BY ACE, DUDE, DAISY AND BETTY
Ace, Dude, Daisy, and Betty have teamed up this month for our Sports Page edition. Normally, we take turns writing about sports issues which is pretty effective since we all have such diverse thoughts and rants about sports, the issues, and those who play the games we love to watch. However, with this month’s Corridor theme being all about what we love in Missoula, we felt it would be cool to join forces and write this one together. So we talked to some friends and amongst ourselves to come up with a list of “What We Love About Sports in Missoula”.
We are sure that this list is going to create some discussion. After all, it is not meant as a complete “be all…end all” list. It is really the creation of our unusual minds and those unstable minds of our friends. But we found this list fun nonetheless.
What We Love About Sports in Missoula…..
MaggotFest – We love this tournament that is not only great sport but one heck of a great party. It is also not a bad thing for our local economy. However, anyone else ever think it was odd that this rugby and party event occurs on Mother’s Day every year?!
Local Adult Hockey – Really what isn’t there to love about the entire Glacier Ice Rink and it’s many programs? Yet, adult hockey in Missoula is just an amazing thing. The Missoula association ranks 20th in the Nation with USA Hockey in registered members. Missoula has 1,206 registered adult USA Hockey members. The 20th place ranking is out of 649 associations nationwide. Amazing!
Curling – While we are on the topic of ice sports….how about the increase in popularity of curling in Missoula over the past two years? Yes that’s right…curling. We have a curling club here in Missoula. They play on the outdoor hockey ice sheet at Glacier Ice Rink at crazy times due to the lack of available ice. They have a league with 24 teams. They provide the curling stones, brooms, and shoe slides so you just have to show up. However, despite all that, we put curling on the list, because we think it is one of the most fun things to do in winter. A complete blast of a good time if you haven’t tried it yet.
The Real Osprey Mascot – We just think the real life Osprey nest at Ogren Park Allegiance Field is really cool. Especially when the real bird catches a fish and then shows it off with a magnificent flyover as the baseball crowd cheers. Cool stuff.
The Great Outdoors – How blessed are we to have such a great natural environment for sports and our active lifestyles? Doesn’t really matter your interest here….fly fishing, skiing, biking, tubing, kayaking, running, walking, hiking, hunting, and on and on….it is all great stuff.
Griz Football – Griz football as described by Dude, “Division I atmosphere in a small city”. Big time football, big time tailgating, big time fun. Enough said.
Missoula Marathon – How amazing is this event! It has grown so much not only in numbers, but in national recognition, fun, and local benefit. This has become a true economic driver for our community in the summer. And nationally….it was named the #1 marathon in the country by Runners World after only it’s third year.
Beating the Cats – We love it when we beat the Cats. We love it when we beat them in anything. Whether it be football, basketball, or even Tiddlywinks…just win baby!
Osprey Baseball – Is there anything better in the summer than enjoying a cold Beer, hot dog, and baseball game along the Clark Fork River?
Brennan’s Wave – Kayaking on the river in downtown Missoula is not the only great thing about whitewater outdoor recreational gem. How about the U.S. Freestyle Kayaking Championships that brought 5,000 spectators and 200 competitors? Great!
Is there more to love about sports in Missoula? Oh yeah, plenty more. However, we are out of space and it gives us something to write about next year. One thing we are all in agreement about is that we really do.