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DREAMS CAN SPARKLE

Mar 28, 2014 -- 9:59am
Hello sports fans & welcome to the latest edition of CYBER SPORTS CONNECTION!!!!!!!!!!! (CSC) When you are A small child looking up at the stars in the night sky,you dream. Those dreams are some of the most precious things that A child can ever have! When they look up at that night sky,what do boys dream to be? Doctors,football or baseball players,etc. What about the girls? What are some things that they dream to be? Doctors,dancers or cheerleaders,etc. Now,I want you to take that thought process one step closer. Imagine you are that little girl that has never wanted anything more than to be A cheerleader. But your arms and / or legs may not move as well. You may also face other or different challenges.
 
So,what do you do? Give up on your dream & cast it aside? NO!!!!!!!!!! You continue to chase it,trust in God,hope that those stars align,& that other things happen to give you that chance. This week on CSC,allow me to introduce you to an awesome group of young ladies who are living proof that any dreams can come true in the face of adversity........The Beckley Blaze Sparklers.Who are the Sparklers? & How did they come to be? The Sparklers are the sister-team to the Beckley Blaze. The Sparklers are A special needs cheer squad made up of girls with all types of disabilities.......challenges if you will. Hold it right there! Don't use the word disability around these girls! They take the dis out of disability! The Sparklers give it everything they've got,each time they're out on the floor. Shouting,flipping & tumbling their way into the hearts & minds of every packed crowd they are in front of. Crowds give that energy back too,with earth-shaking ovations!
 
THE SQUAD -
 
HEAD COACH ANGELA GRAHAM AND OTHER STAFF
 
LINDSEY CASTLE
 
CHLOE O' NEAL
 
BAYLEE PARKULO
 
SABRINA LEMASTERS
 
LINDSEY BERRY
 
ELIZABETH MESTROVIC
 
JORDAN MCGHEE
 
How did the Sparklers come to be? Well their foundation really started with head coach Angela Graham. Graham was at A competition,when something unique caught her eye.......A special needs cheer team out of Ohio. She wondered if she could bring something like that to challenged girls in our area? It didn't take Angela & other supporters long to get the sparks flyin! The rest.......as they say....is history. Now,the Sparklers want to take their dreams to A higher level. But they need our help! The girls have A full paid bid to compete in A U S cheer finals competition in Indiana on March 29th. Sweet Frogs & other area businesses have held spirit nights for donations. You can also make checks payable to Beckley Blaze memo Sparklers 13 Cedar Ridge Lane Beckley,WV 25801.
 
2 things I know - The girls will make us proud & the happiness in their eyes will outshine any star in the sky!
 
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK FANS : LIVE LIFE,LOVE SPORTS & STAY CONNECTED!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Anthony Byrge 
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THE GREENBRIER BRINGS FOOTBALL.....BIG EASY STYLE

Mar 17, 2014 -- 12:31pm
Hello sports fans & welcome to the latest edition of CYBER SPORTS CONNECTION!!!!!!!!!!(CSC) The Greenbrier is known as "America's Resort." Its owner is A man with A big wallet & An even bigger heart.....Mr. Jim Justice. Justice saved the Greenbrier at A time when everyone thought its doors would be closed forever. The Greenbrier is back to being one of,if not the top resort in the world! It has reclaimed that status over the years,with help from some surprising twists. Concerts with music legends like Lionel Richie & Aerosmith. If you are A sports fan,you will think you've died & gone to heaven!
 
PGA TOUR GOLF WITH THE GREENBRIER CLASSIC
 
TENNIS MATCHES WITH LEGENDS LIKE JOHN MCENROE & PETE SAMPRAS
 
BOXING MATCHES WITH FORMER WORLD CHAMPION EVANDER HOLYFIELD
 
VISITS FROM FORMER LAKERS LIKE SHAQ
 
Now you can add football to the mix. That's right Jim Justice has dipped his hand into the gumbo pot & brought the NFL'S New Orleans Saints to WV! Allow me to explain. It's official,the Saints will do half of their 2014 training camp from their home area & the other half at the Greenbrier. I find it kind of ironic. Big Jim lives his life New Orleans style. He does everything big & nothing easy. The Saints new training camp will consist of 3 practice fields,A workout area,& A kitchen. Also,the team will stay at the resort anytime they are in town.
 
Let's look at the good & bad sides of this partnership.
 
GOOD -
 
A TASTE OF THE NFL IN WV
 
EXPOSURE FOR WV,NFL & GREENBRIER
 
MORE MONEY FOR ALL OF THOSE
 
SAINTS PRACTICE IN A DIFFERENT CLIMATE,DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE
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BAD -
 
EXPOSURE COULD BE DISRUPTIVE
 
RESORT OVERCROWDING
 
SAINTS REPUTATION
 
SOME GUEST MAY NOT BE SAINTS OR FOOTBALL FANS
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The biggest thing for me is reputation. Thanks to their injury for money scandal,the Saints just may be the dirtiest team in the NFL. Do we really want WV associated with that? I like the project,but maybe it should've been A different team? But I'll be open-minded & give it A chance. I'll be interested to see if the partnership between the Greenbrier & the Saints is A touchdown or A fumble? What is your take on these Saints marching into WV?
 
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK FANS:LIVE LIFE,LOVE SPORTS,AND STAY CONNECTED
 
Anthony Byrge 
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IMPACT WRESTLING ROCKS BECKLEY AGAIN,AS PART OF A 3-CITY WV TOUR

Feb 26, 2014 -- 12:06pm
Hello sports fans & welcome to the latest edition of CYBER SPORTS CONNECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!! (CSC) Yes it's that time of year again. TNA'S(Total Nonstop Action) Impact Wrestling is gearing up for one of their biggest pay per views of the year. LOCKDOWN March 9th in Miami FL! What is it that makes LOCKDOWN so special? Every match takes place inside A brutal steel cage! But before you get to the PPV,there's the ROAD TO LOCKDOWN WORLD TOUR! Part of that road has come through WV for the past 4 years now. Friday Feb. 21,the WV leg of the tour kicked off in Huntington. Saturday Feb 22,it continued in Beckley. Sunday Feb. 23,it finished in Morgantown. Once again,allow me to be your tour guide........with A ringside & inside look at the Beckley show on the ROAD TO LOCKDOWN WORLD TOUR!
 
I arrived at the Beckley Raleigh County Convention Center around 5:30 PM for the pre show autograph signing for special ticket holders. I was barley in the arena before running into IMPACT star MR. Anderson. We talked as if we knew each other. I asked him how his newly born twins were. He thanked me & let me know that they are doing great. I also told him how good I thought his previous TV match was. Now,it was time to meet & take pictures with more stars. First up was multi-time Knockouts ladies champion,the beautiful.......Gail Kim. After our photo,I laughed & told Gail to excuse my shirt. You see,I was wearing the t-shirt of her opponent for the night.......Velvet Sky. She said,"Ok I'll forgive you this time.....as long as you give me A cheer." Next were the TNA Tag Team Champions........The Bro Mans Robbie E & Jessie. I did their signature fist bump with them & posed with the Tag Team belts. Then it was time to meet Tag Team experts.......The Wolves Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards. Throughout the night,I would go on to meet other top stars - TNA announcer "JB" Jeremy Borash,Gunner,Rockstar Spud,Eric Young,legendary ref.....Earl Hebner,& Brian Hebner. At 6:30 PM,it was time for the rest of the fans to join in on the autographs & photos while TNA'S resident DJ / superstar Zema Ion played dance music. TNA also gave out backstage passes during the show. 7:30 PM was match time!
 
Here's the awesome card & results -
 
ERIC YOUNG BEATS ZEMA ION VIA TOP ROPE ELBOW
 
VELVET SKY BEATS GAIL KIM WITH HELP FROM ERIC YOUNG
 
BECKLEY STREET FIGHT - GUNNER BEATS COWBOY JAMES STORM (before the match GUNNER, who is A former US Marine & Iraq war vet honored all vets & led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Earlier in the night,I talked wrestling with GUNNER & thanked him for his service.)
 
2 OUT OF 3 FALLS - MR. ANDERSON BEATS BOBBY ROODE IN THE 3RD FALL(after the match MR. ANDERSON picked A young man from the crowd to help with his trademark ring announcement.)
 
TNA TAG TEAM TITLES - THE WOLVES BEAT THE BRO MANS BY DQ AFTER ZEMA ION STICKS HIS NOSE IN- BRO MANS RETAIN THE TITLES (THE  WOLVES would take the titles via pinfall the following night in Morgantown WV)
 
MAIN EVENT INSIDE A STEEL CAGE - TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE - champion MAGNUS RETAINS OVER SAMOA JOE VIA ESCAPING THE CAGE WITH HELP FROM ROCKSTAR SPUD(after the match ERIC YOUNG chased SPUD into the cage with JOE. JOE nailed SPUD with the Musclebuster to end the show. Joe posed for ringside photos with fans afterwards.
 
SIDE NOTES - Before the show,I was bringing my wheelchair through the curtain & lost my hat. MR. Anderson noticed,picked it up,& helped me. A small thing to some,big to me! I also had A private visit backstage with VELVET SKY. We had A nice talk,hugged & took photos. Velvet told me that she loves coming to WV,awesome fans who really love their wrestling!
 
An amazing night for me & great show.....well worth the ticket for any fan! CATCH IMPACT WRESTLING EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT AT 9 ON SPIKE TV! FOLLOW THEM AND THEIR STARS ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND LOG ON TO impactwrestling.com
 
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK FANS - LIVE LIFE,LOVE SPORTS,AND STAY CONNECTED
 
Anthony Byrge
 

 
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BRONCO BUSTED

Feb 10, 2014 -- 11:10am
Hello sports fans & welcome to the latest edition of CYBER SPORTS CONNECTION!!!!!!!!!!!! (CSC) How do you tame A wild Bronco? It takes time & skill. Another question was,could the Seattle Seahawks tame the Denver Broncos on the biggest stage in the NFL? - The Super Bowl at Met Life stadium. It was hyped as A classic battle. The veteran Denver offense vs. the young & quick Seattle defense. It became the Seahawks game to win & the Broncos game to lose. That was apparent from the very first play. Peyton Manning & the boys muffed the snap,leading to A Seahawk safety that is marked down in the record books as the fastest score in Super Bowl history! Seattle would continue to fly high all night. While Denver never could gain their gallop. Everything went the Seahawks way - kick returns,defensive pressure,touchdowns,interceptions,etc. It's one thing to make it to the big game. You have to produce once you get there. It's no secret that over the years,Mr. Manning has had A huge problem with that! He is below .500 in playoffs & Super Bowls. Lady luck was already on the side of the Seahawks.When the number one offense clashes with the number one defense,the "D" has now won out 5 of the last 6 times! The Seahawks would go on to dismantle the Broncos by the final score of 43-8,all 8 Denver points coming in the third quarter.
 
Here's some more game stats for you -
 
THIS YEAR'S SUPER BOWL WAS THE MOST WATCHED PROGRAM EVER IN THE HISTORY OF TV
 
RUSHING YARDS - SEA 135  DEN 27
 
INTERCEPTIONS - SEA 0  DEN 2
 
TURNOVERS - SEA 0  DEN 4
 
TOUCHDOWNS OFF OF DEFENSIVE SPECIAL TEAMS - SEA 2  DEN 0
 
There's An old saying in sports that says,"Defense wins championships." We may have seen no better example of that than this Super Bowl victory by the Seattle Seahawks! The young outshined the legend. David toppled Goliath one more time. Now,this leaves us with some questions. What's next for QB Russell Wilson & the Seahawks? Now that they've had the sweet taste of victory,do they hunger for more? Young QB,young team. The Hawks could be A force to reckon with for A long time. What's next for the Broncos? As good as they are,Denver will bounce back. What's next for Peyton Manning? This Bronco is busted! It's been A great ride,but maybe it's time he gallop into the sunset.
 
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK FANS - LIVE LIFE,LOVE SPORTS,& STAY CONNECTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Anthony Byrge
 

 
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MAE,WE REMEMBER YOU

Jan 20, 2014 -- 9:14am
Hello sports fans & welcome to the latest edition of CYBER SPORTS CONNECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!! WWE has their Divas. TNA has their Knockouts. But back in the good ol' days of pro wrestling,the ladies of the sport were known simply by one name....wrestlers. Wrestling is known as "The Sport of Kings." Well this week on CSC,we take A look back at the amazing 8-decade long career of one of the Queens that started it all....."The Great" Johnnie Mae Young! Mae was born on March 12,1923 in A suburb of Tulsa Oklahoma known as Sand Springs. Young grew up with four brothers who taught her how to wrestle. This spunky young lady would later go on to be the first woman to join her high school boys wrestling team. The story goes like this - The coach told Mae that she could join the team. But only,if she could pin its top member. Seconds later,Young was on the squad. Mae was also A championship softball player. So,how did she make the transition into pro wrestling?
 
Ironically,that came in much the same way as Young's high school wrestling career did. Her high school coach took her to A pro match one night at what was then known as the Tulsa Arena. The main event featured ladies champion Mildred Burke. Mae wanted A crack at the champ! Promoter Billy Wolfe did not want his champion losing or getting hurt. So he gave Young A shot at another ladies legend.......Gladys "Kill Em" Gillem. Once again,Mae got the pin within seconds....roughing up Gillem pretty bad in the process! It didn't take Billy Wolfe long to ask Mae to become A pro wrestler & start training her. Mae Young made her pro wrestling debut in 1939.
 
Before we get into another great Mae story,let's take A look at some of her amazing career stats:
 
NWA FLORIDA WOMEN'S CHAMPION
 
NWA US WOMEN'S CHAMPION
 
NWA WOMEN'S WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPION WITH ELLA WALDEK
 
2008 WWE HALL OF FAME
 
WWE SLAMMY AWARD WINNER
 
2004 PRO WRESTLING HALL OF FAME
 
FIRST MATCH IN 1939 - LAST MATCH IN 2010
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Mae would go on to train young lady wrestlers throughout her career & well after........alongside close friend & one-time rival Lillian "The Fabulous Moolah" Ellison. Starting in 1999 that same duo would appear on WWE shows throughout the years in matches & comedic segments. Some of Mae's old wrestling rivals would later go on to accuse her & Moolah of making A mockery of their legacies,by appearing for WWE in their golden years. I don't see it that way at all! Those two ladies loved wrestling...wanting to help it & be A part of for as long as they could! Moolah died in 2007. Here's another story of Mae's toughness told by evil wrestling manager James Mitchell - Mitchell took his young male wrestler,former WWE / WCW star Chris Kanyon to Mae's school for training. Young stomped on him,pulled his hair etc....all while not dropping an ash off the cigar she was smoking.......and she was in her 70's at the time!
 
Sadly,Mae Young died just days ago on Jan. 14th,2014 at the age of 90. Mae was tough in the ring,with A heart of gold & A smile on her face out of it. She set the bar for what women in wrestling were,are,& forever will be! We,the wrestling family love you Mae.......R I P & THANK YOU!
 
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK FANS - LIVE LIFE,LOVE SPORTS, AND STAY CONNECTED
 
Anthony Byrge 
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COULD A HUGE CROWD HELP WOODROW WIN?

Jan 09, 2014 -- 9:37am
Hello sports fans & welcome to the latest edition of CYBER SPORTS CONNECTION!!!!!!!! (CSC) I hope that everyone had A great Christmas. Also,I hope everyone had an amazing start to the new year. Here at CSC,we kick off 2014 with A bit of A follow-up story. We left 2013 talking about the major attendance problems facing Woodrow Wilson Flying Eagle basketball. Well if the first few games are any indication,their attendance issues may be long gone.
 
This week,we take A look at yet another chapter in the long standing rivalry between the Woodrow Wilson Flying Eagles & the Greenbrier East Spartans. The battle was set this past Saturday on the Spartan's home floor. First question - Would fans brave the deep freeze to see A great game? Oh yeah....in A big way! Fans from both sides packed the house with standing room only! Some were even turned away. Second question - What kind of game were they treated to? A barn burner from tip-off to whistle. The game was knotted up at 43 with just under 5 minutes to go. So,how did Greenbrier East pull away to A 62-49 win?:
 
SWITCHING DEFENSE THAT WWHS COULDN'T ADJUST TO
 
HITTING KEY SHOTS DOWN THE STRETCH
 
CONSISTENT TRIPS TO & GREAT SHOOTING AT THE FOUL LINE
 
THE EAGLES IN FOUL TROUBLE
 
Woodrow was also without sharp-shooter Donte Nabors. Nabors is out thanks to an ankle injury. The Eagles may be on the short side of their record right now,but the season is young. If they can get back to full health & watch their fouls,Woodrow will be A force to reckon with! However,let us take nothing away from Jim Justice & the Spartans. The man can coach basketball! Plus he has A great team with some future college recruits. Aside from the game,the bottom line that made me happy was the size of the crowd. Please keep supporting Flying Eagle basketball & high school basketball in general!
 
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK FANS:LIVE LIFE,LOVE SPORTS & STAY CONNECTED!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Anthony Byrge 
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