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Sunday, April 26, 2015

50,000 Views!





From the offices of the Mitten State Sports Report!











     The Mitten State Sports Report recently surpassed a landmark number of 50,000 all time views.  News, and information about local sports, and entertainment continues to peak the interest of people all over the World. The Mitten State Sports Report is constantly looking for ways to improve, and several new features have recently been added.  Exclusive interviews with athletes, and celebrities have been a huge hit in 2015.  There have also been updates to my personal profile, and there is now a Trending button located directly above all of our Followers.  Another new addition to the Mitten State Sports Report is the Pic of the Month.  One photo per month is blown up, and highlighted for everyone to see.  The Pic of the Month is located near the bottom of the page, and can be found directly above the monthly Poll Question.
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Interview: Johnny Badwheels


















     Johnny Badwheels (aka. John Nicosia) is the promoter of one of the top local Professional Wrestling organizations in Michigan.  The MCWA (Michigan Championship Wrestling Association) has been entertaining fans in our local area for the past 5 years, and they continue to feature some of the top performers in Professional Wrestling.  The MCWA offers classic Pro Wrestling, and all of their shows are family friendly. Johnny Badwheels is determined on bringing Pro Wrestling to the Southeast Michigan area, and he sat down with the Mitten State Sports Report to talk about it.
     Scroll down to check out an exclusive interview with Johnny Badwheels.  Click on the link below for more information about the Michigan Championship Wrestling Association.  You can always leave a comment, and you can email the Mitten State Sports Report at mittenstatesportsreport@rocketmail.com   Scroll down and vote in the monthly Poll Question.  Click on past months to check out all of the Mitten State Sports Report's archived material.













   Tony's 6 Pack!  A pack of 6 questions for the athletes, and celebrities that you want to hear from!












                                                               Johnny Badwheels  













1.  Mitten State Sports Report:  When did the MCWA ring the bell for the 1st time?  







1.  Johnny Badwheels:  "October, 2010."







2.  Mitten State Sports Report:  What will the casual fan that grew up watching wrestling enjoy about the MCWA?







2.  Johnny Badwheels:  "They can expect to see up and coming stars in the world of Professional Wrestling battling to be the best.  Many of our past competitors have gone on to do great things in the industry, and we plan to be the place where you can see the stars of the future today."







3.  Mitten State Sports Report:  What can fans expect to see when they come to a live MCWA event?







3.  Johnny Badwheels:  "Expect a night of hard hitting Pro Wrestling.  A little less talk, a little more action is our attitude."  







4.  Mitten State Sports Report:  What's the MCWA been up to lately?







4.  Johnny Badwheels:  "After a brief hiatus we are coming back home to Rookies Bar and Grill 1519 Oak St, Wyandotte on April 24th with an 8 pm bell time.  We have also launched a new TV show on the Independent Wrestling Channel on Roku, as well as on Wyandotte Cable, and on YouTube called Epic TV."  







5.  Mitten State Sports Report:  What can fans expect to see from the MCWA in the future?  







5.  Johnny Badwheels:  "We're ready to entertain Michigan with some of the best talent that Michigan, and the Midwest has to offer.  Some very exciting things are on the horizon, so check  mcwaonline.com  regularly for more info."







6.  Mitten State Sports Report:  In 2015, does Pro Wrestling need television, or is the internet, and social media enough?







6.  Johnny Badwheels:  "TV doesn't hurt, but with the growth of social media in recent years it (social media) is a must."  










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For info about the Michigan Championship Wrestling Association click on  mcwaonline.com 



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Red Wings Game: Jason Pertile





Jason Pertile is my cousin.  He recently went to see the Red Wings.  Here are his photos.







The Detroit Red Wings are currently battling the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1st Round of the NHL Playoffs!







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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Minor League Mom: Pam Carey







     Pam Carey is the author of "Minor League Mom: A Mother's Journey Through The Red Sox Farm Teams". The Mitten State Sports Report is truly honored to have Pam Carey's contribution to this website.  Both of Pam Carey's sons played Minor League Baseball, and "Minor League Mom" highlights the good times, and the bad times of Pam Carey's journey.  Scroll down to read a synopsis from "Minor League Mom: A Mother's Journey Through The Red Sox Farm Teams".  Click on the links below for more information about Pam Carey, and her books!
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                  Minor League Mom: A Mother's Journey Through The Red Sox Farm Teams  


                                                                           by


                                                                   Pam Carey










     On June 1, 1992, the day of the amateur baseball draft, I was home alone.  Having completed his junior year at Brown University, our younger son, Todd, had a temporary job there before leaving to play ball in the prestigious Cape Cod League.  Our older son, Tim, was still at Dartmouth College in final exams.

     By late afternoon, the only phone calls had been from anxious relatives inquiring whether Tim, or Todd had been drafted.  Finally at 6 p.m., with my husband Charley still tied up in a meeting, Red Sox scout Bill Enos called to inform me that Todd had been drafted by the Red Sox in the ninth round.  Since the Sox had traded away their right in the eighth round, Todd was, in fact, the eighth player from around the world that the Sox selected that June.  Enos suggested that he would meet with Todd and Charlie to negotiate the details of the deal within the week.

     The Sox were willing  to pay Todd a bonus of $42,500 to sign in '92 - standard for his position as a ninth-round draftee.  There would be standard incentives offered to all minor leaguers for achieving higher levels of pay. He would start on the rookie team and work his way up the five levels under the major league level.

     Within a week, Tim graduated from Dartmouth College, and Bill Enos was on the phone again, asking Tim to sign as a free agent with the Red Sox.  He and his wife again entered our home, this time with a contract for our older son.  Tim signed for a straight salary of $850/month, the same as Todd's.  The Sox gave him a $1,000 bonus as an undrafted free agent in '92.  Asked for his reaction to signing with the Sox just days after his brother, Tim replied, "It's like a dream.  I grew up watching them in Fenway."

     Fast forward almost seven years to Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida.  Todd, by then our only son still playing pro ball, was in spring training there for the Dodgers, his third team.  He called to tell us, "There was a message light on my phone this afternoon, and when I went back into the office, the manager said they were letting me go.  Some of the major leaguers decided to go to our team (AAA -  the highest minor league level) instead of being released.  I need to get out of here!  Can you pick me up?"

     With finality, by the side of a curb on a warm Florida day, my role as the ultimate cheerleader, and baseball fan ended.  I'd consoled, prodded, theorized, and boosted egos, while two sons had ridden the wave of professional baseball through triumphs, and despair. We all knew that day at Dodgertown that a family dream had died there, too.

     There was no place for mothers in the machine of pro ball.  It was purely a business and players were property, to be bought or sold.  Naive and awestruck, Charlie and I became "regulars" at the Sox minor league fields.  We mingled with other parents and talked to coaches, former major leaguers, and park owners.  Mostly, we listened and cheered.  The dream had become an obsession.

     My sons moved on to graduate schools, careers, and families.  I moved on by writing my memoir.  It was a catharsis.











For info about Pam Carey's Minor League Mom click on  www.minorleaguemom.net



For more information about Pam Carey click on  http://www.minorleaguemom.blogspot.com



For info about Pam Carey's other book click on  http://www.parentswithmarbles.com



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Friday, April 10, 2015

41-50 Most Viewed! 540th Post



















































     I've decided to post an updated version of the 41-50 most viewed posts on the Mitten State Sports Report. Top viewed lists are always changing, but local wrestling, and the Red Wings Alumni continue to earn consistent views.  Click on past months to check out all of the Mitten State Sports Report's archived material. You can always leave a comment, and you can email the Mitten State Sports Report directly at mittenstatesportsreport@rocketmail.com  Scroll down and vote in the monthly Poll Question.















                                                       41-50 Most Viewed Posts!















41.  "Extreme Midget Wrestling in Taylor"  posted 1/30/2013  




























42.  "Fight Night at Compuware!"  posted 10/24/2013





























43.  "Ice Dogs vs. Monarchs"  posted 3/9/2015


    

























44.  "Rush Winning Weekend!"  posted 7/1/2013



  

















45.  "School Bus Racing Photo Album"  posted 2/4/2013




























46.  "Henry Ford vs. Macomb"  posted 4/27/2014




























47.  "MUSL Matchup in Livonia!"  posted 6/17/2013


 


























48.  "Local Wrestling Sweet 16"  posted 9/2/2013


 

























49.  "Red Wings Alumni Defeat Wild Wings 9-4"  posted 3/4/2013




























50.  "Mascot Hockey Game Photo Album"  posted 2/18/2013




























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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Best of March + Poll



















































     The month of March featured 17 posts that were viewed by people all over the World.  "Ice Dogs vs. Monarchs" received the most views, and "College Baseball Photo Album" was also highly viewed.  Scroll down to check out the Top 3 most viewed posts of March.  You can always leave a comment, or email the Mitten State Sports Report at mittenstatesportsreport@rocketmail.com  Scroll down and vote in the monthly Poll Question!













                                                                     Best of March












1.  "Ice Dogs vs. Monarchs"  posted 3/9/2015





























2.  "College Baseball Photo Album"  posted 3/10/2015





























3.  "College Softball: LU vs. AC"  posted 3/23/2015





























                                                               Best of the Rest!














"College Baseball: MU vs. MC"   posted 3/24/2015




























"MWJHL Playoffs"  posted 3/13/2015



























                                                                  Pic of the Month!













The Pic of the Month is from the Ice Dogs vs. Monarchs game!













                                                                    Link of the Month!













        Follow the Midwest Junior Hockey League during the off-season.  Click on  www.mwjhl.com
















                                                              March 2015 Poll Results











                                     Who will win the Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao fight?










Floyd Mayweather Jr.                                                                      100%









Manny Pacquiao                                                                                 0%













                                          But wait, there was another Poll Question...











                              Who will win the NCAA men's basketball Championship?











Kentucky Wildcats                                                                                   50%











The Field                                                                                                  50%














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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

All Access: Papp Park





The Henry Ford Hawks play all of their home games at Papp Park located at 9350 Westlake, in Taylor. 











     The Henry Ford College baseball team plays all of their home games at Papp Park, and the Mitten State Sports Report recently took an all access tour of their baseball facility.  Scroll down to check out exclusive photos of Papp Park located at 9350 Westlake, in Taylor,  
     The Henry Ford College baseball team is a NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) Division II program, and the Hawks compete in the MCCAA (Michigan Community College Athletic Association) Conference.  Henry Ford currently has an overall record of 10-6, and the Hawks are 3-1 in the MCCAA Conference.  Click on the links below for more information about Henry Ford College, the NJCAA, or the MCCAA.
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The Henry Ford Hawks use this dugout during home games.  It includes benches, a concrete floor, and protective fencing!






The Mitten State Sports Report was on the field for this exclusive photo of Papp Park!






The Hawks hone their skills inside this enclosed hitting facility. 






The Hawks bullpen features two mounds.  This allows multiple relievers to warm up.  The visiting team has no bullpen. 






The visitors dugout at Papp Park also serves as a storage unit.






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For more information about Henry Ford College click on  http://www.hfcc.edu



For NJCAA stats, and standings click on  http://www.njcaa.org



For MCCAA stats, and standings click on  http://www.mccaa.org



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Monday, April 6, 2015

Henry Ford vs. Ancilla




On Saturday, Henry Ford College defeated Ancilla College twice.  The scores were 12-3, and 6-1.  #19 Eric Harris went yard!   










     On Saturday, the Henry Ford College Baseball team hosted the Ancilla College Chargers for a doubleheader. The Hawks won the 1st game 12-3, and won the 2nd game 6-1.  Both games were played at Papp Park, and both matchups lasted 7 innings.  Papp Park is located at 9350 Westlake, in Taylor.  The Hawks, and Chargers are both NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) Division II programs, and both schools compete against each other in the MCCAA (Michigan Community College Athletic Association) Conference.  Click on the links below for more information about the NJCAA, or the MCCAA Conference. Scroll down to see exclusive photos from Saturday's college baseball showdown.  The photos are from the 2nd game of the doubleheader.
     The Henry Ford College baseball team currently has an overall record of 9-5, and the Hawks are 2-0 in the MCCAA Conference.  The Hawks are currently riding a 3 game winning streak.  Click on the link below for more information about the Henry Ford College athletic program.
     The Ancilla College baseball team currently has an overall record of 3-11, and the Chargers are 1-5 in the MCCAA Conference.  Check out  www.asoaudio.net  to listen to podcasts of Chargers baseball games.  Click on the link below for more information about the Ancilla College athletic program.
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Henry Ford College plays all of their home games at Papp Park located at 9350 Westlake, in Taylor.






The Henry Ford Hawks are riding a 3 game winning streak!  






The Ancilla Chargers had a meeting at the mound.





#13 Layne Gusler is playing in his Sophomore season for the Henry Ford Hawks!





#27 Chris Holcomb closed the game.  Holcomb threw gas to the Chargers hitters!






Henry Ford celebrated 2 victories over the Chargers.  The Hawks currently have an overall record of 9-5.






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For more information about Henry Ford College click on  http://www.hfcc.edu



For more information about Ancilla College athletics click on  www.ancillachargers.com



For NJCAA stats, and standings click on  http://www.njcaa.org



For MCCAA Conference stats, and standings click on  http://www.mccaa.org 



To listen to podcasts of Ancilla College baseball games click on  www.asoaudio.net



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Saturday, April 4, 2015

College Baseball: EMU vs. MSU





On Wednesday, the Eastern Michigan University Eagles defeated the Michigan State University Spartans 10-5.










     On Wednesday, the Eastern Michigan University baseball team hosted, and defeated the Michigan State University Spartans 10-5.  #20 Kyle Huckaby pitched 3 innings, allowed 5 hits, 2 runs (0 earned runs), and was credited with the win.  Huckaby is a left handed pitcher playing in his Freshman season for the Eagles.  #32 Alex Troop pitched 4 innings, allowed 10 hits, 9 runs (7 earned runs), and was charged with the loss.  Scroll down to see exclusive photos from the Eagles 10-5 victory over the Spartans.
     The Eastern Michigan University baseball team currently has an overall record of 10-18, and the Eagles are 2-5 in the MAC (Mid-American Conference).  Click on the links below for more information about the Eastern Michigan University athletic program, the Mid-American Conference, or the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association).
     The Michigan State University baseball team currently has an overall record of 13-14, and the Spartans are 2-4 in the Big 10 Conference.  Click on the links below for more information about Michigan State University athletics, or the Big 10 Conference.
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#30 Cam Gibson went 1-5 at the plate with 1 RBI.  Cam Gibson's father is Kirk Gibson! 






#30 Cam Gibson is currently batting .290.  Gibson has 1 HR, 13 RBI's, and he's already scored 21 runs. 






#8 Tony DiLeo went 2-4 with 1 run, and 1 RBI.






#22 Ryan Krill plays 1B for the Spartans.  Krill is batting .250 with 2 HR's, and 15 RBI's.





The Eagles play all of their home games at Oestrike Stadium, in Ypsilanti.  





Eastern Michigan University celebrated the 10-5 victory over the Spartans.





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For information about Eastern Michigan University athletics click on  http://www.emueagles.com



For MAC stats, and standings click on  mac-sports.com



For information about Michigan State University athletics click on  www.msuspartans.com



For Big 10 Conference stats, and standings click on  http://www.bigten.org



For NCAA stats, and standings click on  http://www.ncaa.com



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