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The best and worst of times

June 1, 2016 It happened long ago, but the date of June 5, 1968 remains as clear in my mind as if it took place yesterday. more »»

Salani’s dismissal at Finlandia needs clarification

May 25, 2016 Like most people, I was very surprised to hear that Finlandia University had dismissed longtime athletic director/coach Chris Salani, recentl. more »»

Tampa’s Cup

May 24, 2016 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. more »»

Ausmus has to go

May 18, 2016 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. more »»

NHL Playoffs worth watching

May 17, 2016 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. more »»

The best interview that wasn’t done

May 11, 2016 Just a recently, a local sports fan asked me who were the most interesting people I have ever interviewed. more »»

Baseball is back

May 3, 2016 After a few weeks of quiet, we are back to multiple sports taking place at the same time, meaning we are back to our busy schedules each week, which is fine by me. more »»

New Lions GM faces acid test

April 27, 2016 It would be difficult to find a team in the National Football League that has bungled the annual college draft more often than the Detroit Lions. more »»

The thrill is gone for some sports

April 20, 2016 Chalk it down to old age or whatever, but I recently missed two events I would have never dreamed of passing up just a few years ago. more »»

Weather always has the last say

April 13, 2016 It was just a few weeks ago that a mid-March thaw had spring sports coaches and players thinking about a rare early start. As I pen this column today, there are snow flurries flying outside. more »»

Now the fun begins

April 12, 2016 It may seem mean to those sports which are just starting up like baseball and softball, but I am back with another hockey column this wee. more »»

Tigers could be good or bad

April 6, 2016 Depending on which national baseball publication you believe, this year's edition of the Detroit Tigers either will win the whole thing, or fall on their faces. more »»

The dead sports season has arrived

March 30, 2016 My first experience with the dead season in local sports took place in early April of 1981. It was my first full year as sports editor at the Daily Mining Gazette and what a year it had been. more »»

All-U.P. selections are always talking points

March 24, 2016 Ah, All-U.P. basketball awards, nothing riles up local towns and fanbases more than those selections.  With Wednesday’s meeting set to decide this year’s class, it reminded me how the All-U.P. more »»

NCAA tourney showing its appeal

March 23, 2016 This past weekend showed why the NCAA men's basketball tournament has become one of the top sporting events in this countr. more »»

The hardest trophy to win

March 22, 2016 There have been many pieces of hardware passed out recently to hockey teams and basketball teams at the high school and college level. more »»

Changing of the guard is imminent

March 16, 2016 It had to be one of the most intriguing winter sports seasons I can recall. I'm talking about the just completed prep hockey and girls and boys basketball season. more »»

It’s about time

March 15, 2016 Two local hockey teams accomplished something truly special over the past two weeks. more »»

Nothing better than March Madness

March 10, 2016 Right now, we're in the beginning of one of my favorite times of the sports season: March Madness. If you want excitement and really big games, March Madness has it all. Look at this past week alon. more »»

The MHSAA seeding problem

March 8, 2016 On Saturday, as I was preparing to take in the Houghton/Hancock Region 17 championship game at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena, I was approached by a friend of mine with the same complaint I had been... more »»



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