Sports columns

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 ...

Tough travel takes bite out of Sharks

I want to start first by congratulating my favorite National Hockey League club, the San Jose Sharks, for competing in the most successful season in club history. They returned to the playoffs. They beat the Los Angeles Kings in those playoffs. They made it back to the Western Conference ...

Few things I learned my first year in the Copper Country

Der-whine. That is how you pronounce my last name, which - through my first sports season as sports editor at the Daily Mining Gazette - with being in a new area, has led to the No. 1 question I get asked: How do you pronounce your last name? A lot of people go with "der-own" which makes sense, ...

Pro sports seasons run too long

It's been an argument that I've staged for at least 30 years.Or at least since the National Hockey League and National Basketball League expanded their playoff formats.The postseason in those two sports have been extended far too long.Here were are almost to mid-June and the finals in the NHL ...

The best and worst of times

It happened long ago, but the date of June 5, 1968 remains as clear in my mind as if it took place yesterday.The year 1968 was once described as "a crack in the mirror of time" by a noted historian of the time.With its riots, assassinations and wars breaking out everywhere, it was a dangerous ...

Salani’s dismissal at Finlandia needs clarification

Like most people, I was very surprised to hear that Finlandia University had dismissed longtime athletic director/coach Chris Salani, recently.I've been around long enough to understand, at least to a degree, why universities make decisions when it comes to personnel.The reasons are varied, ...

Tampa’s Cup

I would like to start this week's column by first thanking everyone who texted, emailed and called me to remind me that the Tampa Bay Lightning won a Stanley Cup in 2004. To be honest, I had completely forgotten at the moment I was writing my piece. I am glad to see how many of you read my ...

Ausmus has to go

Having lost a job or two in my lifetime, I must admit that calling for the firing of anyone is a tough thing to do.But in the case of Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, the choice is clear: He has to go.The Tigers have floundered for the most part in the tenure of the present field boss.Last ...

NHL Playoffs worth watching

After years of the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings dominating the National Hockey League playoffs, it has been refreshing this season to see both take an early exit from the competition. With three teams left who have never won a Stanley Cup, we as viewers are most likely going to see ...