Sports columns

Silverdome deserved better fate

In the rush that seemingly all professional franchises are in nowadays to build new stadiums and arenas, you have to wonder what the reasoning behind it all really is. Certainly, the almighty dollar is a big part of it. Here in Michigan, we've seen the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons ...

Relegation round for baseball

Yesterday was Aug. 1. As I sat down in the morning to set up the agate of our sports section (the deep statistics section on page 2B), something caught my eye: the Baltimore Orioles were 32-75 on the season after a loss to the New York Yankees. The Orioles are last place in the American League ...

Tigers did more than win in ‘68

There is little doubt that 1968 is remembered in this country as a watershed year. There were so many earth-shaking events fifty years ago, it's hard to put them in order. You had the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy to begin with. The loss of those two charismatic ...

Tiger’s best days are behind him

In recent months as his career has begun to slowly go upward, there has been something called the “Tiger Watch” on social media. Tiger is, of course, golfer Tiger Woods. Now, I don't pretend to know a great deal about golf. It's a sport I have dabbled (mostly dabbed) in for more than 40 ...

Mets curse in full effect?

As you may remember, I am a New York Mets fan. Given that I was born an hour and a half up the Taconic Parkway from the city in Poughkeepsie, this should not be a shocking thing. I admit that I am also a Detroit Tigers fan, although not to the same extent. I have been to several games at ...

Can football season be nearing?

It doesn't seem possible, but football season will soon be here. Didn't the Philadelphia Eagles just take down the mighty New England Patriots a couple of months ago in the Super Bowl? You know for sure that footballs will soon be filling the air when National Football League teams begin ...

The value of a farm system

Organizers of the past realized the importance of having young players ready to take over for veterans. People like the late Merv Klemett, Rick Miller and Leo Durocher were especially aware of that factor. Klemett had great success in the Twilight League by having a few youngsters prepared ...

Five bells for James signing

Back in the old days of newspapers, there used to be a bell system from the Associated Press that would signify when a major event in the world was taking place. Two or three bells on the teletype machine would be for events like crowning of a king or something like that. Four bells could ...

Klingbeil was always positive

It was just one play among many in a long athletic career for Chuck Klingbeil. The late Houghton High athlete, who passed away earlier this week, was playing for the Miami Dolphins in a 1991 game against the Green Bay Packers. Packers quarterback Don Majkowski faded back into his own end ...

World Cup has little to offer

It's an argument (call it a discussion) that I've had more than a few times. But I'll reiterate again: The FIFA World Cup, now going on in Russia, has very little to offer the sports fans in this country. Oh, I'm well aware that soccer, by a large margin, is the most popular sport in the ...

Gardenhire was the right hire

The one thing I don't mind doing is eating some crow about a statement I've made. And it's a lot more palatable when that statement is about a Detroit sports team, namely the Tigers. A few weeks ago, I predicted a 100-loss season for the young and inexperienced Tigers. I can safely say ...

Sports and politics a bad mix

The latest flap over the national anthem is a classic example of what happens when you mix sports and politics. The National Football League, which has been embroiled in this mess ever since San Francisco's Colin Kapernick refused to stand at attention for the anthem two years ago, decided to ...

Growing up back in ’50s, ’60s

Growing up in the somewhat innocent 1950s and 1960s was ideal for any kid. And in the Copper Country, it was even more carefree. For one thing, we didn't have all the distractions of today (mobile telephones, Wikis and Gameboys). There was always some kind of fishing available. The ...

What a year for hockey

It’s been awhile. When I accepted a promotion with the Daily Mining Gazette from sports writer to assistant editor, I fully planned on keeping my weekly column alive with my thoughts on the local sports scene. Yeah, that didn’t happen as planned. I also thought I wasn’t going to do ...

Weather always has last word

One would have thought the lessons of the past would have sunk in after all these years. The lesson? That when it comes to the Copper Country, weather always has the last word. This year is no different as local sports teams have had to adjust their schedules because of the long winter ...

Explaining those empty seats in Detroit

The late Skip Caray probably summed it up best when he was doing an Atlanta Braves-Miami Marlins game a few years ago. Caray, noted for his wry humor, observed at a game where there were probably 1,500 people in attendance, "There's a lot of people disguised as empty seats here today." Such ...

MSU position not a good one

It's a well-known fact many universities are — or have in the past — facing the same kind of charges being leveled against Michigan State University. That's not to defend MSU in the latest scandal involving sexual impropriety of some of its athletes over the past decade or so. But what ...

E-TC, Dollar Bay prove good ball exists in the CC

Today's column is the first piece of previews for Wednesday's matchup at Michigan Tech between No. 1 Ewen-Trout Creek and No. 1 Dollar Bay. Tuesday will include previews from each team, and Wednesday will feature the opinions of area coaches about how they think the game will play out. - - ...

It’s about system with the Patriots

Seeing that Tom Brady may keep playing until he's 50, the future for the rest of the NFL would appear to be dim. The rest of the league sure doesn't seem to have a clue how to handle the New England Patriots or the ageless quarterback, who's 40 years young. The thing about the Patriots and ...

Witt’s dominance hard to go unnoticed

I don’t like getting caught up on hyperbolic statements, but after enough thought, I’ve come to this conclusion: Ewen-Trout Creek’s Jake Witt is the second-best boys high school player I’ve seen in the U.P.  My top five would go like this: 1. Jason Whitens, North Central 2. Jake ...