Out of the gate

04/02/03 Don Yeager Jr.

Welcome to the 2nd installment of Out of the Gate, my weekly column devoted to the Ohio Valley Greyhounds.

With a game out of the way followed by a bye week, I'm sure the Greyhounds are chomping at the bit to make their home debut.  With the Nailers closing their season short of the playoffs, the focus is on the 'Hounds to bring another spectacular season to the well deserving fans in the Ohio Valley.

For the first time ever, the Wheeling Civic Center will house a defending champion, whom I am sure will not disappoint.  Surpassing the 2,000 season ticket holder mark ensures yet another season of great fan support.  I'm sure Section 213 will give the Evansville Bluecats a not so warm welcome to the OV Home Dome.

The atmosphere is truly a great one.  This is one event that a family can attend without breaking the bank, and its fun for everyone.  From the Lone Ranger popping up out of nowhere to Blitz tossing out freebies, there is always crowd interaction somewhere.  On top of that, the action on the field is non-stop.  Lets face it, 46 points isn't bad and that was just the season opener.  The 'Hounds are surely going to put up seventy-something points more than once this season.

You can't forget the Greyhound Girls.  These local ladies are always working hard, whether they are entertaining the crowd on the field during game breaks, or dancing amongst the fans during the fast paced action.  These talented young women are some of the nicest you could ever hope to meet and add are truly a boost for the fans.

No matter how you slice it, this weekend's game promises to be fun for all ages and guarantees excitement for the fans.  A familiar face returns to the Civic Center, Akili Robertson.  The former Tennessee ThunderCat will be trying to do something that hasn't been done for a long time; beat the Greyhounds at home.  OV has won 17 straight at the Civic Center, and I doubt that streak will end anytime soon.  See you at the Dome.

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