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Jacksonville Pro Sports That Might Blow You Away

By Josiah Gingerman

In the Daylight State, 2 towns rule the news with their hardwood heroes, Orlando and Miami. If you’d like to go a little bit further north, below you’ll find some major leagues in Jacksonville.

Jaguars are Becoming a Fierce Competitor

With a new regime taking over under Mike Mularky, the Jaguars are keen to build success behind promising beginner QB Blaine Gabbert and evergreen Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew. In spite of winning only two games, the Jags have wish for the future due to a defense that finished as the 6th best overall in the NFL.

Jacksonville Sharks Dominate in this Arena

After joining the American Football League in 2010, the Sharks were able to set a new record for a team in expansion, winning twelve out of their sixteen games, ranking third place in ticket sales in the league. Aaron Garcia, the Jacksonville Sharks quarterback, was the head of the team when they won the 2011 title He tossed 118 touchdown passes and led the Sharks on a 13-game fortunate streak. To watch the Sharks play in their hometown, you need to get your seat at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Jacksonville Baseball Heats Up

The Marlins ‘ junior league system is mythical for making some of the top talent in MLB. Names like Josh Beckett, Miguel Cabrera, Hanley Ramirez and Mike Stanton have all played baseball in Jacksonville at some specific point. The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, which opened in 2003, is a fabulous facility that gives fans the chance to see stars head to head. The open-air facility is listed as amongst the most well-liked destinations in the country for a baseball pilgrimage. Come to the site for ticket information.

Destroyers Build Love for Soccer in Jacksonville

Heading into just its 2nd year as a franchise, the FC Destroyers of Jacksonville are bringing a taste for the interesting game to the town of Jacksonville. The team is looking to build on last season under new coach Eric Dutt’s leadership. The boost in popularity of the team has impressed club official to bring another team to play soccer in Jacksonville. Very soon the club will add a women’s team to USL Women’s League. For full info, visit the team’s default page.

Jacksonville Rugby Expanding Its Reign

The Axeman are playoff contenders each season and won the championship in 2010. Powered by its on-field success, the team has worked to try and build the game in this country. The team has made a smaller league that behaves as a development team for their squad. The league is made of 3 groups, including one here in Jacksonville, the Hatchets.

Jacksonville Giants Gradually Grow

The town also includes an ABA pro basketball team in the Giants, a young franchise that started in 2010. In its first season, the Giants ‘ sort of play was worthy of their moniker as the team rolled to a 23-0 record. The team plays its home games at Jacksonville Vets Memorial Arena, known before as Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum. This new arena was built in 2003 and accomodates more than 13,000 people.

Jacksonville Hosts Pro Golfers

Regularly known as golf’s 5th major, The Players Championship is a staple in Jacksonville. One weekend each May, PC Sawgrass, a suburb of Jacksonville, is the hosting of the top golfers around the world.

Lacrosse Is About to Hit Jacksonville in 2012

This year is turning out to be a season of new beginnings in Jacksonville as another team is ready to begin its franchise there in 2012. The Northern US Lacrosse League will be adding the Bullies in late Jan. For ticket details, visit the team’s Site.

Josiah Gingerman has had an interest in Jacksonville sports for several years. He has written op-eds and editorial pieces for many online publications. For more info about baseball in Jacksonville please feel free to visit his site.

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