Helmed by Scottish-born soccer sage Martin Rennie, the RailHawks look to capitalize on the success of their 2010 NASL conference championship and impose their will on a host of fleet-footed opposition. The RailHawks kick off the 2011 campaign on Saturday, April 9, against the Puerto Rico Islanders before slide tackling into a season of fast-paced conference action. Shout free-verse fight songs from your premium sideline seats ($15 each) and watch as the RailHawks regale spectators with majestic midfield play and balletic bicycle kicks. Challenge winged mascot Swoops to a gentlemanly game of penalty kicks and featherless headers, and be ready to reveal the world’s first gas-powered vuvuzela as the RailHawks wage battle against a host of domestic and international competition.
Against the lush backdrop of manicured greens and iridescent ponds, a lineup of world-class golfers that includes seven Hall of Famers tees off in a fierce competition during the PGA Champions Tour. Notable up-and-comers as well as veterans, such as the affable Fred Couples, strive to win the Charles Schwab Cup in a competition that tallies points and the number of new visors worn over the full season. Nine players, including John Huston, step onto the fields at Cary for their first time, and Hall of Famer Tom Kite expertly wields 9-irons in his 1,000th career professional start. The Tom Jackson–designed golf course challenges golfers with difficult holes and a flock of distracting peacock caddies before assuaging frustration with the calming sound of a breeze through the trees.
The 3.5-hour, high-energy presentation will get you fired up about finance. New York Times best-selling author Dave Ramsey's tried-and-true methods demystify money, offering honest answers for digging out of debt. During the presentation, you'll learn how to create a plan, save, and confidently invest.
Now in their 86th season, the Harlem Globetrotters continue to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For the team's 2012 world tour, a rotating roster of Globetrotter favorites take to the hardwood each game, so spectators might spot Special K Daley sharing a behind-the-back pass with newcomer Jacob “Hops” Tucker, the 2011 NCAA slam-dunk champion whose 50-inch vertical leap cruelly dashed his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Trotters might also present a study in contrasts with five-foot-two Too Tall Hall and seven-foot-eight Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, the world's tallest pro basketball player.
The Hurricanes' captain Eric Staal is giving an All-Star caliber performance this season, while goaltender Cam Ward aims to repeat his rookie season performance leading the Canes to their first-ever Stanley Cup in 2006. Balcony seats give you a high, wide view of the action, while the lower bowl seats behind the nets and uprights increase your chances of taking home some commemorative teeth. From either vantage point, the Canes will dazzle you as they subdue in-conference rival Florida Panthers with anesthetizing checks, ship pucks to the back of the net via FedEx, and get into fistfights with boxing kangaroos.