Archive for August, 2013

Creating the Perfect Man Cave in Time for the Holidays

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Christmas is – quite literally – just around the corner. And it’s time to update your wish list now with the things you would like to adorn your man cave with this holiday season. Here’s a primer to help get you started:

Every man cave should begin with a comfortable chair. This chair needs to be your friend, as you will likely spend a great deal of time watching games here and even dozing here. A Big Daddy leather recliner that sports your favorite NFL team, such as this Miami Dolphins recliner, is a great start to your man cave. Accompanied by a matching pub table, it’s all you need (besides a big-screen TV) to get your room off to a good start.

Now that you’ve covered your comfort needs, it’s time to get serious about fun. Your man cave is your escape – the perfect place to head during the crazy holiday shopping season. From poker to pool to shuffleboard, we have the high end game tables you need to furnish your room in style. The Playcraft Southport pool table is an ideal addition, as is the PlayCraft Venture Shuffleboard table with a customizable length.

 

And when you’re on your own and there’s no game on, your man cave would benefit greatly from a pinball machine like the AC/DC Pro to the space.

Finally, to add a finishing touch to your man cave and really create some style, add a lamp that shows off your favorite basketball team such as this New York Knicks shade bar lamp. And, because no man cave is complete without music, add a jukebox like the Nostalgic Bubbler to the room and create some atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What would you add to create the perfect man cave?

Is Your Game Room Ready for Some Football?

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Baseball may be the “great American pastime,” but football reigns supreme in the world of sports. Worth more than $1 billion on the average, a National Football League team proves to be more profitable than a Major League Baseball team (over $700 million), a team in the National Basketball Association (over $500 million) or in the National Hockey League (just shy of $300 million). This profitability, in large part, is due to increased profits, and these profits are directly attributed to having more wins than losses, which then leads to increased sponsorship. Of the 32 NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys is the most valuable.

“Show me the money!”

A hybrid of soccer and rugby, this lucrative sports juggernaut began building its reputation in 1892. On November 12th of that year, William (Pudge) Heffelfinger, a football player for the Allegheny Athletic Association, was paid $500 to play in a game versus the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. This was the first documented instance of a football player being paid for his services, and pro football was born. Up until that point, amateur players were “compensated” with trophies and watches. Oftentimes players’ expenses were paid at twice their value. Today the average salary for a football player exceeds $1 million for most positions.

But football is more than just about making money and being profitable. Vince Lombardi once said that “football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.” Okay, so that may be why a person chooses to play football. What, then, accounts for our national obsession with the game? A Sports Business Journal writer revealed that residents of New York City opted to watch a New York Jets game one evening as opposed to a Yankee playoff game. What gives?

“It’s the hard-knock life!”

The game of football has certainly taken its fair share of lumps lately. Concerns regarding head injuries and players’ physical well-being in general, as well as reports of misconduct by players and coaching staff alike, may give football fans pause, but they have certainly not tarnished the popularity of the sport. Football is indeed physical, but it is also a game that compels people to work as a team and endeavor to attain a mutual goal. Football is also a mental game that requires classroom work and advanced preparation. And in the end, football brings us together with family and friends to celebrate a pastime that, while not wholly American, has certainly been adopted as one of America’s own.

Now is the time to prepare for the coming NFL season, by making sure that your game room reflects your football obsession and promotes your favorite team. And whether your favorite team is the Dallas Cowboys or the Jacksonville Jaguars, we have game tables and furniture to display your team spirit.

 

Any Room can be Your Game Room

Monday, August 12th, 2013

The Man Caves television series has been broadcasting for several years, providing hope to many home owners who dream of a room that they can call their own and inspiration for a number of different game room modifications. However, the very notion of a man cave or game room demands, at the very least, extra space, either in a spare room, a basement or a garage. What do you do, though, when you can’t quite fit your huge dreams into your small home?

Many of us do not have the resources necessary to construct a game room in the style of Cameron and Siragusa, and many of us would not be able to do it ourselves, even if we had the resources. What you do have, however, is an imagination.

Imagine that your living or dining room doesn’t necessarily have to behave like a living or dining room. Many of us have been raised in environments where living rooms were quiet gathering places at the end of the day or shrines for knick-knacks and various antiques; dining rooms were for meal time only. Woe to the person who dared to touch or soil anything within these rooms! Many of these rooms still exist, but in many cases, these rooms are but a shadow of what they used to be, and they collect dust just the same. Consider the possibility that your living or dining room can be more than what it is, what it once was or what it should be.

If you and your family are not in the habit of using a dining table, would you be more apt to spend time in the room if the dining table was replaced with a convertible billiard table? You could use a convertible table top, should the need arise, to still serve a meal there. Would you be more apt to spend time in your living room if your stereo console was replaced with a touch-screen jukebox? How much more fun would you have with a foosball coffee table than with a stereotypical coffee table?

The rules of foosball and billiards may be the same as they were decades ago, but the rules of decorating are evolving. In virtually all cases, you can make your own rules. You can have your game room. By replacing some of your “priceless” knick-knacks and antiques with recreational furniture, you will enjoy something far more priceless: memories.

How Billiards Evolved into the “P” Word

Monday, August 5th, 2013
Oh we got trouble,
Right here in River City!
With a capital “T”
And that rhymes with “P”
And that stands for pool.

The message in “Ya Got Trouble,” a song from The Music Man, was critical of pool, denouncing the game as “the devil’s tool” and one capable of corrupting a person. However peculiar this may seem, the game of pool did become associated with billiards as a direct result of gambling.

Once a lawn game not unlike croquet, billiards evolved into an indoor game, played on a table covered with a green grass-like cloth. Today a number of games played on this table are collectively known as billiards. Native to Europe, billiards gained popularity in 19th-century England. English Billiards was the most popular game played at that time; however, snooker is nowadays played regularly and competitively.

Billiard games, including the pocket billiards game that we are familiar with today, became popular in America in the late 19th century. During that time period, a “pool” was a collective bet (as in poker), and a pool room was place where a person could place bets on horse races. As a means to fill time between horse races, pool room owners installed billiard tables. The public then began to associate betting or “pools” with billiard tables, and the negative connotation of pool rooms resulted from the gambling and not billiards.

Set in the early twentieth century, The Music Man recalls a time when pool rooms were a place that men assembled to hang out, play, bet and (sometimes) fight. With the success of the movies The Hustler and The Color of Money (in 1961 and 1986, respectively), however, pool – and billiards – has realized renewed popularity and substantial growth. Billiards is now considered to be a reputable sport and an acceptable pastime.