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Packers stolen win should count for something in the final standings

October 4, 2012 Since the NFL won’t admit it really should take the blame for Green Bay’s Monday night loss in Seattle last week, maybe I can broker an agreement to keep Packers’ fans from placing a bounty on... more »»

Bowling, poker have striking similarities

October 2, 2012 A couple of things got me thinking about how my longtime passion, bowling, is similar to my newfound interest in poker. more »»

Lions lack of pass rush is baffling

September 30, 2012 Detroit Lions fans have seen their favorite NFL team make a lot of mistakes over the years that have cost the club wins. A lot of mistakes. Last Sunday was no exceptio. more »»

My picks were as bad as the replacements

September 27, 2012 There’s plenty I want to say about the replacement refs fiasco in the Green Bay Packers’ loss on Monday night. What I’d rather not rant about is how brutal my picks were last wee. more »»

Pro Bowling Association exempt fields have choked off supply of vital young talent

September 25, 2012 Today I’m getting back up on my bowling soapbox, but I assure you it’s only going to happen once in a great while. more »»

ESPN show changed our culture

September 23, 2012 It’s a milestone not every sports fan knows about. more »»

Northern Michigan, Ostrowsky right to stick with redshirt freshman QB Ryan Morley

September 21, 2012 During my Wednesday Sports Pen appearance on radio station ESPN 970 AM, host Casey Ford threw out a question — playing devil’s advocate — while discussing the difficult start for the Northern... more »»

0-2 a silly statistic this early in season

September 20, 2012 I’ve got so many topics I want to talk about today, but I can only pick one. No replacement refs, none of my “anti-momentum” theory of picking games. more »»

Late son on mind of season’s first 300 bowler

September 18, 2012 Harold “Rice” Reichardt doesn’t pretend to have any special insight into the beyond, and neither do I. more »»

NFL, refs must find solution to impasse

September 16, 2012 A wise, veteran Upper Peninsula high school basketball official once told me his best games were those in which no one knew he was ther. more »»

Finalist Hicks knows how to get creative with or without a track

September 14, 2012 MARQUETTE — University of Miami assistant track and field coach Cheree Hicks had a good feeling about the facilities at Northern Michigan University — specifically the Superior Dome — after doing... more »»

Teams shouldn’t fret after slow starts

September 13, 2012 One win does not a season make. This is true for most of the NFL season, but never more than in Week 1. more »»

NFL replacement officials are way out of their league

September 12, 2012 Two things repeatedly ran through my head on Sunday while I sat next to may father in Section 126, Row 5 of Lambeau Field. more »»

Newberry latest U.P. town to lose its bowling center

September 11, 2012 Did you feel that nip in the air Monday morning? I’ve been told by a confidential source that was just Mother Nature reminding us it’s bowling season again. more »»

U.P. football teams show a lot of class

September 9, 2012 Some thoughts on a Sunday morning: - Iron Mountain High School head football coach Ron Marttila and Manistique High School mentor Todd Kangas, as well as their players, showed a lot of class in two... more »»

Hard to figure who’s up, who’s down at start of NFL season

September 5, 2012 I’ve discovered the reason I make all the big bucks at The Mining Journal is the challenge of picking winners early in the NFL season, especially with a record number of rookie quarterbacks taking... more »»

Lions need a healthy Stafford

September 2, 2012 Quarterback Matt-hew Stafford took a tumble to the dirt in the Detroit Lions’ NFL exhibition game against the host Oakland Raiders on Aug. 25. more »»

Armchair Quarterback: Good times ahead for Lions, Packers

August 30, 2012 Have I got some good news for Packers and Lions fans! The only bad thing is that I’m the one delivering i. more »»

Column: Ostrowsky’s boldest preseason move not at QB, but on special teams

August 30, 2012 Going into the 2012 Northern Michigan University football season, it’s easy to fixate on the decision by head coach Chris Ostrowsky to go with redshirt freshman Ryan Morley over senior Cody Scepania... more »»

Coaching in these times is not a job this writer wants

August 26, 2012 Several years ago, my oldest son, Clint, suggested I help coach one of his youth hockey teams. “You know the sport and I think you’d be good at it,” he sai. more »»



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