The Utley Foundation

Last night, a few of us had the priveledge to attend the Fourth Annual Utley All Star Animals casino night hosted by Chase and Jennifer Utley through the Utley Foundation.  Mitchell & Ness was a proud sponsor of the event, which benefits the Pennsylvania SPCA.  Read more about their amazing work here.

In addition to blackjack, poker and craps, silent and live auctions were being held to raise money.  Any believe me, the big spenders were coming out!

Check out one of the silent auction items below...a  Mitchell & Ness Pinch Hitter Track Jacket autographed by the best pitching rotation in baseball:  Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton.

The auction listed this item as priceless, but the winning bidder ended up dropping $1,700! 



All in all, it was a great night to benefit a great cause and we were thrilled to be part of it. 

Check this out for more photos of the all-star guests.

April 29, 2011 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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With the 1st pick in the 2011 NFL Draft...



That is how Commissioner Goodell was received by the fans at the 2011 NFL Draft last night. And not just for the opening speech. He was booed every time he approached the podium to announce the next pick. Ouch…


Aside from the booing, there were plenty of surprises in this year’s draft. Cam Newton was taken 1st overall by the Panthers and became the 11th QB taken first overall in the last 14 years. When the Panthers, Titans and Jaguars all drafted quarterbacks last night, it became the first time since 1999 that three quarterbacks were taken in the top ten of the draft.


Da’Quan Bowers, who was once projected as the best defensive end in the draft, managed not to get drafted on day 1 (8 other DEs have been drafted ahead of him so far). Overall, 24 of the first 32 picks in the draft were non-skill positions, and the offensive position picks/defensive position picks split was exactly 16/16.


The Atlanta Falcons traded away its 2011 1st round pick, its 2011 2nd round pick, its 2011 4th round pick, its 2012 1st round pick and its 2012 4th round pick to move up from 27th to 6th and select wide receiver Julio Jones out of the University of Alabama. Again, that is two 1st round picks, a 2nd round pick and two 4th round picks. Why is that a surprise? Because in 2010, Falcons wide receiver Roddy White lead the league in receptions, lead the league in targets, was 2nd in total receiving yards and lead the league in receiving first downs. That's a lot of picks for position you already have filled…


Day 2 stands to be full of just as many twists and turns as teams make their 2nd through 7th round selections.


Here is how Day 1 shook out from the 1st pick to the 32nd:


1)    Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton (QB - Auburn)

2)    Denver Broncos - Von Miller (LB - Texas A&M)

3)    Buffalo Bills - Marcell Dareus (DT - Alabama)

4)    Cincinnati Bengals - A.J. Green (WR - Georgia)

5)    Phoenix Cardinals  - Patrick Peterson (CB - LSU)

6)    Atlanta Falcons - Julio Jones (WR - Alabama)

7)    San Francisco 49ers - Aldon Smith (DE - Missouri)

8)    Tennessee Titans - Jake Locker (QB - Washington)

9)    Dallas Cowboys - Tyron Smith (OT - USC)

10)  Jacksonville Jaguars - Blaine Gabbert  (QB - Missouri)

11)  Houston Texans - J.J. Watt (DE - Wisconsin)

12)  Minnesota Vikings - Christian Ponder (QB - Florida State)

13)  Detroit Lions - Nick Fairley (DT - Auburn)

14)  St. Louis Rams - Robert Quinn (DE - UNC)

15)  Miami Dolphins - Mike Pouncey (OC - Florida)

16)  Washington Redskin - Ryan Kerrigan (DE - Purdue)

17)  New England Patriots - Nate Solder  (OT - Colorado)

18)  San Diego Chargers - Corey Liuget (DT - Illinois)

19)  New York Giants - Prince Amukamara (CB - Nebraska)

20)  Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Adrian Clayborn (DE - Iowa)

21)  Cleveland Browns - Phil Taylor (DT - Baylor)

22)  Indianapolis Colts - Anthony Castonzo (OT - Boston College)

23)  Philadelphia Eagles - Danny Watkins (OG - Baylor)

24)  New Orleans Saints - Cameron Jordan (DE - Cal)

25)  Seattle Seahawks - James Carpenter (OG - Alabama)

26)  Kansas City Chiefs - Jonathan Baldwin (WR - Pittsburgh)

27)  Baltimore Ravens - Jimmy Smith (CB - Colorado)

28)  New Orleans Saints - Mark Ingram (RB - Alabama)

29)  Chicago Bears - Gabe Carimi (OT - Wisconsin)

30)  New York Jets - Muhammad Wilkerson  (DE  - Temple)

31)  Pittsburgh Steelers - Cameron Heyward  (DE - Ohio State)

32)  Green Bay Packers - Derek Sherrod (OT - Michigan State)



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New Spring Fitteds at Motivation Boutique

Our friends over at Motivation Boutique in Ann Arbor, MI just received their order from the Mitchell & Ness spring fitted collection!  If you are in the area, be sure to stop by to pick some up!

Motivation Boutique
1203 S University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Check for the complete assortment of teams and styles.

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This Day in History

April 27, 1983 would mark the date that Nolan Ryan became the all time MLB leader in strike outs. He would surpass Walter Johnson's record with his 3,509th career strike out on this date.

Ryan would go on to play ten more seasons and would total 5,714 strikeouts.


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Welcome To The Wicked Awesome Sports Show

Our friends from Roster in New England sent us the video and we think it's worth sharing.  It's called the Wicked Awesome Sports Show and it's just a couple of guys sitting around talking about Red Sox jerseys.  Can you see why we like it?  That's pretty much what we do all day long.  This show airs on Dedham tv in Dedham, MA and is hosted by Mike Kane along with his guests, Phil Dare and Norm Roussau.  Check it out. 


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