Gifts For Sports Lovers

10 Gifts For That Person In Your Life Who Loves Sports Way Too Much

All the gifts sports fans will love for the holidays.

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Every year during the holidays, it can be hard to shop for men. Lots of them are sports fans, maybe even die-hard sports fans. Like my boyfriend, for example.

Sports fan are the easiest to shop for, but here is a list of some of the best gifts sports fans like your boyfriend, husband, brother, cousin, etc. will thoroughly enjoy this holiday season.

1. A team jersey. 

Green Bay Packers #12 Aaron Rodgers Home Legend Jersey at the Packers Pro Shop

www.packersproshop.com

This one is probably the most obvious, I'm sure, but can be a bit pricey. It definitely depends on what kind of sports jersey you get! You don't have to go all out, as long as it has their name on the back and it's their favorite team you're good to go. I found this one for $79.95, which I think is a good price because I paid $100 for my boyfriend's Packers jersey! You could also just find a T-shirt that has the name on the back and the team and that would work just as good.

2. A team blanket. 

NBA Los Angeles Lakers Super-Plush Raschel Throw Blanket

www.bedbathandbeyond.com

I think these are such a winner. I love nice plush cozy blankets, and I'm sure everyone else does as well. Your boyfriend will love having his favorite sports team on a blanket, especially a nice plush one. Bed Bath and Beyond has great deals for these kinds of blankets, and this one is only $24.99!

3. A travel Tumbler. 

Pittsburgh Steelers 30oz. Ultra Travel Tumbler

www.fanatics.com

I've had my boyfriend consistently ask me for a packer's tumbler cup, and I guess this would actually make such a good gift! They can put any sort of drink they want in it, hot or cold, and it's a big bonus that they have their favorite sports team on there. I found this one on Amazon for only $20.48!

4. Team slippers.

Green Bay Packers Moccasin Slipper - Tan

www.nflshop.com

Honestly, how could you say no to these? Any kinds of slippers are a keeper, and your boyfriend with mostly enjoy the fact it has his team on it. Especially during the cold winter, nice moccasins or cozy slippers are perfect for men. I found these on sale for $26.24 and they have almost all the teams!

5. Any type of clothing.

Men's Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Pro Line by Fanatics Branded Black Team Lockup Long Sleeve T-Shirt

www.nflshop.com

Any type of clothing item that has their team on it, is a keeper. It can range from shirts to sweatshirts, sweatpants, jackets, etc. Any type of clothing is perfect for a holiday gift and they can wear it till their heart's content. This kind of gift never gets old and it's very rare if they end up not liking it. You can definitely find some really good sales on these gifts as well. I found this sweatshirt on sale for only $18.74!

6. A sports mug.

Ohio State Buckeyes 32oz. Macho Mug with Handle

www.fanatics.com

I've found this to be a great gift for your dad, grandpa, or even for your husband/boyfriend. I've seen gifts like this throughout my lifetime, and they've always been the perfect gift! Sports mugs are a classic, and there is no doubt that the person you're giving it to will love it! I found some on Amazon for only $24.95, which isn't such a bad deal.

7. Team bedding.

NFL New England Patriots Draft Comforter Set

www.bedbathandbeyond.com

This one might be a bit too much, but it such a nice gift for your boyfriend, brother, friend, cousin, etc. I've had my boyfriend ask me for this multiple times, so it must be something sports fan actually wish to have, maybe not all, but still! If you know a die-hard sports fan, this might be the gift for them. I found one on Amazon for $44.99!

8. A baseball hat. 

Men's New York Yankees New Era Navy League 9FORTY Adjustable Hat

www.mlbshop.com

You can never go wrong with a simple baseball cap as a gift. Every team possible has a baseball cap with their team on it and it's not very hard to find! They're super comfortable and lots of guys do wear it. They range in all kinds of prices and you can find some really good deals on them. I found this one for $19.99, which was one of the cheapest I found compared to ones that were good quality.

9. A pennant. 

Chicago Cubs Pennant

www.sportsflagsandpennants.com

Simple, but definitely effective. Sports fan will love to hang this up anywhere in their house or bedroom. It's so simple but something they will be glad to have. Not to mention, they're pretty cheap and you don't have to break the bank when purchasing them. I found this one for only $5.95!

10. A team ornament.

Green Bay Packers Large Tinsel Ball Ornament

www.fanatics.com

I think these are the sweetest gifts to give to sports fans. They'll be able to put it on their Christmas Tree for the next few years and they'll look forward to putting it on their tree every year. It's a sweet and knowledgeable gift that they will definitely enjoy! You can find all different kinds of ornaments that will fit their taste of style. I found this one for only $5.99!

These are some of the best gifts most sports fans will be glad to open up on Christmas. Sports fans aren't the hardest to shop for, but these were just a few ideas that can make you start thinking or even start buying!

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Everything The Student Athlete Loses When They Move On From Sports

Enjoy it while it lasts.

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We used to call it "flipping the switch." You would go through eight hours of school (somehow) and then your mentality would automatically change. The worries and stress from the school day would dwindle as you put on your cleats and begin to warm up. Anything that was going on in your life didn't matter when you hit the dirt. You create lifelong friendships with the girls you spent every day with for months at a time. Teammates who see you susceptible after a bad game and on cloud nine after one of your bests.

You develop a routine and superstitions. Hitting your bat on the inside of your cleat before you hit, chewing a certain type of gum on the volleyball court, how many times you spin the ball before you shoot a free throw, whatever your quirk was, you 100% believed it would make you play better. You practice in your free time with your dad, devote three to five months of your school year to a team, and play all summer long with your travel team as you live off hotel breakfast. Then one day, it's all over.

It is a feeling that nobody can prepare you for. They say enjoy it while it lasts but you never really understand what you'll be walking away from when you play your last game and hang it up for good. You lose a part of yourself when you're no longer an athlete. I forgot what it feels like to be competitive and be a part of something that is bigger than myself. It has been two years since I've played my last softball game and not a day goes by when I don't miss it. I didn't play because I wanted to go pro or even to the collegiate level, but I played because it was an escape and helped me become who I am.

You begin to forget what it felt like to hit the sweet spot on a bat, what it sounded like to have an audience cheer for you as you stand alone on second base and see your family in the stands, to hear the metal spikes of your cleats on concrete when walking in the dugout. It's simple things about the game you love that brought you pure joy and an escape from the world and the thoughts in your head. Batting practice was always mine. Focusing on nothing but the next pitch and how hard I could hit it.

When you have to watch the game from the other side of the fence, you realize how much pressure you put on yourself when you played. It's just a game. Make as many memories as you can and enjoy every inning because when you leave sports behind you have to find your inner athlete in other things. Create a workout routine, joining a club sport or intramurals, or even becoming a coach. As much as I miss the sport, I am thankful for everything it brought me. It taught me how to be a good friend, respect others around me, and to push myself to discover what I was capable of.

So, enjoy it while it lasts.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo And Christian Yelich Have Put Milwaukee Back On The Map

Two small market teams making sure the world knows who they are

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"MVP" is currently being chanted around the city of Milwaukee and the people of Milwaukee aren't just talking about one person. Giannis Antetokounmpo, a forward for the Milwaukee Bucks and Christian Yelich, an outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers. Giannis is on the path to winning this year's NBA MVP and Yelich, who happened to win the NL MVP last year, is showing no doubts on potentially becoming this year's MVP as well.

Both the Bucks and the Brewers have struggled in the past few years. The Bucks finished their 2013-2014 season with a record of 15-67. On top of that, they have been playing in the BMO Harris Bradley Center for the past couple of decades. The Bradley Center was intentionally built for hockey and not basketball so attending games for the Bucks sometimes had you in the nosebleeds barely seeing what was going on on the court. The Bucks struggled after their 2013-2014 season with records of 41-41 (2014-2015) and 33-49 (2015-2016). Now, the Bucks have recently finished their regular season and moved to the playoffs. From 15-67 just five years ago, to now 60-22 which gave them the best record in the NBA, the number one seed in the East and home-court advantage, Giannis has proved himself as potentially one of the greatest players the NBA and the Bucks franchise will ever see.

The Bucks now have a new arena that opened this season, Fiserv Forum, which is built specifically for the Bucks (and Marquette) instead of hockey. Looking back on the Bucks in their previous years compared to now, the Bucks have sold out every single game this season. Something Milwaukee never thought they would see from being a small market team. From my experience, while working for the Bucks, you can see the difference in the crowd and feel their enthusiasm and excitement radiating off of the fans. And this is all thanks to Mr. Antetokounmpo who is making his mark here in Milwaukee. Giannis has won Eastern Conference Player of the Month for October/November, December, February and March/April and even earned his spot as Eastern Conference captain for the All-Star game this year. Giannis may be considered in his prime right now, but he is only 24-years-old which means he has plenty of time to only make himself better.

The Brewers had won the NL Central Divison back in 2011 but lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series. After that, they struggled a bit and haven't won the title since until last year in 2018. He brought the Brewers to the NLCS last season, but unfortunately, they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yelich had 36 home runs last season and already has eight (as of 4/16/19) this season. He happens to be a great right fielder as well. In last night's (4/15/19) game against the Cardinals, Yelich alone scored three home runs.

Miller Park has been filling up more and more each game of Brewers fans. Being a small market team like their cross-city friends, the Bucks, bringing home an MVP title as well as a division title, it makes everyone aware of their greatness and dedication. The season may have just started back up again, but there is no doubt, if Yelich and his teammates keep playing like they are right now, they will have another shot of making it to the World Series.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Christian Yelich have brought and will continue to bring excitement and greatness to Milwaukee which is something the city hasn't seen in a while. This era of sports will surely be remembered for a long time by the people of Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

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