Each week our ‘Friday Top Five’ segment, we feature five things we thought were interesting, notable, or culturally significant. This week we are showcasing stories or should we say, teams! That’s right, we are changing it up a bit for feature sports teams that are lesser-known, but still bad as hell! We have highlights on the Chicago Dogs, Chicago House AC, Tin Caps, OKC Dodgers, and Wrexham FC.
Team-1:: Go Dogs, Go!
Overview: The Chicago Dogs are members of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. Named after Chicago’s favorite and oldest culinary tradition, the Chicago Dogs’ logo features the colors and stars of the iconic Chicago flag. Home games are played at the state-of-the-art Impact Field located at 9800 Balmoral Avenue in Rosemont, Ill. If you have no clue where that is, just drive right to the airport and the field is next door.
“Did we mention that the mascot is mustard and ketchup a the logo is a dog!!! “
This stadium and experience could not be better. I brought my family to the game and the parking garage was a stone's throw from the stadium. The whole experience was great, and for $64, we got four tickets behind the dugout, four hats, and gift card to William “Bill” Murry’s restaurant.
Team-2:: Chicago House Athletic Club
Overview: The National Independent Soccer Association was founded in 2017 by Peter Wilt and the late Jack Cummins. Its mission is to bring professional soccer to every city in the United States. A pro league member of U.S. Soccer, NISA focuses on a model based on meritocracy, independent clubs controlling their own league, clubs owning their intellectual property, all without the barrier of territorial rights. So net-net, they have a bit more freedom to do what they want but are starting at the ground floor.
Chicago House AC Mission Statement
“We believe winning goes beyond the pitch and into the community. Chicago House AC shares the values of all Chicagoans with a special emphasis on social justice, racial equality, inclusion, serving the underserved, and having fun while doing it. Chicago House AC will actively work to make Chicago a better place through philanthropy, service, winning trophies, and inspiring Chicagoans to stand at the forefront of their communities to create lasting change.”
Regardless of where thy are starting, I am fired up that someone had the brains to name the team Chicago House, assuming that has some sort of nod to the rich house history of the city. Games are being played out of the Seat Geek stadium, can’t wait to check out a home game.
Team-3:: Tin Caps of Fort Wayne
Overview: Had the pleasure of working in Fort Wayne Indiana for about a year and during that time had the opportunity to attend a couple of Tin Cap games and wow what a platform; stadium, team, merch, experience, connections with the town/city.
As a high-A Central affiliate of the @padres, playing at award-winning @parkviewfield! This team has it figured out! Don’t forget to check out the best cocktail bar in town, the Silver Spoon. Conveniently located behind the stadium.
Team-4:: Go Dodgers Go!
Overview: Funny, no clue if that is actually what they say at the game but hey, sounds cool. So you might be wondering, why this team was included in the list. Simple answer, my folks live in OKC and for years we have been talking about going to a game, then covid stopped most travel and we never went. Fast forward to last week. My brother bought my folks tickets and I bought them hats and they went to a game and thanks to the wonder that is FaceTime, now feel like an official fan. Can’t wait to get back down to Oklahoma and see a game.
Team-5:: Welcome to Wrexham
Overview: Wrexham Association Football Club is a Welsh professional association football club based in Wrexham, Wales. The team competes in the National League, the fifth tier of the English football league system. Formed in 1864, they are the oldest club in Wales and the third oldest professional football team in the world.
Hollywood duo Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are set to take center-stage in a new access-all-areas docu-series about the club they bought earlier this year after taking ownership. Since then they have signed Ryan’s Gin company @aviation as an official sponsor and Tik Tok.
“Our goal is to grow the team, return it to the English Football League in front of increased attendances at an improved stadium while making a positive difference to the wider community in Wrexham.”
Talk about a smart play. Get two Hollywood stars to buy a small club, promote the heck out of them, grow the business (club) and then sell them and or just have a ton of fun in the process.