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Sports columns

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 ...

Franti was an oldtime coach

It was with more than a little regret that I read about the recent retirement of long-time Ontonagon High School basketball coach Dick Franti. In a business where you see coaches come and go with the regularity of a north wind off Lake Superior, Franti was unique. Sure, he was around for a ...

Many strange things baffle in sports

There are a number of strange things in the world of sports, that quite honestly, baffle me. Take the just completed National Football League draft, if you will. After listening to a so-called battery of experts (Mel Kiper Jr. and numerous others) dissect the draft for the last year, I still ...

Rollercoaster of emotions

Last week, hockey fans were treated to not one, not two, but three Game Sevens. Man, talk about an opportunity ripe with chances to run the full gamut of emotions over the course of 30 or so hours. On Tuesday evening, the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs got things going with a bang, ...

Mission accomplished; 50 years late

It was one of those things I intended to do …. but never got around to. The year was 1968, one of the most turmoil-filled in the history of this country. There was unrest in city streets, assassinations of our leaders and riots wherever you looked. But it was also the Year of the Tiger, ...

Multiple Game Sevens

With two exciting games on Sunday afternoon and early evening, NHL hockey fans were treated to events leading to two of the best words in the English language: Game Seven. The Boston Bruins overcame a 1-0 deficit to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the afternoon game with power play goals from Brad ...

Lions, Packers face big draft

As far as I’m concerned, it’s never too early — or too late — to talk football. And the next big day for fans of the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions is coming up later this month with the annual college draft. The Packers showed definite signs of breaking down last season. Not ...

Tiger, Tiger, Tiger

own the chute to the clubhouse at Augusta National Golf Club Sunday, a familiar cheer followed him, “Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!” How appropriate. I have never been a Tiger Woods fan. I respected what he did on the course, and hated him for his actions away from it. However, as Sunday ...

Arnie made Masters special

It was of those things I could never could figure out. Why did the annual Masters Golf Tournament hold such a fascination for me? It wasn’t because I had any particular interest in the sport. While I did my share of hacking around local courses, I never developed any golf skills to speak ...

One word keeps coming to mind

Full disclosure from the outset: I did not sit and watch the NHL’s reveal of “Hockeyville USA.” I fully admit that I was enjoying a quiet Sunday of trying to find a goaltender for my hockey rental in the evening and playing a computer game about taming dinosaurs. When my phone buzzed, I ...

Believe it: Tigers are that bad

It’s way too early to make any predictions in the major league baseball season. But this is one I’ll post one right now. The Detroit Tigers are going to have a very rough year. The only reason the Tigers won’t lose 100 games is because they play in baseball’s weakest division, the ...

A walk down memory lane

When I first heard that the Calumet Colosseum was up for Kraft Hockeyville again this year, my first thought was a very simple one: They wouldn’t award this thing to another U.P. rink so soon after Marquette’s Lakeview Arena, would they? In fact, I admit that I did not put a lot of effort ...

MSU or UM potential NCAA champs

With that annual sports phenomena of March Madness here, the prospects of a national championship in NCAA basketball coming to Michigan are good. I firmly believe that either Michigan State or the University of Michigan can walk away with a title in the next couple of weeks. I’m aware ...

Public versus Private

I was walking around the Michigan Tech campus Saturday doing the same thing almost everyone else I saw around campus doing: playing Pokemon Go. There is very little that convinces average Michigan Tech students to leave the safety of their dorm rooms, but apparently Pokemon Go does a pretty ...

No question: Mountaineers were robbed

There is no question about it: The Iron Mountain High boys basketball team was robbed of a state championship last Saturday at Breslin Center in East Lansing. The Michigan High School Athletic Association can sugar-coat it all it wants, but this was a pure case of highway robbery. The ...

Confessions from a last-place tournament team

“Know anybody over 30 who would be interested in playing this weekend in old timers?” was the question that hit my phone via text message on Monday afternoon while I was in the office. “Ambo is a few short apparently,” was the message that followed. Those two texts were from a ...

Toughness is mental and physical

One often hears about a sports team being physically tough. But that’s a term, while overused, that also pertains to being mentally tough. A good example of that came during the Michigan-Michigan State basketball game this past weekend. The Spartans, missing two starters in Josh ...