There it was, laying near the Dallas Cowboys’ 30-yard line, a yellow penalty flag. It was plain as day. Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew was interfered with by Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens on third-and-one, just inside Dallas territory. With a little more than eight minutes remaining in the game, the penalty meant the Lions had an automatic first down and some 15 yards tacked onto their field position.
It became a tradition.
The studio lights clicked on, the teleprompters came to life and those red letters reading, “On-Air” illuminated as he sat there in the studio, like so many days before.
As the 2013 season came to a close for the Detroit Lions, under the direction of Jim Schwartz, the front office knew it was time for a change. Though the season was an improvement from the previous year, the performance was not enough to provide job security, especially for a city as hungry for improvement as Detroit.
This is a column that may come back to bite me. There will no shortage of “I told you he wasn’t coming to Michigan.” But I don’t care. I feel in just a few days, Jim Harbaugh will reunite with the University of Michigan and become the Wolverines new head coach. This is just my personal opinion.
If you would have told Jeff and Sharon Coreau that a visit to a National League Hockey game would alter the future of their 7-year-old son, they would have most likely just looked at you and smiled. As he slid into his seat, three rows behind the goalie that evening, young Jared Coreau discovered the direction he wanted to go.
t’s been a long time coming. The paper bag hoods have been placed on the shelf and a devoted group of football enthusiasts are learning to revisit an aspect of the game that seems to have avoided Detroit Lions fans for far too long.
Any road trip enthusiast will be the first to tell you that some of the most picturesque towns across America are not discovered on purpose. If you should happen to make your way along State Highway 15 through the northeast corner of the Texas panhandle, you may be just fortunate enough to stumble across the town of Booker.
For plenty of college football teams it’s bowl season. For the University of Michigan football program it’s speculation season. After 33 consecutive bowl appearances (1975 to 2007), the Wolverines will not partake in the traditional month of meaningless games, sponsored by anything and everything, in warm, sunny locations across the country, otherwise known as bowl season, for the third time in seven years.
Many people who either have a child playing sports in high school or coaches, think the private schools are at an advantage when it comes to competition. Some believe the private schools are able to recruit some of the best athletes in the state, where public schools, because of a bylaw by the Michigan High School Athletic Association, are only able to get athletes who are in the school district and not outside.
Try asking a collegiate coach to display a hard copy of his job description and you are bound to be greeted with a healthy chuckle. Remove the designated photo ops of media day and you will come to discover that a coach’s role is far from simply being the figurehead of a collegiate franchise. Any of them will be the first to tell you that their responsibility goes much deeper than simply shouting instruction against the play clock.