Sports columns

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 ...

Teamwork

As I have mentioned in the past, I grew up playing sports. Given that my father was a college athlete, this was a likely no-brainer as my brother and I both showed a knack for athletics from a young age. It also helped that I liked the Michigan Tech hockey team and wanted to be just like ...

Is this the year sports jinxes end?

The early results, just like a political election, often mean little.But the preliminary indications are that some notable sports jinxes could come to an end this year.First and foremost is the long streak held by the Chicago Cubs when it comes to the World Series.The Cubbies, sports most ...

The torch always gets passed

At the U.P. All-Star Classic this past weekend, there was a symbolic moment before the boys basketball game began.It came when Gage Kreski of St. Ignace High shook hands with Dominic Jacobetti, the former Negaunee St. Paul star who previously held the U.P. career scoring record.Kreski passed up ...

A funny game

I know I have said it before here, but I feel the need to say it again: Golf is a funny game. You just plain never know from day to day, week to week, month to month, what is going to happen.That was really born out on Sunday during the U.S. Open, where Jim Furyk finished his round about three ...

From rivals to friends

If you played high school sports, you had a rival. Their fans were the worst, some players riled you up and there was automatically an added electric atmosphere whenever you played them.But here's the thing - and this especially pertains to athletes in high school or ones that just graduated: ...

Ali, Howe were true sports icons

In the past few days, the sports world has lost two true icons in Muhammad Ali and Gordie Howe.The two were athletes who were more than excellent in their respective sports of boxing and hockey - they were standard-bearers.In Ali's case, he had a knack for wearing several hats.When he declared ...