Huntington Park LF (megasportsnews.com photo)
Thank you for all your support as the Columbus Clippers won their third consecutive Western Division title. The team is preparing to defend their Governors’ Cup Title and try to capture our third National Title in six seasons.
This weekend (Thursday thru Saturday) the Clippers are going to try to set a Columbus record of drawing 600,000 to Huntington Park for the eighth consecutive season. Normally this is a shoe in since Central Ohio loves their baseball. But due to the heavy rains this season and all the games that were washed out, this is now a challenge!
The Clippers will have to average 10,274 fans for each of the last three games to reach the 600,000 mark!
The Clippers will be pulling out all the stops to thank our fans for our great season!
All Seats will be just $5 for all three games. Plus…
Thursday, September 1 will be Thirsty Thursday & $5 BrewFest.
Friday, September 2 will be Special Dime-A-Dog Friday and also $5 BrewFest.
Saturday, September 3 will feature F I R E W O R K S and all OSU fans can get in for a “buck” with their Buckeye ticket from the BGSU game !!! SPIRIT NIGHT —– kids 18 and under — wear your CLIPPERS gear OR your OSU gear and get in FREE !!!!
It will also be…
“Ticket Forgiveness Weekend” — ALL tickets from any prior game this season will be honored !!!
And the promise that IF (and hopefully when), we hit this “milestone” that the team will once again open the gates for FREE PLAYOFF BASEBALL starting September 7.
PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Joe Santry; COURTESY COLUMBUS CLIPPERS MEDIA RELATIONS
THE NFL IS SO UNPREDICTABLE THAT IN 2015…
Nothing exhibits the unpredictability of the NFL more than close games:
- Games continued to be this close. In 2015, 131 of 256 games (51.2 percent) were decided by seven points or fewer, the most of any season in NFL history.
||MOST GAMES DECIDED BY SEVEN OR FEWER POINTS
Last season, 140 of 256 games (54.7 percent) were decided by eight points or fewer, the most since the NFL adopted the two-point conversion in 1994.
|GAMES DECIDED BY ONE SCORE IN 2015
|8 or Fewer
||140 of 256
|7 or Fewer
||131 of 256
|3 or Fewer
||59 of 256
Sixty-eight percent of games (174 of 256) in 2015 were within one score in the fourth quarter. The 174 such games are tied for thethird-most of any season in NFL history.
||MOST GAMES WITHIN ONE SCORE IN FOURTH QUARTER
BEST NFL RECORDS, PAST 10 YEARS
Over the past 10 years, four NFL teams – New England (124-36, .775), Green Bay (104-55-1, .653), Indianapolis (104-56, .650) and Pittsburgh (100-60, .625) – have posted a winning percentage of .600 or better. Those four clubs have combined for 31 playoff berths, eight Super Bowl appearances and four Super Bowl championships during that span.
The New England Patriots, under the guidance of head coach BILL BELICHICK, have the best regular-season record over the past 10 years, qualifying for the postseason nine times and winning Super Bowl XLIX.
“At the end of the day, they find ways to win,” says Buffalo Bills head coach REX RYAN about the Patriots. “That’s what championship teams do.”
The teams with the best regular-season records over the past 10 seasons (2006-15):
||SUPER BOWL BERTHS
||SUPER BOWL WINS
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Produced by NFL Media’s Original Content Group, Mandalay Sports Media & DG West
The Emmy-nominated series Undrafted returns for a third season on NFL Network, premiering Tuesday, September 13.
This season, Undrafted expands to eight, one-hour episodes airing Tuesdays at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network. The expanded season allows for deeper and richer storytelling, featuring the stories of players who were undrafted and are currently working to make their dream of playing in the NFL a reality. All eight episodes of Undrafted will re-air at 12 Midnight ET on Tuesdays and at 10:00 PM ET on Wednesdays.
Undrafted goes inside the lives and tells the inspirational stories of under-the-radar prospects from a wide variety of schools and backgrounds, following them on and off the field as they prepare and perform in the NFL’s Regional Combines, their college teams’ respective Pro Days, and training camps with NFL clubs.
This season, the eight-episode series profiles the following players:
- Jeremiah Allison – Linebacker (Washington State)
- After losing his mother at a young age, Jeremiah Allison excelled for four years at Washington State. Allison started all 13 games his senior year in 2015, finishing second on the team with 97 tackles. As a junior in 2014, Allison was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention
- Mike Bercovici – Quarterback (Arizona State; currently on the San Diego Chargers’ roster)
- Recruited as the No. 7 quarterback prospect in the country out of Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California, Mike Bercovici saw prominent time at quarterback as a redshirt junior in 2014, throwing for an NCAA-record 998 passing yards in his first two career starts. In 2015, Bercovici started all 13 games, was selected team captain and was the Pac-12 Football Scholar Athlete of the Year. Bercovici is currently on the San Diego Chargers’ roster
- Mariel Cooper – Defensive Back (The Citadel; currently on the Washington Redskins’ roster)
- After four seasons at South Carolina State where he was part of two MEAC championship teams, Mariel Cooper transferred to The Citadel in 2015. Cooper appeared in 12 games, starting 11 of them, and recorded 30 tackles, eight pass breakups and one interception. Cooper is currently on the Washington Redskins’ roster
- Jakeem Grant – Wide Receiver (Texas Tech; currently on the Miami Dolphins’ roster)
- Jakeem Grant played four seasons at Texas Tech where he amassed 254 career receptions, 27 career receiving touchdowns and became Texas Tech’s all-time leader in receiving yards (3,286). During his career at Texas Tech, Grant also scored four kickoff return touchdowns. After registering a 4.37 40 time at his Pro Day, Grant was selected in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins
- LaQuan McGowan – Tight End (Baylor)
- LaQuan McGowan burst onto the national scene with an 18-yard touchdown reception as a 410-pound tight end in the 2015 Cotton Bowl against Michigan State. A former offensive lineman and special teams player, McGowan transitioned to tight end in 2014. In two seasons, McGowan caught three passes – all of which went for touchdowns
- Swayze Waters – Punter (University of Alabama at Birmingham & Toronto Argonauts)
- Following a four-year career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 2005-08, Swayze Waters played for the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL for four seasons (2012-15) and was the CFL Special Teams Player of the Year in 2014. He and his wife are currently expecting their first child
To view the trailer for this season of Undrafted, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mTXxfVlBl0.
Undrafted is co-produced by the NFL Media’s Original Content Group in association with Mandalay Sports Media and DG West, and was nominated for a Sports Emmy in the “Outstanding Sports Documentary Series” category in 2015.
Every year, thousands of college football players leave school with dreams of pursuing a career in the National Football League. Of those thousands, 256 players are selected in the NFL Draft. The remaining – the Undrafted – must convince coaches, executives and the professional football community they deserve a coveted roster spot on an NFL team.
In the previous two seasons of the show, Undrafted has featured the following players:
- George Farmer (WR, University of Southern California; currently on the Seattle Seahawks’ roster as RB)
- Cole Jaeschke (QB, Upper Iowa University)
- Harold Legania (DT, University of Minnesota)
- Chad Toocheck (WR, University of West Alabama)
- Troy Torrence (WR, St. Francis University)
- Brandon Wegher (RB, University of Iowa & Morningside College; currently on the Carolina Panthers’ roster)
- Elijah Anderson (LB, Morehouse College)
- Akeem Davis (S, University of Memphis; recently released by the Kansas City Chiefs)
- Terrance Lewis (WR, Alcorn State)
- Nnamdi Obukwelu (DT, Harvard University)
- Jonathon Sharpe (LB, North Greenville University)
- Harvey Unga (RB, Brigham Young University)
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Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association today announced they are joining together to contribute $250,000 to assist victims of the devastating floods that have affected parts of Louisiana.
The $250,000 contribution is being divided among three charitable organizations capable of lending assistance to those most in need. The American Red Cross will receive a $125,000 contribution and two charities connected to Major League Players — the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and High Socks for Hope — will each receive a $62,500 contribution.
Since the floods have ravaged the area, Major League Players from the Louisiana region have been actively raising awareness and funds to aid in the recovery efforts. Several of these Players, including Reid Brignac (Atlanta Braves), Will Harris (Houston Astros), Wade LeBlanc (Seattle Mariners), Mikie Mahtook (Tampa Bay Rays), Anthony Ranaudo (Chicago White Sox) and Ryan Schimpf (San Diego Padres) were consulted in determining which organizations would receive funding support. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is directing donations to the Louisiana Flood Relief Fund, which was established by Players who went to Louisiana State University (LSU), including Alex Bregman (Houston Astros), Louis Coleman (Los Angeles Dodgers), Kevin Gausman (Baltimore Orioles), Harris, DJ LeMahieu (Colorado Rockies), Mahtook, Aaron Nola (Philadelphia Phillies), Ranaudo andSchimpf. High Socks for Hope is a non-profit foundation created and operated by Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson and his wife, Erin. High Socks for Hope was initially started to assist individuals and families in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Robertson’s hometown), but has since helped victims of natural disasters all over the country.
Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said: “During this dire time of need in Louisiana, we hope that our joint contribution will help those impacted by this natural disaster receive the emergency support they now require.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people in Louisiana living in areas affected by the flooding, and we offer our sincerest gratitude to everyone who has stepped up to help in this time of need,” said MLBPA Executive Director, Tony Clark. “Players care deeply about the places they call home, and we’re grateful to be in a position to help Players from Louisiana provide much needed financial assistance so that the area can recover as quickly as possible from the damage caused by the flooding.”
Today’s contributions represent an ongoing commitment of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to provide joint support for victims of natural disasters. The parties encourage others to join them in assisting with the area’s flood relief efforts.
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