Sports columns

Pleasant surprise in U.P. Hall of Fame

I have to admit that I really wasn't expecting it. But when the news of Don Michaelson of L'Anse being selected for the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame came out last Saturday morning, I was pleasantly surprised. I had been advocating Michaelson's induction for a number of years, just as I ...

Sports is becoming a farce

If you have a spare million or two dollars lying around, you might be able to wangle a couple of tickets to the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor “super” bout coming up. Many of you are probably wondering just who Mayweather and McGregor are? The name of Mayweather is vaguely familiar to ...

Like it or not, football is here

We’re barely a few days from August, but football is just around the corner. It seems just like yesterday the Atlanta Falcons suffered the all-time choke job in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. But the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers are starting training camps this ...

Old baseball parks possess ambience

Just the other day while driving through the north end of Houghton County, I came across the old ballpark in Ahmeek. While the park is still in the same location, it's been modified as a Little League facility. It's not the same place where Twilight League teams once played. But it struck a ...

I did it: The Canal Run

HANCOCK — First it was the feet that went numb, and then it was the knees. With just two miles left in the Canal Run, I was reminded why I loathe running so much. It felt like only muscle memory was propelling me forward as I wondered why I decided that running 10 miles would ever be a good ...

State of Tigers is not good

Late President Gerald Ford once described the state of the nation as “not good.” That statement, made in 1974 after Watergate and the Vietnam War, could very well describe the Detroit Tigers right now. At the halfway point, the Tigers have stumbled to eight games out of first place in the ...

Baseball on the Fourth

One of the things I've noticed about July Fourth celebrations nowadays is the lack of sports activities connected with the day of celebration. Looking back in the dusty files of the Daily Mining Gazette, I often find news about significant sports events taking place on the Fourth. One of the ...

The end of an era

The last time the San Jose Sharks played a game without forward Patrick Marleau on the roster, the year was 1997. They went 27-47-8, which was good for dead last in a Pacific Division that featured an extremely strong Colorado Avalanche, who racked up 49 wins en route to a President’s Trophy, ...

It’s all about family in CCWSL

After an absence of a few years, the Copper Country Women's Softball League has returned this summer. The CCWSL was formed originally back in the late 1960s by a small group of women. It's operating with seven teams this year and is off to a strong start.  Lois (Larson) Knuutttila recalls ...

An event that keeps growing

It is true the Fourth of July is only two weeks away. We know that by the fact the NHL and NBA playoffs finally just ended. If you were to ask me what the main topic out on the street regarding sports is now, the answer usually would be the baseball playoffs or the opening of NFL training ...

Thoughts from the penalty box

After another spring of full of rainouts and snow, it came as no surprise that local high school sports teams had to squeeze as much as they could into the end of the spring season. After an April in which it seemed that only one event took place as scheduled in a given week, and a very busy ...

MIAA entry a break for FU

Gaining entrance into the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association figures to be a big break for Finlandia University football. The university's officials found out recently that the school will be eligible to compete in football in 2018 in the oldest athletic conference going. The ...

Violence in sports not new

Just the other day, one of the nationally syndicated reporters on television delivered a scathing report on the increase in violence in all of our sports. I had to restrain a chuckle upon hearing it. That's because sports violence has been going on for a long time — long before this guy ...

Saluting all the seniors

I'm not sure when I first took special notice of graduating high school seniors. It might have been after my first full year of reporting prep sports for the L'Anse Sentinel in 1974. Since Baraga High was my primary coverage area that year, I got to know the athletes and coaches pretty ...

This HOF class the real deal

The most recent Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame class is one of the most talented I can recall. This group had a heavy Copper Country flavor to it as Mary Seaton, Chris Givens, Jim Crawford and Carl "Scuppy" Backstrom attained the honor. Seaton and Givens are former Hancock High standouts ...

Baseball in area comes back

There was a time when baseball in the Copper Country was a big summertime happening. As far back as the early 1900s, there was baseball being played up here. George Gipp, the football immortal, was reportedly a great baseball player. His speed and heavy hitting ability attracted the attention ...

Tigers and Lions shorted by hall of fame

With the various sports hall of fames getting ready to announce their latest picks, it's almost certain that Detroit athletes will get shorted once again. How can I make this statement? Easy. Consider the following: All-time baseball greats like Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker and Jack Morris ...

Thoughts from the penalty box

I will be the first to admit, I did not see this coming. Despite the fact that Mel Pearson spent 23 years as an assistant under Red Berenson at the University of Michigan, I always believed that if Michigan Tech University, his alma mater, ever came calling with a serious offer, and if he ...

Time for Lions to roll the dice

This week could determine whether the Detroit Lions are ready to join the rest of the National Football League's better teams. The college draft — an event that has often seen the Lions fail miserably — starts Thursday. Think about it. This is the team that wasted (that's not strong ...

Tigers will be interesting this year

There is little doubt the Detroit Tigers will be an entertaining team in the 2017 season. Any team that has the star power (Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, etc.) is going to be in the headlines most of the time. But the one thing the Tigers are lacking in appears to be pitching. Oh, the ...