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THE REVIEW: Logic and ping pong

Logic is a funny thing in the game of football. It’s that still, small voice reminding you that in order to be successful, it’s all about the numbers. It’s all about the players toting the last names, that dominate jersey sales, being in your starting lineup each Sunday. It’s all about that rookie who brought the rave reviews to the table on draft day living up to the hype of his collegiate reputation

Greenville graduate Jordan Thomas in his team photo for the University of Michigan. Thomas was a three-time individual state champion in high school. - Courtesy photo

Injuries force Thomas to retire from wrestling

As a kid, Jordan Thomas dreamed of wrestling for the University of Michigan. A combination of talent, hard work and dedication led to that dream becoming reality. Unfortunately, Thomas’ dream ended in early October with the quiet announcement of his retirement from the sport he loves. Injuries and the battle to stay healthy became too much and Thomas told himself it was time.

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SPORTS GALORE: Lauren Hill is an inspiration

There is more than just winning and losing when it comes to sports. Despite stories of reckless youth parents, win-at-all-cost college athletic programs and law breaking professional athletes, sports provide us with stories of courage and inspiration.

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THE REVIEW: Motown magic

He wasn’t part of the original plan. No one had expected to discover him. Hockey scouting reports weren’t singing his praises, but as fate would have it, the ambition of a resilient Russian would give just enough of a push to grab the eye of an organization and forever change his future.

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THE REVIEW: Rebuilding a roster

It was a dream lineup. Some of the league’s hottest hitters all together under the same roof, sporting the storied English D. What was predicted to be a dominating season would ultimately take an unfortunate turn for the Detroit Tigers and thanks to a midseason unraveling, 1984 would continue to hold its place in the franchise’s history.

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THE REVIEW: Rebuilding a kicker

It’s been over 20 years since the Detroit Lions and their fans have had to even entertain the thought of a struggle in their kicking game. They’ve more than made up for it by experiencing difficulty in other areas, as we all know.

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THE REVIEW: A new generation of Griffins

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. For Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman Brennan Evans pictures have captured some of the greatest moments throughout the journey of the veteran’s career, including a moment shared between he and his greatest inspiration, his father.

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THE REVIEW: A lot of us have been there

We hold our position as the center of our parents’ universe until that fateful day when mom and dad walk through the door from the hospital with our newest brother or sister and instantly the mentality engrained from birth makes its way into existence. Sibling rivalry, specifically between brothers produces a level of competitive drive and the urgency to stay a step ahead with every accomplishment.

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THE REVIEW: Detroit Tigers fans are a rare breed

When the anticipated emotions during regular season play involve hyperventilating, fits of rage, sudden bursts of sobbing like an infant and routine checking of one’s blood pressure, you’re guaranteed to hear an opinion or two on the direction of the franchise. Let’s be honest. What feeds the soul of a frustrated baseball fan more than a good round of heckling?

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THE REVIEW: Cyclones ready for basketball season

To the city of Grand Rapids, the appreciation and enthusiasm for athletics in any form is undeniable. The rich traditions of “Tiger Town,” “Hockey Town” and the many additional aliases of West Michigan’s big brother Detroit, a few hours south have quickly become engrained into the programs that Grand Rapids has been so privileged to welcome over the course of time.