Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium Compared: Who’s Better?

Jul 10

Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium Compared: Who’s Better?

It’s summertime in California. That means sunshine, the beach and plenty of baseball. With five popular MLB teams, tourists and residents have no shortage of big league entertainment. LA alone features two prominent teams, Dodgers and Angels, and it’s not exactly a friendly rivalry. Fans usually point to the performance of their team for bragging rights, but a third of the way through the season, both of these teams are near the bottom of their divisions. If the Cubs have taught us anything, it’s that no team can play bad enough to ruin a day at the ballpark. So which stadium offers a better experience to its fans? Call us biased (we bleed Angel red), but if you’re looking for a great ballpark experience, the Dodger Stadium doesn’t hold a candle to the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Cheap Brews Baseball and beer go perfect, and Angels fans get more for their money than almost any other fanbase. The cost for a small draft is $4.50, compared to $6.25 at the Dodgers Stadium. Over the course of a nine-inning game and a 162-game season, the $1.75 difference adds up. The Angels boast the third best beer prices in baseball, only trailing the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians. For a large-market team, cheap beer is a big deal. Modern Architecture Developers broke ground on the Angel Stadium in ’64, just two years after the Dodger Stadium opened. Both have a rich history, including multiple championships, but only one looks as it belongs in the 21st century. That’s Angel Stadium, which got a modern facelift in the ’90s. The new Angel Stadium features artificial rocks behind center field and an updated Jumbotron. Dodger Stadium has remained relatively untouched, and while baseball purists may appreciate the classic look, the home of the Dodgers doesn’t offer much in terms of family-friendly entertainment. Surrounding Nightlife Who says the night is over when the game ends? Patrons looking to extend the night with a post-game meal have plenty of options around Angel Stadium. Located just off the Santa Ana Freeway, Angel Stadium is easily accessible and far enough from Downtown LA to avoid heavy traffic. Dozens of bars and restaurants await fans just north of the...

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Neil’s Fantasy Hockey Playoffs 3 Stars

Apr 29

Neil’s Fantasy Hockey Playoffs 3 Stars

I’m a fantasy hockey guy and Gonos asked me if I’d like to share a little 2013 Play-Offs talk here so you readers can hit the ice and enjoy the greatest tournament in sports!  Here are your 2013 Fantasy Hockey Playoffs 3 Stars to help you win:     3rd Star: Fantasy Hockey on Twitter There are a number of dedicated Fantasy Hockey Twitter-heads out there and I’ve compiled a list of both the best NHL Beat Writers for each team, but also a list of Fantasy Hockey Twitter Accounts you should be following. Here are my rapid fire Twitter Shout Outs: @SlimCliffy – This guy is my go to Fantasy Hockey colleague, who follows in TraderX’s footsteps in being an approachable fella on the Twitter answering all your questions and giving out...

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Dad’s Lessons Learned — 20 Years Later

Jan 31

Dad’s Lessons Learned — 20 Years Later

Twenty years ago today, my father lost his battle with cancer. I’ve mentioned it before in a Father’s Day post I wrote a while back, but on this anniversary, I wanted to talk a little further about what I have learned from Dad’s lessons. One thing I do understand is that I’m grateful for the 21 years I DID have with him. Obviously, like most people when they lose someone early, I wish I spent more time with him growing up. I wanted to hang out with friends or watch TV or play video games or mess with girls or a half dozen other things before I felt like hanging out with my father. That’s kind of what this post is about today – enjoy your time with your father as an adult because you’ll most likely wish you spent more time with him as a kid.   Dad’s Lessons Learned Understand that these are completely random memories, and I’m not sure why some stand out more than others. But they do, and I’m happy for that! 1. Good Things Are Better When You Have To Wait For Them In 1978, my Dad brought home a new box of Topps baseball cards for my brothers and I. They were one of those boxes with see-through windows, so you could see what the top and bottom cards were. Then my brothers and I had my very first Fantasy Baseball Draft. We took turns, one by one, choosing which packs we wanted for our own. The packs with Ron Guidry and the Steve Garvey visible were the first ones to go. Then my dad told us, “OK, you get to open ONE pack each day.” And we were able to stretch out the fun for nearly two weeks! It taught me that sometimes, the joy of anticipation is better than the event. (I still own that set of cards, by the way – and they are my favorite set of cards ever.) 2. Not Everyone Loves What You Love He took me and my cousins to a Red Sox spring training game in Winter Haven, and one of my cousins had no idea what baseball was about. I remember thinking, “What...

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Best of 2012: Your 30 Favorite Articles on DavidGonos.com

Dec 27

Best of 2012: Your 30 Favorite Articles on DavidGonos.com

Thirteen years ago, I started a Fantasy Sports website called, FantasyRef.com, then I sold it a couple years later in order to join the Fantasy staff at CBSSports.com. After writing there for five years, I joined a start-up site called OpenSports.com, where I worked a few more years. When it fell in late 2010, I began writing with the guys at RotoExperts.com. I finally decided to just post my own blog this year, at DavidGonos.com, and start the whole cycle all over again! The following 30 posts are the most popular posts on my site this year, excluding player rankings. Thank you, reader, for coming to my site over and over again. If you’ve shared these articles in the past, then I give you even bigger thanks! Maybe some of these articles are ones you haven’t seen yet. Enjoy!   Best of 2012: Most Popular Posts   1. Top 30 Fantasy Football Rookies for 2012 Yes, this one technically counts for rankings, but this article was a big hit socially, and both seasonal owners and keeper owners enjoyed it. While I hit on the first three, like most writers did, I totally whiffed on Andrew Luck (No. 10!?!) and Alfred Morris (No. 18!?!), as most other writers did also.   2. Top 18 Free Fantasy Football Draft Tools There are a ton of great Fantasy Football sites out there, and I did my best to give the ones that came up with great tools their proper recognition. I’m just a writer – so I write. But these draft tools are great ideas implemented by quality web people. And we thank them!   3. 8 Best Fantasy Football Draft iPad Apps For 2012 Again, smart people with smart companies came up with some smart Fantasy Football Draft apps. I’ll try to do more articles like this, since apps change from year to year and new companies create new apps. Here’s an article I posted recently on the Top 27 iPad Apps for Guys.   4. Top Fantasy Football Twitter Accounts to Follow When I originally posted this article, it started with like 60 writers – then people kept sending in recommendations and referring me to other Fantasy Football Twittererers, until...

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iPadtastic! — 27 Best iPad Apps For Guys

Dec 25

iPadtastic! — 27 Best iPad Apps For Guys

Many times, people get an iPad as a gift, but they don’t know what to do with it or what apps to start filling it up with. To me, the iPad is kind of half-for-fun and half-for-work. There are certain apps a fella’s going to want to load up on their new iPad. These iPad apps for guys can also be enjoyed by many women, of course, but since I’m a guy — I know guys will like them. Just like all of the guys that liked my previous article about the 8 Best Fantasy Football Draft iPad Apps. Also, be aware that many of these apps are also available for your iPhone.   iPad Apps for Guys — Sports First, let’s take care of the most important section. These are iPad apps for guys that will help them keep up with their favorite teams and sports, and give them a great iPad experience no matter what sport it is. Bleacher Report — FREE This is a great app that pushes stories about your favorite teams to you and keeps you connected with what’s happening at all times. I love starting my iPad and instantly seeing news and scores for my teams — before you even go into your iPad. Those headlines are pushed to you as notifications on your wake-up screen. ESPN ScoreCenter — FREE Obviously, you’ll get great live boxscores as games are happening, but you’ll also be able to read up on the top stories, recaps and standings in your favorite sports. WatchESPN — FREE Watch live streaming from games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU. You can watch live games from MLB, NBA, The Masters, College Football and College Basketball, Barclay’s Premier League, Euro 2012 Soccer and all four Grand Slam Tennis events — and much more. However, make sure your Cable TV service provider supports it. Bright House Networks, Comcast XFINITY and Time Warner Cable do support it. You can also check here if you’re looking for lower prices on your Cable TV, Internet and Phone bills. CBSSports.com Fantasy Football — FREE If you are a Fantasy Sports purist, then you know that CBS Sports’ does the best job of running Fantasy league services. (Although,...

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Mind Of The Yeti: Tigers, Trades and Traitors

Dec 12

Mind Of The Yeti: Tigers, Trades and Traitors

The following random thoughts have been provided by Yeti Vedder. He writes for us from time to time and downloads his thoughts for our amusement. The views expressed in this article are those of the Yeti and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, David Gonos — especially when he talks all sweet and fluffy about any Boston team! However, any direct shots he takes at New York teams have my full support. Enjoy! *This Patriots team feels like a Super Bowl contender. It feels like ’01, ’03 or ’04. The offense is very balanced and the defense looks tough again. Since CB Aqib Talib has joined the team, it is like the defense has a new identity and attitude. Anyone that says that Tom Brady isn’t the MVP, simply doesn’t know football. He has thrown four interceptions ALL SEASON! Tony Romo has thrown 4 while I am writing this! Brady is the best QB in the league, and I don’t care if your last name is Manning or you have three I’s in your name!!! *I wouldn’t even put Peyton in second place on my MVP ballot. That goes to “A.D.”, Adrian Peterson. His nickname is A.D., as in “All Day,” not A.P., as in his name. *So the Mike Napoli era may already be over before it started in Boston? I hope we sign Nick Swisher and Josh Hamilton. That is all I want for Christmas this year. It allows the Red Sox to have a switch-hitting first baseman and the best left-handed hitter in baseball. Trade Jacoby Ellsbury for a pitcher and we’re talking playoff hunt again! *Today is 12-12-12! Or what I like to call who cares-who cares-who cares. *Sesame Street is going to do an episode about divorce. I look forward to the episode where they tell the kid it is all their fault for ruining the marriage. It will be brought to you by the letter “P” for “Protection.” Something Daddy forgot to have on him that night! *Back to the Patriots. Rob Gronkowski is coming back within the next few weeks. Pretty scary that the offense is playing this well without him. *Without Steve Nash in the lineup,...

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The Mind Of The Yeti: Fights, FAs and Fatties

Dec 03

The Mind Of The Yeti: Fights, FAs and Fatties

 The following random thoughts have been provided by Yeti Vedder. He writes for us from time to time and downloads his thoughts for our amusement. The views expressed in this article are those of the Yeti and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to David Gonos — especially when he talks all sweet and fluffy about any Boston team. However, any direct shots he takes at New York teams have my full support. Enjoy! *How have Lindsay Lohan and Chris Brown not dated yet? Talk about a match made in human trash heaven! *I have watched all of Colin Kaepernick’s starts and I can honestly say I believe he is already a top 15 QB in the NFL. Alex Smith is as well. I rank them at 12 and 15. Colin is going to be a better player when all is said and done. Smart move by Jim Harbaugh. *Rajon Rondo has to be one of the dumbest players in the NBA. Fun to watch. But dumb as hell. When you know you are the best player on your team you don’t start fights with the likes of Mr. Kim Kardashian. You tell your coach who then put in Chris Wilcox or some other ninth or 10th man and let them scrap with him. Little Rondo needs a good talking to. *Derek Jeter, you big fatty you. I have always wanted to say that. Thanks New York Post. *Why is Josh Hamilton free agent kryptonite? I get it. The guy had a drug problem. Key word in that sentence is HAD a drug problem. The last couple of years he has been one of the top five players in baseball and he is still only 31. Why has no team offered him a 6 year deal? He has had his injuries, but the guy is a beast when he is healthy. I think the only hitter I’d rather not face then Hamilton is Miggy Cabrera. As a huge Red Sox fan why look at Nick Swisher and Cody Ross when you can get both players production in Hamilton??? Makes NO sense!!! *Speaking of my Red Sox, I must be the only fan that was PSYCHED when...

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