Sports columns

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 ...

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 ...