If you live in Battle Creek, you have probably heard about the Bombers baseball team that plays on the north side of Battle Creek. They also have a mascot, and it is Moe. ‘Moe Skeeter’ is the mascot with an attitude. A few years ago I shot some video of Moe in action, and posted it on Youtube. I even heard from Moe himself, and he liked it! Baseball season is still a few months away, but there is no reason not to get excited if Moe is around. See you at the Bombers games this year!
A few years ago I went to a Battle Creek Revolution game and filmed the entire game, and edited it down to a short video and posted it on my Youtube channel. The BC Revolution is not the same team any more, and a different league plays there now, but this was some great hockey. The Rink still is in downtown and one can go to see a hockey game there. Hope you enjoy this look back at a great game:
In Battle Creek, Michigan there is a walking, running and biking trail that totals about 15+ miles that runs throughout the city starting on the outskirts at Dickman Road. It is called the Linear Path, or ‘Linear Park’.
The Linear Path is a paved road that crosses through neighborhoods, over rail road tracks, follows road ways, and goes through over seven separate city parks. There are bridges, boardwalks and even overlooks when near the rivers.
It follows along both the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek rivers at various points along the way, offering great places to fish, picnic or simply enjoy the peaceful setting. The Linear Path travels through both urban and suburban areas of the city, but also has its sections that offer seclusion and a quiet enjoyment of nature.
If you are looking at the map provided on the City parks and recreation website, you might
find it a little difficult to locate the trailhead off of Dickman Road. I actually went looking for it recently, and it was not well marked. It took me quite some time to find it, and it is in fact actually in Springfield at the corner of Brady Road and Dickman.
The map indicates parking is available there, but it is limited and may be partially on a private lot. However on a weekend, or evening in the summer, you should have no trouble parking there.
The trail actually continues along Dickman road from there to the Fort Custer Memorial Cemetery, and ends at its entrance. However, that path along Dickman is a little rough at points, and does not offer much in the way of scenery. The direction you will want to go is towards downtown Battle Creek, which is 6.5 miles following the Linear Path from that point.
Being that the trail goes passes through downtown, this makes for a nice bike ride and give one a place to go have lunch along the way. The Linear Path is a great asset to the Battle Creek community, and there are plans to expand it further towards the south in the future, following Helmer Road.
Living in Southwest Michigan one becomes accustomed to finding certain sports are a large part of the culture in this area. One of them is football. Football in southwest michigan is popular at all levels, from professional (the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, etc.) to the college level with the Michigan State Spartans and the University of Michigan Wolverines.
It is also popular with local high schools, middle schools and elementary schools as well. Kids of all ages play football in the late summer and fall, and experience the clash of the grid iron. Recently I attended a local football game featuring 5th and 6th graders, and I was reminded how much I loved playing the game when I was their age.
Football is an exciting sport for spectactors as well, and it is not uncommon to see parents screaming over the coaches at the players on the field. Rivalries between schools is not uncommon, and it adds to the fun. Here is a sample of the game I attended, and hope you enjoy the spirit of the game in this video.
One of the great local sports clubs in Southwest Michigan is the Kalamazoo Wings hockey team. They are members of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) which was founded in 1988. The league originally started with just five teams, and has grown to nineteen teams each with a 72 game schedule.
The league now spans the U.S. with teams on the West coast as well. Attending a K-Wings game is quite easy, and one can choose to pay for V.I.P. Parking which is $10 or park in the free lot across the street. The walk was not too much, so I chose the free lot. The tickets range anywhere from $10 to $16 depending on seating, and whether or not you pay in advance. Season tickets are also available.
For more information on the K-Wings hockey tickets, check out their website at: www.wingsstadium.com. The venue of Wings Stadium is a typical hockey arena with a hallway the surrounds to rink, which includes food, drinks, souvenirs and vending machines.
Attending a K-Wings game is exciting, and being that the team is pretty good, they have
quite a solid fan base. Attendance at the game I recently attended left the arena mostly full.
If you are looking for a local sports diversion during winter, you should consider putting a K-Wings game on your calendar. It is a lot of fun, and a great event for the kids as well. The intermission activities frequently involve children in the games and contests on the ice, but parents or guardians need to sign a waiver allowing participation.
The local mascot for the K-Wings is called ‘Slappy’ and he keeps the fans involved in the game with his antics. The K-Wings play a lot home games every season, and it is usually quite easy to get tickets. It is even possible to purchase your tickets right at the stadium. The games are a lot of fun!
Today is Super Bowl Sunday and all across the nation people are planning where they will watch the game. Many who are not fans of the game will even watch. The event is more of a spectacle than an average sporting event. Across Southwest Michigan, where we are midway between Green Bay and Pittsburgh, we have a mix of both Steelers fans and Packers fans.
Today’s big game is perhaps even more interesting this year because both teams have
such a rich tradition in the sport. The Green Bay Packers have the reputation of having won the first two Super Bowls, and the trophy itself is named after their first coach, Vince Lombardi. The Pittsburgh Steelers have the reputation of having won the most Super Bowls of any NFL team with a 6-1 record in the big game.
It also seems fitting that this week preceding the big event saw the nation rocked with a huge winter snowstorm which even covered Dallas, where the event is to be held this year, in ice. It is as if Mother Nature was reminding us all that this is a winter sport, and this year it is being played between two Northern cities with outdoor playing fields. So even though the game will be played indoors in Dallas, the winter weather here in Michigan and all across the country makes it seem like the fitting tribute to the sport.
Regardless of who you cheer for, whether it be the Steelers with their ‘Terrible Towels’ or the Packers with their foam rubber ‘cheese heads’; today’s game is going to be an exciting one. Football is a rich tradition across our nation, and today is the symbol of the sport’s greatest day.
I hope everyone will have a wonderful time today and enjoy the game that brings us all together, and especially as we all laugh at the menagerie of commercials that will hit the airwaves, most never before seen, which will add to the entertainment. As a final tribute to the big game, here is my favorite video about this magnificent sport:
Hockey is part of Southwest Michigan culture, as it is likewise in many of the Northern U.S. States. The winter sport of choice for many kids growing up is hockey. Perhaps it is the fast pace, and the speed of the game has drawn many people to the game and made it a part of popular culture.
Here in Southwest Michigan, we have many hockey teams in various leagues, and I could not begin to tell you about all of them, much less the differences in the leagues. The Kalamazoo area has the Wings (also known as K-Wings) which are a double ‘AA’ league, and Battle Creek has the Revolution which is a single ‘A’. Other communities around Southwest Michigan have teams of their own.
Hockey is a sport that is very popular in Michigan as a whole, and there are literally
hundreds of teams all over the State. The most popular being the NHL team the ‘Red Wings’.
Recently I attended a few local hockey games with the Battle Creek Revolution. I filmed a lot of clips, and compiled it into a 6 minute video, which I have included in this article. I feel this short film personifies the good, the bad and the ugly of hockey, which has been drawing fans to the arenas for decades.
Hockey is a sport that does not appeal to everyone, and it is impossible to fully understand the excitement of a heavily contested hockey game unless you see one live. It is much faster paced than any other sport, and much more challenging to film, believe me on that one. I missed filming some very exiting goals and actions shots because it happened too fast for me to swing my camera to the action.
In any case, I hope you enjoy the attached video, and this brief article on one of our States favorite sports.