Sports Columns

The greatest show on turf — and grass

It’s been a crazy season with all kinds of strange upsets, so why should it stop now? The first-time-ever No. 6 seed being a favorite over a No. 1 seed ended up being an upset when the team that always should’ve been favored to win actually did. Did that make sense? That was ...

Alabama reaches status of Patriots

Alabama achieved something that was almost impossible. No, not its two national titles in the last four years. No, not its four straight college football playoff berths. The Crimson Tide have become the college version of the NFL’s New England Patriots. A dynasty that is both respected ...

Great set of matchups this weekend

It was nice to see a competitive set of wild-card games to start the NFL postseason last weekend. That first weekend is always a worry in almost every sport, since highly overrated or underrated teams can sneak into the playoff picture, turning a whole bunch of games into real duds. But ...

Bowler Justin Stephens edges closer to 40 perfect games by age 40

Less than two months ago in this space, I mentioned that Justin Stephens was going for the bowling version of the golf accomplishment of shooting your age. That came up when the 39-year-old Negaunee resident bowled a perfect 300 game. It was also his 36th 300, meaning he was just four short ...

Olympics can still be fun

A new year has begun and that usually brings a lot of change. Most changes currently happening are coaching ones, like what the Green Bay Packers are doing right now. The Packers are dismissing just about any coach on the roster not named Mike McCarthy and are reassigning people in the ...

1st-round teams long shots to win it all

Any and all of the eight teams playing in the NFL wild-card round of the playoffs this weekend are real longshots at winning the Super Bowl. Each winner will have to hit the road next weekend, and in all likelihood the following weekend, just to make it to Minneapolis on the first Sunday in ...

Time for changes in 2018

Changing coaches is never easy and sometimes, that can be painfully obvious. Sometimes it happens quicker than expected and sometimes it takes what seems like years before it actually occurs. However, eventually every team or school has to do it, and for the ones that I’ve covered, both ...

Playoff position means everything in NFL at end of season

You have to give the NFL credit for trying. With numerous games on Sunday deciding playoff berths, division titles or home-field advantages, the league moved around some games so those vying for a position play at the same time. That included not moving any game to the night. With ...

Who has been best Christmas present?

Sports are really the gift that keeps on giving in our society. It can be heartbreaking and depressing at times, but it takes us away from our troubles and gives us thrills that will live on in our memories along with the players who gave them to us. A few days back, Los Angeles Lakers ...

Tread lightly with viewing this weekend

A whole lot of us NFL fans probably won’t win any popularity contests this weekend if we dig in and insist on watching — or at least keeping up with — the games this week, Week 16. Late this afternoon and through the night is shot with a pair of games — including the Packers and ...

Hi ho Silverdome away

The Pontiac Silverdome is no more. What was once the largest stadium in the NFL, the structure finally crumbled to the ground a couple of weeks ago. It didn’t go without a fight, though, as it withstood the first demolition blast before finally succumbing the following day to a second ...

Looking for a Thursday alternative

In honor of today having the last Thursday game of the NFL season, let’s find a way of getting rid of this tradition that began in 2006. Lots of players say they haven’t healed since Sunday and it leads to more injuries, a no-no now that we know what head injuries do to players when they ...

Marquette County Bowling Hall of Fame induction on Sunday

Four area bowlers will be inducted into the Marquette County Bowling Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon in Ishpeming. Festivities kick off at 2 p.m. at River Rock Lanes, located just west of Blimpie’s Subs, just down the turnoff for McDonald’s along U.S. 41. There’s no charge and finger ...

Colleges still can’t get football right

College football has failed once again. After stumbling its way for decades in attempting to crown a national champion at the end of the season, it looked as if the sport had figured it out by creating the College Football Playoff four years ago. However, last weekend, it showed that it still ...

No. 2 seed an ideal place to be in the NFL playoffs

Maybe it’s a little early to talk about the playoffs, but we are in the final four weeks of the regular season and the playoffs start in almost exactly one month. You would think the biggest difference in seeds is between Nos. 1 and 2 in each conference. In all likelihood, that’s what ...

Hail to those faltering heroes

Hail to the what? That was my wife’s Facebook status minutes after Michigan fell to Ohio State for the sixth year in a row and the 13th time in 14 years. A diehard Buckeyes fan, she had to be one of the few people in the Upper Peninsula, let alone the state, thrilled with the result last ...

Green Bay best off to pack it in

I’m sure it would’ve been of little comfort on Sunday night, but this swoon by the Green Bay Packers since quarterback Aaron Rodgers was injured could prove to be a blessing in disguise. The good thing that a bunch of wins by Brett Hundley would’ve provided was that the Packers have a ...

Jordan Windahl, Jake Garceau bowl first perfect 300 games

Two area bowlers just lived in the moment on their way to bowling their first 300 games. Both Jordan Windahl of Ishpeming and Jake Garceau of Sands Township said they didn’t even think about perfection until they reached the 10th frame of those games. Each threw their “3” earlier this ...

Time to rethink mascots

High school basketball season is upon us again and passions are already high when you look at social media like Twitter and Facebook. Students, parents and fans take great pride in their teams and for good reason. In some areas, the nicknames of the high school teams serve as the town’s ...