Sports Columns

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 ...

How much does Durant add to the Warriors?

I remember quite well what I thought the last time I received a notice in an email that said I had become a millionaire by winning a sweepstakes.If it sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is too good to be true.And I'm thinking much the same of the NBA's Golden State Warriors with ...

College World Series a jewel often overlooked

There's a tournament that is known by many, but is overshadowed by other major college sports and tends to get lost in the shuffle.It's the College World Series, which takes place every year in Omaha, Nebraska.If the ESPN cable sports network didn't devote so much of its schedule - having ...

What is the new most miserable sports city?

The title drought has finally come to an end for Cleveland and I, like most fans, couldn't be happier for the city.For 52 years, the city has had to deal with heartbreaking championship games, teams leaving town and other teams just not being able to get on track.The Cavaliers winning the NBA ...

Believeland could be no more

One more. That's all the Cleveland Cavaliers have to do. Win one more game and all the pain of an entire city can go away.All of the disappointment, the anguish, the pain, the depression, it could all go away, at least for a while with a victory in Game 7 of the NBA Finals tonight on the road ...

Indy 500 still big

Over Memorial Day weekend, I had the chance to watch a truly legendary event.I returned to my former home of Indianapolis with my wife Shannon and friend Ryan Myrehn of Marquette radio station ESPN U.P. to watch the 100th running of the Indy 500.It was definitely a memorable experience.We ...

L’Anse bowler adds name to Junior Gold qualifying

Tucker Hemmila of L'Anse will be joining Brooke Fornetti of Iron Mountain at the Junior Gold national tournament in Indianapolis during July.That's because the former L'Anse High School bowler won a second JG qualifier held at Superior Lanes in Marquette on May 14 after Fornetti won her spot in ...

Perfection not on mind of first-time 300 bowler

Nothing like an end-of-the-season rolloff to get the competitive juices flowing.And take your mind off what you're doing on the lanes, placing it instead on how well the team is faring.That seemed to be the formula for success for Jesse Bianchi on April 20 in the rolloff for the Wednesday ...

Red Wings in need of major overhaul

Clinching a playoff berth for the 25th straight season is something the Detroit Red Wings have taken pride in accomplishing.And rightly so. It's an achievement that shows how strong the organization has been over the years.Bu, at the same time, the season just concluded was not what the Red ...

Iron Mountain teen shows her mettle

All her high school bowling over the past three years and visits to Superior Lanes in Marquette paid off for Brooke Fornetti of Iron Mountain just over a week ago.Fornetti, 16, is a junior at Iron Mountain High School but came up to Marquette and won the Junior Gold qualifier tournament held ...

Bowling Deutsch

Rene Filor toils on the lanes, maybe not in anonymity, but surely in relative obscurity, in his home of Germany."I tell people I bowl, and they'll say, 'What's that?'" he said in an interview last week.And while Filor says it's been fun to bowl for the past school year even in our rather ...

Villanova win best game ever in hoops?

There are many who say Monday night's 77-74 Villanova victory over North Carolina was the greatest NCAA men's basketball game ever played.After all, Kris Jenkins' 3-point bucket at the buzzer blunted a furious UNC comeback in the final five minutes and negated a double-clutch triple by the Tar ...

Tourneys, TV coverage all the rage

Tournaments for both adult and youth bowlers are coming up soon in the Upper Peninsula, but first, let me give you an update on bowling on TV.I mentioned in this space two weeks ago how the PBA will return for four Sunday afternoons starting April 17 on ESPN, then how CBS Sports picks up the ...

Are Tigers ready to rebound in 2016?

There's really no reason why the Detroit Tigers can't do well this season, perhaps even contend for the American League pennant and a World Series championship.They've got a solid starting pitching staff, a potent offense and some depth up and down the lineup.Still, some questions remain, most ...

Wildcat icers won national title 25 years ago today

Twenty-five years ago today, Northern Michigan University earned probably its greatest athletic achievement.The Wildcats hockey team went to triple overtime before defeating Boston University 8-7 in what some have called the best college hockey game ever.It's Northern's first and only hockey ...

Spring has sprung for high scores

Hopefully it hasn't been such a bad spring in flood-prone areas so I can say without offending anyone that the dam burst on the bowling lanes last week.That was especially true at Red Rock Lanes in Ishpeming, where just one 800 and I think two 300s had been bowled there all season going back to ...

Future bodes well for Jets

Thinking out loud on a seasonable Easter Sunday morning: The scary thing about North Central High School's boys basketball team for both future Upper Peninsula and downstate opponents is coach Adam Mercier is losing just three players to graduation from a 15-member roster. Class D state Player ...

It’s time for college hockey Sweet 16

Last week was full of surprises for Michigan's college sports teams.First, Michigan State got bounced in the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament by Middle Tennessee State, a school most people have probably never heard of.On paper, it appeared as if Spartans' head coach and Upper ...