Sports columns

Everyone loves the underdog

The story is a familiar one. The star of the scenario is an underdog team who some how defies the odds and takes down the heavy favorite on the biggest stage. This subject again came up during a recent conversation I was having with a fellow sports fan. It got me to thinking about some of ...

A strange way to rebuild

The way the Detroit Tigers are going about their rebuilding job is one of the strangest I can recall. Now, I’ve watched many other major league teams go about the job of restoring their fortunes. Some prefer the “tear it down” method, which means they unload just about all of their ...

Mets back in playoff hunt

You may not have noticed them. That’s OK, I missed it too. At one point near the All-Star break, they were 40-51. Monday afternoon, the New York Mets pulled back to .500 at 56-56. They have won three games in a row, including a 6-2 victory over the Miami Marlins a handful of hours ...

NFL pundits way off on predictions

If the National Football League “experts” are correct. the following things will happen in the 2019 season: 1. The reign of the New England Patriots will end at the hands of the Buffalo Bills. 2. The Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs will meet in the Super Bowl in early ...

Coaches are key in Legion ball

The Copper Country Flames American Legion baseball team had a successful weekend at the postseason tournament held last weekend. The Flames, a mixture of players from all over the Copper Country, were just one win away from qualifying for the state tournament. And the team gave eventual ...

Disrespect of the flag unacceptable

Any person has the right to do whatever they want to in our country. But dishonoring the American flag is not optional …. under any circumstances. Yet, such action seems to be taking place on a daily basis. And some of those violations are connected to sports. Oh, it’s not just the ...

Remembering Leo Durocher

As I sat at my desk this weekend, I could not but think about the Leo Durocher Memorial Tournament taking place over at Stanton Field. Two of Durocher’s sons, Daron and Tom, were participating as part of the Superior National Bank-Stanton squad. I know that Leo created something very ...

Hot weather? Try Arizona in July

I had to chuckle to myself a couple of days ago when I heard two people talking about the recent spate of hot weather in our area. Now, temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s are nothing to take lightly. There are some pretty severe consequences if you ignore the heat. Like a really bad ...

Free agent frenzy

As we have reached Monday, July 8, the NHL free agency period has reached the start of its second week. Some teams have jumped all over multiple players, other teams have lost a lot of what made them successful last season. It is always fun for me to look at which teams what teams panic, and ...

Greed is the owners main goal

Should this country ever land on Mars, Neptune or wherever, it’s almost a certainty that some professional sports franchise will immediately set up a game there. After years and years of staging make-believe games overseas, the greedy owners may have established a low when when they had the ...

Time flies even if you don’t

The passage of time is something a person has no control over. A couple of recent things clearly reminded me of that. First, there was the news that Hancock’s Shane Burcar had been hired for the men’s head basketball coaching job at Northern Arizona University. One, I had just a ...

Is there room for one more miracle?

The St. Louis Blues and Toronto Raptors have already shown that miracles can occur in the world of professional sports. In this most improbable of years, the Blues stunned all in the hockey world by defeating the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. And their first-ever cup came ...

Bruins and Warriors show grit

If the ongoing National Hockey League and National Basketball Association finals are showing anything, it’s which teams have more sand. The Boston Bruins showed a lot of grit in forcing a Game 7 with a big win over St. Louis on enemy ice. The city of St. Louis had all but conceded that ...

Still the best words in sports

Despite the sheer volume of them in this year’s NHL playoffs, there are still no two words better than these: Game Seven. Yes, thanks to a 5-1 victory Sunday by the visiting Boston Bruins, the Stanley Cup Finals are going to a Game Seven, in Boston. After two straight wins by the St. Louis ...

Independent sports are way down

Looking at the state of the so-called “independent” sports in our area, it’s hard to believe things have changed so much. By independent, I’m talking about baseball and softball for the most part. Those were the main sports played by people beyond high school age in the ...

1984 was a long time ago, Tigers

There’s a reason why the seats at Comerica Park are mostly empty this season. And it’s not all because this year’s edition of the Detroit Tigers is dreadfully bad. Tigers fans are beginning to realize that 1984 was a long time ago …. and that there has been no World Series flags ...

Sure bets for coming of apocalypse

It’s been said for some time that the signs of the apocalypse are with us right now. And without even considering — or even factoring in the situation in Washington D.C. — I can see enough in sports alone that should have everyone very worried. Take the recent selection of the ...

Refs are not to blame

There is an epidemic in our culture. It has permeated into sports culture in waves and we need to stop it before it takes root permanently. That epidemic is blame. We are always looking for blame, someone to blame, something to blame. In sports, this manifests as blame of referees. That is ...

Bucks, Brewers are both legit

I was recently listening to one of those late night sports shows when I heard something that really surprised me. Now, I don’t normally pay much attention to these so-called “shock jocks.” They almost always originate from the West or East Coast — where they assume the only real ...

Thank you, NBC Sports

Several years ago, when I was still in high school, ESPN had a contract with the NHL and developed their own theme music for games that became iconic. It is still hard for me to sit down to watch a hockey game and not hear that music in my head. The theme music even made it into the ESPN NHL ...