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Sports Columns

Cheap tickets for certain NFL games not really nirvana

Have I got a deal for you! We’re leaving Saturday for Washington, D.C., though I better not tell you why. Wait! You mean you’d really accompany me to see the Detroit Lions play at the Redskins this weekend!?!? Well, sorry, I’m not really going, not even with the $7 seats I found ...

Villains outnumber the heroes nowadays in our sports culture

Sports are oftentimes divided into heroes and villains. The heroes are your favorite team, favorite player, people who put you in awe of their abilities or just ones that can inspire you not only in athletics, but in your everyday life. They help you get through your tough times by ...

The less said the better with last week’s NFL prognostications

Yikes, I don’t know if I talked myself out of some obvious picks or what, but a 3-10 record last week doesn’t exactly make me a persuasive pigskin prognosticator, does it? So back to the drawing board with these picks. As I’m spending so much time on research, there won’t be a long ...

Things can only get worse for fans of bad teams

From a young age, we’re taught that when times are tough, or things are just not going our way, that it won’t last and it’ll get better soon. However, if you’re a fan of certain teams, you start to wonder if you’ve been lied to your whole life and you get mad at yourself for ...

Desperate times call for winning measures by NFL teams

Run for your lives! When the tsunami is bearing down on you, or the grizzly bear is chasing you down, that’s when you’ll run faster than world-class sprinters Jessie Owens or Usain Bolt. And I think that’s what happens to some NFL teams, albeit at a much-reduced level. How else ...

NFL kicker Adam Vinatieri shows us age (46) is just a number

Last weekend I felt old. Like really old. As I pulled a muscle in my neck doing the simple task of getting out of bed, I noticed I still had a couple cassette tapes in my apartment. Then later when I was looking at a high school football roster, I realized that a lot of the kids were ...

Time to separate contenders, pretenders in the NFL

Now that we’re at the halfway point of the season, can you tell the difference between the contenders and the pretenders? Well, the easiest ones to see are the non-contenders who can’t even rise to the level of pretender. Put Miami and Cincinnati at the top of that class, followed closely ...

Houston Astros have an abuse problem

Clinching a spot in the World Series would normally be a time for an enthusiastic but sane celebration. Last weekend, Houston Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman decided to celebrate by being a disgusting, insensitive jerk. After Game 6 of the American League Championship ...

It’s a scary week trying to pick winners

I almost feel like I was forced to do it. But when I look back, I think it’ll be the right decision. Looking for a topic for this week’s column when none was apparent, I’m turning inward and looking at my Detroit Lions’ picks this season. For the first time, I’m picking my ...

Remember, sports aren’t everything

Sports are important in many people’s eyes, and rightfully so. They bring us joy, excitement and anticipation, while at the same time providing us with pain, sorrow and disappointment. It’s hard to find a bigger thing in life that can give you that much emotional feeling in a short ...

Detroit Lions latest victims of bad calls

As a Detroit Lions fan, you know what I have to talk about today — those calls on Monday night in the game at Green Bay. Sure, at the time I was thinking how our Lions were getting hosed — again — but just as quickly, I was also thinking aloud, “Same ol’ Lions.” You know, if our ...

Some things never seem to change

Some things may never change in sports. That’s especially the case for Minnesota’s most popular teams. Barring a massive change in their fortunes, the state’s big five programs will always fall short of expectations. I’ve gotten used to this over the years, but no matter how often ...

Lots of pro teams in a range of sports look just awful

Here’s hoping it’s the normal ebb and flow of the numbers, but it’s rather disturbing to see how many bad pro sports teams there are right now. In the last few years, the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers almost made losing look cool with its now-familiar catch phrase, “Trust the process,” ...

Red Wings to stay clipped

Detroit professional sports teams are depressing right now with the majority of them looking like the abandoned Packard Automotive Plant. How bad are things downtown? The historically cursed Lions have become the best team in the city. The Tigers are atrocious, finishing with 114 losses ...

Moral victory in the NFL can have its good side

As much as moral victories sound demoralizing, they can be considered stepping stones to success. If your team takes advantage of them. For most of us fans in Michigan watching last week’s games, you know I’m talking about the Detroit Lions’ 34-31 home loss to the Kansas City ...

Baseball so hard to predict

Preseason playoff predictions rarely turn out to be entirely correct and Major League Baseball is proving that right now. At the start of the year, many saw the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros as favorites in the American League, and they’re both in the playoffs. However, few, if ...

Hey, Antonio Brown: See ya’ later, unless I see you first

Now maybe we’ll be rid of the Antonio Brown saga, but I highly doubt it because of his ties to Central Michigan University. Brown is the ex-Pittsburgh Steeler, ex-Oakland Raider and barely an ex-New England Patriot after he was let go by all three teams in the past year. He forced his way ...

Tickets still mean something

Do you remember the first major sporting event you attended? Do you remember when it was, where it was, or which teams played in it? If you don’t, a good way to remember it is to find the ticket for the game if you still have it. Tickets are magical in that way. Even if you don’t ...

Better plan ahead if you want to watch Detroit Lions on TV this Sunday

If you’re getting excited about sitting back in your armchair to watch the undefeated — but not untied — Detroit Lions on TV this Sunday, you probably will have to make alternate plans. That is, if you have regular cable TV in the area, and maybe even some satellite or alternative cable ...