Sports columns

The slam dunk can change momentum

The dunk shot, with all of its pros and cons, still remains one of the things about basketball that sets it a part from other sports Now, I'm not a big fan of certain kinds of dunking. Mostly the kind practiced in the National Basketball Association where every player seems to auditioning ...

Being old school has boundaries

There's a feeling nowadays that being "old school" is simply a matter of yearning for the past. If that's true, count me in. Now, I was raised in an era when there were no such things as Facebook, Twitter and all that nonsense that has pervaded our society in the past 20 years. Come to ...

Extra excitement brings family together

In the game of hockey, overtime can be one of the most exciting experiences for both players and fans. Over the Christmas holiday season, I had multiple opportunities to either view or listen to overtimes and shootouts between the Great Lakes Invitational and the World Juniors. Each time, I ...

A most unsatisfactory weekend of football

As football weekends go, this past one could only be described as most unsatisfactory. First off, the bowl season started off Friday night with Michigan blowing a game against Florida State. After struggling almost the entire game, UM finally took a lead with two minutes to play. But the ...

2017 prediction: .500 in Motown

With another year just around the corner, there is certain to be endless predictions for Detroit sports teams. With a just a slightly jaundiced viewpoint, I can see a lot of .500 seasons in 2017 for the Red Wings, Pistons, Tigers and Lions. The Red Wings haven't been the same team since ...

Holiday Classic preview: Chasing Hancock

Much has already been made about the Hancock Bulldogs' hockey team's "Black" line of Alex Nordstrom, Teddy Randell and Lance Kangas this season. The trio have the Bulldogs cruising on nearly all cylinders heading into the MacInnes Holiday Classic, which starts Wednesday night. Looking to ...

Don’t bet against North Central

Just the other day, a local sports fan asked me if there was any chance that North Central High boys basketball team might not break Chassell's 65-game win streak. I thought for a moment, then told him there was little or no chance the Jets wouldn't break the esteemed Michigan prep record set ...

Strength of NHL’s Pacific Division

On Friday, a story published on Yahoo's NHL page carried the headline "Sharks happily under the radar and winning after playoff run." I found this story both intriguing and highly disappointing at the same time. As a San Jose Sharks fan, I am happy to see my team at the top of the NHL's ...

What happened to NMU sports?

Just this past weekend, the Northern Michigan University hockey team dropped a pair of home games to Alabama-Huntsville. Now, Huntsville isn't your typical college hockey powerhouse, although they have improved since they went something like 2-35-1 three years ago. But the double defeat ...

Murray having a strong stretch for Hancock

While it would be easy to sit here and write about how impressive the Hancock Bulldogs hockey team's "Black" line of Teddy Randell, Alex Nordstrom, and Lance Kangas is, there is another story which does not garner the same headlines, but might be even more important to the success of the ...

A time to reflect

Walking out of the Student Development Complex on a typically cold and blustery evening this past Saturday, I couldn't help but think about all the good memories I've had covering games there. The memories extend all the way back to the official opening game of the SDC in early December of ...

Blue Jackets streaking

For the past two seasons, the Columbus Blue Jackets have been the NHL's punching bag. Much of it they brought upon themselves through a rash of injuries similar to the one the Green Bay Packers' defense is going through right now. After reaching the playoffs in 2014 and putting an intense ...

Thoughts from the penatly box: Pearson hitting the century mark

Friday night, Michigan Tech head coach Mel Pearson did something only one other coach in Huskies' history had done: earn his 100th career victory. In traditional fashion under Pearson, the historic win was just a footnote of a key sweep by the Huskies over the Lake Superior State ...

Tigers face critical offseason

The Detroit Tigers are facing a critical offseason, one that could well dictate their future for years.The team made a decent run for a playoff spot before falling short in the final weekend when they couldn't win two out of three games against the lowly Atlanta Braves.As for the American ...

Michigan Tech volleyball is for real

Last season, those who followed the Michigan Tech Huskies volleyball team were captivated by their record-setting 10-0 start. Unfortunately, after that exciting beginning, the Huskies struggled to maintain that same level of excitement the rest of the season, going 9-12 over the remaining 21 ...

MLB moves well ahead of NFL

If there was any question that the National Football League has encountered a drop in its television ratings, that was solidly proven the past few weeks.A number of people are turning away from pro football for a number of reasons. It's been pointed out the Colin Kaepernick stance of refusing ...

Tech hockey making improvements

By the time the final buzzer sounded on the Michigan Tech Huskies' 5-1 victory Saturday night in Marquette, the Huskies had accomplished something they had not yet done this year: sweep an opponent over the course of a weekend.Coupled with Friday's 2-0 win at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena, the ...

It’s destiny for the Cubs to win

If you're one of those people who really does believe in destiny, then you are certain the Chicago Cubs are going to win the World Series this year.Oh, it's more than the 108-year drought between world championships. Or even the ridiculous Curse of the Billy Goat invoked in 1945.Or the ...

Red Wings of old?

Before the beginning of the 2016-17 National Hockey League season, many experts figured this would finally be the year the Detroit Red Wings' deathgrip on a playoff spot would come to an end. Two games into the season, albeit against the Tampa Bay Lightning and the improved Florida Panthers, ...

Best-laid plans can backfire

No matter how thoroughly a coach can make plans for success, the recipe can sometimes go sour.Take Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio as an example.Before the season began, most national pollsters had the Spartans tagged as at least a top 20 - maybe even a top 10 pick if things went ...