Is Tyler a great SPORTS town?
Posted 10 April 2003 - 08:47 AM
Posted 10 April 2003 - 12:41 PM
With the exception of high school football.
Tyler has lost the following events:
*Eisenhower International Golf Classic, the Azalea 10K, and the Beauty & the Beast have all gone from high-quality, highly-publicized Pro-Am's to fundraiser and charity events.
*The NJCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.
*The "Friendship" games in baseball between the USA and other countries.
East Texas sports fans outside of Tyler are worried about the Mavericks, Cowboys, Stars, and Rangers, but they don't lose focus of their local high school teams.
Although I'm disappointment in Tyler losing so many events, I'm proud they've supported my three-hour afternoon Sports Talk show!
Posted 10 April 2003 - 01:00 PM
Posted 11 April 2003 - 08:55 AM
Answer this -- how many of those minor league ball players made it to the big show??
ANSWER: One...Todd Rizzo -- 1994 Tyler WildCatters & 1998-99 Chicago White Sox. Rizzo is currently playing for the Orioles' AAA Ottawa Lynx & could be back up any time...
Dan Ramirez, who played for the 2001 Tyler Roughnecks, is currently playing with the DiamondBacks' AAA Tucson Sidewinders & is just a call-up away!
BTW -- five WildCatters and Roughnecks had prior Major League playing experience:
Posted 11 April 2003 - 10:12 AM
Number 2 !!!!!!- Tyler has had some good players here, look at Brent's list in the previous post, but how would most people here know that,..... because they never went to the games !!
Posted 11 May 2003 - 09:32 PM
And then, I worked for the Wildcatters for their last two years before they left town!!!
For awhile, I was wondering if I was a jinx!! Now I realize that Tyler's not a "sports' town"!!!!!!!
Posted 21 December 2003 - 11:15 AM
You can ressurrect the poll, but not the city! Great sports towns are not located in dry counties!
Great point Ref. Also what are ya'll comparing Tyler to?Dallas?Houston? Im sure all mid size towns have lost sports franchise's in the past and have had people whinning about it. All the baseball teams we've had did very poor advertising and community service. Look at how the Twisters are going to all the schools to talk to the kids about how important school is. I hope this works but did the baseball teams do anything like that?
Posted 21 December 2003 - 05:50 PM
strawberry66 -- I would not call it whining, just a little frustration that a town our size does not support the great game of Baseball.
People on the outside see Tyler as a prime location for a team (halfway between Shreveport and DFW). What do they see that 90% of Tyler does not?????
How pathetic is it that beer is the deciding factor on whether someone attends of does not attend a game?? If you have to have your precious beer, put some in your trunk & go to your car every half inning.
Posted 21 December 2003 - 06:08 PM
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Posted 19 May 2007 - 05:36 PM
It's actually become worse:
- Smith Country remains dry as a bone
- Four professional Baseball leagues exist with Texas teams (five in 2008) & Mike Carter Field sits vacant during the summer months
- Longview will construct a new convention center & appears to be the only East Texas city that cares about sports entertainment progression
Flame/bash to your heart's delight, but I WILL NOT give up on this crusade !!
Posted 19 May 2007 - 07:04 PM
I bet you could go to Faulkner Park/Golden Road and survey all of the parents of all the little leaguers. You could ask each one what school their LL player attends (TISD, Grace, Gorman, Whitehouse ,Bullard ,etc.). Then ask them if they attended ANY high school baseball games at their school. I would bet 19 out of 20 would say they haven't ever attended a high school game and 95% of those could give you ZERO details about that team. They just don't care.
Did UT-Tyler or TJC bust any attendance records this year? UTT lost 1 game and TJC is playing in the JC-D3 World Series in Tyler right now. You think Mike Carter is packed? (No I didn't go-I used my allotment of games watching Lee play)
Posted 19 May 2007 - 07:18 PM
There just aren't enough people in Tyler who love baseball
I know, I know -- but I don't think it is hopeless under the right circumstances.
It's an enigma ... every other portion of Texas supports Baseball, but not East Texas :shrug:
Perhaps Tyler needs to be a Nolan Ryan-owned franchise ... 'cause we all know how much East Texas love their Nolan Ryan !!
I wouldn't care if it's a Charlie Hough-owned team, just get one here !!!
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