Affiliates of the NHL's Anaheim Ducks, the Syracuse Crunch has its second-half sights set on moving up the East Division standings and into the AHL playoffs. Cheer as left-wingers Nicolas Deschamps and Patrick Maroon cross-check opponents, hypnotically skate around mesmerized defenders, and drain three-pointers from center ice. With sharp blades and even sharper puck-manipulating capabilities, the Crunch look to give first-year head coach Mark Holick a successful inaugural campaign. From Oncenter War Memorial Arena's ice-level, Crunch Club, or lower mezzanine-level seats, fans can witness every glove-save at while reading the baroque poems that players write while in the penalty box.
The Rochester Rhinos rampage hornfirst into their 15th season of professional soccer play with a roster of 25 players combining their 51 total feet to lead the team to victory. A member of the hybrid United States Soccer Federation D-2 Pro League, the Rhinos are currently in first place in the league's USL Conference. See the Rhinos continue to assert their cleated dominance against the Tampa Bay Rowdies or the Miami FC Blues. Both Sunshine State squads are in last place in their respective conferences, making either match-up against the Rhinos a way to watch the mono-horned beasts squeeze every last drop of fight out of the still-kicking opposing players.
• Vs. the Buffalo Bisons on Monday, July 18, at 7 p.m. • Vs. the Buffalo Bisons on Tuesday, July 19, at 7 p.m. • Vs. the Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday, July 20, at 7 p.m. • Vs. the Buffalo Bisons on Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m. • Vs. the Columbus Clippers on Tuesday, July 26, at 7 p.m. • Vs. the Columbus Clippers on Wednesday, July 27, at 7 p.m. • Vs. the Columbus Clippers on Thursday, July 28, at 7 p.m.
The chefs at The Change of Pace assemble scrumptious sandwiches and spin succulent wings in garlic sauce, earning them the 2011 Syracuse.com title of Best Specialty Wings. The eatery’s menu plays matchmaker between taste buds and tangy pulled-pork sandwiches ($5.50) or 6-ounce burgers topped with lettuce, tomato, and onions ($5.95). Diners can coat hands in edible finger paint with a dozen wings ($6.95) available in seven flavors, including hot barbecue and specialty Italian-style garlic wings. Divvy up a 16-inch garlic-vegetable pizza featuring broccoli, red onions, and mushrooms ($15.95), or rebel against a strict kindergarten curriculum of sharing by hoarding a 12-inch cheese pizza for yourself ($7.95). Fourteen TVs facilitate sports spectatorship as bartenders pour draft and bottled beers to cheering patrons.
In their inaugural year as the Short-Season A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, the Doubledays swing lumber, flash leather, and fling heaters under the lights of Falcon Park from June 18 until September 2. From the camaraderie-packed confines of general-admission seats, fans join cheering spectators at any of the Doubledays' 2011 games, including promotional dates and events such as post-game fireworks, $1 Thursdays, and Take Your Catcher to Work Day. Replete with a new roster and skipper, the club gears up to emulate the champagne-showered success of the 2007 squad, which captured the New York–Penn League championship after winning its division for the sixth straight year.