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My name is Ryan, I'm the Pistons editor for DSN. My hobbies include listening to better music than you and watching unhealthy amounts of Always Sunny.

WATCH: Tom Izzo and Denzel Valentine get lessons from ‘DWTS’ professionals

In the near future, Tom Izzo will not be Denzel Valentine's coach anymore. However, that's not going to stop the Michigan State duo from having fun with the little time they do have left together. Izzo and Valentine visited the set of the ABC show "Dancing with...

ESPN FPI: Michigan has second-easiest schedule among ‘Power 5’ schools in 2016

Do you have a buddy who's a Michigan slappy and swears they're going to the College Football Playoff next year? They might not be as crazy as you think. According to ESPN's FPI (Football Power Index), only Minnesota has a weaker schedule that the Wolverines...

Pistons score 64 second-half points, beat Magic 108-104 in Orlando

Looking to tighten their grip on the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Pistons headed to Orlando, the old stomping grounds for Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy. Coming out of halftime down 51-44, the Pistons rallied in the second half and...

Oakland’s Kay Felder set to declare for NBA Draft

https://twitter.com/MikeSullivan/status/717388901850198018 Oakland University's star point guard Kahlil Felder is set to declare for the NBA Draft without an agent. The junior Felder can opt to return to school after the NBA Combine if he doesn't like where teams are projecting him. The 5-foot-9 Felder led the...

Detroit’s top athletes react to Monday night’s NCAA Championship game

If you were on Twitter last night at around 11:28 pm you undoubtedly saw three things: Marcus Paige's unbelievable double-clutch three-point shot to tie the NCAA Championship game at 74-all with 4.7 seconds left in regulation. Kris Jenkins' ice-cold, buzzer-beating, game-winning three-point shot as time expired...

2016 Detroit Tigers Season Preview; Predictions included

It's finally here. After months of squabbling about what went wrong last year, and how this year's busy off-season will improve the team, baseball is finally back. More importantly, Tiger baseball is finally back, and the anticipation is as high as it's ever been...

Baseball needs more fun and showmanship

NOTE: The views expressed in this editorial do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit SportsNation 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.  In the aftermath...

Lions GM Bob Quinn on Geoff Schwartz: ‘He’s primarily a guard, first and foremost.’

Detroit Lions General Manager Bob Quinn has made some nice moves in his first off-season as the organization's decision maker, but the elephant in the room is that Quinn has not yet addressed the team's biggest hole, the left tackle position. Detroit missed out on...

Darius Slay goes on profanity-laced tirade to defend D’Angelo Russell

Los Angeles Lakers rookie point Guard D'Angelo Russell has taken a lot of heat recently for leaking a video of teammate Nick Young admitting to cheating on his fiancee, hip-hop artist Iggy Azalea. Many people, mostly males, have accused Russell of violating the "bro...

Countdown to Opening Day: 5 days, #5 Hank Greenberg

Get your tailgates ready, Opening Day is only five days away! That's right, just one work week! In order to get ready for the 2016 season, we'll reflect on some of the best players to wear numbers ten through one for the Detroit Tigers ​through their...

Marvin Jones’ sure hands and route running made him a dream fit for the Lions

Potential NFL free agents and arm-chair receivers hoping the Lions give them a Vince Papale type shot at an open tryout, I'll give you the two things you need to be able to do as an NFL wide receiver in order to impress new...

Final Four Preview: Syracuse

SYRACUSE ORANGE (23-13) 2016 NCAA Tournament Path Round of 64 - Def. (7) Dayton, 70-51 Round of 32 - Def. (15) Middle Tennessee State, 75-50 Round of 16 - Def. (11) Gonzaga, 68-62 Round of 8 - Def. (1) Virginia, 64-59 After finishing tenth in the ACC, many experts and...

Detroit Lions Devin Taylor is poised for a breakout year in 2016

In the NFL, what makes or breaks most careers is how a player seizes his first real opportunity at extended on-field action. They're thrown into battle with 21 other grown men and told to sink or swim. That will be the test Detroit Lions...

[PHOTOS] Atlanta Hawks leave Jeff Teague behind in Auburn Hills

If you ever wondered why teachers counted heads on the bus or made you use the buddy system when going on a field trip, this is why. Saturday night, the Atlanta Hawks flew by the Detroit Pistons 112-95 and ended Detroit's five game winning streak....

Countdown to Opening Day: 8 days, #8 Don Wert

Get your season predictions in, Opening Day is only eight days away! That's right, eight days! In order to get ready for the 2016 season, we'll reflect on some of the best players to wear numbers ten through one for the Detroit Tigers​through their long, storied...

Caldwell and Lions have a better shot at success than Ausmus and 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...

WATCH: Yoenis Cespedes stares at ball resulting in inside the park home run

Yoenis Cespedes is man with a $75 million dollar contract, a different sports luxury car for each day of the year, and no time for your silly spring training baseball games. It's understandable how an everyday player like Cespedes might be over the rigmarole of...

DeAndre Levy’s return has Lions GM and coach excited for future

The biggest addition to the Detroit Lions next year won't be a free agent signing or a high round draft pick. It will be the return of DeAndre Levy, the best linebacker to wear the Honolulu blue and silver in the last 20 years. After recording...

Walled Lake Western junior WR Cody White commits to MSU

With an already strong influx of wide receivers from the 2016 recruiting class and set to make an impact next season, the Michigan State Spartans have started even looking at some notable juniors. They did not have to go far on Wednesday, as Walled Lake Western...

EDITORIAL: Calvin Johnson’s retirement is the best case scenario for the Lions

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.   As...

Conference Tournament Preview – Big Ten

Traditionally, the Big Ten is always among the best conferences in college basketball and this year is no exception. With as many as eight possible teams earning tournament bids, the conference is as deep as it has been in years. But before we can think about...

Michigan State dominates ESPN list of the top Big Ten plays of the last decade

Depending on which Big Ten team you're a fan of, ESPN's list of the top 25 plays in the Big Ten in the last decade will either fill you with great nostalgia or bring back those pesky repressed memories of games you swore to...

Oakland’s Felder, Hooper receive Horizon League honors

https://twitter.com/Mark__Snyder/status/704743918961876992 Things are looking up for the Golden Grizzlies. After defeating rival Detroit in a wildly exciting game Friday night and clinching a two-round bye in the Horizon League Tournament, a pair of Oakland's players are being recognized by the conference. Star point guard Kahlil Felder...

Check out what Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander are driving to Spring Training

With all the buzz former Tiger Yoenis Cespedes has made rolling into Mets spring training with some incredible whips, current Tigers Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera have decided to throw their own vehicles into the ring for the all important title of 'King of...

MSU QB Tyler O’Connor: ‘People talking about Connor have no clue’

Former Michigan State quarterback and soon-to-be NFL play-caller Connor Cook has spent much of the time leading up to the NFL Draft trying to dispel the notion that he's a 'cocky, arrogant football player.' Many of his MSU teammates have come to his defense when...

Why the Horizon League men’s basketball tournament at Joe Louis is the hottest ticket in town

In what is a perfect appetizer for the Tigers Opening Day festivities taking place on April 8th, the Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament is a must-see event for all Detroiters. With tickets starting at just $15, there's no better way to enjoy all Detroit has to...

Former Tiger Delmon Young arrested after allegedly choking, threatening a valet

Free agent outfielder Delmon Young was arrested and charged with battery Sunday night in Miami after he choked and threatened to kill a valet attendant, police said. According to a Miami police report, Young grabbed a valet attendant by his neck and started to choke him after...

Top 5 commercials from Super Bowl 50

In terms of excitement, Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers was lackluster and rather sloppy. But the actual game is only one-third of the Super Bowl experience. The halftime show received mix reviews regarding to who really was the main performance...

Oakland’s Kahlil Felder has a chance to make history

The NBA Draft is a giant pool of athletic specimens being judged on skills and potential hoping not to get drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers. While every now and then the self-claimed experts of the NBA label a guy as a "can't miss" prospect, the reality...

ESPN: Pistons interested in Ryan Anderson?

February 18th not only marks the fourth day of apologies from guys who forgot to buy their wives or girlfriends Valentine's Day gifts, it also stands as the NBA's trade deadline. Just three weeks ago, Detroit Pistons head coach, president of basketball operations, and "Form a f***ing wall"...

5 best offensive players in the B1G next season

For a long time, the Big Ten was known for "three yards and a cloud of dust". Not anymore. The conference now boasts some of the most explosive and effective offenses in the country. Some of the best and most dynamic play makers in...

Top 5 Big Ten defensive players in 2016-17

Defense has been the staple of the Big Ten for years and with elite defensive talent coming out of the conference it's easy to see why. This year however it seems that there is an exceptional amount of top defensive talent returning to the...

Pistons owner Tom Gores pledges $10M to help Flint Water Crisis

Tom Gores
Filed under the category "coolest thing we'll see all day", Pistons owner and Flint native, Tom Gores, is pledging to raise $10 million to help aid his hometown in the midst of the Flint Water Crisis. By now, you've probably heard about Flint's water supply being contaminated with...

Top 5 Heisman Trophy Candidates for the 2016 CFB season

The 2016-17 college football season is shaping up to be a year of football we will never forget. With traditional powers topping the rankings, intense rivalries with some element of revenge added in, and the always-controversial College Football Playoff Committee, next year's installment of college...

Mark Dantonio is quietly putting together his best recruiting class ever

Separated by just 64 miles from all the insanity that is the Jim Harbaugh recruiting show, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio continues to pluck 4-star talent from all across the country. However, while it is nice to be able to get a guy like 6-6,...

LOOK: MSU to unveil “Mean Green” uniforms Saturday vs. Maryland

Michigan State, who is no stranger to alternate uniforms, will go with a rather interesting look this Saturday as they take on No. 7 Maryland at the Breslin Center. The No. 11 Spartans will be sporting bright, neon green uniforms that are a part of...

Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander may be adding another pitch to his repertoire

Justin Verlander taking pitching advice from anybody seems absolutely ludicrous. The former AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner has carved out an excellent career dominating hitters and getting them to swing-and-miss seemingly at will, all on his own accord. Verlander has a case for...

Victor Martinez: “We all owe Mr. Ilitch a trophy.”

When asked a question about the improvements General Manager Al Avila and has made to the Detroit Tigers roster this off-season, designated hitter Victor Martinez made sure to let it be known that Tigers owner Mike Ilitch was really the one responsible for allowing...

Mid-season Report: Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons' chances at 82-0 ended on a November 3rd loss to the Indiana Pacers. The monumental upset stirred cries throughout the Motor City that the Pistons were done, cooked, and had no shot at the playoffs. Oh wait... that's what experts were saying...

Lions CB Rashean Mathis contemplating retirement

Now that the Detroit Lions' season is over and their coaching staff is set, their next course of action is to tune up the roster in hopes of making a playoff run next year. In doing so, they may have to find a replacement for...

Lions fire senior personnel executive Scott McEwen

The 2015 NFL Football season featured major overhaul for the Detroit Lions, with most of the front office executives being fired, leaving behind very little familiarity for what used to be. The latest executive to fall victim to the overhaul is Scott McEwen. McEwen...

Valentine, LeVert named to mid-season Top 25 for Wooden Award

Michigan State's Denzel Valentine and Michigan's Caris LeVert have both been named to the mid-season top 25 for the John R. Wooden Award, given to the country's best player. The Michigan State senior guard is currently leading the Spartans in points (17.8 ppg), rebounds (7.9 rpg),...

Adam Silver set to attend first Pistons home game on MLK Day

Adam Silver
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has certainly made his presence known since becoming the league's central figurehead in 2014. Three months into his stint as commissioner he banned then-Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist remarks he made about past and current players. Silver has also been...

Teryl Austin set to interview with Titans

With the Lions head coaching situation sitting in a state of uncertainty, one thing fans can bank on is that highly coveted defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will not be back. Austin is scheduled to interview for the Tennessee Titans head coaching job on Friday. He had...

CFB Nat’l Championship Preview – Alabama vs. Clemson

The end is here. Tonight, the final chapter closes on the 2015-16 College Football season. In a year full of miraculous finishes, questionable calls, and puzzling playoff rankings, the two remaining teams that have a chance to cement their place as champions have all the...

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