Talking Points: Making good with fans



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Ever been to a sporting event and experience lines so long you swear you'll never go back?

Yeah, us too.

Well, at least one venue want to try and make it up to its fanbase.

Portland Meadows announced on Sunday that it will be holding a "Sorry for the Long Lines — Customer Appreciation Day" on Sunday, Aug. 4 with a post time of 1:45 p.m.

Seems that opening day on July 21 was a bit overwhelming on the Portland Meadows staff.

"The good news is that a record amount of people came to the track," general manager Will Alempijevic said in a press release. "The bad news is that we weren't as ready as we needed to be to provide a good level of customer service."

The horse racing track will be offering $1 and $3 food and beverage items in addition to other special offers and prize drawings.

"Our goal is for everyone who came on opening day to come back and enjoy a true day at the track experience," Alempijevic said. "We are sorry for the long lines and hopefully our customers visit us again."


One place where the lines probably weren't long on Sunday was Cooperstown, N.Y.

A rainy day and three posthumously inductions kept the usual Baseball Hall of Fame induction day crowd to a minimum.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America did not elect a player to the Hall for the first time since 1971. Blame it on the steroid era, many said.

For the families of 2013 inductees Jacob Ruppert, Hank O'Day and James White, this Sunday was just as sunny as any other.

From Dennis McNamara, who presented his great uncle: "The lesson of Hank O'Day is do your best with honesty and integrity."


We don't doubt for a second that if the Seattle Seahawks were to hold their training camp practices at CenturyLink Field, that the 12th Man would fill it up in a heartbeat.

Case in point, the Philadelphia Eagles.

On Sunday, the Eagles went to work for the first time in their home stadium and some 30,000 fans came to watch.

There was even tailgating in the parking lots ... for a practice session ... in July.

The NFL is back.

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