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Six feet under

April 30, 2015 The Detroit Red Wings' 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs begins an uncertain summer for Michigan hockey fans. more »»

NFL Draft and Oscars alike

April 29, 2015 After being bombarded with information on the National Football League draft coming up this week, I've come to the conclusion that it has a lot in common with the annual Academy Awards. more »»

This is your brain on sports

April 23, 2015 Over the course of this National Hockey League playoff tournament, I've seen many commercials, but one offering from Miller Lite is particularly amusing. more »»

Independent sports suffer setback

April 22, 2015 When the organizers of the Negaunee Invitational Tournament (better known as the NIT) decided to hang it up after five decades, it marked the latest setback for independent sports  in the Upper... more »»

The road goes through Montreal

April 16, 2015 My mother grew up in Maine and I grew up in the Upper Peninsula, so if you draw a line between one and the other, you'll find the easiest way to get from one place to the other is by going through... more »»

A spring of promise unraveled

April 15, 2015 Just about every spring I can recall started the same way. The snowbanks of another long winter gradually dwindled down to mud puddles. more »»

Pieces of the puzzle

April 14, 2015 In the last week, we have seen Major League Baseball have Opening Da. more »»

Hoop tidbits

April 9, 2015 With the release of the All-U.P. basketball teams last weekend, the winter of 2014-15 is officially over — at least athletically if not climatologically. more »»

Tigers may be passed in 2015

April 8, 2015 The Detroit Tigers have dominated the American League Central Division the past four years. But there are indications that dominance just might be coming to an end this season. more »»

Playoff teams and shark bait

April 7, 2015 I am an unabashed San Jose Sharks fan. Most people who know me know that about me. I even have a tattoo on my left shoulder of their original logo. more »»

Pressure can’t hurt Tigers

April 2, 2015 Over the years, I've found that some of my best work has come under deadline pressure. more »»

Coaching does make a difference

April 1, 2015 It's been said that late Chassell High basketball coach Ed Helakoski could have won state championships with the talent that was around at some other local schools during his er. more »»

Tell the world I’m coming home

March 31, 2015 When watching that game-winning goal by Judd Peterson Friday night, in real time, it felt to me like something out of a bad Disney sports movie. more »»

Pictures of the journey

March 26, 2015 Everyone has his or her own way of getting through a Copper Country winter, of marking the passage of time until the earth is green and the wind no longer stings our faces. more »»

A memory that lasts forever

March 25, 2015 They accomplished something very few athletes will ever do. They, of course, are the Calumet High School girls basketball team, who won a Class C state championship over the weeken. more »»

Nobody puts Huskies in a corner

March 24, 2015 In 1996, I was a junior in high school. Yes, I am well aware of how old that makes me. However, that is not why I bring this up. more »»

Community champions

March 19, 2015 Throughout my writing career, I've tried to avoid 'piling on,' writing about the easy and common controversies and playing to the crowd to generate cheap 'heat' on the page like you see on televised... more »»

No stopping an avalanche

March 18, 2015 It's one of those inexplicable things that happens in sports every once in a while. more »»

A memorable playoff series

March 17, 2015 Before the No. 4 Michigan Tech Huskies took to the ice on Friday night, a pregame video highlight package played with the Fall Out Boy song “Centuries,” playing in the background. more »»

Questions many in spring

March 11, 2015 It's a phrase that is awaited eagerly by baseball fans every March. “Pitchers and catchers report today.” What is it's true meaning? It simply signals the end (in most places) of winter's cold grip. more »»



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