Friday, February 15, 2013

The sporting things to do this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 6:04 PM

WHEEL DEAL: Nuclear Cowboyz return!
  • WHEEL DEAL: Nuclear Cowboyz return!
While the season's coldest weather moves into the area this weekend, there are still plenty of things to do involving sports, either as a participant, fan, or both. Here are a few of the best sports-related events.

Nuclear Cowboyz — Nuclear Cowboyz, the only high octane-fueled theatrical freestyle motocross touring production in North America,, is coming to the Tampa Bay Times Forum this weekend for three shows: Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. This event is a mix between the X-Games, a Kiss concert, Cirque du Soleil and a Pussycat Dolls show in Vegas. Basically, you have some of the world's top motorcross riders risking their lives in extreme, non-stop action, complete with laser lights, pyro and special effects, rock music, flips and jumps on bikes and quads, dancers and acrobats. I went to the show last year and it is well worth the price of admission. It isn't as loud as the Monster Truck Show, but it is a pure adrenaline rush. Tickets for Nuclear Cowboyz at the Tampa Bay Times Forum start at $10 for teens. They are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Tampa Bay Times Forum Box Office, online at ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Rays Fan Fest — The 2013 Rays Fan Fest presented by MetroPCS, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Tropicana Field, is being touted as the best of the best for this free event, which has consistently provided fans with a whole slew of things to do inside Tropicana Field. Considering how cold it will be this weekend, the typical amount of exhaustion and heat that generally materializes because of the whole slew of patrons milling about won't be as bad. All kidding aside, though, the people over at One Tropicana Place say this festive gathering will feature an unmatched amount of interaction with Rays players and coaches along with numerous activities for kids. D.J. Kitty will be there, the baseball sage known as Peter Gammons will conduct a panel discussion of sorts, and kids can take their shoes off to race against each other on the idyllic blades of artificial turf and old tire bits. Oh yeah, and fans have the chance to have their favorite Rays TV and radio broadcasters and more than 25 former major league players sign autographs for free throughout the day. As far as the actual Rays players? Fans have the option to purchase a $50 wristband which grants the opportunity to get autographs from Rays players. All proceeds benefit the ALS Association Florida Chapter. If you choose this option, prepare yourself to stand in line between 30 minutes and 1 1/2 hours, depending on when you arrive. All in all, though, it's a grand ol' time. And you might want to attend this year because who knows where the team will be playing next season. Charlotte, anyone? For more information, visit the team's website at raysbaseball.com.

Disney Pro Classic - The Rowdies wrap up their appearance in the 2013 Disney Pro Soccer Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, FL. This tournament features six Major League Soccer clubs, including D.C. United, Montreal Impact, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC, Philadelphia Union, and Columbus Crew. They began the tournament against DC United last Saturday and played their second group match against Montreal Impact on Wednesday, both losses. They square up against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, February 16 at approximately 8:00 p.m., following the other matches. This is a great opportunity to see some of the best soccer players in America. Sorry, ladies, David Beckham won't be there. All games will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World. If you've never been to the Wide World of Sports complex, you need to go. It's an impressive place. The Rowdies will proudly be the sole representative of the NASL and all games will be broadcasted live on the Major League Soccer website (mlssoccer.com). visit rowdiessoccer.com for more information.

Hog Wild Mud Run 3- The Crazy 80's These races on Sat., Feb. 16, have become all the rage and this one won't disappoint again this year. Using an 8-inspired theme, this year's event will feature a creative, fun twist to this extreme event! Hog Wild’s "The Crazy 80′s" will be 3-plus miles of climbing, crawling, running, and jumping your way through over 20 obstacles, followed by one wild after party. Attendees are encouraged to wear ′80s-style costumes. Open to everyone, the all-day music festival has entertainment for the whole family. A kids’ race is for the piglets ages 6-13 years old is a half-mile obstacle course with mud, walls and crawls. 2441 Kirkland Road, Tampa, hogwildmudrun.com.

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