Sports Columns

Going home can be better than you think

That you can’t go home again is a conclusion that we all eventually come to in our lives. Yes, you can physically go back to your home city or your old house, but it’s not going to be like you remembered. In all likelihood, your friends will have moved away, your favorite hangouts ...

Exactly what does overtime do in the NFL?

Here’s today’s quick quiz: Name the most impressive overtime victory after two weeks of the NFL regular season. Scratchin’ your head? Are you stumped yet? OK, I’ll tell you. You’re making it up if you have an answer, because this is a trick question — no team has won an OT game ...

The sorry state of football in Michigan

The state of football is awful in the state of Michigan. If you look at all of the major programs, professional and college, around the state, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something positive to say about what is going on. Let’s start off with the Detroit Lions. What are some words to ...

Spartans or Wolverines? Who to pick?

College football season has begun and it’s not off to a great start. As I mentioned in this space last week, the sport is groaning under a multitude of scandals, most glaringly at Ohio State and Maryland where physical and emotional abuse is something that can’t be shrugged off or ...

Back to school means start of NFL season can’t be too far away

It felt like fall swept in Tuesday when everyone went back to school. It felt even more like it Wednesday when all that rain and those cooler temperatures came crashing in. But it will really feel like the green leaves are ready to change colors tonight when we all tune in to the first ...

Something good in an awful sport

College football is a wasteland of rancid sludge right now. Day by day, it seems like there’s a new scandal with an NCAA Division I program. It used to be just financial corruption like the infamous SMU violations in the 1980s, where they had current players on a secret payroll and bribed ...

Stigma is starting to dissipate

The high school and college sports seasons are about to start again and a lot of us have been wondering for a while what we’re going to see on the field, the court or the ice this year. However, for the first time, it seems like we’re finally paying attention to what we don’t normally ...

What’s the matter with Maryland?

College football has a problem and it’s a huge one. For decades, perhaps even longer, football has been seen as the most macho of sports. It’s not only physical, but even brutal at times with quarterbacks getting driven into the ground and wide receivers getting decked after catching a ...

Who will have a season worth remembering?

It’s time for another anniversary. A couple of months ago, I wrote about my own anniversary, my fifth year with my wife, which was a joyous albeit subdued occasion. If I remember correctly, we ordered pizza and watched Netflix. Yep, it was that wild of a night. Anniversaries can also ...

LeBron’s legacy is now in place

What will my legacy be? What will I leave behind? At some point in our lives, most of us will ask ourselves those questions because we all want to be remembered and hopefully, for something good. NBA star LeBron James’ legacy is now secured as from now on — he won’t just be ...

Tiger still can draw attention

Tiger Woods can still capture our attention. Even though it has been a decade since he won a major golf tournament, Tiger is one of the few athletes on the planet who gets people to tune in specifically to watch him play. Last weekend, he almost made it worth their while. Any time one of ...

Baseball can still charm us in its own way

After all these years, baseball still has its charms. That was evident over the past couple of weeks as Little League teams from all over the Upper Peninsula have been attempting to win district titles for a possible trip to state tournaments and even beyond. As much as they wanted to ...

Soccer can be your friend

Americans have a strange relationship with soccer. The World Cup is the biggest sporting event on the planet, and nothing else comes close to challenging it. Even the Olympics, for all of its majesty, pales in comparison to the rampant following that occurs every four years in the World ...

What it’s like to be a reporter

Sports are a way for fans to escape the world around them. That can also be true for reporters. Even though we’re working hard and are under the pressure of deadlines, we still can take some time to enjoy what is taking place in front of us. For a matter of hours, the stresses of your ...

A year of anniversary

Anniversaries can be fun occasions. A few can be unpleasant as this year is the 10th anniversary of the winless Detroit Lions season and the 15th anniversary of the 2003 Tigers debacle, which set the American League record for losses and was one game short of tying the major league record. ...

Who is the best in the Motor City?

Who is the one who will rule them all? That’s the question that’s frequently debated over in sports, sometimes on an hourly basis, and it’s one that was recently asked by the Detroit Free Press. Looking at the course of history, of the four major sports teams that play in Detroit, ...

Fathers have a way to inspire

More than 30 years ago, my father set me on the path I am on right now. Shortly after I was born, he introduced me to the world of sports, well before I could speak or was aware of what was going on in front of me. There’s a photo of him holding me at home as I’m decked out in a tiny ...

Time to celebrate D.C.

The Capital curse is over. Not just for the NHL franchise that bears that nickname, but for the District of Columbia as a whole. For the first time in 26 years, Washington D.C. residents have the chance to climb lampposts, collapse hotel awnings and punch horses just like Philadelphia ...

Danica’s legacy a mixed one

Danica Patrick will always have a story. A week ago, Will Power achieved something many talented drivers of auto racing never do — win the Indianapolis 500. Power already had an impressive resume of 33 open-wheel victories and numerous pole wins, but until last Sunday, he hadn’t won ...