This Arena was erected in 1996 after 3 years of construction. It holds over 21,000 people and is known around the NHL for holding the largest capacity of fans. In addition to holding the Montreal Canadians, the Bell Centre is also home to some of the biggest acts. In Canada, it can be considered one of the busiest around. Also, in 2008 the Bell Centre “was the 6th busiest arena in the world based on ticket sales for non-sporting events.”
The Xcel Center has been known to be one of the most exciting venues across the United States. In 2004, Xcel was ranked ‘as the best overall sports venue in the U.S.’ by ESPN. Also, according to NHL.com, the Minnesota Wild set a record as an expansion team selling out all home games and amassing more than 750,000 people in their first season (2000-2001).
The Big House is home to the biggest hockey game ever held. There was an excess of 100,000 fans watching Michigan Wolverines battle Michigan State Spartans. The final score was 5-0 in favor of Michigan. Overall, the game was a ferocious display of enthusiasm for what some people consider to be the greatest sport of all time.
Enthusiasm can be a motivating factor for personal drive and success. Bob Ramsey has certainly excelled within the realm of basketball and the sports world by focusing his enthusiasm to accomplish his goals. As a young man, Ramsey had ambitions to play basketball and baseball in a high setting. While in college he did just that. He helped Lindenwold’s basketball team win the ’77-78 Regional Championship award and would later graduate from the University. From there, he went on and focused his enthusiasm into sports broadcasting. He explains that “the jolt of playing drives his enthusiasm while broadcasting.”
It is in the world of broadcasting where Ramsey (or Rammer as he is called on 101.1 ESPN radio) has really shined. He has captured numerous awards and has created quite a following. He has excelled with Saint Louis University (SLU) as a sportscaster for the Billikens and was recently inducted into their Hall of Fame—which is no easy task. Along with this award, he has also won the Missouri Sportscaster of the Year award an astounding 5 times as well as two Emmy’s. Watch the induction HERE.
His enthusiasm is also a drive for conservation efforts. He prides himself with doing what he can for conservation, and notes that even the little things can be considered big. His wife and three children recycle and frequently visit state parks and participate in outdoor sports. His family has a special interest in the Continental Divide trail in Colorado and the Colorado River. They visit Colorado every summer and have gathered attention, time and funds for the protection and conservation of the area. In addition, Bob Ramsey has spoken at the Missouri Botanical Garden and various schools about conservation efforts.
His love of basketball and passion for the outdoors has been a drive for his achievements and success. It is this type of enthusiasm that has been beneficial for Ramsey and his family.
While there hasn’t been a total upset so far in March, there have been a few close calls. UConn is out and VCU/Colorado have been the only ‘upsets’ so far. Some notable games coming soon are SLU vs Memphis, Purdue vs St. Mary’s and Xavier vs Notre Dame. Again, watch all the action HERE or on local providers.
Interview with Bob Ramsey will be posted soon! He predicts SLU to have a chance against Memphis saying that, “nobody guards like SLU and nobody likes to be guarded,” SLU should have a chance to get past the first round and possibly the 2nd.
A sporting organization is like any other organization. They protect their own interests and the interests of their employees. With that being said, the interests of their employees are often tied to various other causes. Some of these topics include mental health disabilities of loved ones, cancer ridden patients of friends and inner city poverty. Because of this, athletes and the organizations of these athletes take part in donating their time and services to help.
NBA Employee Volunteer Program is one such program that allows for NBA employees to give back to the community where they see fit. They have assisted in the fight against HIV/Aids and natural disasters. Their Sport for Development program reaches a worldwide youth audience and promotes positive thinking and action. Their League-Wide programs also reach out 2-3 times a month. Employees of the WNBA, NBA and D-League contribute to these programs.