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Motown’s sport venues sold out

July 23, 2014 After moving to the Detroit area to seek employment many years ago, I decided to make a point of going to every professional sports venue in the city. more »»

 
 
 
Numbers 20:14

July 17, 2014 Contrary to popular belief, the book "Moneyball" by Michael Lewis was not so much about 'sabermetrics' as it was about the process of attempting to determine a competitive advantage by exploiting... more »»

Legendary coaches hard to replace

July 16, 2014 The recent announcement that Calumet High School hockey coach Jim Crawford would be retiring after this coming season reminded me that replacing a legendary coach is one of the toughest assignments... more »»

Cynics and superstars

July 15, 2014 By all accounts, I am a card-carrying cynic. It's an ugly trait in a 26-year-old, but there you go. The thing is, we cynics enjoy an easy view. Keep expectations low and you are never disappointed. more »»

The paper penalty

July 10, 2014 The most essential equipment at this week's Little League District 11 Major baseball tournament isn't a baseball or a bat or a glove or even a safety helmet. It's a three-ring binder. more »»

Politics and sports don't mix

July 9, 2014 The latest hub-bub over the Washington Redskins logo once again proved conclusively that politics and sports do not mix. The recent decision by the U.S. more »»

The big flop

July 8, 2014 A fantastic World Cup was marred last weekend. And the sad thing was, it was inevitable, reall. more »»

The Vealies, Part VI

July 3, 2014 As I walked through downtown Houghton on my way home last night, I came to the realization that summer truly has arrived. more »»

Search for 'ghosts' proves elusive

July 2, 2014 Over the years, I've done numerous stories about sporting events and sports figures in the Copper Countr. more »»

The second goal

July 1, 2014 When analysts and armchair fans are taking the measure of a coach, we tend to look at concrete, easily definable factors. Tactics, style, personnel decisions, experience, facial hair, . more »»

Remember days of slowpitch

June 25, 2014 Just this past weekend, I happened to be driving by the Tapiola ball diamond on a rainy morning and saw a familiar, yet unfamiliar, scen. more »»

Something to chew on

June 19, 2014 On at least one occasion, I led an officewide discussion of the most non-descript team in the major professional sports. more »»

Window is closing for the Tigers

June 18, 2014 For a team that was being compared to past champions just a few short weeks ago, this year's Detroit Tigers have fallen faster than a lead balloon. more »»

Why we put up with FIFA

June 17, 2014 If you own a Twitter account, Facebook profile, smartphone, computer, Xbox, any screen with a working internet connection or are a carbon-based life form with mild interest in sports and athletic... more »»

32 teams, two minds

June 12, 2014 Once again, I've waited until the last possible day and the last possible moment to share with you my unsolicited opinion about the 2014 World Cup, which begins later today in Sao Paulo, Brazi. more »»

Ifs and buts don't usually work

June 11, 2014 Just the other day a local Detroit Lions fan came up with a scenario that would put the perennially beleaguered team in the playoffs this season. more »»

History has many brain cramps

June 10, 2014 Along with leaving the University of Wisconsin with a degree in journalism, I doubled as a history major three years ago because apparently I needed a framed piece of paper to confirm my lack of... more »»

U.P. Finals bits and pieces

June 5, 2014 Saturday's U.P. Finals were a grand day in the sun for several local athlete. more »»

Taking the heat

June 4, 2014 The batter crumpled to the ground after the fastball nailed him squarely in the back. more »»

Rose, by any other name, still a cheat

June 3, 2014 Pay attention to national sports media long enough, and you will see the same stories circulate in and out like the tide. more »»

In praise of all sports

May 29, 2014 You may know by now that the World Cup is starting two weeks from today. We've talked about it a bit and there have been a lot of commercials. This is not a column about the World Cup. more »»

 
 

 

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Word of the Day — May 30, 2013

May 31, 2013 arch - arch - deliberately or affectedly playful & teasing Example: "Emily Nussbsum's review of the TV 'Behind the Candelebra' biopic said, 'There are scenes, particularly during the breakup... more »

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