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.
Playing high school sports is a privilege and not a right. That is as true in Michigan as it is in Texas, even if the state of Texas takes its high school football a little more serious than the rest of the country. This past Friday, the lights shined on Texas football for all the wrong reasons.
For the first time in roughly six years, the Detroit Tigers find themselves face to face with a slim chance at the playoffs, a chance that’s slimmer by the day. Working to bolster their chances, the Tigers will use the start of September to shift focus from bullpen frustrations to a roster expansion. At this time, major league teams move beyond their usual 25-man roster count and open an opportunity for some of the standout prospects to get a chance at playing in the big leagues.
The Little League Softball World Series showed some adults really know how to mess up a kid’s love of sports. It also showed some adults don’t get it when it comes to playing sports properly. For those readers who don’t know what I’m talking about, there was a controversy in the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore., earlier this week.
It was Sept. 6, 1974. The Montreal Expos were tied at the top of the second inning against the hosting Pittsburgh Pirates when a 20-year-old third baseman stepped to the plate for the Expos. In three at-bats that day, the right-hander may have only posted a single hit in his professional debut, but little did he know that his future in the game of baseball would surpass anything he was expecting.
Every organization has one. That inconspicuous talent who, for one reason or another seems to stay off the radar, despite their success. For Erie Seawolves closer Paul Voelker, it’s never been a desire for excessive attention. As with any incoming draftee, the goal has remained the same for Voelker; perform, win, advance, and repeat. The 10th round selection out of Dallas Baptist University in the 2014 Detroit Tigers draft class may not meet the visual criteria of a pitching blue print, but he’s discovered a way to bypass assumption and has entered this season setting a bar that only seems to rise on a game by game basis.
You throw like a girl. You run like a girl. Both are comments heard throughout the childhoods of boys and girls everywhere. It’s not meant to be a compliment, but rather, it’s an insult to girls and usually said amongst boys. The truth is, it means girls are inferior. It means girls are unable to do things well, at least, as well as boys do. It means they are no good at sports. They are weak and not strong.
With the sun shining bright, Liz Nagel smacked her first tee shot of the day in front of a large group of golf fans Thursday. Nagel joked most of the following probably was for Natalie Gulbis, an LPGA fan favorite, but in reality, the DeWitt native and Michigan State University alum’s family and friends comprised a sizable portion of the group during the first round of the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythfield Country Club.