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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).

Week 6: Chippewas, Eagles, Broncos all hit the road for pivotal league games

Enter Week 6 in college football. In the MAC this week around the state of Michigan, all three schools -- Central, Eastern and Western Michigan -- travel for key road games. CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS Central Michigan returns to conference action this weekend after briefly stepping out...

Week 1: Season preview for college hockey in the state of Michigan

Here we are again, Nation. It's just about that time for another exciting season of college hockey in the state of Michigan. Last season, the mitten sent two teams to the annual Division I NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament. Michigan Tech earned a tournament bid for...

5 Biggest Takeaways from the Detroit Tigers’ 2017 season

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays
Most people would believe that when a team finishes more than 30 games under .500 in a season, there is not much to be taken away from the year overall. By and large, that is the case. For the Detroit Tigers this season, however, that...

3 Biggest storylines heading into the 2017 MLB playoffs

Unfortunately for fans of the Detroit Tigers, the team is absent from the Major League Baseball playoffs for a third consecutive season. That could be the case for the foreseeable future as the team goes through a rebuild. Despite not partaking in baseball's second season...

Tigers GM Al Avila sets timetable on hiring a new manager

The rebuild is in full effect for the Detroit Tigers. And with a 5-1 loss in the season finale against the playoff-bound Minnesota Twins on Sunday, Detroit owns the No. 1 overall pick in next year's amateur draft. It's impossible to predict what will happen...

3 Biggest takeaways from Michigan State’s 17-10 win over Iowa on Saturday

NCAA Football: Furman at Michigan State
After a sloppy and sluggish performance against Notre Dame the week before, the Michigan State Spartans were suddenly in a pivotal point in their season. Welcoming in Big Ten cross-division foe Iowa for the league opener suddenly became a much more important game. The Spartans...

Roundup: Chippewas and Eagles each with big road tests; Broncos kick off MAC play

All three Directional Michigan schools are back in action this weekend. Highlighted this weekend are some noteworthy road games for both Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan. Also, Western Michigan finally gets into the MAC swing of things. Let's get started. CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS LAST WEEK: L vs....

3 Keys to a Michigan State victory on Saturday vs. Iowa

It's hard to properly measure the importance of the game for Michigan State against Iowa is on Saturday. But one can safely argue it is gargantuan given the big picture. The Spartans would prefer not to enter the week leading up to the showdown under...

REPORT: Andrew Romine to play all nine positions in season finale for Tigers

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
What had been widely talked about and hoped for will finally come to fruition on Sunday in the regular season finale for the Detroit Tigers. According to manager Brad Ausmus, super utility infielder Andrew Romine will play all nine positions in the field on...

Tigers News: Ian Kinsler’s option, additional safety netting, minor leagues and more

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Philadelphia Phillies
There has been a lot of stories revolving around the Detroit Tigers so we are going to help you get caught up on some of the more notable ones. IAN KINSLER VESTS INTO 2018 Entering Tuesday's game against the Kansas City royals, second baseman Ian Kinsler...

8 Prospects for the Detroit Tigers to play in the Arizona Fall League

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Philadelphia Phillies
As the Detroit Tigers have their eye sets on the future with the idea of getting younger, leaner, and more athletic, virtually everybody and their mother and brother within the organization will be getting their chance to improve their standing with the club this...

LOOK: Michigan State opens up as a slim favorite for conference opener vs. Iowa

The Michigan State Spartans this Saturday will look to get back in the win column after a sloppy performance at home against Notre Dame over the weekend. They will finally open up Big Ten play at home this coming Saturday when they welcome in cross-division...

Putting Brad Ausmus’ tenure with the Detroit Tigers into perspective

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone. The...

Jim Harbaugh upset over “egregious” hit on Wilton Speight, “cramped” Purdue facilities

NCAA Football: Michigan at Ohio State
Michigan narrowly avoided a scare on the road this past weekend against Purdue, outscoring the Boilermakers 21-0 in the second half to secure a 28-10 victory and improve to 4-0. But head coach Jim Harbaugh was less than pleased, to say the least, following the...

BREAKING: Game time announced for Michigan-Michigan State on October 7

We're just two weeks away from the latest chapter in the battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy between Michigan and Michigan State. From a Wolverines' perspective, it is the calm before the storm. With a bye this week, they have two weeks to prepare...

AP POLL: Michigan stays put at No. 8 amid shakeup in top 10

They needed another second-half surge to put Purdue away on Saturday in West Lafayette but the Michigan Wolverines extended their record to 4-0 on the season, 1-0 in conference play. Despite the less-than-ideal performance from Jim Harbaugh & Co. on Saturday, the Wolverines stand pat...

4-Star Quarterback from Oak Park HS commits to Michigan State for 2019

The Michigan State Spartans could very well have their next great quarterback developing right now with redshirt Brian Lewerke taking the reigns this season as the starter. But who will be replacing him, should he finish his career through graduation, when that times comes? Perhaps...

3 Biggest takeaways from the Michigan State loss to Notre Dame

It was a highly-anticipated game Saturday night in East Lansing between long-time rivals Notre Dame and Michigan State. Unfortunately for the Spartans, an ugly start ultimately leads to their demise at home in a 38-18 loss at the hands of the Fighting Irish. Certainly not...

Roundup: Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan open up league play

In our weekly roundup, we will focus in on both the Central Michigan Chippewas and Eastern Michigan Eagles as they open up Mid-American conference play this Saturday. The Western Michigan Broncos do play this week, bringing in an FCS opponent in Wagner. It should be...

Western Michigan schedules future road game at Notre Dame

As Western Michigan continues to build themselves up as a steady program from the Group of 5, with that uphill climb comes some big challenges. They've done just that this season with back-to-back games against Southern California and Michigan State to open the season. The...

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...

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