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bpickering wrote: Baseball: Harrisburg Senators AA Minor league team of The Washington Nationals

Hockey; Hershey Bears AHL development club of The Washington Capitals
The Hershey Bears have a long and storied history.  If you ever go to the Hershey Lodge and eat at The Bears Den Sportsbar, you will see tons of historic artifacts from the team.  For minor league sports, they really show you that they care about their team in Hershey.



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Closest "non-major" team to me, geographically (about 3 miles), would be the Colorado Raptors, professional rugby. I've never been to one of their games, but have been to the stadium for various charity functions.

They hosted an all-star game a few years ago, and their stealth bomber fly-over went right over my backyard.

I went to a Long Island Ducks game, almost exactly four years ago. Walked in and immediately got Bud Harrelson's autograph. It was just as good as any minor league game I've been to.

My only nitpick about the Ducks' place is that it was little too family-friendly. On the night I went, only one stand was selling food and beer-- everything else was candy, snacks and ice cream. Plus all the quacker noise-makers. I was fine with it for one night, but I could see how it doesn't exactly make a "Guys Night Out". At times I felt like a creeper hanging out at a Chuck E. Cheese.

I compare that to the Toledo Mudhens' field, where they had just the right mix of kid stuff, as well as adult stuff.



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Kriss wrote: kargol wrote: during which time Brian Lara broke the world record for a highest first-class score (501).
... and the game ended in a tie. Good old cricket.It ended in a draw.
A tie is when the scores are level at the close of play.



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Taipei Fubon Braves (pro basketball)

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Im about mid point geographically between two AHL franchises, the Chicago Wolves and Rockford Ice Hogs.

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I'm not far from a fourth level football team. They may be a good exemplar to show the differences in club culture between Britain and the US.

Walsall FC. Nicknamed the Saddlers, because Walsall is a centre for the leather industry. But the nickname is not part of the team name, unlike with most US sports, perhaps because football is so much bigger than every other team sport, there's no room for ambiguity. (There is a Walsall Rugby Club at a lower level.)

They're the only team in their town because they formed out of a merger between two separate teams (Walsall Town and Victoria Swifts) in 1888. They're in League 2, i.e. fourth tier, having been relegated into it last season. They joined the Football League in the second division in 1892, dropped out, came back in in 1921, and have been there ever since.

They've never finished higher than 6th in the second tier and that was in 1899. However in theory they could get promoted three times and be a Premier League team.

In the two national Cup competitions, their best is the 5th round (last 16) of the FA Cup, which they've done a few times, and the semi-final of the League Cup in 1983, where they came close to beating Liverpool.

Their greatest moment came when they beat the League Champions Arsenal in the FA Cup in 1933. That apart it's been a century plus of mediocrity.

Yet they still get their 4,000 or so fans every match, they still plug away hoping against hope, they still get a vague goodwill from fans of other Midlands sides. There's no chance that they will get bought up and moved to a place with no team; there is also little chance they will ever be anything more than what they are now, unless some billionaire treats them as a plaything.



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kargol wrote: I'm not far from a fourth level football team. They may be a good exemplar to show the differences in club culture between Britain and the US.

Walsall FC. Nicknamed the Saddlers, because Walsall is a centre for the leather industry. But the nickname is not part of the team name, unlike with most US sports, perhaps because football is so much bigger than every other team sport, there's no room for ambiguity. (There is a Walsall Rugby Club at a lower level.)

They're the only team in their town because they formed out of a merger between two separate teams (Walsall Town and Victoria Swifts) in 1888. They're in League 2, i.e. fourth tier, having been relegated into it last season. They joined the Football League in the second division in 1892, dropped out, came back in in 1921, and have been there ever since.

They've never finished higher than 6th in the second tier and that was in 1899. However in theory they could get promoted three times and be a Premier League team.

In the two national Cup competitions, their best is the 5th round (last 16) of the FA Cup, which they've done a few times, and the semi-final of the League Cup in 1983, where they came close to beating Liverpool.

Their greatest moment came when they beat the League Champions Arsenal in the FA Cup in 1933. That apart it's been a century plus of mediocrity.

Yet they still get their 4,000 or so fans every match, they still plug away hoping against hope, they still get a vague goodwill from fans of other Midlands sides. There's no chance that they will get bought up and moved to a place with no team; there is also little chance they will ever be anything more than what they are now, unless some billionaire treats them as a plaything.

I've always thought the biggest difference between US and European sports is that school sports are ridiculously popular in the US. In the UK, you're lucky if anyone attends the high school football team apart from maybe some keen parents. Our gyms don't even have seats in the unlikely event anyone would want to watch the school basketball team. And college sports in the US are as popular as the major leagues. While university sports might be able to get a few hundred to attend matches, you very rarely have to pay, and with very few exceptions, it doesn't get near being broadcast on TV.



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Can we go with defunct teams?

The Chicago Bruisers.

First year Arena Football League team in 1988.



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Kriss wrote: I've always thought the biggest difference between US and European sports is that school sports are ridiculously popular in the US. In the UK, you're lucky if anyone attends the high school football team apart from maybe some keen parents. Our gyms don't even have seats in the unlikely event anyone would want to watch the school basketball team. And college sports in the US are as popular as the major leagues. While university sports might be able to get a few hundred to attend matches, you very rarely have to pay, and with very few exceptions, it doesn't get near being broadcast on TV.And I wonder how much of that is that, for example, the LA Raiders upped and offed to Oakland and then Las Vegas, so anyone local invested in them lost their team, whereas the University of South California is going to be there for as long as anyone wants it.



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