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I'm originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan but grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. I've been a lifelong Red Wings fan as well as other Detroit sports; hockey has always been #1. I'm currently pursuing a journalism degree at Eastern Michigan University.

UPDATE: Kerry Hyder expected to miss entire 2017 season

The Detroit Lions were dealt a significant blow during their first pre-season game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Defensive end Kerry Hyder is now expected to miss the rest of the season with a significant achilles injury. https://twitter.com/kmeinke/status/896861965787725824 Hyder was carted off the field after losing...

Former Red Wings coach and GM Bryan Murray dies at 74

There is some sad news to report out of the world of hockey this afternoon. Former Detroit Red Wings general manager and head coach Bryan Murray has passed away from cancer at the age of 74. Murray was with the Red Wings from 1990-93 and...

INJURY UPDATE: Ebron, Wagner return to Lions practice, Stafford avoids scare

NFL: NFC Wild Card-Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks
The Detroit Lions gained two players from injury back at practice on Friday, and narrowly avoided a potentially devastating blow as well. Eric Ebron and Rick Wagner were both cleared to return, though Ebron went through individual drills before stopping for the day. Meanwhile, Wagner...

Detroit Lions players react to their Madden 18 ratings

Playing the popular game Madden isn't just for football fans. NFL players themselves enjoy it as well, and also take special notice of how they're personally ranked within the game. This week, Madden 18 released their player ratings, and Lions cornerback Darius Slay took exception to how he...

Report: DeAndre Levy files injury grievance against Lions

NFL: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Former Detroit Lions LB DeAndry Levy still has not fully recovered from the knee injury he suffered in the first game of the 2016 season. Now, he's filing an injury grievance against the team. https://twitter.com/mikerothstein/status/895028693176913925 Levy suffered a torn meniscus and soon underwent surgery afterwards. He...

Detroit Lions bring in three running backs for workout

Despite Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick on track to return on schedule from their surgeries, the Detroit Lions aren't taking any chances and have made moves to solidify their depth. According to a report from NFL Draft Diamonds, the team is working out former 2015 Tennessee Titans fifth-round...

Red Wings may be over salary cap to begin 2017-18 season

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With the way that their cap situation is looking, the Detroit Red Wings figure to be over the salary cap once the 2017-18 season rolls around. Detroit's cap figure currently sits at ~$78.9 million. This includes the $2.56M of dead space from bought-out forward Stephen...

“Finding Darko” to air on ESPN this Sunday

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He's known as one of the greatest (or worst) busts in NBA history. Now he's making his mark as a farmer back in his native Siberia, and ESPN will be airing a special piece reflecting on his disappointing basketball career and his current endeavors. Darko...

BREAKING: Michael Fulmer heads to the DL

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
The disappointing season for the Detroit Tigers just took another turn for the worse. Michael Fulmer is headed to the DL with right elbow ulnar neuritis, retroactive August 1. https://twitter.com/tigers/status/893193745621020673 It isn't yet clear just exactly how long he'll be out. Ulnar neuritis, or cubital tunnel...

LOOK: Lions thinking out of the box to reduce dropped passes

The Detroit Lions earned themselves the dubious "honor" of having the third-most dropped passes in the NFL during 2016 (fifth-highest percentage), only the Raiders and Jets had bigger cases of the "dropsies" last season. Of 580 targets, 28 were dropped. It certainly didn't help them that...

MUST SEE: Ex-Tiger Austin Jackson with the catch of the year

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Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson endeared himself to fans when he made a spectacular catch to preserve Armando Galarraga's (near) perfect game on that fateful night in Detroit in 2010. Now, as a member of the Cleveland Indians, he's added an even better highlight...

Ziggy Ansah begins training camp on PUP list

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions have placed DE Ziggy Ansah on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to open training camp in what is believed to be a precautionary measure. https://twitter.com/DrewBoylhart/status/891670639316258816 Additionally, the Lions placed G Brandon Thomas on the PUP list, while CB Teez Tabor and OT Cyrus...

Matthew Stafford: “No timetable” on new contract extension

NFL: Detroit Lions at New York Giants
Detroit Lions fans who were hoping to have quarterback Matthew Stafford signed to a new deal by the start of this year's training camp will have to continue to wait. Stafford took to the podium to talk to reporters in Allen Park during the first...

ESPN Trade Machine: Pistons, Cavaliers, and Clippers should pull off major deal

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons
ESPN has pulled out all the stops with the firestorm of Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving requesting a trade away from LeBron James and Central Ohio. They recently put forth an Insider piece involving massive trade ideas, one of which is involving the Cavaliers, the Detroit Pistons,...

LOOK: ‘Madden 18’ releases rankings of Detroit Lions players

NFL: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Madden 18 is set to drop August 25, but we already have an idea of how the game's producers have ranked the Detroit Lions and their roster. Currently, Madden 18 has the Lions ranked second in the NFC North with an "84" score, second behind the Green...

Brad Ausmus not expecting Tigers to make any more trades

Earlier this week, the Detroit Tigers made the first of what fans expect (and perhaps want) to be several moves, dealing slugger J.D. Martinez to the Arizona Diamondbacks. But if Tigers fans are holding their breath on additional moves, manager Brad Ausmus apparently isn't joining them. "I...

VIDEO: Tomas Tatar’s 25 goals from 2016-17

Despite what appeared to be a rocky process, the Detroit Red Wings and forward Tomas Tatar officially extended their relationship earlier this week. Tatar signed a four-year contract extension with an AAV of $5.3 million, avoiding a hearing before an arbitration board. He's scored 79 goals...

Andre Drummond spats with fan on Twitter following trade suggestion

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond has been maligned of late for his lackluster play despite his hefty price tag of $22 million dollars a season. It's also certainly no secret that many Pistons fans would like to see the team move on from the once...

VIDEO: Happy Birthday to Pavel Datsyuk!

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He dazzled hockey fans everywhere in his 14 seasons as a member of the Detroit Red Wings with his unbelievable dekes, takeaways and overall hockey sense. He announced his retirement from the NHL in 2016 and is currently playing for SKA Saint Petersburg in the KHL. Pavel...

Report: Detroit Pistons took trade calls on Andre Drummond

It's no secret that Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond has been lagging behind team and fan expectations. Last season, he saw his numbers drop in scoring (16.2 to 13.6), rebounding (a league-leading 14.8 to 13.8) and blocked shots (1.4 to 1.1, a career low). He also...

LOOK: Comerica Park transformed into soccer field

During its 17 year history, Comerica Park has hosted both baseball and hockey, as well as plenty of concerts. Now, it's soccer's turn to take the field. AS Roma and Paris Saint-Germain F.C. will face off in the 2017 International Champions Cup, with thousands expected...

LOOK: Little Caesars Arena scoreboard is a sight to behold

Fans of both the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons are sure going to be in awe as they watch their teams play at the new Little Caesars Arena this fall. While both squads are in periods of transition in terms of play, the technology...

JUST IN: Pistons bring back PF Anthony Tolliver

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The Detroit Pistons have added depth to their roster by bringing back a familiar face, inking Anthony Tolliver to a one-year, $3.3 million contract. https://twitter.com/drksportsnews/status/884878076936466437 He took to Twitter to express his mood: https://twitter.com/ATolliver44/status/884892181428916225 Tolliver explained in an interview last month that he was looking for the best overall opportunity for his...

Tomas Tatar hints at leaving Detroit should long-term deal not be reached

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar filed for arbitration earlier this week, with the public intention of seeking at least upwards of $5 million per season over the course of a long-term deal. Though the two sides were expected to reach an agreement with relative ease,...

Pistons sign free agent center Eric Moreland

The Detroit Pistons have signed another free agent on Thursday, inking center Eric Moreland to an undisclosed contract. https://twitter.com/KeithSmithNBA/status/883057420821516288 Moreland (6-8, 238 pounds) was born in Houston and went undrafted out of Oregon State in the 2014 NBA Draft. He last played in the NBA for...

Red Wings, Griffins renew partnership through 2022

The Detroit Red Wings and the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins have been partners since 2002, and now they've signed an agreement that will see that partnership reach 20 years running. They've officially extended their affiliation with each other for another five years through the 2021-22 Season. https://twitter.com/DetroitRedWings/status/882985097275863040 “Our...

Tomas Tatar makes contract demands known to Red Wings

NHL: Calgary Flames at Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings signed restricted free-agent Xavier Ouellet to a two-year contract extension earlier this week. Now, they've turned their attention to Tomas Tatar and Andreas Athanasiou. Both Tatar and Athanasiou are restricted free-agents, and the former could possibly be headed towards arbitration if he...

ON THIS DAY: Justin Verlander makes his major league debut vs. Indians

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigersvideo
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has been the subject of trade rumors of late as the Tigers continue to struggle. While it would certainly be unusual to see the ace in a different uniform other than the olde English D, it may be a necessity...

New Red Wings defenseman Trevor Daley: “I’m excited about it.”

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  The Detroit Red Wings inked former Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley to a three-year contract with a cap hit of just over $3 million per season this past Saturday at the start of free-agency. Soon after the deal was finalized, Daley joined TSN's James Duthie via skype...

JUST IN: Red Wings re-sign defenseman Xavier Ouellet

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings locked up one of their own restricted free agents today, signing defenseman Xavier Ouellet to a two-year contract extension. https://twitter.com/DetroitRedWings/status/881939423004438532 The French native appeared in 66 games for Detroit last season, scoring three goals to go with nine assists. His plus/minus rating was +2,...

Pistons ink PG Langston Galloway to three-year contract

The Detroit Pistons have added backcourt depth today with the signing of guard Langston Galloway to a three-year, $21 million deal. https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/881204148305354754 He declined a player-option next year with the Sacramento Kings, making him a free-agent. Originally from Louisiana, Galloway played college basketball at St. Joseph's University....

Sidney Crosby would “love” to play goal and face ex-Red Wing 1-on-1

Pittsburgh Penguins superstar forward Sidney Crosby isn't very popular around the NHL fan bases outside of Pittsburgh. Needless to say, he still isn't well liked around Detroit stemming from the 2008 and 2009 Stanley Cup Finals, the latter of which resulted in Crosby and...

Detroit Red Wings sign Michigan native Luke Witkowski to 1-year deal

Following the signing of veteran defenseman Trevor Daley, the Detroit Red Wings have made another roster move, inking defenseman, and Holland, Michigan native Luke Witkowski to a one-year deal. https://twitter.com/THNKenCampbell/status/881171534026600450 Red Wings fans will remember Witkowski as the player who ended forward Anthony Mantha's season during...

REPORT: Detroit Red Wings to sign defenseman Trevor Daley

The Detroit Red Wings are reportedly going to make their first addition of free-agency shortly with the signing of veteran defenseman Trevor Daley. The contract is for three years at $3.178 million per season. https://twitter.com/HeleneStJames/status/881179609580134400 https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/881180825630515200 Fresh off his second straight Stanley Cup championship with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Daley...

FLASHBACK: Chris Webber makes first career start with hometown Pistons

Chris Webber will always have ties to Michigan. A Detroit native and product of Country Day High School, he attended the University of Michigan and late in his NBA career suited up for the Detroit Pistons. Let's throw it back to early 2007 for C-Web's...

Detroit Pistons trade Darrun Hilliard to Rockets, who flip him to Clippers

The Detroit Pistons made a trade today, sending Darrun Hilliard to the Houston Rockets in exchange for cash considerations. The Rockets then promptly moved Hilliard to the Los Angeles Clippers as part of the trade that sent Chris Paul to Houston. Because the Rockets were...

Breaking: Little Caesars Arena worker perishes after falling from catwalk

There is tragic news out of Detroit this morning. A 46-year-old worker, believed to be an electrician, has passed away after he fell 75 feet from a catwalk at Little Caesars Arena. The accident occurred at around 8 A.M. The man was later pronounced dead...

Report: Hobey Baker finalist Spencer Foo considering Red Wings

Former Union College hockey standout Spencer Foo is reportedly close to making a decision as to which NHL team he'd like to suit up for, and the Detroit Red Wings are on his list of possibilities. https://twitter.com/CraigCustance/status/877165150696079365 His agent Michael Kaye confirmed that the four teams...

Detroit Red Wings select C Michael Rasmussen with No. 9 pick in NHL Draft

The Detroit Red Wings were positioned to select in the top 10 (9th overall pick) of the NHL Draft for the first time in decades, and their pick is in. They've officially selected center Michael Rasmussen from the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey...

Golden Knights select Tomas Nosek from Red Wings in Expansion Draft

The Detroit Red Wings won't be losing Petr Mrazek to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, but they will be losing a young piece that was a big part of their AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins. https://twitter.com/HeleneStJames/status/877629721869074432 According to beat writer Helene St. James, the Golden Knights...

Lions Notes: Golladay signed, Thornton suspended, Stafford to get paid?

NFL: NFC Wild Card-Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks
Lions willing to "whatever it takes" to sign Stafford  Detroit Lions president Rod Wood didn't mince words when it came to his intentions for quarterback Matthew Stafford. It's been speculated that Stafford's next deal could potentially be the highest paid player in NFL history, but...

Chauncey Billups: Cleveland Cavaliers executive?

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced earlier today that they were parting ways with GM David Griffin, despite having been to three consecutive NBA Finals and winning the 2016 title, along with the NBA draft taking place later this week. Owner Dan Gilbert released a statement saying that...

Coach Jim Harbaugh recruiting former President Obama and R&B singer Usher to be honorary UM captains

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State
University of Michigan Wolverines football head coach Jim Harbaugh has proven throughout his career that he follows the mantra "go big or go home". His time as head coach at Michigan is certainly no different, and this upcoming season, he's upped the ante again. Harbaugh...

Red Wings expose Petr Mrazek for the NHL Expansion Draft

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Well, this is certainly an interesting and unexpected development. The NHL expansion draft is June 18-20, and each team was able to protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goaltender from being exposed to the draft for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. https://twitter.com/DetroitRedWings/status/876509541118218240 The Detroit Red Wings...

Reggie Bullock suspended five games after violating NBA drug policy

Detroit Pistons forward Reggie Bullock has found himself in a bit of trouble from the NBA, and is going to be absent for the start of next season. It was announced on Friday that Bullock has been suspended for the first five games of the...

REPORT: Lawsuit seeking to block funding could threaten Pistons’ move to downtown

It appears as though the celebration of the Detroit Pistons relocating from Auburn Hills to downtown Detroit for the first time in decades could potentially be premature. A federal lawsuit which aims to block public funding of a new Pistons headquarters downtown as well as...

Grand Rapids Griffins celebrate Calder Cup win with McDonald’s

Wheaties cereal has been dubbed throughout the years as the "breakfast of champions". While there's no word on what the Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins breakfast routines look like, we now have an unofficial "dinner of champions", and it's an unlikely source. Following their...

Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions

This season, the Detroit Red Wings playoff streak officially came to an end. And now, another milestone of theirs has been snapped. The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators tonight by a 2-0 final score to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup, meaning the Red...

Despite feeling underpaid, Golden Tate wants to stay in Detroit

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate has two years left on the five-year, $31 million deal he signed with the Lions as a free agent in 2014, but he's already looking toward the future. Tate announced on Twitter on Thursday that he'd like to sign an...

Gordie Howe’s name to be removed from Stanley Cup

There will be several new names on the Stanley Cup this season, and they'll belong to either the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Nashville Predators. Unfortunately, with that addition, there will also be subtraction. With this year's Cup winner, there will be no more room on...

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