I am about to embark on a perilous journey full of danger, suspense...and very cheap admission prices. Well maybe it isn't dangerous, but the world of Minor League sports is full of adventure and I intend to explore it.
Whatever happened to sports? Way back before my time, sports were played for the love of the game, not for some massive check. And though the talent on the pro fields is great and the show that they put on is second to none, there is still something missing. Pure entertainment value gets lost somewhere between the big ticket cost and the jacked-up food prices. I intend to solve this mystery.
In the next few months, I will be going out and searching for sports the way that they were meant to be played; for the love of the game. This will take me into the wild and wonderful realm of Minor League and Semi-pro sports, with a couple amateur events thrown in for good measure. I want to recapture that feel of the “Golden-Age” of sports that I feel that we have lost, somewhere between the sixth and seventh zero in teams’ payrolls.
I am lucky that here in the great State of Ohio, we have many minor league sporting clubs that range from the normal like football, baseball, basketball, and hockey, to the more maligned, like indoor soccer and vintage league baseball. I want to showcase the events themselves for what they are, but also about the culture and people that we have here that fosters and makes these minor league sports possible.
Every week, I will be bringing you my adventures from the road. One week will be about a sporting event that I went to and the next will be a piece about something cool I found in town. From baseball and hockey to the art districts and old signs in various towns; I intend to see it all. So get ready folks for a journey through time, space, and all things low-brow and poorly lit as I lead you to the “Sports Promised Land.”
And as always, Happy Snappin’!
Tim Pawlak (aka 110isnotdead on LOMO) is a librarian, writer, photographer, and amateur historian (gotta use that History Degree somewhere). Massillon, Ohio (about an hour south of Cleveland) is where he calls home. He loves to get the feel of every new town he comes to and capture it on film.