Sports columns

Good coaches are hard to come by

Over the years, I've had the opportunity to see many coaches in many sports. But I can tell you unequivocally that good coaches are hard to find. There are only a select few that fall into the great category. Included in that lot are such legends as John MacInnes of Michigan Tech, Ed ...

Tech volleyball attempting to build something special

This summer, I had the opportunity to sit down with each of the four incoming freshmen from the Michigan Tech Huskies volleyball team. I interviewed each person for about 25-30 minutes and then ended up conversing with them for another 20-25 minutes each. I was struck by one thing about all of ...

The prime sports season arrives

The prime sports season is upon us. By that, I mean the time of the year when baseball, football, and yes, even hockey and basketball, converge on the sports scene. The fall has always been my favorite time of the year. Maybe it's because the weather is gradually cooling off and the sports ...

Lions are right on script

NFL exhibition games are about as meaningless and inane a sports event as you'll find going. In terms of importance, the preseason in pro football would rank below such red-hot items as the Bundesliga Soccer League, the Pro Rodeo League in Mesquite, Texas, or maybe the Drone League (believe ...

“Transition” the word for local football

Maybe more than in any local football season I can recall, the operative word will be transition in 2017. There was an unusual number of high-quality athletes who graduated a year ago, for one thing. Calumet and Lake Linden-Hubbell, the two most successful area squads in recent times, were ...

Passing the torch

I have started this column several times over the past week in my head. I have even tried to sit down and tried to write some of this. It has not gone well, to say the least. I have tried to come up with smart, witty ways to write the words I am about to write, but all of those attempts have ...

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 ...