Sports columns

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 ...

Game of the Century sparks memory

Before last Saturday's Michigan State-Notre Dame football meeting, there was considerable publicity about the meeting of the two football powers 50 years before.After all, you had two unbeaten teams heading for a showdown in East Lansing. It was the true "Game of the Century" in that long ago ...

Tigers deserve credit for hanging in

If not a lot comes out of the current season for the Detroit Tigers, one thing has to be said: Give them credit for hanging in the postseason picture this long.Not too many so-called experts gave the "Motown Mashers" (announcer Rod Allen's term) a chance to contend this season.Sure, they ...

The “real” all-star game

As season ticket holders for the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, my family had the unique opportunity to attend a pre-tournament game for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey at Nationwide Arena - the home rink of the Blue Jackets. I was excited about the opportunity, since the last time I was in the ...

An interesting football season coming up

It's probably way too early to predict, but it appears that football at every level is going to be very interesting in 2016.The National Football League hasn't even started yet, but it may command the least local attention of any levels of the game.On the high school scene, there are already ...

Eight-man football needs regulation

One of the more controversial sports situations in the state of Michigan today centers around eight-man football.The sport made its debut a few years ago, and the initial results were more or less satisfying.After all, the eught-man game was allowing small schools, without the proper numbers ...

Rebuilding tradition is a tough job

Tradition is one of those things you can't buy, borrow or steal.It takes a long time to build, even longer if you once had it, and are trying to get it back.Ask new Hancock High football coach Ted Holmstrom.Holmstrom is faced with the task of rebuilding the grid tradition for the Crimson and ...

Packers, Lions fans begin battle

It may be a few weeks away, but the ongoing battle between Upper Peninsula fans of the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers has already begun.The rivalry between the two groups is an old one, dating back at least 40 years.Why 40 years ago? That was when CBS began broadcasting Packers games on ...

Fans deserved better from NFL at HOF Game

CANTON, Ohio - I knew the game was canceled because I saw the updates on my phone. Despite knowing no Hall of Fame football game would be taking place on Sunday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, with an hour-and-a-half before the scheduled start, my Mom suggested we go up to our ...

What else is next in 2016?

It has been said in this year of 2016, just about anything can happen.No, I'm not talking about our presidential election, which has set all sorts of lows for political etiquette (or lack of) and double-speak.Or even the Rio Olympics with it's myriad of problems. Not to mention seeing sports ...

Thoughts on Twilight League

What a long, strange journey it has been. I have had the pleasure, and sometimes the pain, of watching large chunks of the last two seasons of Twilight League Baseball featuring teams made up of everything from savvy veterans such as Robbie Brooks of Pat's Foods/Mosquito Inn and Tom Durocher of ...

Favre made memories for everyone throughout career

Everyone has a Brett Favre memory.Even if you weren't a fan of the Green Bay Packers, some game, play or moment from Favre's highlight-laden career popped into your read as you read the previous sentence. Green Bay fans will remember the unbridled joy he displayed - like when he hit Donald ...

Blame this Olympics on Rio

Of all the Olympic games I've watched in a lifetime, the upcoming Rio Olympics probably has the least amount of interest.Forget that the Zika virus appears to be in full bloom in South America. Or that drinking water in Rio has roughly the same components as the lead-filled water in the city of ...

Tigers must make some moves ASAP

If the Detroit Tigers want to make a serious run at the postseason this year, they must get active in the trading market.In this season where no team appears to stand above the crowd, the eventual winner is the one who is going to make a blockbuster move.The Chicago Cubs were the first one to ...

Summer basketball league: Make it happen

Baseball? Check.Fast-pitch softball? Yup.Slow-pitch softball? Of course.But you know what summer league is missing from the Copper Country? Basketball.From playing in tournaments at Finlandia University, seeing the participation of noonball at Michigan Tech University and the interest for ...

Just like that, football is here

Maybe it's a testimony to advancing age, but it seems like the hockey and basketball seasons just ended.Didn't the Pittsburgh Penguins just wrap up a Stanley Cup title and didn't the Cleveland Cavaliers (don't call them cadavers) just win the NBA playoffs?But here we are in mid-July and teams ...

A legend is remembered

The Copper Country Twilight League has had many men who played a key role in its formation.Names like Wes Kangas, Merv Klemett and Paul Hill were all there at the beginning in the mid-1950s when the league became a reality.They were quickly followed by guys like Leo Durocher, Rick Miller and ...