Mike Max returned to WCCO-TV as a sports reporter and anchor in April 2005.
Mike is no stranger to Minnesota sports. He hosts “Sports To The Max” every weeknight fro 7-9 p.m. on WCCO Radio. Prior to hosting the radio show, Mike hosted Sports Connection on the Midwest Sports Channel.
Mike started his career as an intern at WCCO-TV. He was hired as a sports producer and soon began reporting for WCCO-TV.
A true Minnesotan, Mike grew up in Gaylord, Minn. and played football, basketball and baseball.
Mike attended Hamline University and furthered his talents on the court and on the diamond, playing basketball and baseball for the Pipers.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys working out, hunting and spending time with his wife, daughter and son.
They gather in Edina now, ready to start focusing on what is around the corner – training camp for hockey. It seems early, but this group is dedicated and determined. It is a who’s who of Minnesota talent.
The Gopher football season kicks off tomorrow. Eastern Illinois is the opponent, but the bigger question is: Are they built to improve on a bowl Season? The catalyst for this season started last season, when Syracuse upset the Gophers in their bowl game.
Last year, the Minnesota Lynx took the ultimate ride of champions down Nicollet Mall. To the victors go the spoils, but are the Lynx a better team this year?
At first, the people chanted for quarterback Christian Ponder. They wanted him to replace Donovan McNabb as a rookie, but did he play too soon for his own good?
Most of the questions in the pre-season are about rookies, newcomers from other teams and a new coaching staff. The Vikings have another evaluation – this time with a veteran.
One of the keys to the Gopher football team’s defense is the man who runs it. It’s largely because he has head coaching experience … for the Gophers!
A perfect example of doing what it takes to make the team is wide receiver and special teams player, Adam Thielen. Thielen is right at home in Vikings training camp, as he went to college at Minnesota-State Mankato.
The Vikings are introducing fans to a lot of new things, including the coach, the quarterback and the stadium. A new temporary home makes for a semi-exciting pre-season opener. Friday night starts a new era in many ways.
It’s the most difficult task a coach will ever undertake: telling your team that one of your players died.
Xavier Rhodes showcased his skills in the passing scrimmage Saturday during Minnesota Vikings training camp in Mankato, Minn. What he wants is simple: Be consistent, be good. Vikings Defensive End Brian Robison says Rhodes is a natural athlete.
He just lived to make others feel good. That’s the way most describe Gopher great Bob McNamara. The legendary halfback and fundraiser died Sunday. He was considered one of the best football players to come through the University of Minnesota.
Vikings Training Camp got underway in Mankato Thursday, but the big news isn’t about the players. It’s coming from Mike Priefer, the team’s special teams coordinator. Priefer has been suspended for the first three games of the regular season for his homophobic slur called out by former punter Chris Kluwe, who has threatened to sue the team.
So many of the players on the All-Star team are familiar to Minnesota fans. One of them is not only a former Twin, but he grew up here too. Pat Neshek cut his teeth as a middle reliever for the Minnesota Twins, with his strange and effective delivery.
How’s this for an all-star experience? They ask you to pitch batting practice to the American League. That was the call for former Gopher and Twins player Brian Raabe, and it gave him an opportunity to forget about a baseball problem at Bethel University.
It’s not just the baseball stars who are going to get the chance to shine in both Monday and Tuesday night’s games.
Among the many other players in the game are the umpires and one happens to be a local. Jeff Nelson wanted this assignment.