Sports Columns

Hall of Fame honors: Marquette County bowling association recognizes 4 in 2016

Sunday afternoon was a red-letter, or more accurately, a red-plaque day at River Rock Lanes in Ishpeming. That was when the second annual hall of fame class was inducted by the Marquette County U.S. Bowling Congress Association. Presiding was association President Pat Gingras, with yours ...

Could Lions’ dream really come true?

Brace yourselves Detroit Lions fans, because the unthinkable could happen in a few weeks. The Motor City Kitties are sitting atop the NFL’s NFC North at 9-4, two games ahead of both Minnesota and Green Bay and have recently become a trendy pick to contend for the conference title in ...

Lions’ fans victimized by schedule

For the first time this season, a Detroit Lions game won’t be available on local cable or broadcast television. That’s because the Lions and Green Bay Packers are playing separate games at the same time, 1 p.m. Sunday, and both games are being carried by the same network, ...

Sans Spartans, state teams do well in bowl season

The college football postseason is finally upon us. Well, the NCAA Division I FBS version is. The Division I FCS, Division II and Division III playoffs have been underway for a couple of weeks, but the big schools are the ones that grab national attention. In Michigan, there is a lot of ...

Latest candidate nearly misses visit for NMU football coach

By RAY BRESSETTE Journal Sports Writer MARQUETTE — Whoever is named the new football coach at Northern Michigan University will have a rebuilding process after seven consecutive losing seasons, including a 3-8 record last season. On Friday, Fairmont State University head coach ...

It’s time for a change, MHSAA

Change seems to be all the rage right now. Whether it is politics or sports, people want to get rid of the status quo. When it comes to high school football in Michigan, those voices are getting increasingly louder. As a newer resident of the state — I’ve been here for just over two ...

Don’t judge NFL teams by their records, since they all add up to .500

Jotting down a couple ideas recently about the NFL, I thought I could present them here today and over the next few weeks. First up, you keep hearing about the NFL’s sagging ratings because of the lack of quality teams. But don’t measure that based on win-loss records. Remember, wins ...

Pie in the Face recipients didn’t have greatest year

Here’s a sentence that may surprise you. Coming up with column topics isn’t easy. Heading into the Thanksgiving weekend, I was stumped on what to write about, so like most sports writers, I looked to other writers for possible ideas. One of my favorite columnists is Patrick Reusse and ...

Junior Gold youth bowling qualifier to be held Sunday in Ishpeming

Youthful bowlers up to age 20 will be competing for a chance at college scholarships and a chance to bowl in the national finals when they take part at the Junior Gold qualifying tournament held at River Rock Lanes in Ishpeming on Sunday afternoon. That’s the former Red Rock Lanes and ...

Armchair Quarterback: Last of the 2-point observations

In case you’ve been keeping up with this column, you’ll remember I addressed 2-point conversions last week. One more thing occurred to me over the weekend, then I’ll shut up about them for the rest of the season. This came from the world of college football late in a game ...

Movies can still be timeless

Last week, I wrote a column that some readers enjoyed and appreciated. However, others saw it as divisive and that I had an agenda that I was trying to push. So after writing on that type of subject, I decided to write something a little more light-hearted this week. That topic is ...

Armchair Quarterback: 2-point chase still a losing proposition

There you go Steelers, chasing the score with all your 2-point conversion attempts. Pittsburgh tried — and missed — a 2-pointer on all four touchdowns it scored in its big home showdown with the Dallas Cowboys in the featured 4 p.m. game Sunday. In the end, it doesn’t look like it ...

Women’s event set for River Rock Saturday

Ladies, we have a bowling event just for you this week - or to be more exact, this weekend.The second annual Women's Association Tournament will be presented by the Marquette County U.S. Bowling Congress Association at River Rock Lanes, the former Red Rock Lanes and Country Lanes in ...

Sometimes we can’t stick to sports

You should stick to sports.It's a phrase that sports writers see and hear on a regular basis whenever we have an opinion that doesn't involve the games that we cover. And it stings a little each time it happens.Late Tuesday night, I was sick to my stomach for the second time in a week.The first ...

Packers, Lions move in opposite directions

I'm having a hard time coming to grips with what's happening to the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions these days.And I'm a Lions fan, so I can't imagine what it's like as a Packers fan. Well, actually I can - I'm a Lions fan.Some of the pundits are saying there's something wrong with Packers ...

Splits, Spares and Strikes

If a bowling pin falls on a lane but nobody writes about it, did it really fall?Of course it did. But still, I'd rather be writing about it.After a late start by about six weeks or so, my bowling column is back on these pages of The Mining Journal.Let's just say it's been a busy fall, but I'm ...

Cubs win an amazing feeling

The wait is finally over - it just took 108 years is all.These were years full of despair, embarrassment, ineptitude and soul-crushing disappointment, but after enduring all that, Chicago Cubs fans of all ages achieved something that they had always hoped for and when it happened, the feeling ...

Media, coaches show mutual respect

We in the media can be frustrating to deal with. When your team gets blown out or loses in a heartbreaker, we're probably the last people coaches want to talk to after the game.Even when it comes time for season previews or just to chat about a specific player, I imagine the minute that ...

Hypotenusial secant won’t soothe a crying baby

Picking the winners of NFL games is like trying to soothe a crying baby - you may be doing everything right, but that doesn't mean it will work.Either that, or take the hypotenusial secant of tangential secretion into interplanetary space and see what you come up with.Actually, I like my ...

Area schools keep it classy

Sportsmanship can be tough to deal with sometimes.When the last seconds of your season tick down and you stand on the sideline with your teammates for the final time, you don't want to admit defeat.However, once that final horn sounds, you reluctantly walk to midfield to shake the hands of your ...