Professional sports, in any walk of life, are a curious thing. Each embodies its own complexities, its own rituals and finds its own identity in the culture it creates.
Spring training is a time of optimism for Major League Baseball fans, players, management and even media. It’s a fresh start, with new hopes and new dreams. The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising — at least in Arizona and Florida — and optimism is bursting at the seems.
You may have heard the phrase, “A tiger can’t change his stripes.” Simply put, the intrinsic heartbeat cannot be changed, but no one said a few grooming tips can’t be offered.
Torrey Davis/Lake Forest College: The Greenville graduate, a junior, started the Forester’s season finale at Carroll University on Saturday. Davis scored six points and grabbed four rebounds in the 75-61 loss…
Honestly, I expect to see near that same number following Saturday’s tournaments. This year, though, could produce the area’s first individual state champion since Greenville’s Jordan Thomas (189 pounds in Division 2), Lakeview’s Jordan Betham (152 in Division 3) and Carson City-Crystal’s Kenneth Dittenber (103 in Division 4) all won state titles.
Walking into Fifth Third Ballpark that August evening, the buzz was hard to ignore. With 8,000-plus fans crowding into their seats, the West Michigan Whitecaps prepared to move a step closer to their playoff push.
The Jackie Robinson West (JRW) Little League Baseball team from Chicago this week became just the third team in Little League Baseball World Series history to have wins and/or a championship vacated for rule violations. JRW was last summer’s sports sensation after winning the United States championship to reach the Little League World Series.
When you hear the words, “Pour then, winter, with your damp; storm and freeze outside. Drive your light flakes around in front of my closed windows,” what is the first thing that comes to mind? Believe it or not, the writer wasn’t channeling a typical Michigan winter day.
Sunday’s Super Bowl was one of the rare times when the game was actually a game throughout. The 28-24 win by the New England Patriots over the Seattle Seahawks was close, which helped the game get an overnight television rating of 49.7, according to Nielsen Media Research
With the weather forecast showing bitter cold next week, it’s time to start thinking about warmer things. The Detroit Tigers’ spring training is just around the corner, right? Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 19.