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Born in L.A., raised in Detroit and SoCal. Born Green and White, but am an Arizona Alumnus with my degree in Journalism. Have worked for newspapers as a writer/editor, and as an on-air talent for sports radio. Follow the Lions, Red Wings, Tigers, Pistons and Lakers. Go Green!

Detroit Lions claim DE Dwight Freeney off waivers

The Detroit Lions defense just added some muscle. https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/933443802416795648 That's right, future Hall of Famer Dwight Freeney is rejoining a coach he almost won a Super Bowl with. https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/933444338021027840 Freeney played four games for the Seattle Seahawks this season, registering three sacks. The 37-year-old defensive end is in...

Top 5 hottest 15-game starts in Detroit Pistons history

The Detroit Pistons are off to a blazing-hot start in the 2017-18 season, after splitting the first four games, Motown went on a 3-game win streak, followed by a 5-game win streak to reach 10 wins in their first 13 games. Despite last night's...

MUST SEE: Darius ‘Big Play’ Slay Pro Bowl hype video

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions' cornerback Darius Slay is a beast in the secondary, constantly taking on opponents best receivers, and constantly denying them the ball. https://twitter.com/OnePrideDet/status/914567081181532162 Coming into the 2017 season, "Big Play" Slay snagged two interceptions per year from 2014-16 while averaging over 13 pass breakups. But...

WATCH: Tennessee State player punches out strength coach

During Tennessee State's 23-20 victory over Southeast Missouri, TSU strength coach T.J. Greenstone was attacked by defensive end Latrelle Lee. Lee, 6-foot-2 240 pounds, who has only played in two games this year, hits Greenstone twice in the head before Greenstone falls to the...

DSN projections for the newest College Football Playoff rankings

What in the wide wide world of sports is going on here?! What a crazy week of college football we just had, huh? We almost saw the top four teams all take a stumble, and still saw seven of the top-25 teams fall this...

Season Preview: Can Moe Wagner take over and lead a new-look Michigan team?

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Second Round
Last year's Michigan Wolverines were one of the surprise teams in college basketball, upsetting No. 13 Purdue and No. 24 Wisconsin on their way to winning the Big Ten Tournament, and followed that up with three of the most entertaining games of the 2017...

Justin Verlander is the REAL MVP for the Houston Astros

Let me get this out of the way right off the bat, I am NOT saying this because I am a Detroit Tigers fan and Justin Verlander is a former Tiger. I am NOT saying this out of my undying love for No. 35....

HOCKEY FIGHTS: Former Red Wing Joey Kocur was a BAD man! [VIDEO]

NHL: Detroit Red Wings octopus 1
The Detroit Red Wings have a long lineage of tough men, men who you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley, men who shave with a rusty knife, you know the type. From Darren McCarty to Bob Probert, all the way back to...

DSN staff predictions for the initial College Football Playoff rankings

With Week 9 of the college football season in the books and Week 10 about to begin, the very first College Football Playoff Rankings will be released later this evening. So we at Detroit Sports Nation have decided to do our own projections and...

LOOK: Steelers Pouncey has choice words for Lions following SNF matchup

At the end of the Detroit Lions vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday Night Football game was the usual victory formation, followed by the kneel to run the clock and end the game. This has been done hundreds of times and was the finish on...

Detroit Pistons climb NBA power rankings after impressive start

The Detroit Pistons are 5-2 on the year, and have back to back victories in Los Angeles against the Clippers and then last night in Oakland against the defending champion Golden State Warriors. http://gty.im/864205318 While it is still very early in the NBA season, some panels...

Michigan State’s Miles Bridges leaves after nasty fall, returns for second half

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Michigan State
Miles Bridges is one tough kid! The Michigan State Super Sophomore took an ugly tumble closing out on defense in the first half. https://twitter.com/BigTenNetwork/status/923701461476818944 While it looked scary, Bridges returned in the second half. https://twitter.com/FortuNateShev/status/923688608082595842 And while Michigan State looked a bit off in the first half against...

Updates on Lions safety Glover Quin, wide receiver Golden Tate

http://gty.im/862457468 The Detroit Lions received some good news today as they get ready to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. https://twitter.com/mikerothstein/status/923624338275913728 Two weeks ago against the New Orleans Saints, Quin and Lions defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson collided with Robinson's knee hitting Quin's helmet, knocking Quin out and causing...

3 Keys to a Michigan State victory over Northwestern

NCAA Football: Rutgers at Michigan State
The Michigan State Spartans are 6-1 on the season, 4-0 in BigTen play, and are bowl eligible after last year's debacle of a 3-9 season. Coach Mark Dantonio & Co. are far from finished though as we are only just over halfway through the...

Season Preview: Can Michigan State live up to lofty expectations?

NCAA Basketball: Battle 4 Atlantis-Wichita State vs Michigan State
The Michigan State Spartans get set to begin the 2017-18 season as certainly one of if not the favorite to win the Big Ten as well as one of the favorites to cut down the nets in San Antonio. Tom Izzo begins his 23rd...

Joel Embiid takes shot Pistons’ Andre Drummond after dropping 30 on him

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Indiana Pacers
Joel Embiid has been running his mouth since the day he stepped into the NBA, calling out players and teams left and right. And after Philadelphia defeated the Pistons yesterday 97-86, The Process had some words for Detroit's center Andre Drummond. "When we started the...

3 Reasons why Tigers fans should watch the World Series

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Atlanta Braves
The Fall Classic, the originator of championship series, is right around the corner as the National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers (104-58) take on the American League Champion Houston Astros (101-61), beginning at Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles on Tuesday. And no, the Detroit Tigers...

3 Takeaways from Michigan State’s 17-9 slugfest victory over Indiana

NCAA Football: Big Ten Championship-Iowa vs Michigan State
The Michigan State Spartans are officially bowl eligible at week 7 of the college football season, after defeating Indiana (3-4, 0-4 BigTen) 17-9 in a game that was a nail-biter from start to finish. Michigan State (6-1, 4-0 BigTen) certainly took their sweet time...

3 Keys to Michigan State getting revenge against Indiana

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State
http://gty.im/861448478 The Michigan State Spartans are back home following a very successful two-week road trip for night games in Ann Arbor and then Minneapolis. The No. 18 Spartans (5-1, 3-0 BigTen) celebrate homecoming this week against the Indiana Hoosiers (3-3, 0-3 BigTen) and are looking...

Ex-Piston takes shot at Andre Drummond

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Brooklyn Nets
As the Detroit Pistons 2017-18 is about to get underway, one former Piston had some choice words about a certain Piston center with free throw shooting woes. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was approached by Haley O'Shaughnessy of The Ringer, for a piece surrounding the Piston's center. “Yeah,...

Detroit Pistons fans, it’s almost time for Deeeeetroit Basketbaaaaaaaall

The Detroit Pistons' 2017 season gets underway Wednesday at 7:00 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, excuse me, I mean the Dough Joe, no, it's Little Caesars Arena (LCA). Yessir, yessir, the greatest sport (sorry, not sorry football) is back in business! The round...

Celtics’ Gordon Hayward just suffered a gruesome ankle injury – NSFA (Anyone)

The Boston Celtics new regime took a big blow right out the gate as shooting guard/small forward Gordon Hayward went up for a Kyrie Irving alley-oop and came down wrong. So wrong. https://twitter.com/DetroitMoments/status/920445583982321664 SO HORRIBLY WRONG. https://twitter.com/igzrap/status/920445867001352194 Here's a few professional reactions: Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley - https://twitter.com/mconley11/status/920446615680303104 Former 10-year...

3 Takeaways from the Spartans survival at Minnesota

NCAA Football: Big Ten Championship-Iowa vs Michigan State
The 21st-ranked Michigan State Spartans (5-1, 3-0 BigTen) continued their successful trip away from East Lansing, escaping with a 30-27 victory over Minnesota (3-3, 0-3 BigTen). The defense was superb at times, yet undisciplined in the fourth quarter, the offense was moving the ball...

3 Keys to Michigan State victory over Minnesota

Michigan State is in new, yet familiar territory, once again being ranked in the AP Top-25. The No. 21 Spartans (4-1, 2-0 BigTen) hit the road this Saturday to face Minnesota (3-2, 0-2 BigTen) and the Golden Gophers will be hunting for their first...

3 Takeaways from the Spartans’ 14-10 victory over No. 7 Michigan

Earlier this week, I wrote a piece on the things Michigan State needed to do in order to defeat Michigan. Now I'm not going to get full of myself and say I called it, but let's review how those predictions played out in MSU's...

BREAKING: Michigan free falls, MSU makes debut in latest AP Top 25 Poll

The latest AP College Football Top 25 Poll was just released, and the Big Ten now has five teams included in the rankings. Following last night's loss to Michigan State, we all knew Michigan would take a fall and that MSU would make their way into the...

Spartans upset No. 7 Wolverines 14-10 to reclaim Paul Bunyan Trophy

The Paul Bunyan Trophy is headed back to East Lansing. Under the bright lights, through a rain storm, in ridiculous wind, Michigan State (4-1, 2-0 BigTen) outlasted No. 7 Michigan (4-1, 1-1 BigTen) 14-10 at the Big House. The Spartans have their defense and special...

10 Michigan/Michigan State games… From a fans point of view (Part Two)

Welcome back to Men on Football... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt8kve-dEWE Once again I've got Paul Rochon and I’ve got Dylan Bair to give their opinions on 10 recent UofM/MSU football games… from a male’s point of view. Editor’s disclaimer: Paul is, and I quote, the “best couch General Manager alive....

10 Michigan/Michigan State games… From a fans point of view (Part One)

Welcome to Men on Football... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt8kve-dEWE I've got Paul Rochon and Dylan Bair to give their opinions on 10 recent UofM/MSU football games... from a male's point of view. Editor's disclaimer: Paul is, and I quote, the "best couch General Manager alive. More Michigan than Bo. Never...

Hey Wolverines! Here’s WHY you’re gonna LOSE to Michigan State!

Read the Michigan Fan's response to this article... The Michigan Wolverines have been very unimpressive in their first four games of the 2017 season. They barely beat a Florida team that had half the team suspended, and followed that up by leading Cincinnati by only...

3 Reasons why Michigan State will upset Michigan

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Notre Dame
The Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines will meet for the 110th time this Saturday in Ann Arbor, and for the 65th time, they will be fighting for the Paul Bunyan trophy. And while Michigan owns the overall record of 69-35-5, since the Spartans...

Michigan State nabs pair of commits for 2018, including top RB in Michigan

Michigan State is adding to it's 30th ranked 2018 recruit class, with a 4-star lineman, and a 3-star running back. The announcements started with 3-star running back Elijah Collins out of U-D Jesuit. https://twitter.com/Eli_Collins2/status/913849677887557634 Collins is the first running back commitment for the 2018 freshman class at...

FLASHBACK: Michigan State downs undefeated Iowa in 2015 Big Ten Championship

The last time Michigan State and Iowa duked it out on the gridiron, it wasn't the Big Ten opener for the Spartans, it was for the Big Ten Championship and a basically-guaranteed spot in the College Football Playoff. And while this game gets forgotten...

5 times the Detroit Lions were screwed the hardest by NFL officials

The Detroit Lions fought tooth-and-nail to come back against the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons Sunday afternoon. Trailing by as many as 14, Stafford & Co. worked their way back into the game (something former Lion teams would not do) and had a chance...

3 Keys to a big night for Michigan State over rival Notre Dame

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State
Yessssss, it is almost the weekend, which means it's almost game time for Michigan State and Notre Dame! The BEST Michigan State rivalry (Sorry, not sorry Wolvy). These two teams have tremendous history against each other, beginning all the way back in 1897, the number...

3 Biggest positional match-ups for Michigan State vs. Notre Dame

The Michigan State Spartans and Notre Dame Fighting Irish will do battle for most likely the last time until 2026, and while us fans are hurting at the loss of such a great and time-tested rivalry, we also want to make damn sure the...

LOOK: Recent history of Detroit Lions starting off 2-0

Ladies and gentlemen, YOUR Detroit Lions are 2-0 to start the 2017 NFL season! There's already talk of a Super Bowl! And MVP for Stafford! Ok, enough with the sarcasm, in all seriousness, when you looked at the Lions' schedule when it dropped, I'm willing...

FLASHBACK: Michigan State, Notre Dame play to 10-10 tie in “Game of the Century”

When you go down the list of Michigan State's biggest rivals, the list obviously begins with Michigan, but who's number two? Is it Ohio State or Wisconsin? Is it Penn State? No, it's undoubtedly the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. While Michigan State doesn't have...

Blind Resume! YOU choose your Top 10 Michigan State Spartans from this century

While gathering the info I needed to create the list of top 10 Michigan State Football players from this century, I came across a common problem: who makes the cut? Who was really worthy of this list? And while you think it would be easy to...

Matthew and Kelly Stafford give back to hurricane relief efforts

As we all know, the Detroit Lions recently signed quarterback Matthew Stafford to a five-year $135 million deal, and he is already putting part of it to good use. While Stafford's wife, Kelly, was working the phones at the Local 4 telethon, the newly crowned...

Top 10 greatest Michigan State Football players of all-time

Recently, we listed the 10 greatest Spartan football players of the 21st century. This time we are busting open the history books, blowing some dust off some of the names, giving them a bit of a spit-shine, and bringing them to the forefront. To be...

Three (plus one) takeaways from the Lions’ HUGE win over Cardinals”

The Detroit Lions began the 2017 season with a 35-23 comeback victory over the Arizona Cardinals from Ford Field. And while it was far from pretty (which, let's be honest, is usually par for the course for the Lions), Detroit roared back with 20...

3 takeaways from Michigan State’s 28-14 win over Western Michigan

NCAA Football: Big Ten Championship-Iowa vs Michigan State
On Saturday, the Michigan State Spartans defeated the Western Michigan Broncos 28-14 at Spartan Stadium, securing their second victory to start the year, and putting themselves two-thirds of the way to their 2016 victory total of three. It seems clear that these Spartans are...

3 Keys for a Michigan State victory over Western Michigan

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Notre Dame
While it took a little over a quarter of play for the Spartans to gain their footing against Bowling Green, once they did they cruised to a 35-10 victory. But if they start slow this week against the Western Michigan Broncos, they might find...

3 Biggest takeaways from Michigan State’s 35-10 victory over Bowling Green

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State
Michigan State began the 2017 College Football season with a 35-10 win over Bowling Green State, and while it was not pretty to start, the Spartans were able to gain their footing and enjoy a relatively easy second half. As you would expect in...

Top 10 Michigan State Football players this century

Let's be real here, as a fan of Michigan State, the 21st century has been pretty good to us. We've got countless Final Fours and a National Championship on the basketball court, and on the football field, we've seen numerous winning seasons, a couple...

LOOK: Justin Verlander has goodbye message for Tiger fans

You're hurting, I'm hurting, heck I'll bet Justin Verlander and Kate Upton are hurting. But this is a part of sports we have all dealt with again and again.  Luckily in this day and age, players are able to connect with fans and in...

Lions lose key starter for Week One; cut running back

NFL: Combine
While the Detroit Lions were busy getting their 53-man roster complete to start the upcoming NFL season, Sam Martin, the fifth-year starting punter for the Lions, found out he will start the season on the non-football injury list. This is not exactly new information,...

3 Reasons why Michigan State will steamroll Bowling Green

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State
Well if it ain't about damn time. We are just a couple of days away from the Spartans (and the rest of the college football world's) kickoff to the 2017 college football season. And to get your mouth even frothier, here are three reasons why...

JUST IN: Former Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote passes away at 90

Jud Heathcote, former head coach for the Michigan State basketball program, has passed away at the age of 90. Jud roamed the sideline for 19 years as leader of the Spartans, from 1976 until 1995. From 1983 on, one of his assistants was current...

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