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Eliminate the shift?

As I was sitting in the newsroom deciding what my column was going to be about, I was pretty certain it was going to be something that dealt with the Super Bowl.   I mean, how could it not be? It’s the biggest sporting event of the year, and there’s even more controversy than ever…

Case for the Cavs

When it comes to the Cavaliers in this town, most people have reached panic mode.   I can’t necessarily say I blame them. It certainly hasn’t been pretty so far this season. But, there’s a plethora of reasons that’s the case.   While the Cavs weren’t playing their best ball before the LeBron injury, when…

No BCS, same controversy

Everybody hated the BCS. I personally wasn’t one of those people, but I’m all in favor of a playoff. It definitely makes things more fun.   But what most people hated about the BCS is that everything was decided by computers and algorithms, not real people.   Now, we have a nine-person committee meeting weekly…

Upside down NFL

What is going on in the NFL? I looked up at the standings on Monday morning and found that the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions are both in first place.   That must be a misprint. The  Browns haven’t won a division since 1989 when they were in the now nonexistent AFC Central, and…

Can the Thunder survive?

  This past weekend, I was sitting at my kitchen counter on Sunday morning when I received an ESPN alert.   Usually, I’ll look at it and go on with my day as it’s something I rarely care about such as an athlete being interviewed on SportsCenter.   But when I received this ESPN alert,…

That’s why we love sports

  I went to the Detroit Lions vs. Buffalo Bills game this past Sunday. Going into the game, my dad and I were incredibly excited.   The Bills were starting what we assumed was the corpse of Bills Quarterback Kyle Orton, and we figured this should be an easy win for the Lions to push…

Go Blue?

I’m a Michigan fan. An incredibly upset Michigan fan.   I grew up watching Wolverine football. I saw great players like Chad Henne and Braylon Edwards take the field week after week and contend for Big Ten titles year after year.   That all changed when Lloyd Carr retired in 2007. He had been at…

Youth creates excitement

The decision about what the United States basketball roster should be for international competition has been a hot debate topic for years.   Some people claim it should be kept the way it is now––with the best players from the NBA teaming up to destroy the rest of the world. Others claim there should be…

Grit and grind

The grit and grind Memphis Grizzlies are doing it again.   In the 2012, the Grizzlies took the Oklahoma City Thunder to seven games before the Thunder managed to trump Memphis en route to their NBA finals appearance.   In 2013, with OKC’s star point guard Russell Westbrook out due to injury, the Grizzlies threw…

Clutch Gene

Aaron Harrison is the real deal.   And despite falling just short of a national title, the University of Kentucky is the real deal.   As a die-hard University of Michgan fan and known hater of the one-and-done freshmen, it kills me to say it, but these Wildcats have stolen my heart.   I’ve never…

Cash Cab

Growing up as a Detroit sports fan has been a blessing.   Seeing the Detroit Red Wings win multiple Stanley Cups in my lifetime, watching the Detroit Pistons hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy against all odds in 2004 and even having the privilege to see the Detroit Tigers go to two World Series has been…