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Is this the year sports jinxes end?

June 29, 2016 The early results, just like a political election, often mean little. But the preliminary indications are that some notable sports jinxes could come to an end this year. more »»

The torch always gets passed

June 22, 2016 At the U.P. All-Star Classic this past weekend, there was a symbolic moment before the boys basketball game began. It came when Gage Kreski of St. more »»

A funny game

June 21, 2016 I know I have said it before here, but I feel the need to say it again: Golf is a funny game. You just plain never know from day to day, week to week, month to month, what is going to happen. more »»

From rivals to friends

June 16, 2016 If you played high school sports, you had a rival. Their fans were the worst, some players riled you up and there was automatically an added electric atmosphere whenever you played them. more »»

Ali, Howe were true sports icons

June 15, 2016 In the past few days, the sports world has lost two true icons in Muhammad Ali and Gordie Howe. more »»

Tough travel takes bite out of Sharks

June 14, 2016 I want to start first by congratulating my favorite National Hockey League club, the San Jose Sharks, for competing in the most successful season in club history. They returned to the playoffs. more »»

Few things I learned my first year in the Copper Country

June 9, 2016 Der-whine.  That is how you pronounce my last name, which — through my first sports season as sports editor at the Daily Mining Gazette — with being in a new area, has led to the N. more »»

Pro sports seasons run too long

June 8, 2016 It's been an argument that I've staged for at least 30 years. Or at least since the National Hockey League and National Basketball League expanded their playoff formats. more »»

The best and worst of times

June 1, 2016 It happened long ago, but the date of June 5, 1968 remains as clear in my mind as if it took place yesterday. more »»

Salani’s dismissal at Finlandia needs clarification

May 25, 2016 Like most people, I was very surprised to hear that Finlandia University had dismissed longtime athletic director/coach Chris Salani, recentl. more »»

Tampa’s Cup

May 24, 2016 I would like to start this week's column by first thanking everyone who texted, emailed and called me to remind me that the Tampa Bay Lightning won a Stanley Cup in 2004. more »»

Ausmus has to go

May 18, 2016 Having lost a job or two in my lifetime, I must admit that calling for the firing of anyone is a tough thing to do. more »»

NHL Playoffs worth watching

May 17, 2016 After years of the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings dominating the National Hockey League playoffs, it has been refreshing this season to see both take an early exit from the competition. more »»

The best interview that wasn’t done

May 11, 2016 Just a recently, a local sports fan asked me who were the most interesting people I have ever interviewed. more »»

Baseball is back

May 3, 2016 After a few weeks of quiet, we are back to multiple sports taking place at the same time, meaning we are back to our busy schedules each week, which is fine by me. more »»

New Lions GM faces acid test

April 27, 2016 It would be difficult to find a team in the National Football League that has bungled the annual college draft more often than the Detroit Lions. more »»

The thrill is gone for some sports

April 20, 2016 Chalk it down to old age or whatever, but I recently missed two events I would have never dreamed of passing up just a few years ago. more »»

Weather always has the last say

April 13, 2016 It was just a few weeks ago that a mid-March thaw had spring sports coaches and players thinking about a rare early start. As I pen this column today, there are snow flurries flying outside. more »»

Now the fun begins

April 12, 2016 It may seem mean to those sports which are just starting up like baseball and softball, but I am back with another hockey column this wee. more »»

Tigers could be good or bad

April 6, 2016 Depending on which national baseball publication you believe, this year's edition of the Detroit Tigers either will win the whole thing, or fall on their faces. more »»



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