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Adam is a history teacher in Dallas, TX that grew up in Michigan and loves all things Detroit Sports. He has four books that will be published in 2016 (amazon.com/authors/ajreilly). He is also a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and when he has free time he enjoys a nice cigar and a great book. Contact him at ajreilly@detroitsportsnation.com

Detroit Lions Game Preview: Week 14 vs. Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears (3-9) @ Detroit Lions (8-4) The Chicago Bears come to town for a meeting with the red-hot Detroit Lions, who have won 7 of their last 8 games. The Lions will look to avenge their earlier loss in the season to the Bears, where...

Congratulations Don Carey, the Detroit Lions Walter Payton Man of the Year

Each year teams around the NFL name a man as a candidate for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. The award was established in 1970, and was later renamed in 1999 after Hall of Famer Walter Payton. Its aim each and every...

BREAKING: Detroit Lions sign Asa Jackson off Ravens practice squad

News came down yesterday that Detroit Lions cornerback Quandre Diggs was out for the season after suffering an injury this past Sunday. Today the Lions signed Asa Jackson off of the Baltimore Ravens practice squad in an attempt to strengthen the depth in the secondary. Jackson...

Lions fans: Before you make Super Bowl plans, tap the brakes

After the Detroit Lions went to Louisiana on Sunday and pulled off the 28-13 win, I got excited. Sure, it's easy to get excited when you hold Drew Brees to a state line of 31-44 for 326 yards, 0 TDs, and 3 INTs. It's also exciting...

Detroit Lions Game Preview: Week 13 at New Orleans Saints

DETROIT LIONS (7-4) @ New Orleans Saints (5-6) The Lions look to continue their dominance of the NFC north as they head down to the Big Easy to take on the New Orleans Saints. The lions, led by Matthew Stafford are coming off their 7th...

EDITORIAL: MLB ban on smokeless tobacco setting a dangerous precedent

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WATCH: Detroit Lions Mic’d up for Week 12 vs. the Minnesota Vikings

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The Detroit Lions picked up another thrilling victory at home on Thanksgiving over division rival Minnesota, 16-13, improving their record to 7-4 and effectively giving themselves a two-game lead in the division with a sweep of the Vikings in 2016. Watch the video above for the sights...

Why Thanksgiving is more than just a holiday in Detroit: The Detroit Lions

Food. Family. Football. This Thursday everyone will gather around the table enjoying a hard-earned break from their 9-5, and they will gather with family and friends, maybe some of which they haven't seen in a long time, and share time catching up on a...

Matthew Stafford looking for elite money and definitely has been making his case

With the Lions on their bye this week, news broke that Matthew Stafford will be looking to earn a second huge payday after the season. A payday, that if given, would put him in the company of Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers, and Eli Manning. Back in...

Why Matthew Stafford is a better quarterback without Calvin Johnson

We have well documented Calvin Johnson and his retirement. It is no secret to any Lions fan that from 2007-2015 we had a front row seat to watch one of the greatest receivers to ever lace up cleats. Then we watched him slip into retirement,...

Tigers coaching staff to remain in tact, minus Wally Joyner

On Saturday morning news broke that the Tigers were planning to retain their entire coaching staff for the 2017 season, minus Wally Joyner who was relieved of his duties. It seems as though Joyner was looking to pursue other opportunities around baseball, and will not return...

Tigers bats silenced again by Braves pitching in 1-0 loss, ending a disappointing season

Sunday's game was a do or die scenario for the Tigers, who came into the game a game and a half back of the Blue Jays and the Orioles. Even with a win today, the Tigers would still need either of the above two...

The Americans beat the Europeans 17-11 to earn first Ryder Cup in last three tries

Sunday morning featured twelve singles matches that were set to determine the Ryder Cup. The Americans needed only 5 points to secure the victory, their first in three Ryder Cup events, or six years. However, the Europeans, even with the win streak, have never...

Detroit Lions Game Preview: Week 4 vs. Chicago Bears

DETROIT LIONS (1-2) @ Chicago Bears (0-3) WHERE: Solider Field – Chicago, IL KICKOFF: 1:00 p.m. EST WEATHER: Mostly Cloudy. High 67F. Winds N at 7 mph. TV/RADIO: WJBK-TV FOX 2/News Talk 760 | WJR-AM LINE: Packers -3, Over/Under 47.5 (Westgate) Injury Report Chicago Jacoby Glenn CB -- Did Not Participate In Practice -- Jerrell Freeman LB -- Full Participation in Practice -- Kyle Long G -- Full Participation in Practice -- Mitchell Unrein DE -- Full...

Tigers bats silent late as they drop the middle game of series to the Braves 5-3

The Tigers came into action tonight a half game out of the Wild Card, with Baltimore having lost earlier in the day. They looked to Jordan Zimmerman to set them up for another victory against the Braves. After a night where the bats carried them, they...

Americans come on strong in the afternoon session, take 9 1/2 to 6 1/2 lead over Europeans

After the Americans jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the morning yesterday, the Europeans took 3 of 4 in the afternoon to close their deficit to 5-3. The morning session on Saturday was electric and full of drama. Having lost the last 3...

USA dominates the morning, Europe claws back in the afternoon on first day of 2016 Ryder Cup

The 2016 Ryder Cup kicked off this morning from Hazeltine Nation Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota at 8:35 in the morning with Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed taking on Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose in an alternate shot format. Having lost the last three Ryder...

Arnold Palmer, ‘The King’ of golf, passes away at the age of 87

On Sunday night 'The King' of golf Arnold Palmer passed away at the age of 87 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Palmer was the face of golf in the 1960s, and during his career was a seven-time major championship winner. He became a golf celebrity, the...

Tigers use late Justin Upton HR to come back and beat Royals 6-5, earn series win

After a night when the offense would go 1-10 with runners in scoring position and lose the game 5-2, Sunday brought with it the possibility of a series win and hopefully gaining a little more ground in the playoff chase. They sent lefty Daniel Norris (2-2,...

The leash will be short for head coach Jim Caldwell in 2016

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Gameday Thread: Game 136, Detroit Tigers @ Kansas City Royals

DETROIT TIGERS (73-62) @ KANSAS CITY ROYALS (70-65) WHERE: Kauffman Stadium - Kansas City, MO FIRST PITCH: 2:15 EST GAMETIME FORECAST: 80°F • Clear • 0% PoP TV/RADIO: FSD/ 97.1 The Ticket PROBABLE STARTERS: Daniel Norris (2-2, 3.86 ERA) v. Edinson Volquez (10-10, 5.01 ERA) LINEUPS: Detroit Tigers 1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B 2. Jose Iglesias (R)...

Gameday Thread: Game 135, Detroit Tigers @ Kansas City Royals

DETROIT TIGERS (73-61) @ KANSAS CITY ROYALS (69-65) WHERE: Kauffman Stadium - Kansas City, MO FIRST PITCH: 7:15 EST GAMETIME FORECAST:  76°F • Clear • 0% PoP TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1/ 97.1 The Ticket PROBABLE STARTERS: Michael Fulmer (10-5, 2.69 ERA) v. Yordano Ventura (9-9, 4.33 ERA) LINEUPS: Detroit Tigers 1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B 2. Jose Iglesias...

Tigers offense musters just four hits, Detroit drops rubber match 5-0 to Angels

After a horrendous night Saturday, the Tigers are looking to bounce back from their game 2 loss at the hands of the Angels. Anibal Sanchez toed the rubber looking to continue his August dominance, in which he is 2-1 in five starts with a .366...

Gameday Thread: Game 130, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ Detroit Tigers

Los Angeles Angels (55-74) @ Detroit Tigers (69-60) WHERE: Comerica Park - Detroit, Michigan FIRST PITCH: 1:10 EST GAMETIME FORECAST: 74°F • Partly Cloudy • 1% PoP TV/RADIO: FSD/ 97.1 The Ticket PROBABLE STARTERS: Tyler Skaggs (1-3, 5.70 ERA) v. Anibal Sanchez (7-12, 5.83 ERA) LINEUPS: Los Angeles Angels: 1. Kole Calhoun (L) RF 2. Mike Trout...

Tigers beat the Red Sox 10-5 behind a 2 home run day from Justin Upton

On Sunday afternoon the Tigers took the field in their final game this weekend against the Boston Red Sox. Having lost two of three to the Red Sox, they were looking to salvage a series split against a team they are looking up to in...

Gameday Thread: Game 124, Boston Red Sox (69-53) @ Detroit Tigers (64-59)

Boston Red Sox (69-53) @ Detroit Tigers (64-59) WHERE: Comerica Park - Detroit, Michigan FIRST PITCH: 1:05 EST GAMETIME FORECAST: 74°F • Partly Cloudy • 1% PoP TV/RADIO: FSD/ 97.1 The Ticket PROBABLE STARTERS: Henry Owens (0-0, 5.11 ERA) v. Justin Verlander (12-7, 3.44 ERA) LINEUPS: Boston Red Sox: 1. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B 2. Xander Bogaerts...

Tigers Fans: 3 Reasons not to hit the eject button on 2016, just yet

Over the last week the Tigers took 2 of 3 from AL West leading Texas Rangers, were swept by the Kansas City Roayls, and came from behind and beat the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. This type of up and down play has been...

Tigers offense stays quiet, musters just three hits vs. Danny Duffy, Royals in 6-1 loss

Tonight the Tigers looked to bounce back from a rough game Monday night from their offense. The offense provided no punch in their 3-1 loss to the Royals in game number one and they looked to Justin Verlander (12-6, 3.42 ERA)  to  win his 13th game...

Michael Fulmer pitches first career CG shutout in Tigers 7-0 win against the Texas Rangers

  On Sunday afternoon in Arlington, Texas, the Tigers looked to follow up a great team win Saturday night, with another victory Sunday. The win would mean taking two of three from the AL West-leading Texas Rangers, and having done so facing their two best...

Justin Rose holds off Stenson, Kuchar to earn first golf gold medal in 112 years. 

Today would be the day that the first Olympic medals would be placed around the winner's neck of the Olympic golf tournament in over 100 years, 112 to be exact. Yesterday, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson fought back and forth to put themselves within 18 holes...

Gameday Thread: Game 117, Detroit Tigers @ Texas Rangers

DETROIT TIGERS (62-54) @ TEXAS RANGERS (69-49) WHERE: Globe Life Park in Arlington - Arlington, TX FIRST PITCH: 2:05 EST GAMETIME FORECAST: 87°F • Mostly Cloudy • 0% PoP TV/RADIO: FSD/ 97.1 The Ticket PROBABLE STARTERS: Michael Fulmer (9-3, 2.43 ERA) v. A.J. Griffin (5-1, 4.38 ERA) LINEUPS: Detroit Tigers: 1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B 2. Tyler Collins...

Olympic Golf: Americans make big moves on day three, Justin Rose leads by one.

Ricky Fowler was in a morning group on the beautiful new Olympic Course in Rio de Janeiro, and he caught fire. The American shot his lowest round, 64 (-7), worldwide since Tiger Woods's event last year in the Bahamas, when he shot 65. This brought...

Anibal Sanchez struggles again, late rally falls short as Tigers lose fifth straight, 8-5

After a 2 hour, 40-minute rain delay in Arlington, Texas, the Tigers were eventually able to get on the field and try to bounce back from a three-game sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners. They took the wet field against the American League West-leading...

Olympic Golf Recap, Round 2: Aussie Marcus Fraser holds one-stroke lead through 36 holes

The only thing going right for the Americans on the golf course in Rio is their fashion sense. https://twitter.com/golf_com/status/764175134433218561 Unlike their cool hats, their game hasn't been as good. Matt Kuchar leads all Americans at -3, seven shots behind 36-hole leader, Australian-native Marcus Fraser. Patrick Reed finished his second...

Gameday Thread: Game 114, Detroit Tigers @ Texas Rangers

DETROIT TIGERS (61-53) @ TEXAS RANGERS (68-48) WHERE: Globe Life Park in Arlington - Arlington, TX FIRST PITCH: 8:05 EST GAMETIME FORECAST: 100°F • Light Rain• 50% PoP TV/RADIO: FSD/ 97.1 The Ticket PROBABLE STARTERS: Anibal Sanchez (6-11, 5.88 ERA) v. Yu Darvish (2-3, 2.78 ERA) LINEUPS: Detroit Tigers: 1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B 2. Tyler Collins...

Olympic Golf, Round 1: Americans don’t fare well, Aussie Marcus Fraser sets pace

Day one at the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janiero kicked off this morning, bringing golf back to the Olympics for the first time in over 100 years. Brazil native Adilson de Silva had the honor of hitting the first tee shot to...

Lions sign rookie free agent WR Alex Chisum, release WR Damian Copeland

On Monday, the Detroit Lions signed rookie undrafted free agent wide receiver Alex Chisum and by doing so released wideout Damian Copeland. The move comes on the heels of an Instagram post by Damian Copeland sharing his decision to retire from the game of football at...

J.D. Martinez homers in dramatic fashion, Tigers win 8th straight 2-1

Wednesday evening the Tigers looked to push their 7-game winning streak to 8. The Tigers sent Michael Fulmer (9-2, 2.50 ERA) to the hill, squaring off against the ace of the White Sox, Chris Sale (14-4, 3.17 ERA). INNINGS 1 - 3 It was a pitchers...

Golf is back at the Olympics for the first time in 112 years

The modern Olympic games began in 1896. For centuries prior to this, there were games that were played and considered the pinnacle of athletic achievement. These games were also believed to be religious ceremonies for the gods who lived on Mount Olympus, in ancient Greece....

Gameday Thread: Game 106, Chicago White Sox @ Detroit Tigers

CHICAGO WHITE SOX (55-51) @ DETROIT TIGERS (58-48) WHERE: Comerica Park - Detroit, MI FIRST PITCH: 7:10 EST GAMETIME FORECAST: 85°F • Clear • 0% PoP TV/RADIO: FSD/ 97.1 The Ticket PROBABLE STARTERS: Chris Sale (14-4, 3.17 ERA) v. Michael Fulmer (9-2, 2.50 ERA) LINEUPS: Chicago White Sox: 1. Adam Eaton (L) CF 2. Tim Anderson (R) SS 3. Melky Cabrera (S)...

Marvin Jones impresses during and after practice on first day of pads

When Calvin Johnson announced his retirement, Lions fans around the country collectively thought "ok, now what?" It is a fair question. And, it's a question that still has no answer. It will be hard to replace one of the greatest wide receivers of all time;...

A marathon Sunday at Baltusrol ends with Jimmy Walker capturing first major win

With the rains stopping play at Baltusrol Golf Club on Saturday afternoon around 2 p.m. EST, twelve of the top guys on the leaderboard had to begin their third round, while others in the field moved to finish their already started rounds. This means...

PGA Championship Recap: Round 3 suspended due to weather, leaders not on course. 

The two leaders at Baltusrol Golf Club going into the third round: Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb, still hold the overnight lead going into Sunday, without even hitting a shot on Saturday. Six foursomes did not get on the course due to weather, and...

Round 2 Recap: Robert Streb and Jimmy Walker tie records, hold 2-stroke lead at Baltusrol

Overnight rains left the course at Baltusrol primed and ready for plummeting scores. And plummet they did. The field came into today looking up at day-one leader Jimmy Walker, who followed up his opening round -5 (65) with a day two score of -4 (66), giving...

Caldwell on Matthew Stafford: “He’s a very, very strong leader”

On the opening day of training camp, head coach Jim Caldwell took the podium and addressed various questions about his team. In the middle of the questioning, he was asked about his quarterback, Matthew Stafford. Caldwell did not mince words when describing his appreciation...

Round 1 Recap: Dustin Johnson struggles, Jimmy Walker sets pace on Day 1

When the 98th PGA Championship came on the air at 1:00 PM EST, scores were low and Phil Mickelson and his group were finishing up. At this point, Jimmy Walker was working on a solid showing in round one and leading the tournament by one...

Golden Tate focused on long term health, concerned about concussions

All good things must come to an end. This is as true in life as it is with an NFL career. In the previous year, Detroit Lions fans have seen one of their favorite players, Calvin Johnson, retire from the game; for many, it...

PREVIEW: Baltusrol GC hosts the 98th PGA Championship

Ten days ago, Henrik Stenson walked off the 18th green at Royal Troon as the "Champion golfer of the year." Now the world's best players will be competing for the final major of the year, the PGA Championship. This week will be the last shot...

Tigers take first two games of series in Boston after winning a wild one 9-8

On Tuesday, the Tigers looked to build on the momentum they gained from Monday's 4-2 victory against the Red Sox in hopes of earning a series victory in game two of a three-game series in Boston. Mike Pelfrey was hoping to put together another good outing for...

Gameday Thread: Game 101, Detroit Tigers @ Boston Red Sox

DETROIT TIGERS (52-48) @ BOSTON RED SOX (55-42) WHERE: Fenway Park - Boston, MA FIRST PITCH: 7:10 EST GAMETIME FORECAST: 83°F • Partly Cloudy • 0% PoP TV/RADIO: FSD/ 97.1 The Ticket PROBABLE STARTERS: Mike Pelfrey (3-9, 4.78 ERA) v. Steven Wright (12-5, 2.67 ERA) LINEUPS: Detroit Tigers 1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B 2. Jose Iglesias (R) SS 3....

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