Introducing Football’s First Ball Hawk: Doug Hakey

Introducing Football’s First Ball Hawk: Doug Hakey

Doug Hakey, a Grafton, Massachusetts native, is retired from his plumbing and land development career on Martha’s Vineyard. These days, the 59-year-old Patriots fan resides on a 360-acre farm in Amherst, Virginia, 200 miles from the closest ballpark, Nationals Park. But Hakey is not out to pasture. Hakey, who bears a resemblance to former Raiders quarterback Kenny Stabler, devotes much of his free time to travelling and collecting stuff, everything from millstones to shark teeth to baseballs.

Levi’s Stadium – San Francisco 49ers

Levi’s Stadium – San Francisco 49ers

Having completed its fifth season in its new digs, the home team and its faithful are still trying to establish a true home identity. Though the amenities and surroundings far surpass those of their previous home at Candlestick Park, there are still certain issues the team is working through.

Regional Foods:  Central Connecticut’s Steamed Burgers

Regional Foods: Central Connecticut’s Steamed Burgers

Ask any sports fan, no, ask any American, what their favorite food is, and the answer will often be “hamburger.” Ask these same people how they like their burger, and you will likely not hear the same answer twice. The hamburger is a most versatile food, with infinite ways to cook, accessorize and serve. If you venture to a few small towns in central Connecticut, you will find them prepared in a most unusual manner: they are steamed.

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium – Military Bowl

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium – Military Bowl

Eagle Bank was the initial sponsor of the then-named EagleBank Bowl until 2010 and the name was changed to the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman. In 2013, the Military Bowl was moved from Washington, DC’s RFK Stadium to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at the U.S. Naval Academy. The events surrounding the bowl game are still generally held in and around DC. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is a special place to watch a game. If you are lucky to see the home team in action, it makes it even better. The Military Bowl is worth a watch no matter what.