Dick Bender

After a very successful season opening weekend on the road the Hayward Hawks open the home portion of their schedule this weekend as they celebrate their 50th anniversary season. Last week the Hawks played a 9-9 tie with Osseo, the team that won last year’s WBA championship in a game halted after seven innings by lightning. Then the next night they beat perennial Independent League powerhouse Haugen Knights 4-0 for a solid start to the 50th season of Hawks baseball.

The Hawks are going promotion-heavy to celebrate the anniversary season with something special planned for each of the team’s 16 home dates. Many of the favorite promotions from previous years return this season, but some new sponsors are joining the fun for 2019. A complete list of all the promotions can be found on the team website.

Several Hawks opponents will be making their first appearances ever in Hayward, including the Hurley Timberjaxx, Osceola Braves and the Chippewa Valley Timbers. The Hawks will have six Wednesday home dates, five on Saturdays, four Fridays plus Thursday the Fourth of July, when they will again host the Windfall Lake Loons.

With plenty of promotions and an exciting team, it promises to be a fun summer season at Larry Somerville Field. A little cooperation from Mother Nature would make things even more enjoyable. It’s time for Hayward Hawks baseball — the best nights of summer!


Chin music . . .

Major League baseball needs to do something about the situation in Tampa, Florida. The Tampa Bay Rays are one of the best teams in the big leagues but recently played to their smallest home crowd ever, just under 5,800 fans. At that time the Rays were 14 games over .500. Despite having a good, young team, the Rays are 29th out of 30 teams in attendance; only the moribund Miami Marlins are worse.

Baseball is suffering from lagging attendance again this year. The Minnesota Twins, who are unquestionably right now the best team in baseball, have started selling some tickets at just $5 to put fans in the stands. The Twins are running away with the American League Central Division but are averaging just over 22,000 per game. That number should go up with the arrival of some better weather. The Twins aren’t alone; only about eight teams are having decent years at the gate.

The Wisconsin Badger men’s basketball program lost out on the Hauser brothers after they left Marquette. Sam decided on Virginia while Joey committed to Michigan State. The Badgers were thought to be in the running for one or both of the brothers but I guess you can’t miss what you never had.

From Facebook: I put 10,000 steps on my fitbit yesterday. Why didn’t I think of putting it on the dog sooner?

With a new NFL collective bargaining agreement due after the 2020 season, league owners say they want to revisit an 18-game regular season. It’s a pretty safe bet the players will be against it.

Kickoff times for five Wisconsin football games this fall have been announced. The season opener August 30th at South Florida starts at 6 p.m. our time Sept. 7 against Central Michigan will be at 2:30 p.m., and the Big Ten opener with Michigan on Sept. 21 will be an 11 a.m. start. Other games are Oct. 12 with Michigan State at 2:30 p.m. and Oct. 19 against Illinois at 11 a.m.

Will the XFL fail again? Tons of money will be spent but sub par play and lots of empty seats will likely doom the league again in its second try.

Officials are warning about a high fire danger this summer. They recommend trimming back high growing grass, removing any loose debris near buildings, and seriously cutting back Sam Elliott’s mustache.

You probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the Chicago Bears have the most NFL Hall of Fame members of NFC North division teams with 28. The Packers are right there with them with 25 while Detroit has 15 and the Minnesota Vikings 14.

The college football playoff semifinals this year will be held on Saturday, Dec. 28, but the title game won’t be played until Jan. 13, more than two weeks after the semifinal games.

The NFL will have a total of five games on its international schedule this coming season. Four will be in London and the other in Mexico City.

And finally, just recently a 97-year-old Rhode Island woman attended her very first high school senior prom. She and her date spent the time prior to the dance just getting out of the car. I’m sure some of us can relate.

And there you have it!

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