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.
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.
Depending on what bowling establishment you bowl in, you could be bowling in a bigger league. Or a smaller one. An informal poll of local bowling houses has shown a mixed bag when it comes to the number of leagues over the past few years.
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.
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?
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.
Everyone has a story to tell. For local entrepreneur Bob Sullivan it spans generations and encompasses some of the greatest moments in Michigan’s storied history of business and baseball.
It was a moment that will be remembered by West Michigan hockey fans for years to come. Seventeen years following the decision by the DeVos and Van Andel families to bring hockey to Grand Rapids, the city watched as the Grand Rapids Griffins prepared to close out game six of the 2013 Calder Cup Championship against the Syracuse Crunch in Syracuse, New York.
When an individual processes the ability to reassure a group of thousands through something as simple as a smile, this is truly a gift. The signature grin and youthful exuberance of West Michigan Whitecaps second baseman Javier Betancourt seems to come as naturally to him as his ability to set the table for turning an effortless double play.
When students of Tri County High School take to the halls this fall to begin the new school year, they are sure to cross paths with one individual in particular, who has solidified himself as a fixture in the growth of the school district both in the classroom and on the field. Oh, and did we also mention the basketball court?