Sports Columns

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 ...

Female athletes make Rio fun

Heading into the Rio Olympics, the two main storylines seemed to be how many more gold medals is swimmer Michael Phelps going to pick up, and whether an athlete was going to die or mutate into something after touching the polluted waters.As I wrote this Thursday night, he had earned four more ...

It’s now or never for the Tigers

Over my years of being a sports fan and the last few years as a sports writer, I've realized one consistent truth in baseball.That truth is that it's hard to see how a team will finish the year before the All-Star break, but the picture clears up greatly at the trade deadline.As I wrote this ...

Griffey a kid at heart

Last Sunday, one of the best all-around players in baseball history achieved his sport's highest honor when Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.And he did it with a record voting percentage of 99.32 percent. Neither of those facts were surprising to me - both seemed ...

Rain brings PGA to screeching halt

By DOUG FERGUSONAP Golf WriterSPRINGFIELD, N.J. - The PGA Championship was halted because of thunderstorms Saturday, raising the possibility of a second straight Monday finish in a major championship at Baltusrol.Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb, tied for the lead at 9-under par, were 40 minutes ...

It’s going to be rough in Rio

In a matter of days, the Summer Olympics will take place down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the first Games held in South America.I remember when the announcement was made that Rio would host the Olympics back in 2009 and I was excited just to see the Games go to a different foreign destination ...

That was a smart decision, Tom Brady

Finally - the most ridiculous scandal in NFL history has reached its end.Earlier this week, the appeal filed by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for a rehearing of his four-game suspension for his involvement in a football tampering scandal was denied by the U.S. Court of ...

NBA great Nate Thurmond, Hall of Fame center, dies at 74

By PAUL ELIASAssociated PressSAN FRANCISCO - Former NBA great Nate Thurmond, a tenacious defensive center who played with Wilt Chamberlain and was an iconic sports figure in two cities, died Saturday after a short battle with leukemia. He was 74.The Golden State Warriors announced the death of ...

Do we need All-Star games anymore?

Since 1933, Major League Baseball fans have flocked to a different ballpark in July each year or have been glued to their radio or television sets to partake in the All-Star Game.It's been a fun tradition when fans can watch famous players that they normally might not see all together on the ...