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Muster's Musings: Overlooking Rochester's sports teams

By Natalie Muster
On February 26, 2013

If there is one thing that I wish I did more in terms of sports, it's taking advantage of all the sports Rochester has to offer.

Two weekends ago my friends and I took a trip into Rochester, and while there, I found myself wishing that I would visit the city more.

All my life I have been living in the Rochester area. I grew up 30 minutes outside of the city ­in Marion, and now I go to a school just 20 minutes down the road. I also have siblings who live both in and closer to the city.

Despite the short drive, I haven't been to the city much as a Brockport student usually is. I can count the amount of times I've been to Rochester on both hands in the past three and a half years and still have fingers left.

The saddest part of the whole thing is for such a huge sports fan and for the amount of sporting events that do occur in the city (the city has eight professional teams), I rarely go into Rochester to watch any of them.

Don't get me wrong before you read what I am about to say, because I still love the Orange more than anything and I am not knocking them in any way. However, Syracuse is at least twice the distance from my hometown as it is to Rochester and I've been to Central New York a far greater amount of times.

I've been to one Red Wings game, two Amerks games and one Western New York Flash game - no, not during college, but throughout my lifetime. Meanwhile, I go to at least four Syracuse games in one year alone.

Basketball is my favorite sport and even though I've always wanted to go to a Razorsharks game, I've never been. I love lacrosse, but never been to a Knighthawks or Rattlers game. I played soccer for five years, but as for the Rhinos and Lancers, it's also a no.

Before each team's season starts, I tell myself that I will go to a handful of their games, but it never happens. Bottom line, I'm a bad Rochester sports fan.

From here on out, I do want to start taking more advantage of Rochester's sports. I actually want to go to more games, not just say I'm going to and fall into the rut where I don't make it happen. Maybe writing it down will increase my motivation.

The Razorsharks might not be an NBA team, the Red Wings might not be an MLB team, and the Amerks are definitely not an NHL team, but why pass up cheap, professional sporting events?

I can get into games for less than $20, given the Rattlers were the only team out of the eight without ticket prices listed.

And there is extra incentive for going to Flash games this summer, since Abby Wambach will be playing for Western New York.

When I went to the Flash game two summers ago, I never got to see Wambach play because she was recovering from the Olympics. Hopefully when I do go to a game, she'll actually be on the field.

So yes, in the past I could have gone to more Rochester sporting events, but in three months I'll be a college graduate with plenty of time on my hands. Guess I know what I'll be doing this summer.

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