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Kevin Styles
MLB Season Update
16.05.2012 06:47:21

Josh Hamilton has started out the season on fire. This week has been a historic one for Hamilton as he tied the MLB record of four homeruns in a game. He finished the game against Baltimore going 5-5 with four homeruns and a double. That broke the American League record for total bases in one game. He finished the week belting nine homeruns and driving in eighteen runs. He leads the American League in all triple crown categories with 18 homeruns, 44 RBI's, and has a league leading average of .402.

It was an interesting Mother's Day in the world of baseball with two walk off grand slams. The first was the Cincinatti Reds first baseman, Joey Votto. He did more than just hit one walk off homerun, he had two more homeruns to go with that walk off grand slam. I'd say that a six RBI and three homerun day, including the walk of granny will be a Mother's Day to remember. The second of the walk off was by the Miami Marlins, Giancarlo Stanton. The young star has a promising career ahead of him as he hits in the middle of a good lineup with the Marlins. This was the first time in fourteen years that there were two walk off grand slams in the same day. The last time it was done was April 10, 1998 by Mo Vaughn and Steve Finley.

Will Hamilton win the Triple Crown this year? Let us know what you think!



Tags: MLB | Josh Hamilton | Reds | Joey Votto | Miami Marlins | baseball

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Kevin Styles
Titans Gaining Ground In East Tennessee
12.05.2012 03:43:57

On Wednesday May 9th, WCYB News Channel 5 aired a report about the Tennessee Titans and their growing fan base in East Tennessee.  Fanatics 101 Johnson City manager Derrick Hudson was featured in the story so here is a brief overview just in case you missed the story earlier this week.

While East Tennessee is mostly known as Vol Country, the Tennessee Titans are doing their best to increase their fan base in the area.  This past Wednesday the Titans Caravan visited the area and stopped at three different elementary schools.  Usually when the Titans Caravan comes in the offseason, they set up at a local business and welcome all fans to come by and visit them.  This year the Titans have a different approach.

The Tennessee Titans are looking to build their fan base with young people who can become lifelong fans.  Many people in the region grew up before the Titans came here so their NFL allegiances are to other teams.  The Titans hope to capture the next generation and turn them into Titans fans.

Fanatics 101 has seen an increase in Titans fans slowly over the years.  With more Titans fans expressing interest in buying products, the store has increased Titans merchandise over the years.  With Official Sideline New Era hats, Nike shirts, Nike jerseys, Phiten necklaces, car accessories and a variety of other apparel and memorabilia, Fanatics 101 has become the one stop shop for Titans fans in the Tri-Cities area.  If you are a Titans fan, come check out what we have!



Tags: NFL football | memorabilia | Titans | Tennessee

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Kevin Styles
2012 MLB Season
25.04.2012 06:25:23

The MLB season is in full swing. Many players and teams are having a successful start such as the Atlanta Braves who have won ten out of twelve over the past couple of weeks. I believe I speak for all Braves fans to say that we are happy to see Chipper Jones come back for his last season. He is a no doubt first ballot hall of famer when he retires. To commemorate Chipper's career we brought in a shirt to Thank Chipper for all the great years he has given to the Braves.


A young Brave that looks to be in for a great season is right fielder Jason Heyward. Heyward is one of the top prospects in the Braves organization. Heyward is hitting .309 and has already belted two homeruns with eight RBI's. Come check out his Jersey along with others that are here in the store.


A few other players around the league that are highlighted in the store are doing great things early in the season. Josh Hamilton already has seven homeruns. He is on his way to another great season for the Rangers who are great contenders for the world series. He, among other players, are represented with Majestic T-shirt jerseys in the store.
Come check out our MLB hat selection that always includes a great variety of teams backed by a great company in New Era. Our prime series of MLB hats are a great way to represent the teams past and present logos. These hats feature the current and one of the past logos within the same hat.


Come in and tell us what you think about all our new MLB merchandise. Don't forget to "like" us on Facebook to get some new deals and check out our new products. Comment and let us know what you think!



Tags: MLB | Atlanta Braves | Texas Rangers | Chipper Jones | Josh Hamilton

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Kevin Styles
Pat Summit Steps Down
19.04.2012 07:32:47

After 38 years as the head coach of the Lady Vols basketball team, Pat Summitt is stepping down and handing the team over to longtime assistant Holly Warlick.  She will, however, not be leaving the team completely as she has been given the title of "head coach emeritus".  Summit says that "I want to help ensure the stability of the program going forward. I would like to emphasize that I fully intend to continue working as head coach emeritus, mentoring and teaching life skills to our players, and I will continue my active role as a spokesperson in the fight against Alzheimer's through the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund."

Pat Summitt has established an incredible legacy at Tennessee that may never be acheived by any other head basketball coach.  Summitt's career ends with a 1,098-207 record, 16 regular season Southeastern Conference championships and 16 SEC tournament titles.  During her time, Tennessee never failed to reach the NCAA tournament, never received a seed lower than No. 5 and reached 18 Final Fours.  More importantly, she has left her impact on her former players.  Every Lady Vol player who has completed her eligibility at Tennessee has graduated, and 74 former players, assistants, graduate assistants, team managers and directors of basketball operations are among the coaching ranks at every level of basketball.

Coach Summitt will be dearly missed and the memories that she has made for the University of Tennessee will be cherished forever.  What is your favorite memory of Pat Summitt and the Lady Vols?  Comment and let us know!



Tags: college basketball | NCAA | Lady Vols | Tennessee | Pat Summitt

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Kevin Styles
New NFL Apparel
04.04.2012 07:12:06

Effective April 1st, all official NFL apparel is now being produced by Nike and New Era.  Nike will be handling the jerseys, shirts, hoodies and other apparel while New Era will be making all of the official sideline hats.  Soon, exciting new designs will be coming to retailers across the United States and Fanatics 101 will be among those carrying a full line of these new NFL products!

Nike is already known for innovative designs in performance apparel and for making exciting designs for many college football and basketball programs.  Now Nike will now bring that innovation to the NFL.  New jersey designs (pictured above) were revealed for all teams on April 2nd as well as a variety of other shirts that will be ready for immediate shipping to retailers.  The advantage of having Nike is now Fanatics 101 will be able to order individual shirts for customers if a size is sold out or the customer wants a different style.  Other apparel companies usually required an order of at least 24 shirts in order for an order to be filled so getting a single shirt for a customer was virtually impossible.  Now Fanatics 101 will be able to fill those orders.

New Era has been the official hat provider for MLB for many years.  They make hats that are sized to fit and are comfortable to wear.  For the NFL, New Era has produced a full line of hats for the NFL Draft.  They are making fitted flat bill caps, snapbacks and fitted curved bill caps.  This provides a wide variety of hats that will give every fan exactly what hat they are looking for.  Fanatics 101 will have these hats this week in preparation for the NFL Draft.

What do you think of the new NFL apparel?  Are you ready to buy some new gear to support your favorite team?  Comment below and let us know!



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Kevin Styles
March is for Madness
22.03.2012 07:59:56

This past weekend marked the launch of the 2012 NCAA Tournament and also marked the start of one of the craziest tournament starts in years.  Upsets became the norm in a weekend of absolute chaos.  Brackets all across the country are now completely busted.

The most unexpected upsets came in the #2 and #15 seed games in the South and West region.  In what is usually considered an easy matchup, Duke was defeated by Lehigh and Missouri lost to Norfolk State.  The last time a #2 seed lost to a #15 seed was in 2001 when Hampton beat Iowa State and never in the history of the tournament have multiple #2 seeds lost in the same year.

Other notable upsets over the weekend were in the #5 and #12 seed games.  VCU beat Wichita State and South Florida defeated Temple.  Common knowledge dictates that when filling out a bracket, to pick one #12 seed to win their first round game.  Almost nobody will pick multiple #12 seeds to win in the first round.  After the first weekend, nobody in the ESPN bracket contests had a perfect bracket left.

Longshots like Ohio and NC State have both survived the first two rounds and are now in the Sweet Sixteen.  Do you think they will advance and contend for a national championship?  Comment and let us know!



Tags: college basketball | NCAA | NC State | Duke | Sweet Sixteen

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Kevin Styles
Peyton's New Home
20.03.2012 08:09:25

Peyton Manning has a new home in Denver.  The Broncos, winners of the Peyton Manning Sweepstakes, will now look to build around Peyton and hopefully contend for a Super Bowl championship in the coming years.  While no exact contract details have been finalized, Peyton has contacted his agent and instructed him to begin contract negotiations with the Denver Broncos.  This deal will still be quite large but still less than what he was making while in Indianapolis.

The question now is:  Why did Peyton Manning pick the Denver Broncos over the Titans and the 49ers?  The Titans offer two legitimate playmakers on offense in Kenny Britt and Chris Johnson while also boasting a good offensive line, solid depth at wide receiver and tight end, and an above average defense.  The 49ers are coming off a season where they were one game away from a Super Bowl and they have recently added Randy Moss and Mario Manningham.  On top of that, the 49ers have a dominant offensive and defensive lines and a great head coach in Jim Harbaugh.

So what did the Broncos have that these other teams did not?  Denver has a good offensive line, some potential at wide receiver and an average defense.  The real reason that Peyton chose them may never be known but that is the team that he has picked and by picking them has made them instant contenders.  Vegas has changed Denver's odds of winning a Super Bowl next year from 75 to 1 all the way to 10 to 1.

Now that Peyton has a new team, manufacturers are scrambling to create some new memorabilia and apparel for not only his fans but also for existing Broncos fans.  Fanatics 101 already has orders placed for Peyton Manning Youth Player Tees that should be in stores next week.  Come in and preorder yours today!

Do you think Peyton made the smart choice?  Comment and let us know what you think!



Tags: Peyton Manning | NFL | football | Tim Tebow | Broncos | Titans | 49ers | memorabilia

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Kevin Styles
Bracketology
14.03.2012 06:05:04
Conference championships have ended and the 2012 NCAA Tournament field has been set.  This weekend was not without quite a few surprises, though.  #1 seeds Kentucky, North Carolina and Syracuse all lost in their respective conference tournaments.  Kentucky was given its first SEC loss by Vanderbilt in the championship game, North Carolina was unable to avenge its loss earlier in the season against Florida State and Syracuse was defeated by Cincinnati.
Kentucky has earned the overall #1 seed but has also seemed to earn the most difficult bracket in the whole tournament. The South bracket contains Duke, Baylor, Notre Dame, Indiana and Connecticut and these teams will all prove a tough test for Kentucky if they hope to advance to the Final Four.
In comparison, North Carolina and Syracuse will look to capitalize on fewer tough opponents and advance deep into the tournament themselves.  However, this is March and that means that upsets are just around the corner.  VCU, a surprise Final Four team last year, will look to build momentum going into the tournament after winning their conference.  This time of year, all that a team needs is a couple wins to gain confidence and build a run to a championship.
Whoever wins the 2012 National Championship, you can be sure that Fanatics 101 will have all your matchup apparel, championship shirts and hats, and memorabilia.  Need some new team apparel to wear while your team makes its run to a national championship?  Call, click or stop by Fanatics 101 and we will get you set for game day!
Who is your pick to win the NCAA tournament?  Have any upsets that you picked in your bracket this year?  Comment below and let us know!


Tags: college basketball | NCAA | UNC | Duke | Syracuse | championship apparel | memorabilia

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Kevin Styles
Peyton Manning Released
08.03.2012 09:02:28

Peyton Manning has been officially released from the Indianapolis Colts.  At a press conference with Colts owner, Jim Irsay, Peyton gave an emotional and tearful farewell to the only NFL team that he has ever suited up for on Sundays.  Now Peyton will become one of the most coveted free agents in NFL history.  A number of teams have great need at quarterback and numerous teams have already reached out to Peyton and his agent.

Some of the teams that are rumored to be in the lead for Peyton are the Arizona Cardinals and the Miami Dolphins.  Both teams offer great situations with playmakers on offense and above average defenses.  Peyton has said that he has not even begun to consider where he will go but he is expected to make a decision rather quickly.  No matter where Peyton Manning ends up, his jersey sales and sports memorabilia sales will remain strong.  Peyton’s autographed memorabilia is some of the most sought after in the retail industry and is one of the most popular autographs ever sold at Fanatics 101.

Let us know what team you think Peyton will play for next year and will you buy his new jersey or memorabilia?



Tags: Dolphins | Cardinals | Colts | autographs | memorabilia | football | NFL | Peyton Manning

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