What a difference a change of venue and better weather conditions can make. The West Michigan Whitecaps went from blowing snow in South Bend, Ind., — where they won two games — to a sunny, but cold day Saturday where they lost to the South Bend Cubs 5-3 in the Whitecaps’ home opener. The game-time temperature for the home opener was 35 degrees, which was the second-coldest home opener in Whitecaps’ history. It was 34 degrees in 2003.
So the old man goes out on top. Super Bowl 50 will likely go down as Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s swan song, and he will be going out a winner — even if brother Eli wasn’t all that thrilled about big brother getting his second title. It will also go down as a defensive clinic by the Broncos, showing defense is still possible in a league that is outlawing defense little by little.
For the past 13 months, Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh has produced a steady stream of headlines. Some of them are by his own doing and some of them are strictly due to the 24/7 media cycle, which includes social media. I’m actually surprised I haven’t read an update about what Harbaugh ate for breakfast yet today. The latest stream of headlines, with signing day just five days away, has to do with the flow of Michigan graduate transfers, decommitting/committing recruits and the “evil” that is Jim Harbaugh.
Jared Coreau had a pretty successful run as the starting goaltender for the Grand Rapids Griffins. The undrafted free agent from Northern Michigan University spent the past two-plus months as the top netminder, having to take the place of Tomas McCollum while he was recovering from an injury the Griffins wouldn’t disclose.
As a longtime Detroit Tigers season ticker holder, it’s days like Monday that makes renewing my tickets each year an easy decision. Not that it’s ever a tough decision for a Tigers baseball fanatic like myself, but the excitement that raced through my veins hearing the news of Mike Ilitch’s latest investment turns me into a child on Christmas morning.
It’s now been 107 years since the Chicago Cubs, aka the Lovable Losers, have won a World Series championship. In 1908, the Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers in five games to win their second World Series championship. No one then would’ve dreamed their beloved Cubbies would suffer such a drought since then.
Quarterback Dan Orlovsky would like to forget 2008 as much as anyone. Orlovsky was at the helm for the Detroit Lions as they fell 31-21 to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field that year. While any loss has the ability to leave a sting, this particular defeat marked a milestone that anyone would love to go without. A 10-point difference was all it took for the Lions to earn the title of becoming the first team to go winless throughout an entire 16-game season, since the 1976 expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which finished their year at 0-14.
Every week, I’m one of a couple million people who plays daily fantasy sports via Fanduel, DraftKings or other companies. Fanduel and DraftKings are the most popular and handle a majority of the marketplace. These companies and their product have skyrocketed in popularity the past couple of years much like online poker gambling in the early 2000s.
With the leaves changing and the Detroit Tigers one step closer to being put out of misery, focus has shifted to a delightful round of inner-state trash talk with everyone making it a point to reflect on their true feelings toward the Ohio State Buckeyes. To onlookers, it’s chaos. To the locals, it’s Big Ten football.
It’s a situation Andrew Graham has faced before. For the second consecutive year, the second-year manager for the West Michigan Whitecaps finds himself in the mix of the pressures of the postseason. But you won’t see any added perspiration on the face of the 33-year-old. Observing his mannerisms along the third base line during game time, you can spot the glint in his eye from any location, a glint displaying the drive and the fight for success within the former minor league catcher.