Seattle in The NHL

S.Samek

Seattle looks to be the next entrant in the NHL. As much they have announced a short list of 13 potential names from the squad. However, this is pending the NHL grants them a franchise.

 
The names include both a mix of local and historical with a couple zany ones thrown in.
Cougars, Eagles. Sea Lions, Whales, Seals are the run of the mill offerings that aren’t great ideas.

 
Emeralds, Evergreens, Firebirds and Totems are the second tier of quality names higher than the first set.

 
Sockeyes, Rainiers, Renegades and Krakens are the final and best tier.

 

 

Though I must admit my favorite is the novelty Krakens. The one fan named jersey included in the article looks really cool. One could only imagine what they could do with a professional logo designer.

 
Though if the local flare is what you look for take the Rainer’s name, or even emeralds.
For now, though it’s just fun speculation until the team formally gets announced.

 

 

 

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Los Vegas Aces

S.Samek

Move over Vegas Golden Knights, you are no longer the only professional sports team in sin city.

 
The WNBA is adding the Los Vegas Aces for the 2018 season. This is the relocation of the San Antonio Stars.

 

I really like this move. Vegas is a big sports town without the teams to match. This gives them a second sports team in a professional league, before the Oakland Raiders come to town. Gives sports fans another option other than hockey ,or minor league baseball.

 

Basketball does have a good shot of success in Vegas. The NBA hosts the summer league there, the Reno Big Horns of the G League set up shop not far away.

 

This summers Big3 summer league hosted the championships there.

 

Plus, the Mountain West Conference hosts their tournament for basketball at the Thomas and Mack Center, home to UNLV hoops.

 

It also puts the Aces out of the shadow of the Spurs. With the Stars struggling and the Spurs almost always in the playoffs, it could be easy to see where the Stars could be ignored.

 
Vegas doesn’t have pro basketball so there’s only one ticket in town for that.

 

The name is pretty solid. It goes well with the gambling nature of Vegas. However, what a boring logo. I do like the red, silver and black color scheme and it does look like the logo has a metallic look to it which is cool. Yet, its mostly a bunch of triangles. Boring and not something I want to wear on a t-shirt.

 

They could have done a better job of playing with the cities gambling theme in the logo, but it wasn’t done.

 
Though buzz for this team is high. They have a new coach in Bill Laimbeer. They also hold the number one pick in the WNBA draft.

 

This is the second year in a row for them to draft in the number one slot, with which the then Stars selected Kelsey Plum.

 

Wishing the Aces best of luck this season. This is a great move and I hope it works well for future expansion in the WNBA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

UBA Expansion Part Two

By S. Samek

In this post, I covered an expansion movie I though the UBA should make. While nothing has come to light yet the league is still expanding. The roster of teams is now at 226.

Two of these teams are coming from the next big section, sense the addition of the Alaska district. That is the brand-new Las Vegas District.  The Las Vegas Hot Shots and Strong n 1 are the first two entrants in the district. A promo video is in place to make this announcement.

I like this expansion plan. Vegas isn’t known for professional sports franchises and could use more. Even though this isn’t a true major league like the PBA, it is a step up from amateurs. Heck if Vegas can expand to the NHL, why not bowling.

Expansion can also lead to Reno. Reno is a popular destination for bowlers. The PBA holds events there such as the USBC Masters and the World Series of Bowling.

 The Women’s U.S open takes place there.

 For amateurs, the USBC open championships occur there at the national bowling stadium. Making Vegas and Reno bowling towns that would fit well in the UBA.

The personalities would also match well in Vegas. The trash talk, nicknames, team names that are all about swagger would go well in a party place like Los Vegas. Vegas being a town now for being over the top with all the lights and attractions. The money aspect of the UBA also fits in well with the gambling and money moving of Vegas.

The only thing is Vegas is a bit far away from the main line of teams in New York and New Jersey. It isn’t really close to the North Carolina based South division teams either. So, it makes it extremely difficult to get a full season tour in with only two teams.

Maybe some teams visit from Alaska, but that’s still a significant chunk of miles to go to roll. I would love to see Vegas keep expanding and get its own tour season. Who knows maybe Battle Bowl, the primer event of the season gets moved to Vegas. That would be huge for the UBA and work well to accommodate the growing number of teams and individuals. It could also be the start of a western division of the UBA moving towards California and the like. Great move by the UBA.

UBA Expansion

By S. Samek

If you take a look at this list you would think  this was a fight club, or football league. These are the names of teams from a sport that won’t cross your mind. If you even call it a sport at all. These are bowling teams. This is the Underground Bowling Association UBA for short. It’s a movement that is gaining ground. I think to sustain this movement it needs to find a home in the city of Portland, Maine.

While you can read about the history of the league here, I think it’s worth noting the current locations of the franchises. The league started in New York City, then moved to the New Jersey area, then to North Carolina, Alaska,Maryland ,Massachusetts and Washington D.C. That’s the short list too. In fact, to accommodate all 200 plus teams, the league has four conferences and 16 divisions, called districts. Maine would work very well in the current All-America conference with teams from Conneticut and Massachusetts.

Portland is also very similar to the successful UBA site in New Jersey. New Jersey alone has four districts making it its own conference. Multiple teams spring up out of one another and share the same bowling alley as their own lanes. The biggest UBA event of the year Battle Bowl has been held there multiple times. The site for this even is Brunswick Zone Carolier. This is the site known for hosting the United States Bowling Open and other PBA tour events over the years.

Portland’s Bayside bowl has is serving as the host for the PBA league team competition alongside other tournaments. According to this article the tour is well received by the local bowling community in Portland.

Strong PBA ties in Portland world enhance the product of the league and may even draw in a few of the stars to enter teams. In fact, there is a video of PBA stars bowling against the UBA on YouTube you can search for.

PBA tournament winners such as Danny Wiseman and Rhino Page have roster slots on teams. Plus, major tour sponsors Strom bowling and Turbo grips have sponsor teams, which include pro tour bowlers.

Plus, it seems almost like Bayside Bowl has its own sort of UBA. According to this article it sees like bayside bowl is all about having teams with wacky names. Even the bowlers have wacky nicknames on the individual side. Thus, would easily be par for the course as you can see in any UBA video, which features crazy named bowlers on crazy named teams. If enough teams join up it could be its own conference like New Jersey is, or it could even expand to other centers in Maine. I feel like enough interest could be generated based on the already present bowling culture in Portland that would support the UBA to expand there.