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U.P. football teams show a lot of class

September 9, 2012
Craig Remsburg - Senior Sports Writer ( , The Mining Journal

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 Mid-Peninsula Conference games earlier this season.

In a 34-0 I.M. loss to Ishpeming Aug. 24 and a 45-14 Manistique defeat against the Hematites on Aug. 31, both allowed Ishpeming kicker Eric Dompierre to attempt PAT kicks without trying to block the attempts.

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In the I.M. game, Dompierre tried two PAT kicks; against Manistique, it was five.

A teenager with Down syndrome who gained an age waiver from the Michigan High School Athletic Association to play this season, Dompierre made his final attempt against the Emeralds for his first-ever prep point.

Both teams essentially let Dompierre attempt free PAT kicks. The coaches involved and their players deserve kudos for their sportsmanship.

- Just when the Tigers showed some grit by sweeping the Chicago White Sox and gaining a tie with the Chisox for the American League's Central Division lead, they go and lose to the lowly Cleveland Indians.

The Indians had lost 29 of 35 games before the series in Detroit.

The Tigers needed to carry the momentum they earned against the White Sox into a long winning streak.

Watching the Tigers is like watching an eight-cylinder car running on only six or seven cylinders. It may still run and sometimes run well, but peak performance is never there.

- Neither Ohio State nor Penn State are eligible to play in the Big Ten football title game or a bowl due to NCAA sanctions, the Buckeyes for its players who traded memorabilia for cash and tattoos, and the Nittany Lions for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Yet the Big Ten has decided both teams can compete for its Leaders Division regular season championship and take home a trophy should either win.

Something's wrong there.

- Another NHL work stoppage is looming if the owners and players can't agree on a new collective bargaining agreement to replace the one that expires Saturday.

A few years ago, the NHL shut down for an entire season when a new CBA couldn't be reached. There was a lot of hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing during the stoppage, but the league came out of it relatively unscathed when its fans came back in force.

Both the players and owners - most of them millionaires - won't be hurt by a work stoppage. It's the arena workers, team employees and the like who will take the brunt of the financial hit.

Maybe it's time for NHL fans to take a more proactive stance if league owners impose a lockout, such as canceling - or not purchasing in the first place - season tickets.

That would be one way to get the attention of the CBA protagonists.

Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is



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