Sports columns

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 ...

More than just a game: Hancock embraces, learns from Hietala

Despite the Hancock Bulldogs football team jumping out to a strong 4-2 start, only to drop two tough games to the Gwinn Modeltowners and the West Iron County Wykons, they still have a chance to finish the season with a winning record with a win over rival Houghton during the Copper Bowl on ...

Peterson: Kaepernick has no leg to stand on

Just about everyone from Supreme Court judges to super models have spoken up about Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand at attention for the playing of the national anthem before games.Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg terms the actions of the San Francisco 49ers quarterback as "dumb and ...

Sports questions being asked

During the course of the last week or so, there's been a few questions posed by sports fans in our area.Oh, there's the usual ones at this time of the year. Like how do you think the Michigan Tech hockey team will do this season without an experienced goaltender?Or does the Calumet High ...

The WCHA’s Alaska problem

The NCAA men's ice hockey landscape, which had seen little change in several seasons, was rocked by the decision of Penn State to bump their wildly successful club program to Division I prior to the 2012-13 season. That one move has had long-lasting effects, some of which we will still be ...

Observations on the football season

It's probably way too early to make any judgements on the current football season.When I'm talking about football, one has to break it up in three different segments: high school, college and the pros.On the local scene, two teams have established themselves as the ones to watch for. That's ...

Puck possession and Team USA

It's been easy for those in the hockey world to offer their "expert opinions" on Team USA and its stunning 0-3 record in the World Cup of Hockey. It has been especially simple for Canadian-born media members and American-born former players to offer their thoughts on where it went wrong and how ...

I went there: The regular season debut of US Bank Stadium

Midway through the second quarter between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, I had to text my Mom. "My ears are ringing," I told her. That was no hyperbole. The constant loud noises emanating from the crowd of 66,813 at US Bank Stadium seemed to engulf my ears; it was the loudest ...