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THE REVIEW: Another day at the office

When the Detroit Red Wings made the decision to produce a fresh face for their American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids, they appear to have landed the golden ticket in the form of head coach Jeff Blashill. Since Blashill’s arrival in West Michigan, the Griffins franchise has seemingly discovered a way to win and do it with consistency. This season being no exception.

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THE REVIEW: Death by bracket

It’s here. Call it fortune, call it mystique, but at the end of the day, it discovers a way to routinely set the stage where some of the finest moments in collegiate basketball are stamped in history.

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THE REVIEW: Breaking up is hard to do

The winds of change are blowing once again in the Motor City. So, prepare those Taylor Swift ballads, kids, but remember, it’s not you, it’s him. Just as the Detroit Tigers have settled in to accepting the absence of Max Scherzer, they may now be in the perfect position of offering a pint of Ben & Jerry’s to their football neighbors — the Lions — across the street as they prepare to deal with a departure of their own.

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THE REVIEW: One culture, two worlds

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.

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SPORTS GALORE: Detroit Tigers optimism … with question marks

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.

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THE REVIEW: Getting rid of the wrinkles

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.

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SPORTS GALORE: Wrestlers turn to individual aspect

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.

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THE REVIEW: Preparing for a whirlwind

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.

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SPORTS GALORE: Jackie Robinson West learns life lesson

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.

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THE REVIEW: Guido Knudson ready for Lakeland

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.