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Sports Columns

It does matter who you defeat

Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself — it’s hard not to as a fan of a Lions’ team that so rarely makes the playoffs — but I was listening to the sports cable channel pundits pick their playoff favorites already with five weeks still left in the regular season. I didn’t hear much ...

How did they not know?

I was thinking a bit more about the University of Michigan sign-stealing situation, but I didn’t want to harp on the subject every week in this NFL picks column. Thought I’d take it on one more time today, though, then let it go for all the bigwigs in media to handle it after this. I’m ...

Importance of each NFL game colors my perception of NBA

I got thinking about something a couple weeks ago during the first or second week of the NBA season. By the time we get to March or April, pro basketball games played in October and November are pretty much forgotten, which I expect will still happen even with this new in-season ...

Are all injuries created equally?

Something just occurred to me the other day when I was thinking about some of my bad picks this season. You’d think that would be difficult, considering how many bad picks I’ve made this season. How can I separate one from all the dozens of others, you say? But it came from watching ...

Upsets are everything, everywhere all at once

I was looking for a parallel to all the upsets that occurred in the NFL last weekend. Seems like I didn’t have to look far — just take a gander at what happened in both League Championship Series in Major League Baseball that ended earlier this week. In the National League, which I hope ...

Green Bay Packers have reason for optimism for rest of this season

OK, so everyone is conceding the NFC North to the Detroit Lions and even talking of the Motor City Puddy-Tats as legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Sorry, but as a lifelong Lions fan — sometimes warmer, sometimes cooler — this makes me quite nervous. I just don’t believe it, or at least, ...