Sports Columns

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 ...

Topsy-turvy NFL season keeps us entertained

Here how crazy this NFL season has been - see if you can name the one team in the league that has won each of its past four games by double digits.Here's a hint - you would've laughed if somebody told you this team had even a slim chance of winning its division in August.Give up? It's the ...

Red Wings playoff streak could end, but it won’t

The Red Wings' playoff streak will come to an end.That seems to be a common thought around the NHL this year. Detroit has made the Stanley Cup playoffs every year since 1991, but the last few years, the Wings have squeaked in when they probably shouldn't have. As a result, fans are getting ...

What if Kaepernick needs police escort?

Talking about the return of New England quarterback Tom Brady is a much more pleasant topic than what reaction San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick will get for his first start of the season.Unfortunately, there's so much more to the 49ers situation.With Brady, it's eh, throw for 400 yards and ...

Hockeyville memories to last a lifetime

Hockeyville was an experience like no other.I've gotten to cover some fun events since I've moved to the Upper Peninsula, such as watching Ishpeming win multiple state football titles, Munising making it to state finals for the first time in a generation and bringing virtually the entire ...

Reputations shouldn’t precede teams anymore

Whaaaa! Oops! Jeepers! Oh, sorry, I'm just swatting at those pesky reputations that keeping buzzing like little fruit flies around my head when I'm trying to make picks in the Armchair Quarterback Barcalounger.Oakland's no good? Whap! There's goes that fly.Arizona is Super Bowl worthy? Zap! ...

Marquette is Hockeyville

Is Marquette really a hockey town? That's the question I asked myself shortly after moving up here two years ago.I was coming up here from a newspaper in southern Illinois where hockey is either not acknowledged at all, or not spoken in everyday conversation.Down there, hockey is like Lord ...

Mediocrity my theme so far

Pumping myself up in the face of adversity, I think I'm actually depressing myself even more.I've been nothing if not consistent in my NFL picks so far in this season's three weeks, going 9-7, 9-7 and yes, you guessed it, 9-7.On the surface, it basically means flipping a coin would give the ...

NCAA takes the right stand

The NCAA finally did something right. For the past several years, the organization has tried to take a strong stand on important issues only to go back on them later like the penalties it placed on Penn State after the Jerry Sandusky scandal.In that case, the NCAA returned some vacated wins ...

Dropping ball at goal line no minor irritation

I'm going to go a bit off the beaten track today into college football, but this is an issue that has also dogged the pro ranks at times.This is about the hot-doggers who decide they want to drop the ball as close to the goal line as possible when they score, many times dropping it before they ...

Football grief is endured in stages

Last week, the Central Michigan Chippewas pulled off possibly the most amazing play so far this season, even though it ended up being a controversial one.CMU was down 27-24 to No. 22 Oklahoma State and with no time left, Chippewas' quarterback Cooper Rush heaved a Hail Mary pass down field ...

Week 1 both answered, posed many questions

Week 1 of the NFL season taught us a few things about some teams. But it also taught nothing about others.Denver isn't really better than Carolina - the Broncos simply had a timeout left at the end of the game, turning the first winning field goal into a second missed one for the loss.The same ...

Cornhuskers’ tribute sets the bar high

Tributes to athletes are emotional experiences. Some of them are typical and rather ordinary, while others are humorous and light-hearted. The difficult ones are the ones based on sadness.When a player dies, whether it is after a lengthy battle with a disease or from a sudden tragedy, you have ...

Who cares about a Super Bowl rematch?

Boy oh boy, did the NFL blow a great opportunity with its schedule this week.There was a much better alternative to putting Carolina at Denver on national TV tonight, since we know what these teams are about.Heck, the last time I watched an NFL game, it was between Carolina and Denver in some ...

Packers’ failure equates to Vikings fans’ success

They somehow did it again. After pulling a rabbit out of their hat and taking advantage of an inept Lions' secondary earlier last season, the Packers pulled off another miraculous pass to save the day in the playoffs during January.Just like when I watched Green Bay's first prayer answered ...

The rinks are melting in Alaska

Out on the Last Frontier, polar bears are on the verge of extinction.The ice is melting rapidly and unless the legislature does something soon, the bears may no longer exist a year from now.I'm referring to the Nanooks hockey team at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks - the nickname is the ...

Don’t stop believing, Lions fans

Since I've moved to Michigan, I've tried to find one moment that sums up the woes of the Detroit Lions.Last season, that moment revealed itself to me as I compiled high school sports scores on the night desk at the Journal.After taking the final call of the night, I turned to watch the closing ...