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Sports Columns

March is a magical time for sports

There are only two truly special times during the sports season. These are times when the four major sports in the country are going on at the same time, some of which are in the postseason. The first is October where the excitement of the Major League Baseball playoffs and the World ...

This is the dumbest scandal ever

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday where the luck of the Irish is heavily emphasized and how just about everybody manages to find a trace of Irish blood in them so they can be a part of this special day. However, the Irish luck doesn’t come anywhere near the luck of the rich, and ...

Watch for bowling tournaments, both local and on TV

I’ve got some good news and some bad news about the PBA tour. The bad? For the first time in 2019, there won’t be a new TV show this Sunday. But the good news is really good — instead of Sunday, you can watch the pros live next week on Monday night, Tuesday night, Wednesday night and ...

Problems continue for Alaska

This weekend, the Northern Michigan University hockey team is taking on Alaska-Fairbanks in the first round of the WCHA Tournament. There are two questions lingering going into this best-of-three series, the first being if the Wildcats can avoid getting upset, and the other if this will be ...

The best in sports cinema

Last Sunday night, the Oscars were on television and like always, there were some intense debates after the awards were handed out. The best performances didn’t win and the Best Picture winner was, let’s just say, controversial. Some have even called it worst winner in years, which says a ...

Stop ruining the fun of hockey games

Sporting events are supposed to be fun. That’s what makes them so great with the excitement, the cheering, the camaraderie and sometimes even the laughter. That’s what draws you to sports as a kid and even when you become a serious fan as an adult, deep down that’s what keeps you ...

Baseball season has arrived

It’s baseball season again, although it definitely doesn’t feel like it. There’s at least two feet of snow on the ground in this part of the Upper Peninsula, and if you look at the snowdrift near my apartment complex mailbox, it’s probably closer to four. High school sporting events ...

Was that the worst-ever Super Bowl?

My generation is spoiled. That’s a common sentiment among older generations in this country and almost all of it is unjustified. I know the thing to do as you get older is to hate the generations that come after you, but the Millennials seem to be despised more than all others. Even ...

It’s going to be a hot time in Atlanta

It seems like football’s biggest event just can’t avoid the cold anymore. After last year’s event in America’s icebox, Minneapolis, I’m sure the NFL was thinking that wouldn’t be an issue this season with Super Bowl LIII — that’s 53 to those of us Roman numeral-challenged ...

Prop bets give you something to root for

Maybe this year the Super Bowl prop — short for “proposition” — bets will capture your attention if you find it hard to root for either team. I mean, the New England Patriots aren’t exactly lovable or cuddly after winning so many times, being accused on multiple occasions of ...

Let’s decide who to back next Sunday

If there’s one good thing that comes out of controversy, it’s that it usually brings changes. The National Football League could use a good dose of that after an officiating disaster during both conference championship games last Sunday. There were a few minor bad calls, but ...

New England Patriots, yawn, again reach Super Bowl

The New England Patriots are in the Super Bowl again. That’s three straight appearances and four of the last five. Now this Super Bowl very well could have been the New Orleans Saints vs. the Kansas City Chiefs if not for some questionable calls in both NFC and AFC Championship games. ...

Time to make Hockey Day happen in Michigan

Hockey is a big thing in Michigan — that’s common knowledge. Detroit markets itself as Hockeytown, there are seven successful NCAA Division I hockey programs in the state that are popular in their communities and even Marquette was dubbed Kraft Hockeyville USA in 2016. However, compared ...

Playoffs hard to predict, as they should be

It’s been hard to get a sense of who’s going to win in the NFL playoffs so far, and it doesn’t seem a whole lot easier this weekend, either. Which is just the way it should be. A few years ago when the New England Patriots looked like an unstoppable force, what was the purpose of ...

Time to give kickers a break

Kickers don’t get any respect. Seriously, name any other position in the four major sports that gets forgotten and ridiculed more than place-kickers. If they’re effective, people just say they’re doing their jobs. If they win a game, they’re praised for maybe 24 hours, then quickly ...

Find some experienced quarterbacks

Let’s just say the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs was a cruel mistress, hopefully forgiving any possible misogynistic overtones that might have. Saturday’s games, which I felt less sure about, went just the way I thought and hoped they would, only to watch my predictions crash and ...

Time to free up rules on transfers

The new year has begun and things need to change again in college football. No, it has nothing to do with the College Football Playoff, which I’ve already written about. And no, it doesn’t have to do with a coaching change in Ann Arbor. Jim Harbaugh is there to stay at Michigan for ...

Playoffs what we all look forward to in the NFL

Ah, what we’ve been waiting for this entire NFL season — the playoffs! It’s an uphill battle for each of the eight teams playing this weekend, since after this, they will in all likelihood be playing on the road twice more if they can keep winning. Renee Prusi, who subbed for me so ...

Pro bowling makes TV comeback

Fox Sports started its Professional Bowlers Association coverage with something of a whimper, showing the PBA Clash on the Sunday before Christmas after the National Football League’s 1 p.m. games. I knew the PBA was coming to the Fox networks, but I never saw a promo for this event. ...

Saying goodbye to a mentor

It’s not easy to say goodbye to someone. When someone meaningful to you dies, it’s hard to put into words how important he or she was to you and still are after that person is gone. I’ve struggled with that a lot recently. Last week, my former journalism professor at Indiana ...