Footbridge, 8-Team League, and More

Hello, Cats fans. Happy March Break! It is that time of the year again, where teenagers and kids alike have absolutely nothing to do. Not good for most, unless you just so happen to be a member of the blog-o-sphere.

There is a lot to talk about here on this beautiful Tuesday afternoon, so without further ado, let’s get cracking.

Home Opener announced

Earlier today on the Ottawa Fat Cats’ facebook page, it was announced that the Cats’ home opener will be on May 21st, at 7:00 vs the Kitchener Panthers. Ottawa played the Panthers 5 times last season and went 0-5 in the Season Series. The closest score was a 10-9 loss in May, in which Denten Neill had 5 RBI’s. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get a win on the board in the 1st game of the year. The Cats also announced that they would play Toronto on the 24th at 11AM.

Broadcasting Games

Well, if you’re to be unable to attend those 2 games, it appears that the Fat Cats have come up with a solution. Under the Employment section on the Fat Cats’ website, there is a job opening for an “Internet Broadcaster”. Now, I don’t mean to take any credit, but in one of my posts I has said that the Cats should broadcast their games over the air, or on the web! Ha ha, I guess people from the Fat Cats do actually read this blog….

All kidding aside, this is a great move for the Fat Cats in my opinion. In fact, I will not be in town the weekend of the home opener. I wasn’t going to be able to keep track of this game live, because I’m not going to have access to Rogers TV. Now, however, if the Fat Cats can find somebody to broadcast their games (take the hint, Steve Warne) then I will be able to listen to the game on the web. It’s a great idea, and accommodates those fans that are frequently on the move.

8-Team League

Speaking of things on the move, the Mississauga Twins have moved to Burlington, and the Guelph Royals are taking a hiatus for the 2011 summer, because of Stadium issues.

This now brings some questions. The first one for most none-Royals fans (for Royals fans, the first priority will obviously be when their team will come back), is how the Playoff system will work this year in the IBL. Will they continue to use the 8-team format, or switch to a different one? My opinion is, if a 8-team league has an 8-team playoff format, then there isn’t really a point to the regular season. There will be no extra *umph* in the play of the teams that are on the bubble, because there will be no bubble.

They could extend the regular season and have a 4-team format (just semis and finals), but my idea is to have a 6-team Round-Robin tournament at season’s end, then have the 4 teams with the best tournament record play in Semi-finals and Finals. What do you think the IBL should do for this years’ playoff race?

Jingle

The Cats have the following bulletin posted on their website.

Ottawa’s baseball team is looking for a 30-60 second jingle that will become the household jingle recognized by our fans as the Fat Cats theme. The jingle will be utilized at all home games and as a music bed for radio ads.

When I saw this, the first thing that I thought of was the Ottawa 67’s theme song… You know, the 67’s Let’s Go! song. It’s what the 67’s play whenever the PA Guy is announcing the starting lineup, and around the arena before game time. Recently, the 67’s started using the jingle for radio ads as well.

This is a great idea. One of the best that the team has come up with so far. If somebody can present to Fat Cats a catchy, captivating and possibly even annoying jingle, then this will definitely work. If you were a fan of the Lynx, you’ll also remember that the Lynx did the same thing. I believe the name of the song was The Lynx are on the Prowl, and if you can believe it, the song still gets stuck in my head sometimes.

If you’re interested in submitting an entry, it must be done by the 31st of March. Check out the Cats’ site for more info.

Footbridge to the Stadium

In case you didn’t already know, City Council’s Transportation committee approved moving ahead with the design portion of a footbridge that would span the length of the 417, and allow people to get across the highway, to Ottawa Stadium. The early design is the image at the beginning of this article.

Many citizens are outraged by this. City Counsellor Tim Tierney posted on his facebook wall about the voting  procedure for the bridge, and many of the comments suggested that the majority of the voters in his riding are NOT happy at all about this bridge, even taking shots at baseball in Ottawa.

My opinion is that if the OSG is going to do what they had planned for the stadium (Concerts, etc.. ) then fine, it’s a great idea. However, if baseball is the only thing that will happen in the Stadium for years to come, then why bother? The only time people would actually use the bridge is on game days.

Whether this bridge will be built or not, depends on the future of Ottawa Stadium. More specifically, it will depend on if OSG will sign on to this stadium long term, and if they will host other activities at the Stadium. What’s your opinion on this footbridge?

 

That’s all for now, Ottawa. Thanks for reading!

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