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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: Charles Woodson lights up Ohio State with big punt return touchdown

Look, there's no easy way to work around it. Michigan just has not fared well against hated rival Ohio State in recent history. In fact, the last time the Wolverines had a nice string of success was in the mid to late 1990's when...

WEEK 9: Spartans, Broncos going streaking; Michigan and Ohio State on the ice

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, on behalf of everyone here at Detroit Sports Nation. One of the more underrated gifts that keeps on giving around the holidays is the onslaught of sports action. College hockey is no exception. Six of the seven college hockey...

Michigan linebacker Devin Bush named a finalist for the Butkus Award

Finalists for various college football awards were announced on Monday, as the season winds down and some of the nation's top talents will be recognized in the coming weeks for their performances in 2017. Of local note, Michigan linebacker Devin Bush has been tabbed as...

WEEK 13: Fired up Chips look to stay red hot, Broncos face high-flying Toledo

Enter the final week of the 2017 regular season in the Mid-American Conference for Central, Eastern and Western Michigan. While none of the trio are in the hunt to represent the division in the conference title game played at Ford Field, they could have...

WATCH: Fox drops hype video for Ohio State/Michigan game on Saturday

There was rather sizable news this past college football offseason off the field in the media world. The Big Ten Conference continued to expand its reach nationally when they announced newly-minted deals with major networks Fox, ESPN/ABC and CBS. Fans of Big Ten schools have...

REPORT: Tigers’ Ian Kinsler drawing trade interest from multiple clubs

Let the Major League Baseball "Hot Stove" season commence! Now there is not a ton of activity going on at this point in time but after the GM Meetings last week and the annual Winter Meetings coming up, expect the traffic to be clustered...

LOOK: Detroit Lions to wear kick ass throwback uniforms on Thanksgiving Day

The initial reaction to the Detroit Lions unveiling new uniform combinations back in April was met with mixed emotions. Even after letting it simmer over time, many people have come to accept and like the new look while others were not so welcome to...

WEEK 3: Oakland travels to Syracuse and Kansas, EMU hits the road for Indiana

Everybody getting their sea legs back as college basketball is getting underway? Good. I know it can be a mini adjustment being hit with hoops in the midst of college football. But don't let that affect your mid-week plans to see our five mid-majors. CENTRAL...

FLASHBACK: No. 5 Michigan defeats No. 4 Ohio State in 100th edition of “The Game”

While Michigan has not had much success in "The Game" against hated rival Ohio State this century, fans of maize and blue can always hang their hat on the outstanding game between the two back on November 22, 2003. It was the 100th edition of...

Michigan State inches down in new AP Poll after loss to Duke last week

Michigan State nearly overcame their basketball kryptonite against Duke last week during the annual Champions Classic, but the Blue Devils eked out yet another win over the Spartans in a clash between No. 1 vs. No. 2. And as expected, the loser of the heavyweight...

Jim Harbaugh updates injury status of Brandon Peters and Wilton Speight

Perhaps the biggest question surrounding the Michigan Wolverines, as they prepare to take on arch-rival Ohio State this Saturday at home (Noon ET on FOX), is the quarterback position. Who will be under center for head coach Jim Harbaugh? Lately, it has been redshirt freshman...

FLASHBACK: Hello Heisman! Desmond Howard and Michigan crush Ohio State in 1991

As is customary every season during this week in college football, we reflect on some of the greatest games and moments in the history of "The Game" between Michigan and Ohio State. For the Wolverines, few will be able to top the 1991 edition...

Michigan State forward Miles Bridges listed as “day-to-day” with ankle injury

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Michigan State vs Miami
The Michigan State men's hoops team took the floor on Sunday for the first time since their loss to Duke in the Champions Classic on Tuesday. The Spartans welcomed in Stony Brook out of the American East Conference, picking up a 93-71 win over...

3 Takeaways from Michigan State’s bounce-back win at home vs. Maryland

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State
It has been a very interesting last couple of weeks in the Big Ten. Following Michigan State's upset of Penn State and Ohio State getting bludgeoned by Iowa, many wondered how the Buckeyes would respond. They took out all of their frustration on the...

LOOK: Michigan State to don special uniforms for the PK80 Invitational next week

The Michigan State men's basketball team has been given the great luxury of playing in the commemorative 'PK80' tournament, or the Phil Knight Invitational. The newest of the early-season college basketball tournaments is to celebrate the 80th birthday of Nike co-founder Phil Knight and...

Michigan State forward Kenny Goins to miss “a couple weeks” with a knee injury

One reason the Michigan State Spartans are considered a big favorite to win the national title in college basketball this season is directly correlated to their depth, particularly in the frontcourt. Head coach Tom Izzo has the ability to shuffle his big men in...

WEEK 8: Ferris State and Michigan State clash, Michigan travels to Wisconsin

We got another full slate of college hockey games this weekend in the state of Michigan. The headliner is a clash between two in-state non-conference foes. A common theme for the majority of our teams this weekend is "tough tests on the road." FERRIS STATE...

FLASHBACK: Michigan downs Wisconsin on game-winning FG from Hayden Epstein

Ever since the Big Ten expanded to 12 and eventually 14 teams in recent years, programs within the league do not have the luxury of playing every team every year in football. The cross-divisional games are largely random. This is quite evident when it comes...

LOOK: Michigan enters College Football Playoff rankings; MSU stumbles

You asked for it, Nation. You got it. Chaos ensued this past weekend in college football as four top-10 teams lost; nine total teams that were ranked in last week's top 25. Among those were No. 12 Michigan State, who was flat out embarrassed...

FLASHBACK: No. 2 Michigan State takes down No. 1 Kentucky in Champions Classic

There's really no better way to ring in the new college basketball season that with an onslaught of hoops games to open the year. Said games are often highlighted by various early-season tournaments, none more noteworthy than the annual Champions Classic. The event, which takes...

WEEK 12: Chippewas, Eagles, Broncos all on the road for mid-week MACtion

Care for some more #MACtion? Well we got you covered. All three schools -- Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan -- are on the road for games that are difficult in their own way. CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS RECAP: Central Michigan (6-4, 4-2 MAC) picked up a...

Ferris State qualifies for Division II football playoffs, will host first-round game

The NCAA Division I FBS regular season is gradually winding down, with just two regular season games remaining before the onslaught of conference championship games in the first weekend of December. For the lower levels of college football, playoffs will begin next weekend. At the...

AP POLL: Michigan State plummets, Michigan rises in latest Top 25

After plenty of drama and upsets on Saturday, there figured to be quite a shakeup in the latest AP Top 25 Polls. Both Michigan and Michigan State were at the heart of it all -- particularly the latter when they were demolished by Ohio...

JUST IN: Game time announced for Maryland/Michigan State tilt next Saturday

Just about everything that could have went wrong for Michigan State on Saturday did go wrong. The Spartans turned in by far their worst performance, not only of this season but perhaps ever in the Mark Dantonio era. The 48-3 shellacking at the hands of the...

LOOK: Michigan State skyrockets in latest College Football Playoff rankings

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Michigan
As has seemingly been the case over the first few seasons with the College Football Playoff, the first installment of the rankings being revealed was followed up with chaos. Are we in store to one-up those previous years? The first viewing of the polls were...

Opening Tip: Previewing the 2017-18 season for the Michigan mid-majors

College basketball is back, Nation. Here's to the defending champion North Carolina Tar Heels and here's to another, what should be, an exciting and drama-filled season. As is the case every year, some less-than-heralded teams come from no where to make some noise in March....

REPORT: Tigers to hire former big leaguer Doug Mientkiewicz to manage Triple-A Toledo

The Detroit Tigers recently announced the formal hires of the coaching staff to serve under new skipper Ron Gardenhire beginning in 2018. In terms of other coaching positions in the organization, there is an managerial vacancy down at Triple-A Toledo. According to reports, the Tigers...

WEEK 7: Huskies and Wildcats clash, Wolverines and Spartans host top-10 clubs

We got ourselves another busy week of college hockey in the state of Michigan. Among the storylines include an in-state conference showdown in the Upper Peninsula, a pair of ranked teams hooking up, and the two Big Ten representatives playing their first conference home...

WEEK 11: Chippewas and Eagles renew rivalry, Broncos host Kent State

We got more midweek #MACtion on tap for this week with our trio of programs this week, including the latest chapter of a long rivalry. EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES at CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS RECAP: Eastern Michigan (3-6, 1-4 MAC) finally broke through with a dominating performance against...

JUST IN: Multiple Lions fined for actions in game vs. Steelers

It's safe to say the Detroit Lions let one get away in their 20-15 loss at home in prime time against the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday, after failing to get into the end zone even once. Some tempers flared throughout the contest, none more at...

WEEK 6: Ferris State travels to Ann Arbor, Western Michigan hosts top-ranked Denver

We have ourselves a full slate of games from all seven teams in the state of Michigan this weekend. And of the seven, six will be playing here in the mitten. FERRIS STATE BULLDOGS vs. MICHIGAN WOLVERINES RECAP: Ferris State (2-5-1) went 0-1-1 last weekend on...

WATCH: Justin Verlander sits down with FOX MLB crew after World Series win

It takes more than 25 players to win the World Series in a long and grueling baseball season but one would be hard-pressed to find a player more deserving of that ring that former Astros ace Justin Verlander. The former Tiger sat down with guys...

Tigers formally announce entire coach staff for 2018 season

Now that the 2017 Major League Baseball season is finally in the rear view mirror, teams can start looking forward to next season. For the Detroit Tigers, it's a new era of rebuilding under new manager Ron Gardenhire. The new skipper's first order of business...

Michigan State checks in at No. 2 in preseason AP Top 25 for college hoops

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Michigan State
We're just less than two weeks away from the start of the 2017-18 college basketball season. One team that is expected by many to be contending for a national title is Michigan State. Led by Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo and superstar sophomore...

WEEK 10: Chippewas and Broncos collide in Kalamazoo; Eagles host Ball State

Mid-week #MACtion is back in full force. Our trio of Michigan-made mid-majors toe the field over the next two days, including a tilt between two of the three. CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS vs. WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS Both Central Michigan (4-4, 2-2 MAC) and Western Michigan (5-3, 3-1...

3 Reasons why Michigan State could upend Penn State on Saturday

Saturday is shaping up to be an exciting day of college football from start to finish. There are a number of games featuring ranked opponents pitted against one another. Among them is a Big Ten rivalry clash between No. 7 Penn State and No....

Cody White becoming a serious weapon on offense for Michigan State

The youth movement is alive and well at Michigan State. Already, the Spartans have played 13 true freshmen this season, the most ever under Mark Dantonio in his now 11 seasons as head coach. That surpassed the previous record set last season (9) when...

JUST IN: First installment of the College Football Playoff rankings revealed

On this special Halloween for college football fans, the initial rankings for the College Football Playoff have been made public. After nine grueling weeks of action already, this final stretch run should be a good one. And in this week's rankings, it's no surprise who...

BREAKING: Omar Vizquel will not return to Tigers’ staff in 2018

News of the shake-ups with the coaching staff for the Detroit Tigers continues to trickle in. It was first reported that long-time bench coach Gene Lamont would not return to the Tigers after spending 12 seasons with the club. Then new Tigers skipper Ron Gardenhire...

LOOK: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges and Sparty share the cover of Sports Illustrated

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Michigan State vs Miami
It's almost time for college hoops season, Nation. And with it comes perhaps the talk of the town around these parts - can Michigan State finally break through and win the national title? The consensus from many outlets around the country is that the Spartans...

Mark Dantonio and The Rock have friendly exchange over ‘Moana’ ringtone during presser

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State
We've all come to know Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio very well over the years. Aside from being perceived as one of the better coaches in the country, Dantonio has a very stoic, stone-faced way of going about things and it has certainly...

JUST IN: Lions activate punter Sam Martin

Prior to their Sunday Night Football showdown at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Detroit Lions will get a returning starter on special teams back. After it was reported earlier this week that punter Sam Martin would return, the team has officially announced his activation...

SOURCE: Ex-Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio emerges as candidate for job with Tigers

The first order of business for newly-hired Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire will be figuring out who will his coaching staff consist of. A major point of emphasis will be the pitching coach. Detroit posted numbers at or near the bottom in every major pitching...

Michigan State to play charity exhibition vs. Georgia in Grand Rapids for disaster relief

We're still a little less than three weeks away from opening night in college basketball. A lot of teams have begun practicing and teams will soon be holding exhibitions. The Michigan State Spartans, preseason No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, will have two...

WEEK 5: Lake Superior and Michigan State collide, Michigan travels to Happy Valley

Good to have you back, Nation. Time to once again give you our weekly updates on the seven Division I hockey programs around the state of Michigan. Now this week, both Northern Michigan (4-2, 2-0 WCHA) and Western Michigan (3-3-1) are off so they will...

JUST IN: Jim Harbaugh gives update on Michigan QB situation

NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Michigan vs Florida State
Michigan fans are hoping that the Wolverines' blowout loss on the road against No. 2 Penn State this past weekend is rock bottom for the team in 2017. Still, it's fair to question that possibility, at least from an offensive standpoint, something that has...

WEEK 9: Eastern Michigan looks to snap losing skid on the road

Welcome back to our weekly roundup segments, Nation. After a brief three-week hiatus, we have returned to give you the latest updates surrounding our trio of Mid-American Conference programs in the state. This week, however, will be much more condensed than the average piece. With...

Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie earns another Big Ten honor

The Michigan State Spartans have already doubled their win total from a year ago through seven games this season. In the eyes of many, anything positive that follows this 6-1 start will be considered gravy, given the type of season they endured in 2016. A...

Bargain hunters? Tigers GM Al Avila says free agency will be “a little different” this winter

The Detroit Tigers are now set to embark on a new journey with newly-hired manager Ron Gardenhire at the helm, leading a rebuilding club. The team, as it's currently stacked, features a lot of young and inexperienced players complemented with some seasoned veterans. Still, the...

LOOK: Michigan high school football playoff pairings revealed

The road to Ford Field begins now for 288 high school football programs in the state of Michigan. After nine weeks of regular season action, the postseason begins this coming weekend. A quick refresher on the format, if you will. There are eight divisions of...

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