Baltimore Orioles Play The First Major League Baseball Game Without Any Fans


(PCM) The Baltimore Orioles made history yesterday with their 8-2 win over the White Sox with the game being what is believed to be the first Major League Baseball game played in an empty stadium without fans in attendance.

The public was not allowed to attend the game out of caution due to the civil unrest that has taken place in the city of Baltimore over the last few days. It was a truly surreal experience for those that viewed the game on TV, but even more surreal for the players themselves out on the field.

Many of the players were having fun with by pretending to sign autographs and throw foul balls up to the imaginary fans in the seats. Small groups of fans did gather outside the stadium near the left field gate to catch a glimpse of the game, while others crowded on to hotel balconies across the streets to see some of the action. Their hoots and hollers could be heard over the walls and through the locked gates of the stadium.

The only individuals who were allowed in Camden Yards for the game were the players themselves and some select members of the media. That did not stop many of the usual baseball traditions from taking place however! The National Anthem was still played at the beginning of the game and the individual players walk-up to bat music was still blasted over the speakers. However, the quietness surrounding the game itself was definitely quite creepy and without a doubt surreal.


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Smashing Pumpkin’s Billy Corgan Joins TNA Wrestling


(PCM) TNA Entertainment today announced Billy Corgan, founder of the Smashing Pumpkins and creative icon, is joining TNA Wrestling as Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development, effective immediately. In this position, Corgan will develop characters and create story lines for TNA’s flagship program IMPACT WRESTLING, broadcast Friday nights at 9/8c on Destination America, as well as other TNA programming.

“I’ve known Billy for years and have always been blown away by his musical artistry, as well as his knowledge and understanding of professional wrestling,” said TNA President Dixie Carter. “He has always impressed me with his creativity and passion for our business. Billy is truly gifted and understands the emotion tied to the psychology of connecting with an audience. The more we talked, the more I realized his perspective has the potential to make a huge impact on our brand.”

“Saying I’m humbled and honored by this opportunity to be part of TNA, a world-class wrestling organization, is an understatement and a dream come true,” said Corgan. “What’s great is the entire TNA organization stands in full support of my music life with the Smashing Pumpkins. In return, I’m fully committed to using my 30 years of entertainment experience, along with my deep-rooted passion for pro wrestling, to take on the thrilling challenge of creatively contributing to IMPACT WRESTLING, finding and developing new talent, and working eye-to-eye with the best-of-the-best. For as cultures currently evolve at great speed, so must pro wrestling meet and supersede such expectations to thrive.

Corgan joins a gifted group of creative writers led by TNA Executive Vice President of Television and Talent John Gaburick. In addition to partnering with his creative colleagues in writing compelling and emotionally engaging story lines for TNA programming, Corgan will attend TNA television tapings where he will serve as a senior producer, working with TNA’s roster of world-class athletes including veterans such as TNA World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy and Gail Kim, as well as a fresh crop of Superstars led by Ethan Carter III, Bram, Rockstar Spud and more.

“As an iconic songwriter and performance artist, Billy stands as a true powerhouse,” said Gaburick. “I also find him to be an ardent historian of professional wrestling and a true visionary. We knew Billy would bring a great viewpoint when we offered, and he graciously accepted, to attend a recent creative summit. During those meetings, Billy’s pioneering perspectives and collaborative approach made it quickly evident we needed to bring him on as a permanent member of our team.”

TNA programming, which features unparalleled professional wrestling entertainment through its innovative high-flying X-Division, the best women’s division on the planet in the TNA Knockouts, and incomparable Tag Team action, is seen by millions of viewers each week in more than 120 countries around the world.

Originally posted at Smashing Pumpkin’s Billy Corgan Joins TNA Wrestling - unSkinny Pop

Starting This Season Phillies Fans Can Purchase Hard Liquor At Games


(PCM) Philadelphia sports fans are notorious for getting, shall we say, a bit rowdy when rooting for their favorite sports teams. They are truly some of the most dedicated and passionate fans around and refuse to take any lip for someone who fails to share that same amount of loyalty and respect to their Philly teams.

It is the known rowdiness of Philly fans that makes us question the news that starting this year, Phillies baseball fans will now be able to purchase hard liquor at games. While of course a hot dog and a beer is a staple when attending most sporting events, the addition of hard liquor opens up a whole other realm.

It was announced today that the hard liquor will be available for purchase at the concession stand in the left field seats at Citizens Bank Park. There has been no announcement yet about what type of liquor will be offered, however there will be team-branded wine available for certain.

We also have to wonder what the price point is going to be, as the typical beer and hot dog can cost nearly $10 to $15 and that is at almost every ball park in the country. Guess, we will just have to wait and see and in the mean time … “take me out to the bargame … err, we mean ballgame” … opps!

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March Madness Is Upon Us, But Employers Are Paying The Cost


(PCM) A new report has surfaced which claims that college basketball’s March Madness, which is very nearly upon us, cost employers a staggering $2 billion in work productivity. However, many fear that banning March Madness brackets and pools in the office would be incredibly damaging to workplace morale, heck, even the President of the United States makes his picks for a March Madness bracket.

$2 billion sounds like an incredibly high number, but when employers look at the amount of time their employees spend filling out brackets, taking part in office pools and both watching and talking about the games it equals out to quite a bit of lost productivity in the workplace.

Some companies are not at all worried about a loss in productivity during March Madness and are even beginning to embrace it in some very unique ways. Some companies are trying to prevent unplanned absences during the tournament, but offering up catered luncheons during the first two days and even going as far as to bring in TV’s so that people can watch the games. These companies feel it is better to join in on the fun rather than prevent it from occurring.

Seems like a good idea to us!  Will you be participating in March Madness? Do you feel it has an effect on your overall work productivity?

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Fan Uses Twitter To Score A Prom Date With An Eagles Player


(PCM) High school senior Hannah Delmonte had her dreams come true when she managed to use her Twitter account to score a date to the prom with Eagles player Emmanuel Acho.

At first, Delmonte used her Instagram account to reach out to Acho with her proposal, he responded and issued her a bit of a challenge before accepting her date invitation. She was first asked to get 2,000 retweets on her request and then he upped the challenge to 10,000 retweets to secure the date.

The Public Has Spoken And They Want Metallica For Super Bowl 50


(PCM) The reviews for Katy Perry’s pop-drenched Super Bowl Half Time performance have all been relatively positive and of course we, too, think that she did a phenomenal job, but a lot of fans want some heavy metal to grace the airwaves during next year’s Super Bowl 50.

Fans of the band Metallica have launched an online petition for the band to play next year’s Super Bowl 50. Celebrating the 50th anniversary is a huge milestone for the Super Bowl and next years game will be held in Santa Clara, California, which just so happens to be where Metallica played one of their very first shows.

The petition currently has over 21,000 supporters and the petition states that Metallica songs are anthems in the NFL and major sports stadiums across the country and for 30 years have continued to break down walls and lead from the front of the heavy metail/hard rock genre. It is only fitting that this band get their chance to play a Super Bowl … they’ve more than earned it.

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