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Michael Whitaker

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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.

JUST IN: Red Wings increase offer to RFA Andreas Athanasiou

The Detroit Red Wings and restricted free-agent forward Andreas Athanasiou have been unable to come to terms on a new contract for this season, and that has led to the young forward traveling overseas to Switzerland to assess his playing options while things are worked out...

You will not believe what a national outlet said about Little Caesars Arena

Popular sports website Deadspin couldn't help but notice the scores of empty seats at Little Caesars Arena for the Pistons' first home game back in the city of Detroit in three decades. But rather than talk about the actual issue, they decided to be unoriginal and...

VIDEO: Justin Abdelkader scores on penalty shot

https://twitter.com/NHL/status/920093923409911808 It had appeared as though the Detroit Red Wings had gotten themselves on the board after trailing 2-0 early in the 2nd period against the Tampa Bay Lightning. However, Lightning coach John Cooper challenged the goal, saying that Justin Abdelkader had interfered with goaltender Andrei...

ROSTER NEWS: Detroit Pistons pick up player options on two players

As the NBA regular season draws closer, the Detroit Pistons have made two moves towards the future as their final roster takes shape. The team announced on Sunday that they'd picked up the fourth year option on Stanley Johnson and third year option on Henry...

MUST SEE: Jamal Agnew returns punt for TD

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It wasn't looking good for the Detroit Lions in the 4th quarter of this afternoon's game against the New Orleans Saints in the Big Easy. That's when Lions cornerback Jamal Agnew decided to do something about it. With the score, Agnew is now the 5th player...

BREAKING: Detroit Lions inactive list revealed, key player OUT vs. Saints

The Detroit Lions head into New Orleans for a matchup with the Saints (1:00 PM, FOX) while looking to get back on track from last week's disappointing loss to Carolina. Ahead of this afternoon's tilt, the team has released the injury report, and it isn't looking...

WATCH: Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints hype video

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The Detroit Lions will look to get back on track following last week's loss to Carolina when they pay a visit to the Big Easy for a matchup with the New Orleans Saints. Check out this hype video to get you in the mood for...

WATCH: Red Wings deal Golden Knights first ever loss

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The Detroit Red Wings came into Las Vegas last night with a chance to halt the Vegas Golden Knights' historic winning streak - that is, winning the first three games for an expansion franchise and looking for number four. No expansion team had ever accomplished...

DeAndre Levy: Lions tried to silence me from talking about CTE

NFL: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Earlier this year, former Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy filed a grievance against the team in August for $1.75 million for allegedly misleading him regarding a knee injury. He's now upped the ante, stating to a congressional subcommittee on brain injuries in football that his former team...

FIGHT NIGHT! Red Wings Tomas Tatar opens a can of whoop-ass on Erik Haula!

Well, there's something you don't see every day! On Friday night, Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar, known more for scoring goals than throwing haymakers, engaged in the fisticuffs with Vegas Golden Knights forward Erik Haula! Haula took exception to a clean check from Tatar...

Red Wings fans notice Little Caesars Arena goal horn isn’t quite the same as The Joe

Joe Louis Arena left an indelible impression on generations of Detroit Red Wings fans, but it's fair to say that it was more so for what happened on the ice rather than the actual structure. The fans who arrived at Little Caesars Arena for the first...

Martin Frk sniping his way into Red Wings fans hearts

Detroit Red Wings Fox Sports play-by-play commentator Ken Daniels exclaimed, "There it is! There's the weapon!" after forward Martin Frk scored scored during last night's victory over the Arizona Coyotes, one-timing a pass from Mike Green from the left faceoff circle that beat goaltender Louis...

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill listed among possibilities of NHL coaches being fired

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Washington Capitals
Detroit Red Wings fans likely won't be surprised at the latest prediction from the sports website Bovada.lv. The site, described as "a trusted online gambling site offering sports betting, online casino games and betting on horse racing", has listed Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill...

VIDEO: Former Red Wing scores first ever home goal for Vegas Golden Knights

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The Vegas Golden Knights are the first NHL expansion franchise to start their season with wins in their first three games, and a former Detroit Red Wings forward had a hand in ensuring the third victory started off on the right foot. Tomas Nosek was selected...

NOT SO FAST: Red Wings say they haven’t banned octopus tossing fan from LCA

Earlier today, we reported on a surprising story involving the beloved octopus tossing tradition Red Wings fans have. A fan from Windsor who attended Detroit's season opener on October 5 was allegedly banned for life from Little Caesars Arena for throwing octopi onto the ice...

Fan banned for life from Little Caesars Arena for octopus toss

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Well, this is certainly an odd and unexpected development in Red Wings fandom. The octopus toss has been a long and cherished tradition for Red Wings fans attending home games at Joe Louis Arena, and naturally, they wanted it to continue at the brand new...

WATCH: OSU marching band trolls Michigan during half-time show

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While most of us were watching the Michigan Wolverines battle their in-state rival Michigan State Spartans at the Big House, Michigan's other rival was busy doing some trolling during their half-time show. The Ohio State Buckeyes marching band put on quite a display, with mascot...

BREAKING: Andreas Athanasiou ‘headed to Switzerland tonight’

His initials may be "AA", but fans are likely to give him an "F" based on the entirety of this situation. The news that Detroit Red Wings fans were hoping to not hear regarding speedy forward Andreas Athanasiou has just been confirmed. According to TSN...

VIDEO: Anthony Mantha scores first goal at Little Caesars Arena

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It was a historic night at Little Caesars Arena, as the Detroit Red Wings played their first regular season home game in a different venue from Joe Louis Arena since Jimmy Carter was in the White House. Forward Anthony Mantha scored the first ever goal...

MUST SEE: NBCSN’s farewell to Joe Louis Arena

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The Detroit Red Wings play host to the Minnesota Wild tonight in their first regular season game at Little Caesars Arena. Before the Red Wings officially christened their new home, NBCSN aired one final tribute to their former home Joe Louis Arena. We dare you...

2017-18 Detroit Red Wings Season Preview

The Detroit Red Wings enter the 2017-18 season with more questions than answers after missing the playoffs for the first time in a quarter-century. And thanks to tight cap space, the team that will be taking the ice at Little Caesars Arena is largely...

Ex-Red Wing Jiri Hudler’s crazy flight

We all can recite the best lines from the 1980 comedy Airplaine!. Of course, one memorable scene sees an elderly woman turning down whiskey in lieu of a few lines of cocaine.  According to a Czech newspaper, former Detroit Red Wings forward and current free-agent Jiri Hudler...

Lions DB Miles Killebrew had friends wounded in Las Vegas shootings

The horrific carnage that took place in Las Vegas on Sunday night served as another sobering reminder of the presence of pure evil in the world that affects all walks of life. For one Detroit Lions player, the tragedy hit close to home. Defensive back...

ROSTER UPDATE: Red Wings make round of cuts as final roster takes shape

The Detroit Red Wings have made moves to solidify what their roster will look like on opening night when they host the Minnesota Wild at Little Caesars Arena on October 5, including several cuts. Coreau, Parenteau Waived Goaltender Jared Coreau was waived on Sunday, and will...

Reinforcements are on the way for the Red Wings as season draws closer

Ahead of Thursday night's pre-season tilt against the Chicago Blackhawks at Little Caesars Arena, the Detroit Red Wings received some good news on the injury front as the regular season creeps closer. Defenseman Niklas Kronwall has been practicing and is expected to be in the...

Darius Slay’s comments about Earth will blow your mind!

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NBA star Kyrie Irving raised more than a few eyebrows last season when he confessed his belief that the world is flat instead of round. He's since said that he was simply trolling. But now, one local sports figure has decided to get in on...

MUST SEE: Small fire breaks out near Lions locker room after controversial loss

The Detroit Lions lost a heartbreaker to the Atlanta Falcons on a controversial call on the game's final play. Golden Tate's would-be game winning touchdown was called back after officials determined he was down before crossing the goal line, the clock ran out, and...

JUST IN: Alex Wilson suffers broken leg after being struck by a line drive

We have breaking news - literally. Detroit Tigers pitcher Alex Wilson is going to be shelved for what is left of this season with a broken leg.  https://twitter.com/beckjason/status/911745964913897478 After replacing Drew VerHagen, he suffered a non-displaced fibular fracture on his right lower leg after being struck...

Young Red Wings forward suffers wrist inflammation, will miss 3-4 weeks

Ahead of the Detroit Red Wings' first pre-season game at Little Caesars Arena, they received some news on the injury front. Forward Tyler Bertuzzi is suffering from tendon inflammation in his wrist and will be out at least the next 3-4 weeks, according to General...

VIDEO: Red Wings five goals from exhibition loss to Penguins

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The Detroit Red Wings fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in their second pre-season game of 2017 by a final score of 6-5 in overtime. Though there were few regulars in the lineup for Detroit, the game was still a spirited back-and-forth affair that featured...

Report: Ian Kinsler set to discuss future with Al Avila

The Detroit Tigers are officially entering a rebuild after struggling for much of the 2017 season, having traded away the likes of J.D. Martinez, Justin Wilson, Alex Avila, and Justin Verlander. Now, another member of the Tigers is set to discuss his future with the...

Red Wings skate at new practice facility before 1st pre-season game

The Detroit Red Wings have concluded training camp and before heading out to Boston for their first pre-season game against the Bruins at TD Garden, the team took its first skate at the practice facility at Little Caesars Arena. Needless to say, the team impressed with...

Former Buckeye Taylor Decker responds to being mistaken for ex-Wolverine

Injured Detroit Lions left-tackle Taylor Decker didn't play Monday night against the New York Giants, but something happened during the affair that drew his ire. Not on the field - but in the broadcast booth. Decker is an alum of Ohio State University, the chief rival...

No hard feelings between Anthony Mantha, Luke Witkowski

Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha was making strides in his first full NHL season before it was cut short after a fight on March 30 with now-teammate Luke Witkowski, who was with the Tampa Bay Lightning at the time. However, as far as any...

Brad Ausmus snaps after being angered by post-game question

Detroit Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus may know he's a dead-man walking in terms of his job security. But that isn't stopping his passion for the game - or being irked at being second-guessed. Following Detroit's 12-0 victory over Chicago that saw pitcher Matt Boyd's no-hitter...

BREAKING: Tigers pitcher Matt Boyd loses no-hitter on final out

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
Detroit Tigers pitcher Matt Boyd nearly made history today at Comerica Park, losing a no-hit bid in the top of the 9th inning against the Chicago White Sox with just one more out to go. https://twitter.com/MLB/status/909505402592808961 He lost out on history when White Sox SS Tim Anderson...

AP POLL: Michigan slips after sluggish performance vs. Air Force

The AP Top-25 poll for Week 4 has been released, and the Michigan Wolverines have lost a bit of ground following yet another sluggish offensive performance over the weekend. Despite their undefeated record of 3-0, the Wolverines now sit at number 8 after yesterday's victory...

Report: Ziggy Ansah listed as “questionable” vs. Giants

If the Detroit Lions are to move to 2-0 on the young season against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football, they may have to do it without a key piece of their lineup. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah has been listed as questionable for...

Contract discussions not finished between Red Wings, Athanasiou

NHL: Andreas Athanasiou
The Detroit Red Wings and speedy forward Andreas Athanasiou appeared to be on the verge of a messy separation after the team wasn't meeting his contract requests, combined with a higher offer from the KHL. However, as the team gathers in Traverse City for training camp, there...

He did what?!? Kenny Golladay turns into Superman, makes amazing TD catch

The first half of this afternoon's game was a bit sticky, but the Detroit Lions have managed to pull away from the Arizona Cardinals with a barrage of unanswered points! Check out this impressive touchdown grab, his second of the game, from Kenny Golladay on a...

WATCH: Marvin Jones with Detroit’s first TD of 2017

The Detroit Lions got on the board for the first time in the 2017 season courtesy of a Matthew Stafford touchdown pass to receiver Marvin Jones Jr. https://twitter.com/SotoSportsTv/status/906945471372857344

Red Wings sign two NHL veterans to professional tryout contracts

While the Detroit Red Wings continue to play the waiting game with forward Andreas Athanasiou, they've taken steps to try and replace the offense they could potentially be losing should the speedy forward bolt to the KHL. Nine-year NHL veteran P.A. Parenteau has signed a professional...

Report: Andreas Athanasiou playing in the KHL a “probability”

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The rebuilding Detroit Red Wings are in serious danger of losing one of their only offensive threats. A recent report revealed that Andreas Athanasiou was considering an offer from the KHL. According to a report from TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger earlier today, Athanasiou is indeed...

Detroit Lions waive former third-round pick

The Detroit Lions' 2017 roster continues to take shape. Following this week's trade of OT Laken Tomlinson to San Francisco, the team took one step closer to their final makeup with the waiving of a former third-round draft selection on Friday. Lions beat writer Dave Birkett reported...

Athanasiou agent: Considerable difference between Detroit, KHL offers

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As if the recent revelation that forward Andreas Athanasiou was flirting with an offer from the KHL wasn't enough for Detroit Red Wings fans bitter with their team's management, this latest news certainly won't help things. Athanasiou's agent Darren Ferris revealed in a text to MLive that there...

WATCH: Retaliation? James McCann rocked in head by pitch after bench clearing brawl

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
The Tigers and Yankees engaged in a bench clearing brawl after Miguel Cabrera and Austin Romine exchanged heated words and then punches at home plate in the sixth inning of Thursday's game. The chaos wasn't over, however. Tigers catcher James McCann was absolutely rocked in the head by...

MUST SEE: Miguel Cabrera opens up a can of whoop ass on Yankees Austin Romine

It was a heated affair between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees on Thursday afternoon, and it all exploded in the sixth inning. The festivities began when Yankees star Gary Sanchez was hit by Tigers starter Michael Fulmer, shortly after hitting a home run...

Lions remain optimistic about status of Ziggy Ansah

NFL: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions haven't had much luck on the injury front prior to the 2017 season, but their head coach is optimistic that a big piece of their team will be ready to go by Week 1. Head coach Jim Caldwell spoke on Tuesday on...

SIGNING: Detroit Lions bring aboard former Pitt standout Scott Orndoff

With injuries ravaging the Detroit Lions tight ends, the team has made an additional signing to help stop the bleeding. Former Pitt standout Scott Orndoff was signed and is now the ninth tight end on the team's 90-man roster, joining Eric Ebron, Darren Fells, Michael Roberts,...

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...

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