing “ugly and embarrassing” in a post-game interview. You can check that out here:

All of this excitement already – and it’s only the first week of the season! If you’re a baseball devotee, there’s no doubt that you’ll be following your favorite team(s) the rest of the year. Watching the games and checking stats online is commonplace, of course, but are you looking for other ways to keep tabs on America’s Greatest Pastime? We offer some more great options below!

Magazines for Those Who Love the Game

Because no two people follow their favorite teams in the same way, we’ve got some fantastic magazines to keep you up-to-date in everything baseball-related. Let’s take a look at them.

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Baseball Digest

The oldest and longest-running baseball publication in America, Baseball Digest delivers the broad spectrum of baseball coverage every devoted fan loves. From team and player profiles to stats and more, everything you need to keep tabs on your favorite team can be found here.

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Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated has been a go-to for sports fans since the first issue appeared in 1954. While cover stories change from issue to issue, the magazine’s devotion to quality baseball coverage does not. You’ll find everything you need about your team, as well as league news, stats and other important info to get you through the season.

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ESPN: The Magazine

This magazine, though newer than Sports Illustrated, is another title that you don’t want to be without, especially if you’re a true baseball fan. Each issue includes in-depth reporting on everything in Major League Baseball, and a special issue –The Pitching Issue – delivers pitching coverage like you’ve never seen before. You won’t want to miss out!

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Junior Baseball

The major leagues aren’t the only kind of baseball out there. Sure, it’s popular, but where would your favorite players be today if they hadn’t started playing as kids? Junior Baseball is the perfect magazine for kids and youth coaches. It breaks down tips for batting, pitching, fielding and other facets of the sport, and is great for any youth player looking to improve his or her game.

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Sports Illustrated Kids

One of the most popular sports magazines for kids, Sports Illustrated Kids won’t disappoint when it comes to baseball coverage. Kids get the chance to learn about their favorite players and teams, while also getting to see a side of those players off the field. SI Kids is sure to be w hit with kids of all ages.

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Beckett Baseball

Here’s one for the collectors out there. Becket Baseball is a popular choice among card collectors, as it allows for easy searching and pricing of baseball cards. Got those old cards handy? Becket can help you understand what they may be worth. If you collect baseball cards, you won’t want to miss out on this title!

And with that, I’ll leave you with my favorite video from Opening Week (so far). There have been some pretty fun anthems!

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March Madness Brings Out Fans’ Raw Emotion, Too

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My, how emotions can change from moment to moment during March Madness – not only for the players, but also for the fans!

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When the TV cameraman zoomed in on Bill Murray as he stood stunned after Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to defeat his Xavier team, you could almost feel the raw emotion. Just seconds before, the actor/comedian was cheering wildly.

These emotional ups and downs are an inherent part of the great sport of college basketball, especially at tournament time. The triumphs and the defeats become our own, as though we are on the team.

Even casual fans are affected by the drama. Especially those who are drawn to the underdog and get a sweet rush from witnessing the fall of a “favored” team. And those who fill out brackets at the office – choosing teams by reputation, stats, colors or mascots – hoping to beat the resident sports “expert” and win some spending money. They feel the agony and the thrills, too.

The March Madness brackets themselves are a source of emotional upheaval sometimes, especially in 2016 when 100% of the official March Madness brackets – including the NCAA Capital One, CBS and Yahoo challenges – were busted after the first two days of the tournament (thanks, Michigan State). But that disappointment was all but erased thanks to the wildly exciting games!

I just feel sorry for the people who don’t care for sports. Look what they’re missing!

I think Jim McKay said it best in the opener for Wide World of Sports: … the thrill of victory … and the agony of defeat … the human drama of athletic competition …”

Go, college basketball! Thanks for the great (emotional) ride. And, for those of you who just can’t get over your busted bracket, remember, there’s always next year!

 

Keep your connection with your favorite sports – even in the off-season – with these popular sports/basketball magazines.

 

Basketball Resources

Basketball enthusiasts can stay connected with their sport year-round with these hot magazines! Simply click on each cover to learn more or subscribe.

 

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Sports Illustrated

Sports junkies get full coverage of sporting events and insightful editorial each and every week with Sports Illustrated magazine.

 

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ESPN

Sports fans who want to stay current on news, scores and sports analysis related to their favorite professional and college teams would enjoy a subscription to ESPN magazine.

 

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SLAM

Sports lovers ages 14 to 24 who are addicted to the game of basketball and everything hoop-related will love a subscription to SLAM magazine.

 

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Sports Illustrated Kids

Designed for children ages 8 to 15, SI Kids magazine keeps the younger sports fans entertained and informed.

 

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Beckett Basketball

If you’re into the trading card scene, Beckett Basketball magazine is the hobbyist’s first source for accurate and timely information on cards and collectibles.

 

And with that, I’ll leave you with my most emotional moment of the 2016 tournament:

Click here to watch it on YouTube.

GO BADGERS!!!

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March Madness

Can you believe that March Madness is already underway? If you’re planning to throw a party to celebrate the occasion, here are a few ideas you might want to try:

1.) Invitations

Send out game brackets as party invitations. Ask guests to fill out the brackets prior to arriving at the party so you can compare them when everyone arrives. This fun icebreaker provides a great first activity while you’re waiting for the game to begin.

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If all of your guests are cheering for the same team, you can decorate with jerseys and colors from that team. If everyone is rooting for a different team, consider decorating with generic basketball colors (orange and black.) You can also decorate with banners and basketball items found at a local craft store. Decorate miniature oranges (cuties) to look like basketballs by drawing seams on them with a permanent marker. If desired, you can put the basketball cuties in a glass vase alongside orange flowers. If you’re looking for more cute ideas like these, subscribe to Real Simple. The magazine is filled with numerous tips and shortcuts that help you simplify your life without sacrificing style and elegance.

If your guests are cheering for separate teams, encourage them to wear their team’s jerseys or colors. The differing jerseys will promote some fun rivalry among your guests as you watch the game together.

4.) Food/Snacks

basketball cakeCreate themed appetizers such as cheese “balls,” cheese ball snack mix, and miniature meatballs. Place the drinks you’re serving in a cooler to add to the basketball game feel. You can also create a basketball cake as both a conversation starting center piece and delicious dessert. To make the simple yet creative cake, prepare a chocolate cake mix according to package directions. Pour into a greased and floured 2-1/2-qt. ovenproof bowl. Bake at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from bowl to a wire rack to cool completely. In a small bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups vanilla frosting and orange food coloring. Place cake on a serving plate. Spread with frosting. Gently press a meat mallet into frosting so texture resembles a basketball. For seams, gently press pieces of black licorice into the frosting. (For more creative recipes like this one, subscribe to Taste of Home.)

5.) Games

Plan a few fun games for guests to enjoy during commercial breaks. For example, you could create a basketball trivia game with little known facts about previous coaches, players, and games. If you have a basketball goal, see who can score the most three-pointers in a minute. Of course, the main event will be watching the games, but it’s also fun to have some planned activities in case your guests want to do something else. After the party is over, keep up-to-date with March Madness by subscribing to ESPN magazine (check out our special deals–they end 3/23!)

With these simple yet creative ideas, you’ll be well on your way to hosting a fun and memorable March Madness party.

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Marie Claire Magazine and NFL Team Up to Get Female Football Fans in the Game

Marie Claire NFL Minka KellyMore and more ladies are paying attention to the NFL, so the league is partnering with top women’s magazines to educate the fairer sex on football and fashion and the rules of the game.

Ladies, are you ready for some football? Marie Claire magazine and the NFL are teaming up to make sure you are.

Fashion and football might seem like an unlikely partnership, but not if you consider that female viewership of the Super Bowl has quadrupled in the last 10 years, according to Sports Business Daily, or that women’s jerseys are among the fastest growing merchandise sector, according to the NFL.

So it’s no surprise that the National Football League is building on that popularity with ads in women’s magazines, Marie Claire being the biggest for which it shelled out the presumably big—but undisclosed—bucks to sponsor a 16-page section titled “The Savvy Girl’s Guide to Football” in its biggest issue of the year.

Actress Minka Kelly of “Friday Night Lights” fame covers the supplement that walks a fine line between giving us ladies stereotypical advice about what to wear and giving those of us who know something about football a little credit.

The special section is padded with ads featuring gals sporting their football gear (it’s not just pink) in the most fashionable of ways and beauty pointers on getting the most spirited manicures for game day.

In a similar vein, there’s tips on throwing the perfect party at home, covering everything from the menu and the guest list to the color-coordinated tableware and serving accoutrements.

There’s even a game-day playlist that includes mood-appropriate tunes for every thrilling moment from the pre-game warm-up to celebrating victory—or soothing sounds for when the team comes up just short.

Props to the magazine for realizing that we’re not all about cute ways to accessorize our girly jerseys, though. The section highlights the league’s most thrilling defenses, the hottest QB-WR matchups, the most entertaining touchdown celebrators and the biggest media spectacles in the game.

Should we be among those who venture into the world of fantasy football, the supplement gives the insight into the apps and gadgets to help us keep track of where we stand in our own leagues and how to rise to the top.

Stilll, there is useful information to the uninitiated football-watching gal. There’s a handy primer that details every unit’s role on the field, as well as every position within it. It even gets into basic rules and scoring.

What do you think of the NFL’s attempt to build its female audience?

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Kick Off Football and Tailgating Season With These Great Game-Day Magazine Deals

Football Tailgating Gameday Magazine DealsGet ready for everything from the big game to the big party before, during or after with these great game-day magazine subscription deals on sports and food titles!

Football or tailgating? Who says you have to choose? You can enjoy sports magazines and food magazines that celebrate both with our limited-time game-day deals and magazine subscription discounts!

The pomp and circumstance of college football and its tailgating scene will kick off this week, with the NFL schedule getting underway just a week later.

Whether you’re a fan of the college game, the professional  game—or even the fantasy game—subscribe to these magazines to keep up with the latest on your favorite teams and get the best recipes to enjoy while you’re watching them.

Sports Illustrated: This newsweekly is widely regarded as the authority on the sports world, and it’s a must for the most up-to-date headlines, rumors, rankings, playoff standings and fantasy advice. Well-written, timely features are also a highlight of every issue.

ESPN The Magazine: Can’t get enough of the Wide World of Sports? Go behind the scenes of your favorite channel to get in-depth articles on elite athletes in every game with this magazine known for its signature take on the latest sporting news.

Southern Living: The SEC’s dominance in college football has been unquestionable. So since the South has had a lot to celebrate on the gridiron, its football fans know how to celebrate off of it, too—no doubt with some of the regional fare found in this magazine.

Cooking Light: Football and tailgating are supposed to be fun, so why insert the issue of healthy food? If you prefer lighter, healthier game-day fare without the fat and calories that seem to hang around after the game has ended, you’ll find plenty of appropriate recipes here.

Sports Illustrated Kids: Ever heard the phrase “raise ‘em right”? It’s nearly a battle cry among football-crazed parents to impart their team allegiance to their little ones. This magazine is just for the budding sports enthusiast in your family. Recommended for ages 8-15.

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Masterpieces: Sports Illustrated Magazine’s 5 Most Memorable Masters Covers

Most Memorable Sports Illustrated Masters CoversThe Masters—that tradition unlike any other—has been both cruel and kind to the sport’s greatest golfers. These are the most memorable moments featured on Sports Illustrated.

When the azaleas start blooming in April, and CBS announcer Jim Nantz starts talking about green jackets and Amen Corner, that can only mean one thing: The Masters is about to begin.

One of golf’s most tradition-rich events, the Masters is punctuated with tales of hope and heartbreak against the beautiful backdrop of Augusta National.

For the good—sometimes lucky—the story ends happily with the donning of a green jacket. For others who come oh so close to victory, the story continues the next year or maybe just simply ends.

In celebration of this “tradition unlike any other,” here are the Masters’ five most memorable moments as depicted on Sports Illustrated magazine‘s covers:

1. April 19, 2004, “Masterstroke: Mickelson Wins His First Major”: Based on the first 42 majors of his professional career, Phil Mickelson seemed destined for always-a-bridesmaid-never-a-bride status. Then came the 2004 Masters. The lovable lefty’s comfortable lead on Sunday was threatened by several bogeys that he turned around on the back nine. After making four of five birdies, including on 18, he won, and his jubilant moment made this cover.

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2. April 16, 2001, “Masterpiece”: Love him or hate him, you have to admit Tiger Woods is a pretty talented golfer. After clinching the 2001 Masters, he became the first golfer to earn the “Tiger Slam.” Though not all won in the same calendar year, Tiger owned all four major titles at the same time. Just four years earlier in 1997, the 21-year-old became the youngest ever to don the green jacket. And like his performance, this cover is also a masterpiece.

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3. April 22, 1996, “Agony at Augusta: Greg Norman”: The third time wasn’t a charm for the man known as “The Great White Shark.” After suffering back-to-back narrow defeats, Greg Norman had another chance at the 1996 Masters, but it ended without a green jacket as well. Englishman Nick Faldo put on a remarkable performance, shooting an impressive 67 in the final round. Though it didn’t come down to the final shot, it was another round of heartbreak for Norman, as shown here.

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4. April 21, 1986, “One for the Ages: Jack Nicklaus Wins His Sixth Masters”: The Golden Bear set new records in 1972, with his record fifth Masters win, then broke his own record in 1986 with a record sixth, his 20th major championship. That year, Jack Nicklaus, at 46, also became the oldest ever winner in Augusta. His final round required some magic, but the old bear proved he still had it in him.

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5. April 17, 1978, “What a Finish! Gary Player Wins the Masters”: The South African known as the “Black Knight” closed out the 1978 Masters with an unlikely win. Down seven shots, Gary Player summoned a championship performance to birdie seven of the final 10 holes, giving him a single-stroke lead over three players to earn his third green jacket and his final career major championship win.

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