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Baseball Equipment to Kick Off the Season!

The 2013 – 2014 MLB season is underway!  Early season jitters are in full effect for some players, and off-season improvement is evident in others.  Beginnings are hit or miss.  The first month is never a good barometer of how well a team will finish, but one thing is certain: player development.  A star will be born!  Young fans of baseball can experience the same progress.  Click here to find out how!

It’s going, going…IT’S GONE!!!

Check out our Soft Baseball Sets!  The soft bat, ball, and glove are the perfect starting points for your tyke.  This sports set is safe, fun, and gives children an entertaining introduction to the game of baseball.  Their confidence will rise and you can hand down your own team bias to the next generation.  Choose between the Yankees, Mets, and Red Sox.  With enough practice, your child will be ready to move on to the next phase!

Click here and initiate the next stage of training!  Once you’re past the soft set, the Tee Ball Sets are next up.  Sift through the collection and find your beloved franchise.  Tee ball is a necessary part of childhood.  Children will develop precision, coordination, and timing.  With enough practice, the little leagues will be calling!

The road to success is more of a journey.  Baseball greatness starts early.  Get a head start with our youth baseball equipment!

College Board Games!

March Madness is maddening!  College basketball fans and alumni are almost as nervous as the players themselves.  You can see it during timeouts, before the games, and the free-throw line.  Some bite their nails while others tap their feet to cope.  There’s not much you can do about in-game jitters, but before and after the game, try one of these!

Take a look through our collection of College Board Games!  Alumni, fans, students, and student-athletes will love these games. Find your school and simmer down with a relaxing game of Monopoly.  The best part about these board games is the specialized game board.  Take this one for example!  On a Dukeopoly game board you will find properties like the Duke Chapel, Cameron Stadium, and much more.  A round of college monopoly and all those pre-game jitters will be an afterthought!

It’s March Madness!

Check out a game board that will go down in history!  Carolinaopoly boasts properties such as the Shrunken Head, Bell Tower, South Building, the Dean Smith Center, and much more.  UNC has a glorious past that includes Michael Jordan and Dean Smith.  Any Chapel Hill alumni would drool over a sports gift like this, and there’s no better way to instill the team with pride before a game!

A college board game serves more than just entertainment purposes.  They instill school pride with every roll of the dice!

Basketball Gifts for NBA All-Star Weekend!

The 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend is finally here!  Get ready for a full weekend of basketball festivities.  Fans from all over the world get the chance to see their favorite players battle it out in a dunk contest, 3 point shootout, skills challenge, and much more.  In honor of the big weekend, take a look at our basketball gifts and let the games begin!

The King!

Start with the reigning champs, the Miami Heat!  Click here to see our healthy selection of Miami Heat merchandise.  Every true Heat fan should have some kind of home décor.  Whether it’s a car seat mat or a floor rug, it’s necessary to show off your team spirit.  You have to let the whole world know.  A sports watch is a great way, but nothing compares to an autographed Lebron James canvas.  The King will also be at the all-star game ready to put on a show.  Hold your favorite team down with these awesome sports gifts!

Lakers fans don’t have much to cheer about this season, but maybe extra team pride will help!  Click here and take a look at our Los Angeles Lakers Merchandise.  The Black Mamba, Kobe Bryant, will be in the big game and will probably have a big game to make up for this lost season.  Cheer him on and stock up on our Los Angeles Lakers Memorabilia.  Autographed gifts of Magic Johnson and James Worthy are available for the older fans, and don’t forget about the sports watches.  The Lakers need all the help they can get these days!

There will be numerous festivities for fans to enjoy this weekend, but it all culminates to the big game on Sunday!  The star players will try to show and prove against the best.  Use our basketball gifts to spur your favorites to success!

Personalized Sports Frames are Timeless!

Sport is a universal language that crosses every barrier you can think of!  It transcends race, religion, politics, and age.  Sports are timeless.  Every highlight is captured, framed, and remembered as if it were yesterday.  Today, all of the classic highlights, whether it was a Hail Mary pass, grand slam, or half-court buzzer-beater, are replayed like they happened yesterday.  Our personal sports highlights hold even more weight.  Collect those old or new photos that show a sports story, and frame it.  Click here to get started!

His first word was “Showtime!”

Since birth is the beginning, start off by checking out this dandy of a sports gift!  Frame a special baby photo and find a good place for it in your home or office.  The frame is sprinkled with different sports motifs to give your future pro athlete options.  He can be the next Derek Jeter, Kobe Bryant, or Victor Cruz.  To add icing on the cake, the frame can also be personalized with your child’s precious birth details.  Talk about starting off on the right foot!  With all these sports on the plate, we might be looking at the next Bo Jackson!

The baby frame is a good starter gift.  Take it to next level with another custom sports frame.  In honor of the recent Super Bowl, click here.  It’s football themed, and it holds the perfect space for a team photo.  Flashes of a memorable season will invade your brain.  There’s nothing like the camaraderie of a sports team.  Capture that feeling!  Our collection also includes baseball, basketball, hockey, and golf frames.  Choose one that fits your tastes, find a fitting photo, and personalize it so it can hit home every time you look at it!

Picture frames are always good gifts.  Add the allure of sports to that equation and you have a winner!

Tricks of the Trade!

Super Bowl XLVII is almost here and fans are itching for their respective teams to win it all!  While the Ravens and 49ers are practicing and building a game plan, the die-hard fans are wearing their lucky shirts and simulating the game in Madden.  Some next level fans might even go so far as to try voodoo.  That’s dedication, but there are other ways.  There are a few tricks that you should stick up your sleeve!

Flag on the play!

Click here and take a look at one your secret weapons!  A referee costume is like sports voodoo.  Wear it, and whenever the opposing team has possession, throw out all kinds of flags.  Blow your whistle to no end, and if you’re bold enough (also if you have tickets) run out on field and take one for the team.  Concentrate hard enough, and you never know, your will might change the tide of the Super Bowl!  Another possible game changer is an electric football game.  Imagine the two sides as the two teams squaring off in the Super Bowl.  Skew the outcome in your favor by a big margin, and deeply believe that a simple game of vibrating football can affect the outcome!

Team specific gifts are a little bit easier!  Check out a nice selection of custom gifts for the San Francisco 49ers fans.  Choose a beer mug or shot glass.  The spirit in which drinking buddies take shots or toast to beer can go a long way.  Toast to the 49ers and push them on to victory.  Any bit of help is appreciated!  Baltimore Ravens fans should try a different route.  They’ve been the underdogs all season, and it’s now time to shock the world.  Try our Baltimore Ravens bedding on for size.  Go to sleep with the team in mind, and wake up in their sheets.  Let Mr. Sandman turn the tables in your favor.  It sounds unconventional, but according to everyone else, the Ravens weren’t supposed to be here in the first place!

Being different is key!  Face paint and foam fingers are not effective anymore.  Think outside the box and find a creative way to show support!

BCS Goodness: Fighting Irish vs. Crimson Tide!

The BCS title game is on the horizon and things are heating up!  The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will take on the Alabama Crimson Tide for the ultimate crown in college football.  Helmets will collide and legs will get swept.  Once the dust settles, there will be a victor and the world of college football will be on its toes.  Both teams have a storied history and a dedicated fan base.  If you’re a faithful fan, click here and take a peek at our NCAA gifts!

Fans and alumni of the Fighting Irish need to check out our collection of Notre Dame merchandise!  That section has everything a fan could ask for.  Tailgating accessories, apparel, games, home décor, and more are available.  Personalize your gifts and become an honorary member of the team.  Any support is good support!  Tailgating is not just another excuse to drink.  The positive vibe of like-minded fans do a great job in boosting the confidence of the players.  All it takes is a little bit of faith and support, and anything’s possible.  Remember Rudy?  He stole the heart of Notre Dame fans everywhere with his triumphant story.  The smallest guy on the field was an inspiration to all.  The smallest detail such as a Notre Dame Fighting Irish Necklace can make all the difference in the world!

Crimson Tide pride is no different!  Click here to see their collection.  Anything a fan can think of is available.  Stay on schedule with an Alabama Crimson Tide Watch, or dress with pride using our Alabama Apparel.  History is a vital part to any fan base.  There would not be a fan base without the team history.  Don’t forget to pay homage to their past success with Alabama Memorabilia.  Use these for support, but also study it to discover a winning pattern.  Everything a Crimson Tide fan will need is available!

On game day, gather all of your fan gear, and use them accordingly!

Christmas Gifts for the Los Angeles Lakers!

Yes, the Lakers are struggling and the have no excuse.  Kobe Bryant is one of the best players of all-time and Dwight Howard is the best center in the league.  A team with those two players on the floor should not have a losing record.  The return of Steve Nash and Pau Gasol will help but let’s face it: Nash is old with a bad back, and Pau hasn’t played well since the Lakers championship repeat.  They may not be enough.  As insurance for lack of cohesion, it’s time for these players to work on their weaknesses!

Follow through!!

Dwight Howard, click here and meet the solution to all your problems.  Everyone knows Dwight Howard can’t make a free throw to save his life, but he’s now in luck.  A Franklin Breakaway Hoop can help his form and touch.  The smaller ball and hoop will force Howard to shoot softly.  With hours of dedicated practice, his rotation and touch will be damn near perfect!  Next up is Pau Gasol.  Point blank, he needs to toughen up.  Just like Dwight, Gasol can use the breakaway hoop to improve  his finishing ability.  Going up strong will be easier than ever on a small hoop.  A couple of dunks, fist pumps, and roars, and Pau should be feeling like a true big man again.  His confidence will rise to monumental heights, and the Twin Towers will rise in Los Angeles!

Kobe Bryant’s chore is simple.  Check out his prescription!  Yes, all he needs is a basketball.  He needs to carry this ball with him wherever he goes.  Bed, bathroom, or backyard, he needs to bring this with him wherever he goes, and never lose grip.  He needs to dribble the ball whenever he can and cherish it like a loved one.  Kobe’s turnovers have been way too high this season.  This should fix everything!  As for Steve Nash, our backboard padding will do wonders…for his back.  Instead of attaching the padding to a backboard, have Nash sit or lay on this during the game.  That lower back discomfort will go away in no time!

Not exactly what you thought right?  I bet you expected a proposed trade, lineup change, or new coach (needs to happen).  Teams need to start looking into alternative methods of development.  If it worked for Phil Jackson as a coach, it might work here as well!

Desktop Sports Games for Christmas!

We all dream of hitting that game winning shot or catching the game winning touchdown on the biggest stage, but unfortunately, it’s easier to win the lottery than it is to make the big leagues.  To compensate, dreamers turn to the recreational leagues and video games.  Now they can add another option to the list.  Click here and take a look at a nice selection of Desktop Sports Games!

FROM DOWNTOWN!

In the office or at home, a desktop game comes in handy.  Whether you want to kill time or destroy your buddy’s ego, a sports game is always in order.  Click here and use these games as a starting point for your game room.  Foosball is a game room and arcade classic the whole family can enjoy.  Wind up power shots, defend the goal, and have fun!  That itch needs to be scratched.  Hockey fans took a loss this season with the NHL lockout.  Luckily, Rod Hockey is always in season.  The rods offer intuitive control of the whole team.  It might be the best alternative to the NHL!

The NBA and NFL seasons are in full swing, but a true fan can always find a reason to vent.  Whenever your favorite team hits that inevitable slump, take out a desktop basketball game.  Click here to find most entertaining way to vent.  Work on your jumpshot, and hope that it transfers to your team.  Football fans should take a hard look at Fiki Football.  The flick is an art that dates back to elementary school.  Channel the bored student within, and score at will!

Sports fans need to find constructive ways to take out the frustrations caused by their teams.  Try out a desktop game, and keep the gray hairs from growing!

New York Knicks Merchandise: Missing Link to Success?

Another season for the New York Knicks means another roller coaster ride in Madison Square Garden!  The 2011 – 2012 season was one to remember.  A slow start to the season left Knicks fans with no choice but to boo, and those boos went in all directions.  Carmelo Anthony took a fair share of criticism, Mike D’Antoni skipped town due to the finger pointing, and Amare Stoudemire was labeled a shadow of his former self.  Jeremy Lin came to the rescue and soothed Knicks fans hungry stomachs for a historic yet short-lived run, but he’s now gone.  No combination of players have been able to catapult the Knicks back to championship glory.  Maybe it’s time for a change that doesn’t involve the roster or front office.  The fans should look in the mirror and see how they can help change the tide!  Everything a fan needs to show support is right here!

Gametime!!

Every Knicks fan needs to brush up on Knicks history.  The great Willis Reed led their last championship team.  As the team leader, he exuded a stoic toughness that struck fear into the hearts of opponents.  That grit dripped into the rest of the team.  Earl Monroe brought a smooth game that fit the big city, and we can’t forget about the Walt Clyde Frazier who might’ve dressed just as good as he played.  Remember who paved the way and collect memorabilia of players like Dave Debusshchere.  Click here and take a look at the New York Times Compilation of the greatest moments in Knicks history.  A gift like this would be a great way to catch up on the team history.  A true fan needs to know their history!

A true sign of Knicks fandom starts at home.  Orange and blue curtains and bed sheets aren’t necessary, but a Knicks Mat in the living room or the car wouldn’t hurt.  It’s just enough to earn your stripes.  Mats land right before the obsession territory.  You’re a respectable hardcore fan!  The last essential trait is punctuality.  Be aware of the time, and makes sure you watch the game from the opening tip to the closing horn.  Click here and take a look at our New York Knick Sports Watches.  New York city is fast paced.  Stay on schedule and keep up with the rest of the fans.

The fans in New York can be tough.  Over the years, the short fuse of the fans has been the single constant.  For the 2012 – 2013 season, Knicks fans need to earn the right to boo.  Fill up your resume, apply for a VIP fans pass, and then you can celebrate however you want!

Exciting Youth Arcade Games!

True competitors can find competition in any activity!  This fiery characteristic can be seen at an early age.  Even as a toddler, athletes born with a warrior’s spirit will cry the loudest and make the most noise in the delivery room.  Play dates will turn into American Gladiator, and recess will resemble the Olympics.  Parents try and funnel this energy into sports and it works, but off the field or off the court, your young warrior may still be a bundle of energy.  Thankfully, there are ways for them to let off steam in a constructive manner.  Our Youth Arcade Games might do the trick!

Rumor around Chapel Hill has it that Michael Jordan started dunking on Fisher Price hoops by the tender age of 2.  Not everyone can start that early, but kids can practice productively indoors.  The Franklin Electronic Arcade Basketball Game might help nurture another Air Jordan.  There is usually a time limit per round, but why not make playtime constructive.  Before your little boy shoots, make sure his feet are set, his form is good, and he’s square with the basket.  Start from the bottom rows and watch as he works his way to the top.  A rainy day doesn’t have to mean a lost day of practice.  Find different ways for your child to play their favorite sports…in a fun way!

Arcade games offer more than just basketball development!  The Franklin 6 in 1 Arcade Table is a goldmine in reflex and coordination development.  Play Foosball, air hockey, and much more.  The crashing of the pucks and the snapping Foosball kicks will catapult your child into a new level of excitement.  A homemade arcade will provide hours of fun entertainment that people of all ages will enjoy.  Grownups might enjoy these games more than the kids!