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Ready for another parade

Hello, April. I have been patiently waiting for you to come up on the calendar. For when April rolls around, so does my favorite time of the year: playoff hockey time.   The NHL playoffs just make me feel like a kid on Christmas Day, except I get to feel those feelings of jubilation for…

Relieved by the return

  Toward the end of the MLB season last year, I found myself not caring. I was legitimately ashamed. While I never really considered myself a huge fan of the NHL, I consider my fandom toward the NBA, NFL and MLB to be borderline die-hard. Yet, last season, that fandom faded quickly, and I began…

The Tournament returns

Anybody who talks to me at all during the months of April-July probably knows about “The Basketball Tournament.” Now in its third year, “TBT” is a winner-take-all basketball tournament that is open to literally anybody. Two friends of mine and myself joined TBT in 2014 when the field was just 32 teams and the grand…

My final four

Today is the day. The NCAA Tournament has officially started.   Sure, we’ve had some fun these past two days with what the NCAA wants us to call the “first round,” but the real games begin today. Over the next four days, 48 games will be played, and I couldn’t be more excited. Yet, despite…

Getting excited for MLS

I know the NBA and NHL are headed down the final stretch, and trust me, I’m excited as could be, but I’ve got my eyes set on the MLS.   The Major League Soccer season kicks off on March 6 with a replay of the MLS Cup last season. The Columbus Crew will face off…

The NBA gets it right

On the Sunday night between the AFC and NFC Championship games and the Super Bowl,  the two contests competing against each other on the television sets of most fans were the NHL All-Star games and the Pro Bowl.   I wrote my column the following Monday and which game had won my favor (the NHL…

The legends in Leicester

  There’s something going on in England that I don’t think many people are paying attention to. Leicester City, one of the smallest soccer teams in the English Premier League, is currently sitting atop the table with 13 games left in the season.   Let me put that into context, because if you don’t know…

The NHL may be coming back

To some, that phrase alone may seem like an insult, but I assure you it is not. I’ll admit it, I’m not a huge NHL fan, but I respect the sport and still watch in here and there. That said, there’s no denying that when it comes to the four major sports leagues, the NHL…

Cleveland’s coaching carousel

Nobody saw it coming. On Friday, Jan. 22 at 3:52 pm, Yahoo’s lead NBA writer, and one of the most respected writers who covers the NBA, Adrian Wojnarowski, tweeted out that the Cleveland Cavaliers fired David Blatt.   Twitter exploded. Nearly everybody who covers or follows the NBA was in absolute shock.   At the…

Are the Warriors for real?

  I’ve never seen anything like what the Golden State Warriors are doing right now.   Ever since the Detroit Pistons won the NBA Championship in 2004, I’ve religiously followed the NBA, and I’ve never seen a team as dominant as the Warriors are right now.   The mid-2000s Los Angeles Lakers were close, but…

Lions gonna Lions

    On Sunday, Nov. 15, the Detroit Lions defeated the Green Bay Packers for the first time in Wisconsin since 1991.   As a lifelong Lions fan, I should be ecstatic. They did something that hasn’t happened in my lifetime.   Every year, when I look at the Lions’ schedule and try to figure…

Andre the giant

  How good is Andre Drummond? Nobody really knows, but he’s giving everybody in the NBA reason to believe he may be on his way to becoming the next Dwight Howard.   As a Detroit Pistons’ fan, I’m trying to temper my expectations as much as anyone, but he’s making it pretty difficult.   At…

What do we know?

The first week of the NBA season has come and gone, and nobody is as excited as me.   I live and breathe the NBA. This year, I invested in NBA League Pass, which allows me the opportunity to watch literally any NBA game I want at any time, and I haven’t regretted it for…

Week 5 revelations

  We are five weeks into the NFL Season and it’s at that point in the season when the good teams really start separating themselves from the bad.   Not surprisingly, the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos are all sitting pretty at 5-0.   On the other end of the spectrum,…

Fantasy takeover

I can’t be the only one. Somebody else has to be encompassed by this same madness.   Midterms are approaching and my school work is as heavy as it has been all year. That, along with work, leaves very little free time for other things.   Yet, I find time for fantasy sports.   Last…

Start Manziel

I do not believe in Johnny Manziel. Let me start by saying that.   I do not believe he will become a legitimate NFL quarterback by any stretch of the word.   But I acknowledge I am not an NFL expert, and Manziel could very well prove me wrong.   Unfortunately for Manziel, he is…

The end of Peyton

Anybody who watched Thursday Night Football last week saw what I saw.   Sure, he was able to lead the comeback to tie the game in the final minute, but let’s not kid ourselves, the Peyton Manning we are going to see throughout this season is a shell of the Peyton Manning we are used…

Don’t Overreact

The first week of the NFL season has come and gone. It was great to see football back, don’t get me wrong, but I want to warn everybody that what happens in Week 1 of the NFL season really doesn’t mean that much in terms of what will happen for the rest of the season.…

The AL Central is Tiger Town

  I am a die hard fan of the Detroit Tigers, and I am proud of it.   As most Cleveland fans have seen, it has been fairly easy to be a Detroit fan over the past decade as the Tigers have dominated the AL Central pretty much exclusively since 2006.   I don’t expect…

The Cavs will win the East

I’m not a Cleveland fan. Not the Indians, not the Browns and certainly not the Cavs.   I’m from Detroit, so I pretty much despise all Cleveland teams.   However, as much as I dislike the Cavs, the reality of the situation is that I don’t see a scenario in which they don’t win the…

I love hockey?

I think I’m falling in love with hockey.   It’s a weird feeling. I grew up watching hockey, and being from Detroit, was blessed with some great Red Wings teams throughout my childhood. I would watch every game I could. I knew all the players. I loved the Red Wings just as much as I…

March with Mamadou

March Madness is in full-effect. The first weekend –– while not as collectively crazy as some weekends we’ve had in recent years –– was still exciting. Specifically, the first day of the tournament was one of the greatest days in NCAA Tournament history, tying a record with five one-point games.   Yet, it was the…

Deadline drama

Last Thursday’s NBA trade deadline was the craziest one I’ve ever witnessed.   It’s not even about how many trades there were.   It’s about how fast the trades happened and how close to the deadline they happened.   I remember in 2014 when my Twitter timeline blew up after it was reported right after…

Show Suh some love

Fast Break This week, on ESPN.com, SportsNation had one of its daily polls for fans to respond to. The question: “Which of the following players is most deserving of a big-money contract?”   The options given were Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys, Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks…

Super Bowl madness

Now that the Super Bowl is finally over, I’m pretty sad. It’s hard not to be. Football is over until August. That’s pretty depressing.   But, there’s still a lot to be happy about. That was arguably the best Super Bowl I’ve ever seen.   We had two teams fighting to become dynasties. We had…