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Sports Columns

Progress is slow, but good for sports

There’s a lot of truths that exists in sports and one of them is that progress comes slowly. This is definitely true when it comes to women in sports. However, in just the past few weeks, women have accomplished three things that have escaped them for decades and that’s something that ...

Aren’t we still in a pandemic?

Something has been recurring in my mind the past few weeks with all the firings, resignations and speculation about these firings and resignations in the coaching ranks. Not just in the NFL, but all over the coaching world, whether its college or wherever. Do you remember when this ...

Ryan Stieg is back to throw some (figurative) pies

Guess who’s back? That’s right, everybody. I’ve returned from my almost nine-month hibernation and I’m back to spread some Thanksgiving cheer. During this “rest period,” if you want to call it that, I wondered if I’d ever write a column again. In case you couldn’t tell by my ...

Some real turkeys on Thanksgiving dot the daytime TV schedule

How sad is Thanksgiving football this year? The best team playing during the traditional daytime slots on Turkey Day will be the Detroit Lions. Yes, those Lions with a 4-6 record. Thankfully, about a decade ago the NFL added a nighttime game to the lineup to give us the only real good game ...

In the NFL, bring back the long field goal try

I’ve been hoping the NFL would consider changing a few rules to make field-goal kicking more interesting. A number of years back, from what I’m reading online it may have been around 1993, the league changed the spot where a team takes over following a missed field goal, moving it from ...

One game does not an NFL regular season make

Everybody seems to be making such a big deal about Tampa Bay’s lopsided loss to New Orleans on Sunday night. Yes, it gave me pause to see the way the Buccaneers were dominated, but as just about every team other than 8-0 Pittsburgh and the 0-9 New York Jets can attest, everybody had a ...

What are the Green Bay Packers’ prospects for the stretch run of the season?

Last week I took a look at the remaining Detroit Lions schedule as part of my effort to get in the good graces of Lions’ fans as I tried to jump back on their bandwagon. So it only seems fair to look at the remaining schedule of the Green Bay Packers. Now these Cheeseheads are in a much ...

Let me back on the Detroit Lions bandwagon!

I had one foot out the door, but I kept the other in the door jamb of the Detroit Lions’ bandwagon. I’m glad I did now, after threatening to jump ship and root against the Motor City Pussycats right in this space five weeks ago on Sept. 23. At that point, they were 0-2 after ugly losses ...

Let the juggling begin

This week is the first with major changes in the NFL schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. But it won’t be the last, and if things don’t get better, may not even be the week with the most earth-shaking changes. Regardless of what you think of all these precautions, none of these ...

What’s a ‘home-field advantage’? Doesn’t exist in NFL today

I couldn’t find the statistic anywhere on the Internet, so I did my own little investigation. And I’m glad I did when it came to home-field advantage in the NFL this year. Finding a set of the NFL’s “expanded” standings that include home and away records, I added up each team’s ...

Coronavirus makes first attack on NFL

Oh boy, all the fun and games could come to a screeching halt if the NFL, its teams and its players aren’t careful. With the Tennessee Titans being kept out of their building until Saturday due to eight positive tests for the coronavirus, we’re on a precipice like we saw with Major League ...

Is it an advantage if you don’t win with it?

I realized I was slightly — or maybe a little more than that — in error when I said last week that the one remaining home-field advantage in the NFL of 2020 was Denver’s mile-high altitude. I discovered my error when commentators, talking about Seattle’s contest at Atlanta in the ...

So what are the odds? One website provides its numbers

My pre-Super Bowl column each year often deals with the various odds surrounding the NFL’s premier game. I found some odds to start this year, maybe a good way to kick off a season when we’re still dealing with this unique coronavirus pandemic. While I don’t want to get too caught up ...

WCHA’s Alabama-Huntsville unique in college hockey

They’ve always been an outlier, a major college hockey program in the Deep South. As with most pioneers, they’ve teetered on the brink of failure, shouldered through plenty of skepticism and ridicule. That only made it more imperative to save the Chargers of the University of Alabama in ...

Great Grandma and her favorite Detroit Tiger, Al Kaline

My Great Grandma Carolyn’s favorite earthly possession was a sun-faded baseball that sat on top of her dresser for years. This most treasured of gifts came courtesy of a family friend named John J. Cortese, who had a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Columnist Bob ...

Brady’s time had come to go

Twenty years ago, Tom Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots and began a long and successful run that included nine appearances and six wins in the ultimate NFL game, the Super Bowl. On St. Patrick’s Day, a day used to celebrate Irish heritage, or for most people, just an excuse to ...

Sports team owners need to step up

People all over the country are stepping up. Whether it’s to the plate, the faceoff circle, center court or whatever venue they choose, citizens all over the country are doing whatever they can to help each other through a very difficult time in this world. They’re checking in on ...

We’re now living in a country with no sports

What would our country be like without sports? It’s a question I’ve pondered before and I’ve written about, but until this week, I honestly didn’t think it would be possible. Sure, there have been some incidents that affected the sporting world. I remember after the terrorist ...