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Sports Columns

Who has been best Christmas present?

Sports are really the gift that keeps on giving in our society. It can be heartbreaking and depressing at times, but it takes us away from our troubles and gives us thrills that will live on in our memories along with the players who gave them to us. A few days back, Los Angeles Lakers ...

Tread lightly with viewing this weekend

A whole lot of us NFL fans probably won’t win any popularity contests this weekend if we dig in and insist on watching — or at least keeping up with — the games this week, Week 16. Late this afternoon and through the night is shot with a pair of games — including the Packers and ...

Hi ho Silverdome away

The Pontiac Silverdome is no more. What was once the largest stadium in the NFL, the structure finally crumbled to the ground a couple of weeks ago. It didn’t go without a fight, though, as it withstood the first demolition blast before finally succumbing the following day to a second ...

Looking for a Thursday alternative

In honor of today having the last Thursday game of the NFL season, let’s find a way of getting rid of this tradition that began in 2006. Lots of players say they haven’t healed since Sunday and it leads to more injuries, a no-no now that we know what head injuries do to players when they ...

Marquette County Bowling Hall of Fame induction on Sunday

Four area bowlers will be inducted into the Marquette County Bowling Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon in Ishpeming. Festivities kick off at 2 p.m. at River Rock Lanes, located just west of Blimpie’s Subs, just down the turnoff for McDonald’s along U.S. 41. There’s no charge and finger ...

Colleges still can’t get football right

College football has failed once again. After stumbling its way for decades in attempting to crown a national champion at the end of the season, it looked as if the sport had figured it out by creating the College Football Playoff four years ago. However, last weekend, it showed that it still ...

No. 2 seed an ideal place to be in the NFL playoffs

Maybe it’s a little early to talk about the playoffs, but we are in the final four weeks of the regular season and the playoffs start in almost exactly one month. You would think the biggest difference in seeds is between Nos. 1 and 2 in each conference. In all likelihood, that’s what ...

Hail to those faltering heroes

Hail to the what? That was my wife’s Facebook status minutes after Michigan fell to Ohio State for the sixth year in a row and the 13th time in 14 years. A diehard Buckeyes fan, she had to be one of the few people in the Upper Peninsula, let alone the state, thrilled with the result last ...

Green Bay best off to pack it in

I’m sure it would’ve been of little comfort on Sunday night, but this swoon by the Green Bay Packers since quarterback Aaron Rodgers was injured could prove to be a blessing in disguise. The good thing that a bunch of wins by Brett Hundley would’ve provided was that the Packers have a ...

Jordan Windahl, Jake Garceau bowl first perfect 300 games

Two area bowlers just lived in the moment on their way to bowling their first 300 games. Both Jordan Windahl of Ishpeming and Jake Garceau of Sands Township said they didn’t even think about perfection until they reached the 10th frame of those games. Each threw their “3” earlier this ...

Time to rethink mascots

High school basketball season is upon us again and passions are already high when you look at social media like Twitter and Facebook. Students, parents and fans take great pride in their teams and for good reason. In some areas, the nicknames of the high school teams serve as the town’s ...

Lions’ Caldwell treats Vikings as just another opponent

ALLEN PARK — Jim Caldwell is not looking too far ahead.bThat’s also the advice the Detroit Lions coach is offering to his team as they prepare for the Thanksgiving Day matchup with the NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. The Vikings (8-2) lead the division by two games over ...

Women bowlers vie for titles, Hall of Fame ceremony set

Three bowlers won titles at the annual women’s association tournament conducted by the Marquette County U.S. Bowling Congress on Nov. 11 at River Rock Lanes in Ishpeming. This was a two-division tournament with both singles and doubles. The wealth was spread around well, as nobody came to ...

Lions no longer the turkeys on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a special occasion for Michigan sports fans. It’s a day when people around the state gather together to overeat and watch the Detroit Lions look terrible in front of a national audience. You have to admit, that’s a hard tradition to top. However, this year things will ...

NASCAR won’t be the same without Dale Jr.

I grew up with a passion for NASCAR and having people always tell me that it was “boring” or “just a bunch of left turns.” I used to defend against those arguments, but now I’m starting to feel like those people are right. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be running his final Cup series ...

National Football League is where the action is this weekend

The ESPN announcer — darn, I remember his comment but not who it was — said this isn’t much of a college football weekend. But he added that it should be really good for watching the NFL. A lot of close matchups make for tough picking. But I look at it as the glass half-full — as in ...

Bowler Justin Stephens ready to match his age in his perfect 300 output

You’ve probably heard of very good senior-citizen golfers shooting their age for an 18-hole round. Now a not-anywhere-near-senior-citizen-age guy is looking at the bowling version of that. Justin Stephens, 39, rolled his 36th perfect 300 game at River Rock Lanes in Ishpeming on Oct. 17. ...

Do the Pistons matter up here?

Does anyone care about the Detroit Pistons around here? I’ve wondered that ever since my first winter in the Upper Peninsula and until a few months ago, I had yet to meet a Pistons fan. Or at least one that would admit to it. It’s always seemed odd to me. I knew that when I moved up ...

OT rules set up for more ties

Now with a bunch of fights, dumb decisions, inept play and some of the biggest stars out with injuries, I am happy about one thing with the NFL. They didn’t screw up overtime as badly as I thought they would. I liked when they added the field-goal-on-the-first-possession rule a few years ...