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MSU Graduate. Just a city boy born and raised in south Detroit. Baseball is life, a pitcher at heart. Freelance writer for MIPrepZone (The News-Herald, Dearborn Press & Guide).

FLASHBACK: Michigan State pulls off “Little Giants” fake field goal vs. Notre Dame

Following their latest chapter to a storied rivalry this Saturday in East Lansing, the Michigan State Spartans and Notre Dame Fighting Irish will put the series on hold for the foreseeable future, until at least 2026. Earlier this week, we revisited perhaps the most iconic...

LOOK: Opening spreads for Michigan-Purdue and Notre Dame-Michigan State revealed

The opening lines have been released for Week 4 of college football. Both Michigan and Michigan State pose some difficult tasks next weekend, for different reasons. The Wolverines, who are coming off a rather pedestrian but winning performance at home against Air Force on Saturday,...

LOOK: Jim Leyland among those being inducted into Michigan Sports Hall of Fame on Friday

Meet the Class of 2017 for the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. The enshrinement ceremony will take place on Friday, September 15, from 7-9 p.m. ET at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in downtown Detroit. Doors will open to the public at 6...

Andrew Romine could play all nine positions in one game soon for Tigers

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
The value that Andrew Romine brings to the Detroit Tigers is undeniable. Since arriving via trade from the Los Angeles Angels in March of 2014, Romine has elevated his role and value by becoming a super utility player. Primarily a middle infielder with the Angels,...

Michigan Roundup: Broncos hold home opener, Chips visit another Power 5 school

This week around the state of Michigan, our weekly roundup will be a bit more condensed. The Eastern Michigan Eagles are off this week after collecting a 16-13 win on the road at Rutgers last weekend. It was the first win in 39 tries against...

LOOK: Detroit Tigers release their 2018 schedule

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Philadelphia Phillies
The Detroit Tigers announced their schedule for the 2018 regular season on Tuesday and there are some key things to take away from the 162-game slate. https://twitter.com/tigers/status/907638640456728576 https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/907636331249111041 The Tigers will continue their annual series with the Pittsburgh Pirates by playing a three-game series at Comerica Park...

Michigan State lands 3-star forward Aaron Henry for 2018

With the surreal possibility of major roster turnover after this upcoming season, the Michigan State Spartans are stocking up on players from the Class of 2018. Already with a top-5 recruiting class in the country, MSU added to it on Monday with the addition of...

Tigers bring back outfielder Tyler Collins from the minors

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
Prior to the start of a three-game series against the hottest team in baseball in the last 15 years, the Detroit Tigers announced a small roster change involving a very familiar name. Outfielder Tyler Collins is back with the team. https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/907308558659846151 Note that Collins is having...

5 Moves the Tigers need to explore in the offseason

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
The rebuild is officially in motion for the Detroit Tigers, following the big-time trades of both Justin Upton to the Angels and cornerstone ace Justin Verlander to the Astros last week. It appears the big-spending days for the Tigers are over for the foreseeable future...

Michigan State to honor Jud Heathcote with jersey patches, tribute game vs. Purdue

The Michigan State family and the college basketball community lost a giant icon last week when former Spartans head coach Jud Heathcote passed away at the age of 90. Heathcote spent the latter 19 of his 24 seasons as a college basketball coach at MSU,...

Michigan State players traveling to Houston next week to aid in hurricane relief

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State
Following this weekend's game at home against Western Michigan, the Michigan State Spartans will be putting football in the backseat. Members of the team are planning to travel down to Houston next weekend to assist in helping those recover from the aftermath of Hurricane...

GALLERY: Inside look at the now completed Little Caesars Arena

The time has finally come. On Tuesday, there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony held outside Little Caesars Arena, the soon-to-be new home for both the Detroit Pistons and Detroit Red Wings. https://twitter.com/DetroitRedWings/status/905108707763249152 Following the cutting of the ribbon, the building was open to those in attendance for...

Michigan Roundup: Week 2 Preview for the Chips, Eagles and Broncos

Two of the three 'Directional' Michigan schools got off on the right foot last week to open the college football season. It was nearly a clean sweep for the MAC trio, but the (then) No. 4 USC Trojans made sure that didn't happen. What's in...

AP POLL: Michigan scoots into Top 10 after victory over Florida

NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Michigan vs Florida State
There was a recurring theme over the weekend in college football to kick off the 2017 season: top-ranked teams struggling to put away the opposition. A number of teams in the top 25 waited until late in the game to seal a victory, versus...

BOMBS AWAY! J.D. Martinez ties MLB record with four homers vs. Dodgers

The trade that sent outfielder J.D. Martinez to the Arizona Diamondbacks back in mid-July was the beginning of what is now a clear rebuild happening for the Detroit Tigers. For Martinez, he joined a Diamondbacks club that is in the thick of a playoff...

GOTTA SEE IT: 91-win West Michigan Whitecaps set to begin playoff run

It's been an unbelievable season for the West Michigan Whitecaps. The Low Class-A affiliate for the Detroit Tigers wrapped up their 2017 season with a win on Monday, giving them their 91st victory of the campaign. https://twitter.com/wmwhitecaps/status/904788641779773444 The Whitecaps were the wire-to-wire best team in the...

LOOK: Opening spread for Western Michigan/Michigan State tilt revealed

Entering their season opener on Saturday, the Michigan State Spartans were dubbed a rather big favorite against MAC foe Bowling Green. The Spartans were favored by 17 points and went onto win by a final score of 35-10. This coming Saturday, they will host yet...

EDITORIAL: The argument for keeping Ian Kinsler through a Tigers rebuild

It's hard to imagine given the amount of success the team has had in the last decade, but the Detroit Tigers are indeed entering a rebuild. That realization came to fruition this past Thursday when the team decided to trade both Justin Upton to the...

WATCH: Western Michigan DB Darius Phillips returns kickoff 100 yards for score vs. USC

College football fans nearly witnessed a major upset on Saturday to open the regular season. The new-look Western Michigan Broncos were on the road as major underdogs against the USC Trojans, who are ranked No. 4 in the country to start the season. The Broncos...

BREAKING: Victor Martinez to undergo heart surgery

It's been a very difficult season from both a production and health standpoint for Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez. The veteran was recently placed on the DL for the second time this season with an irregular heartbeat and the first time since it...

Tigers News: Suspensions from brawl with Yankees reduced, more call-ups coming

After suspensions were handed down from the Major League Baseball commissioner's office following the brawl between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees back on August, players and coaches appealed their respective punishments in hopes of reducing. The news came down on Saturday that the...

ON THIS DAY: Appalachian State stuns Michigan in the Big House

It's hard to believe that it's already been ten years since what is arguably the biggest upset in the history of college football. It was this day in 2007 that No. 5 Michigan suffered a loss at home against Division I-AA (now commonly known...

Dear Justin Verlander: Thank you, now go get your ring

Dear Justin Verlander, I'm not really too sure there's going to be enough words to express our deepest gratitude to you for what you have done and accomplished, but here goes nothing. It's been a true joy, pleasure, and honor to watch you pitch through your...

WATCH: Justin Verlander notches first career RBI with base knock

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has put together a very decorated career on the mound in his now 13 major league seasons. However, like the majority of pitchers, he has had very little to no success when picking up a bat. Of course being in...

REPORT: Trade talks involving Justin Verlander intensify, multiple teams interested

For teams contending for the postseason, rosters must be finalized by midnight ET on August 31. So much like the non-waiver trade deadline last month, be prepared for last-minute deals to be made in the coming days before the calendar flips to September. That means...

LOOK: 2 Players voted as co-captains for Michigan this season

NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Michigan vs Florida State
The latest team meeting for the Michigan Wolverines occurred Friday night when the team voted for its captains for the upcoming season. The results? A pair of seniors will be directing traffic in the Michigan locker room. https://twitter.com/UMichFootball/status/901819070663852032 Senior left tackle Mason Cole has made 38...

LOOK: Michigan State names its captains for the 2017 season

Almost every year at Michigan State since Mark Dantonio became the head coach in 2007, the Spartans have had three co-captains. However, with yet a lot of change to the roster and a severe lack of experience, the team is opting to go with...

JUST IN: Tigers place Victor Martinez on DL; recall JaCoby Jones

For the second time this season, Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez has been placed on the disabled list with an irregular heartbeat. https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/901825369103372288 Martinez was placed on the DL back in June and subsequently hospitalized with the same heart condition. It was a moment in...

WATCH: Hype Video – Return of the Michigan State Spartans

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Michigan
One would be hard-pressed to find a team more anxious and relieved to get back into the football swing of things than the Michigan State Spartans. After collecting just three wins in 2016 followed up with a rather eventful -- though not the kind...

Nine of the best bench-clearing brawls in MLB history

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
Among the more commonly known unwritten rules in baseball is allowing the players to police themselves. Now it's pretty evident in some capacity in all sports, but it's pretty well-documented on the diamond. It doesn't happen too often but it sure gets enforced when...

JUST IN: Al Avila comments on future of Justin Verlander, Brad Ausmus with Tigers

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Atlanta Braves
The season is officially lost for the Detroit Tigers in 2017. With under 40 games remaining in the regular season, the biggest topic of discussion will revolve around the foreseeable future, both immediate and long-term. This includes everyone involved in the franchise, from the players...

MUST SEE: Outfielder in Junior League World Series makes bid for catch of the year

We've seen a lot of spectacular catches across baseball this season, including more recently a string of highway robbery grabs from some of the game's best outfielders. But none of them pale in comparison to the grab made by a youngster on Sunday. And it...

LOOK: West Michigan Whitecaps to sport special ‘Solar Eclipse’ uniforms

The West Michigan Whitecaps, Low Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, have been one of if not the hottest team across all levels of minor league baseball this season. With an overall record of 81-40, they have steamrolled through the Midwest League this...

FLASHBACK: Rod Allen chases Japanese pitcher after being hit by pitch

Anyone who is remotely familiar with Detroit Tigers baseball is well-aware of the work and/or history of Rod Allen. The former big leaguer and current Tigers color commentator played just parts of three seasons (31 games) in the majors between 1983-1988. His major league career...

Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores drops Little League World Series opener

The 2017 Little League World Series got underway in Williamsport, PA on Thursday. Eight teams from the United States and eight international teams will duke it out over the next 11 days to decide a champion. Among the teams is Grosse-Pointe Woods-Shores Little League in...

LOOK: Ice and other fancy gadgets installed at Little Caesars Arena; first octopus sighting

Hard to believe we're already less than four weeks away from the official opening of Little Caesars Arena in the new District Detroit downtown. Olympia Entertainment recently announced that there will be a special 'Preview Week' showing the week before the building opens, for...

WATCH: Ian Kinsler has some NSFW advice for home plate umpire after ejection

It's hard to find fewer who play the game of baseball with more passion and heart than Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler. The Tigers' recipient for the "Heart & Hustle" Award in 2017 is also no exception when it comes to voicing himself on...

WWE legend Ric Flair hospitalized and in intensive care

TMZ Sports is reporting that legendary wrestling personality Ric Flair is hospitalized and in intensive care. He has been placed in a medically-induced coma and is prepared to undergo surgery, according to sources. https://twitter.com/BleacherReport/status/897166048981639169 Flair, 68, was admitted to the hospital on Saturday morning for what...

LOOK: Lions DE Kerry Hyder posts message to fans following injury

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Detroit Lions
There were a number of positives to take away from the Lions' first preseason game on Sunday, but it came at a substantial price. Defensive end Kerry Hyder was carted off the field and suffered a torn Achilles. He has since then been ruled...

JUST IN: 7 Florida Gators suspended for season opener against Michigan

We're less than three weeks away from the unofficial first week of college football. One of the premiere games on that Saturday, September 2 will be a Texas-sized showdown in Arlington between the Michigan Wolverines and the Florida Gators. Michigan is already a slight favorite...

JUST IN: Tigers will activate Michael Fulmer from DL; option Bruce Rondon

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
Following the team's 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins, the Detroit Tigers announced a roster move with a future corresponding move to be made on Monday. https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/896839489376722945 Reliever Bruce Rondon was the recipient of loss in the 6-4 decision on Sunday. Rondon issued two walks on...

WATCH: Lions rookie Kenny Golladay reels in second TD of first half

Lions rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay is sure leaving a good impression for his teammates, coaches and fans in his first pro game. Already with one fine grab in the first half for a touchdown, Golladay doubled-down and add another score to his stat line....

Could Nick Castellanos be making a position change in the near future?

When the calendar turns to September in Major League Baseball, it allows for teams to get extra creative in their use of the roster. It also allows for fringe major league players or highly-touted prospects to put together an early audition heading into next...

2 Quarterbacks emerging as leaders for starting job at Michigan

NCAA Football: Penn State at Michigan
We're exactly three weeks away from the first real big Saturday of college football. The Michigan Wolverines will be tested right away in their first contest when they play SEC power Florida down in Arlington, Texas. Between now and then, Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh...

WATCH: J.D. Martinez does hilarious “’90s Night” promo with Jake Lamb… and helium

Former Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez seems to be figuring things out in the desert. Since being acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks, he's hitting just 15 for 66 (.227 BA), but two-thirds of his hits have gone for extra bases, including seven homers. As he...

Wrinkle in new MLB CBA could accelerate trade talks involving Justin Verlander

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers
Unless you have been living under a rock for the better part of a month now, you already know that Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has been the subject of trade talks. Having said that, little to no progress has been made in any...

Detroit Lions lose starting offensive tackle to injury in practice

In a joint practice with the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday, the Detroit Lions suffered yet another injury to the offensive line. This time, it is one of their big free agent signees banged up. Starting right tackle Ricky Wagner is the latest victim. https://twitter.com/Michael_Stets/status/895691215106125824 The severity of...

LOOK: Tigers and MLB reveal ‘Players Weekend’ uniforms to be worn later this month

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
Later this month, all 30 Major League Baseball teams will be sporting some very nifty uniforms as part of their inaugural "Players Weekend." The joint announcement came on Wednesday from both MLB and the Players' Association. Have a look at all 30 uniforms. https://twitter.com/MLB/status/895322193785049088 As Brandon Champion...

Tigers reinstate Jose Iglesias from bereavement list; option Jeimer Candelario

The Detroit Tigers have formally announced the reinstatement of shortstop Jose Iglesias from the bereavement list. The announcement comes after they optioned infielder and No. 3 prospect Jeimer Candelario from Triple-A Toledo. https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/895344147779002368 Iglesias left the team following last Saturday's game in Baltimore. The Tigers worked...

LOOK: Al Sabotka spotted driving Zamboni down Woodward Avenue

Al Sabotka is a Red Wings' lifer. Come the official opening of the 2017-18 hockey season, he will be manning the Zamboni at the newly-minted Little Caesars Arena. Sabotka is already one of a very select few that will have been a part of the...

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