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BEES COME BACK TO STING BANDITS IN EXTRAS, 3-2 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 29 August 2013 14:49

Quad Cities loses first extra-inning road game on Burlington's two-out, 10th-inning rally


BURLINGTON, Iowa (AUG. 26, 2013) – The Quad Cities River Bandits were twice within an out of a one-run victory Monday night, but the Burlington Bees had a ninth-inning, two-out, game-tying double by Wade Hinkle, and following a 10th-inning dropped third strike, an eventual walk-off single by Pedro Toribio in a 3-2 Bees win at Community Field.

Quad Cities (37-25 second half, 75-56 overall) had its four-game winning streak snapped one day after clinching a second-half playoff berth. With a loss by Clinton (31-32, 64-68) Monday in Beloit, a Quad Cities win or Clinton loss in the final week of the season will seal a first-round match-up for the River Bandits with Cedar Rapids (42-20, 82-48), with Quad Cities hosting Game 1 at 7 p.m. Sept. 4.

Monday's game started as a pitchers' duel between Bees left-hander Ryan Crowley and River Bandits left-hander Josh Hader. Quad Cities got to the scoreboard in the second inning, as left fielder Danry Vasquez hit a leadoff single, and third baseman Rio Ruiz lined an RBI single down the right-field line for a 1-0 lead. Crowley then set down 12 batters in a row and only allowed one more runner to reach second base as he went on to match a season high with eight innings pitched. He allowed four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts.

Hader made the lead hold through six shutout innings. He retired the first six batters before a leadoff single from third baseman Garrett Cannizaro in the third. But Hader induced a double play and later picked off a runner in the fourth inning. He struck out six batters – his most with the River Bandits – and only allowed one runner to reach scoring position.

Right-hander Zach Morton started the seventh inning and worked around two hits to keep the 1-0 lead into the ninth. Right fielder Riley Good led off the ninth with a single and went to second base on a sacrifice. Hinkle lifted a two-out fly ball down the left field line just beyond Vasquez's reach to bring in the tying run. Morton yielded four hits and one earned run with one strikeout in three innings.

In the River Bandits' first extra-inning road game since May 31, Ruiz and second baseman Austin Elkins each doubled in the 10th inning on consecutive one-out pitches from right-hander Kurt Spomer for a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the 10th, right-hander Patrick Christensen got the first two batters before Bees center fielder Chevy Clarke reached first base on a slow grounder between the pitcher's mound and home plate. Clarke stole second with designated hitter Matt Scioscia batting, and when Scioscia swung at strike three that got away from catcher Jobduan Morales, Clarke came around to score, because Morales' throw got away from first baseman Bobby Borchering. Right fielder Riley Good then beat out a ground ball to the right side of the infield, and Toribio followed by slapping a single through the left side to bring home pinch runner Julio Concepcion for the winning run.

Quad Cities plays its series finale in Burlington at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. River Bandits right-hander Daniel Minor (7-3) will start against Bees left-hander Brandon Love (4-6).

UP NEXT: The River Bandits' final homestand of the regular season kicks off Saturday, Aug. 31, with a Dallas Clark Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Barrel House 211 and CBS4 when gates open at 5:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. game. Fireworks will also follow the game. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at  563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: The River Bandits ownership is making one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 112 feet over the playing field, is planned for next spring, along with a carousel and other new games and attractions. This season, the team just unveiled a new 300-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, a Mediacom Frog Hopper, and a number of new bounce houses. The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans can see the first team in Minor League Baseball history with back-to-back No. 1 overall draft picks – 2012 top pick Carlos Correa and 2013 top pick Mark Appel, as well as 2012 first-round draft choice Lance McCullers. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, the second half of this season is one every fan will not want to miss!

 

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NFL fans Have Spoken: The Greatest Running Backs of All Time PDF Print E-mail
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Written by E.J. Linehan   
Thursday, 29 August 2013 14:48

As of Aug 2013, These are “The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time” According to Over 4,600 Voters at Ranker.com

Barry Sanders has been named the greatest running back in NFL history, ahead of Jim Brown and Walter Payton, according to a recent poll by Ranker.com.  The popular rankings site reached this verdict after collecting the aggregated opinion of over 4,600 voters on the topic of "The Best Running Backs of All Time.”

The top 10 is comprised of all retired players with the exception of Adrian Peterson. Despite his highly publicized criminal history, OJ Simpson made it to the number eight position on the list.

The Top 10 Greatest Running Backs Are:

1.     Barry Sanders

2.     Jim Brown

3.     Walter Payton

4.     Earl Campbell

5.     Adrian Peterson

6.     Eric Dickerson

7.     Bo Jackson

8.     O.J. Simpson

9.     Marcus Allen

10. Gale Sayers

Football fanatic Brad Linehan finds the ever-changing aspect of the list amazing. Says Linehan, “What I love about this list is that it will keep changing. Adrian Peterson is in the top five now, but in a few more years he may earn enough votes to hit number one.”

See the full list of The Best Running Backs of All Time, as well as 1000s of other opinion-based lists at Ranker.com

About Ranker

Ranker is a crowdsourced platform that consumers visit over 9 million times a month to view, rank, and vote on broad opinion-based questions ranging from the best soccer players of all time to the greatest US presidents. With “The Best Running Backs of All Time” and other lists, Ranker hopes to provide the best possible answer to any question that can be answered in list form. These answers can inform consumers’ decisions, influence business choices or stoke an old-fashioned debate. Ranker is backed by Draper Associates, Rincon Venture Partners, Siemer Ventures, Data Collective, Gil Elbaz, Tech Coast Angels and Pasadena Angels

 
BANDITS PLAYOFF TICKETS GO ON SALE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 29 August 2013 08:21

All regular individual seats will be just $5; team to give away a truck at the game

 

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AUG. 26, 2013) – All regular individual tickets for the Quad Cities River Bandits' home playoff game at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Modern Woodmen Park will be $5 each. Ticket sales will open to the general public at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the River Bandits box office, by phone at 563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com.

 

The River Bandits will offer $1 beers and $1 pops, as well as $1 hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and nachos for the Sept. 4 playoff game as part of the continuing celebration of the Bandits' successful season and the Quad Cities' own Modern Woodmen Park being recently voted No. 1 in the USA Today/10Best.com Readers' Choice Best Minor League Ballparks. The River Bandits will also give away a used pick-up truck during the game.

 

“We wanted to make this season’s playoff game a truly special event for the people of the Quad Cities,” said River Bandits co-owner Dave Heller. “So we thought we’d celebrate our ranking as the nation’s number one ballpark by having one dollar food and drink specials, discounting all tickets and, best of all, giving away a really great pickup truck!”

 

River Bandits season-ticket holders for 2013 may purchase playoff tickets in advance of the general public sale during a special pre-sale window that lasts until noon Tuesday at the River Bandits box office or by calling 563-324-3000.

 

Groups may call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000 to book a group area or suite for the Wednesday, Sept. 4, game.

 

The River Bandits clinched a playoff berth with their win Sunday in Burlington, and Quad Cities will play Game 1 of the Midwest League Western Division semifinals at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 against either Cedar Rapids or Beloit – both first-half qualifiers. The River Bandits will play on the road in Game 2 Thursday, Sept. 5, and Game 3 (if necessary) Friday, Sept. 6, in the best-of-three first round.

 

Quad Cities is in the playoffs for the third time in the last four years. The club has made the playoffs in four of seven seasons as a Houston Astros affiliate and 25 times in 54 seasons in the Midwest League. Quad Cities has won five Midwest League Championships: 1968, 1971, 1979, 1990 and 2011.

 

Tickets are still available for the River Bandits' final three regular season games Saturday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 2, against the Beloit Snappers at Modern Woodmen Park.

 

UP NEXT: The River Bandits' final homestand of the regular season kicks off Saturday, Aug. 31, with a Dallas Clark Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Barrel House 211 and CBS4 when gates open at 5:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. game. Fireworks will also follow the game. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at  563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 

ABOUT THE BANDITS: The River Bandits ownership is making one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 112 feet over the playing field, is planned for next spring, along with a carousel and other new games and attractions. This season, the team just unveiled a new 300-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, a Mediacom Frog Hopper, and a number of new bounce houses. The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans can see the first team in Minor League Baseball history with back-to-back No. 1 overall draft picks – 2012 top pick Carlos Correa and 2013 top pick Mark Appel, as well as 2012 first-round draft choice Lance McCullers. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, the second half of this season is one every fan will not want to miss!

 
TIME RUNNING OUT FOR DISCOUNTED REGISTRATION: LATE REGISTRATION BEGINS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Larson   
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 15:02

PORT BYRON, IL - The Nick Teddy Foundation, in partnership with First Wealth Financial Group of Clinton, Iowa, reminds folks to register early for the 2013 “Nick Teddy Fight Against Ewing’s Sarcoma 5K.”

Runners have until Sunday, September 1, to register for the event at the discounted rate. If runners miss early registration, they still will be able to register online until Friday, September 13th, or sign up at the event on race day, but a $5 late fee will apply.

More than 75 participants have already registered to hit the pavement. Proceeds will benefit sarcoma research through the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, and provide support for local Ewing’s patients and their families.

The Nick Teddy Foundation was established in memory of Port Byron native Nicholas Theodore Strub, 29, who fought a courageous 5-year battle against Ewing’s sarcoma. The rare pediatric bone cancer currently affects several area children and young adults.

More information, can be found online at: http://www.NickTeddy.org, on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/NickTeddyOrg); on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/NickTeddyOrg).

 
Mallards Enter Affiliation Agreement with Minnesota and Iowa Wild PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 12:51

MOLINE, Ill. (August 27, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards have entered into an affiliation agreement with the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, the Mallards announced today.

“We are excited to announce a new affiliation agreement with the Quad City Mallards,” said Minnesota Wild assistant general manager and Iowa Wild general manager Jim Mill.  “The Quad Cities area is a great hockey market and provides the Minnesota Wild organization with another first-class option to develop our players.”

Under the affiliation agreement, the Mallards will serve as a resource for the development efforts and personnel needs of both the Iowa and Minnesota Wild.  The agreement allows for Wild prospects to be assigned to the Mallards for developmental purposes throughout the season.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to work with both the Minnesota and Iowa Wild,” said Mallards president Bob McNamara.  “The Wild is a strong organization and we are pleased they have recognized the Mallards and coach [Terry] Ruskowski can be valuable assets for their player development system.  We are looking forward not only to working with Wild prospects and playing our part in their development but also to giving the fans of the Quad Cities the opportunity to see those players take the ice for the Mallards.”

The Minnesota Wild first took the ice in 2000 and has since proven to be a model of consistency, posting winning records in nine of the last ten seasons.  The Iowa Wild is approaching the start of its first AHL campaign.

The Mallards will open their seventeenth season- and their fourth in the Central Hockey League- when they host the Rapid City Rush on Saturday night, October 19.  Mallards 2013-14 season tickets as well as half season tickets and flex packs are now on sale.  The Mallards offer ticket packages to meet any budget and season ticket holders also receive a host of additional benefits, including a unique season ticket holder Mallards jersey.  More ticket package information is available by calling the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About the Quad City Mallards
The Quad City Mallards are approaching their seventeenth season and their fourth in the Central Hockey League (CHL).  One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League (UHL) from 1995 through 2007 and in the International Hockey League (IHL) in 2009-10.  The Mallards’ proud history has seen them capture the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league’s Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record.  In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched.  The i wireless Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club.  For more information on the Quad City Mallards or for Mallards tickets go to www.myqcmallards.com.  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at twitter.com/myqcmallards and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/quadcitymallards

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