MLB Playoff Preview – NLDS and ALDS

It’s time.  After 6+ months of regular season battle, the time has come for October baseball (hopefully, TBS won’t torture us with a 2010-version of Frank TV promotions or Dane Cook “There’s only One October!” campaigns).  So after 162 games, we’re down to 8 teams.  In the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies take the stage as overwhelming favorites against the Cincinnati Reds, and the San Francisco Giants play host to the Atlanta Braves, where both teams made the postseason on the last day of the regular season.

In the American League, the defending champs, the New York Yankees led by Derek Jee-tah, travel to Minnesota to play the Twins, who are hosting their first postseason series in their new digs, Target Field.  It’s quite a step up from playing inside the Metrodome, and it should be interesting to see those frigid Minnesota temperatures at some point in this postseason.  The last division series squares off the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays.  That’s right; the Texas Rangers are in the playoffs for the first time this millennium – last time was all the way back in the 20th century (1999). Continue reading “MLB Playoff Preview – NLDS and ALDS”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Each and every day, people all over the world battle breast cancer. Researchers work towards a cure, while millions everywhere live with the disease. Every October, we take some time to bring that fight to the forefront.  For the last 25 years, October has been designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in an effort to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into the cause, prevention and cure.

Like many companies, Sports Unlimited has been affected by cancer, and we have always stood by our employees and their families as they battle.  In an effort to contribute to and support the fight, we at Sports Unlimited have created a specific section of products that support breast cancer research; “Think Pink – Join the Fight Against Breast Cancer.”  This section is filled with apparel and other items adorn with the official Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon.  A portion of their sales will be donated to breast cancer foundations to help find a cure and support those whose lives have been affected.

One extremely popular item amongst this collection are the Cutters 017Q Pink Breast Cancer Football Receiver Gloves.  These gloves have become a staple in the NFL during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as one of Cutters’ biggest suppliers, we are one of the few places that carry them.

Additionally, we are running a Facebook contest to win an Under Armour Power in Pink hoodie. Post an inspiring story, talk about a loved one, share a memory, post a hopeful picture or just share your support on our Facebook page.  On October 18th a random winner will be chosen.

NFL Power Rankings – Week 4

Now that we’re three games deep into the NFL regular season, it’s fair to say that it’s time for a Power Ranking to figure out which teams have taken charge and which teams might as well go back to the drawing board.  Some teams are separating themselves from the pack (for better or worse), while others are still in that awkward middle ground.  We’ll try and clear things up with our “expert” opinions.

Cream of the Crop (so far)

1. Pittsburgh Steelers 3-0 – That’s right.  No QB, no problem.  Their defense is playing at an all-world level, averaging 11 points per game against Atlanta, Tennessee, and Tampa Bay.  Add a potent rushing attack with Mendenhall and you have a scary team that will only get better with the addition of Roethlisberger (sp?) in a couple weeks.  I hate to say it, but be afraid, NFL.  Not that most people aren’t already a little scared of Ben anyway…

2.  Indianapolis Colts 2-1 – With Peyton in charge, the Colts are a steady team that will be sure to take 11-13 wins.  They seem just fine after a week 1 loss to Houston.

3. Atlanta Falcons 2-1 – After a difficult Week 1 OT loss to Pittsburgh, Atlanta has showed its mettle with an overpowering win against Arizona and an OT win against the defending Super Bowl champion Saints in Week 3.  The next two games are very serviceable, with match-ups against 0-3 SF and 0-3 Cleveland.  They’ll be 4-1 in 2 weeks.

4. New Orleans 2-1 – The Saints are fine, for now.  Despite losing this past weekend in OT, they should be fine with Drew Brees at the helm.  But the last place rushing attack has to be of concern.  However, don’t panic yet: their next four games are against Carolina, Arizona, Tampa Bay, and Cleveland – all very winnable.  Expect to see them at 6-1.

5. Chicago Bears 3-0 – The Bears are the last unbeaten in the NFC, and have impressive W’s against Dallas and Green Bay.  All three games, including a Week 1 win against Detroit, were hotly contested and decided by a single score, so don’t get too high on them, yet.  But a fantastic start for Chicago, nonetheless. Continue reading “NFL Power Rankings – Week 4”

Halloween Gifts: Part 1 – NCAA Halloween Pumpkins and Halloween Pumpkin Candy Bowls

October really is the ultimate sports month, isn’t it? I mean, think about it. Football is in full swing, Hockey is just taking off and oh yeah, playoff Baseball! Other stuff happens in October too, like Halloween and Leif Ericson Day. But we all know that the month is really about sports. So you know what we did? We put together a huge selection of sports Halloween costumes and decorations so even when you’re celebrating the other things October has to offer, you can still be focusing on what’s really important.Throughout the month, we’ll be highlighting these cool new twists on the traditional Halloween decorations.

The first products we’re sporting really hit the sweet spot. Inject some college life into your decorations with some College Halloween Pumpkins and College Halloween Pumpkin Candy Bowls!

Made by Cumberland Designs, the Halloween Pumpkins are realistic looking resin pumpkins that emblazon your favorite school’s logo.

The Halloween Pumpkin Candy Bowls are ceramic treat jars that not only contain your favorite candy, but also show off your alma mater/favorite school’s logo prominently on the front. Continue reading “Halloween Gifts: Part 1 – NCAA Halloween Pumpkins and Halloween Pumpkin Candy Bowls”

Top Rated Product – Soccer Bench

Today we embark on a new milestone here at The Sporting Goods – our first “Top Rated Product” post.  Yes, I agree; it is very emotional indeed.  Over time, “Top Rated Product” posts should become a staple on this blog.  “What are they?” you ask?  “Top Rated Product” posts will be pretty straightforward: they are posts about specific products that have been highly rated by customers who actually purchased the good.  Think of it as your fellow peers offering a friendly recommendation of a product you were either unaware of or unsure whether to buy.

This week’s landmark “Top Rated Product” is the Kwik Goal 6 Seat Kwik Bench Soccer Bench (quite the tongue-twister).  This Kwik Goal Soccer Bench gives your squad a much needed centralized location to rest, bond, and strategize as one unit while they’re on the sidelines. Continue reading “Top Rated Product – Soccer Bench”

The North Face – New – Fall Outerwear

Now that summer is over, it’s time to gear up for the cool days ahead.  What better way to do so than with The North Face outerwear?  At our home site, sportsunlimited.com, we have added a ton of new The North Face products for the Fall 2010 season.

I’d blab on about how great The North Face is, but I think this quote from our newsletter says it best:

“Every year when Fall comes around, people look to The North Face to keep them warm and cozy throughout the cold months. This year, we bring you the best collection of The North Face jackets and outerwear ever, including fleece jackets for toddlers and infants.  Whether you are looking for more casual style fleece or a high-performance softshell jacket, The North Face offers you quality and dependability that can’t be beat.  Don’t miss out on the best-selling Denali Jacket that delivers that iconic The North Face look for the whole family.”

Boom.  Told ya.

Mid-September Baseball is in Full Swing

The days are getting shorter.  The temperature is dropping.  The leaves are beginning to change colors.  Which can mean only one thing:  Mid-September baseball!  Now I know that much of the drama has been drained from the pennant race (See the AL Central, AL West and NL Central races for examples).  But both the NL and AL East races are still full of excitement, and the NL West, like every year it seems, is a 3-team dead-heat towards the finish line.  To top it off, two intense series start tonight; the Braves and Phillies, and the Yankees and Rays.

Continue reading “Mid-September Baseball is in Full Swing”

If you’d like, Like us on Facebook

Recent studies have shown that Facebook has become the most popular website on the internet (according to facetime spent), surpassing Google as top dog.  So don’t even try denying that you spend a chunk of your day on Facebook.  You do.  And so do we, so you’re not alone.

Well, with that little bit of awkwardness out of the way, check out our Facebook Page! If it’s something you like, which, assuming you’re a sports fan, you will, then ‘Like’ our page officially. I mean, nothing’s official until it’s on Facebook anyway right?  Check out our posts, maybe even write a comment or two and voice your opinion.  Come back often and be on the lookout for contests, free giveaways, new products, and all the latest sports news and insider info!

End of Summer 2010 Clearance Sale

Well, it was fun while it lasted, right?  Summer is coming to an end, and so as a bon voyage to those good ol’ dog days, we’ve decided to throw an end of season clearance sale, aptly named, the “End of Summer Clearance Sale”  (creative genius…we know!).

So check out our “End of Summer Clearance Sale” (there’s that creativity again), and see if there’s anything you’d like to grab before it’s too late.  Save up to 70% off summer games, sports equipment, outdoor gear, volleyball equipment, and apparel.

My personal pick?  These Native Eyewear Hardtop XP Interchangeable Polarized Sunglasses – Gunmetal / Silver REFLEX on sale for $109.96 from $149.  But who cares what I think.  Go find something that YOU want.

The NFL is BACK!!

Tomorrow, the wait finally ends.  Football is back and all is well in the world!  Thursday, The Minnesota Vikings travel to New Orleans in a rematch of January’s epic NFC Championship Game. To refresh your memory, the Vikings dominated play, but self-induced wounds (fumbles and interceptions) cost them dearly, especially Brett Favre’s inexcusable INT late in the fourth quarter that forced an overtime and eventually sent the Saints to Super Bowl glory.

Tomorrow, the Saints open up the 2010 season as defending champs, while the Vikings seek redemption and revenge for January’s falter.

Check out some pics from that game if your memory is still just a bit fuzzy:

Glorious Victory                                                           vs.                                                     Agonizing Defeat