DSN Staff: Bold predictions for 2016

What a year 2015 has been. There aren’t enough words to describe the roller coaster ride this year has been. Upsetting, surprising, amazing, saddening… I could go all day. As we prepare to turn the page on the year 2015, let’s get things started by doing something we all love to do: make bold predictions for the new year. All of us writers here at Detroit Sports Nation (well, most of us at least) have gotten together at our DSN round-table and discussed our own bold predictions for Detroit sports in 2016. We all came up with our own two predictions. You want bold? I think we have you covered.

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Shae Brophy – Red Wings, Tigers, Lions, U of M

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Bio: I’m 28 years old, from the Grand Rapids area. Sports have been a big part of my life for as far back as I can remember. After playing football and hockey throughout high school and college, sports quickly became my passion in the real world. Though I’ve only been with DSN for about seven short months, it has been an absolute privilege to write about the teams I have followed and rooted for over my 28 years. I have always been a big fan of pretty much anything pertaining to Detroit sports, but my favorites are the Red Wings, Tigers, Lions, and University of Michigan. Thank you to all the readers out there, your support really means a lot to me. Happy Holidays to everyone!

Two bold predictions:

  1. With Justin Verlander and Jordan Zimmermann at the top of the rotation, Miguel Cabrera and JD Martinez in the middle of the lineup, and a revamped bullpen, the Tigers will win 95 games this season. Verlander and Zimmermann will both win at least 15 games.
  2. Steven Stamkos will end up in a Detroit Red Wings jersey, whether it be by trade or free agency.

Don Drysdale – Lions, Tigers, U of M

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Bio: I’m 38-years-old and have always lived in the Metro-Detroit area. I am a huge fan of anything Detroit sports related, but my favorite teams to cheer for are the Lions, Tigers, and the University of Michigan. About one year ago I had the opportunity to join the DSN staff, and it has been a true blessing. A special thanks to all the readers out there, even though some of you don’t always say the kindest things, I truly appreciate you taking the time to read my articles. I strive to get better each and every day and I hope it shows. Happy New Year!

2 bold predictions:

  1. Jim Harbaugh will lead the Michigan Wolverines to a victory over Michigan State in East Lansing.
  2. The Detroit Lions will fire Jim Caldwell and hire Adam Gase as their next head coach.

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Alex Muller: Tigers and MSU

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Bio: I’m 22 years of age and a newly recent graduate of Michigan State University. During my four and a half years in East Lansing, I’ve been lucky to be a fan and student of a program that has won four straight bowl games in football, and made four consecutive trips to the Sweet 16 during March Madness. I eat, sleep, and breathe baseball more than any other sports, but like to consider myself pretty well-versed in all the major sports, college and pro.

When January rolls around, I will have been writing for DSN for a year and I have enjoyed the opportunity to write for a site with countless fans and about my favorite teams. Thank you to those who read my pieces over the last calendar year, you’re all the reason I continue to write and improve my skills. Have a happy holidays, and remember: go green!

Two bold predictions:

  1. MSU will win the National Championship in both football and basketball.
  2. The Tigers will get back to the World Series.

Mike Whitaker – Red Wings

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Bio: I’m 26 years old and currently a journalism major at Eastern Michigan University. Following Detroit sports has always been a big part of my life, especially the Red Wings and hockey in general. Spending 1995-2003 in Kansas City, MO didn’t stop me from catching every Red Wings game possible. I also played hockey growing up and occasionally still play for fun. Hockey is definitely my number one sport to follow, and I’ve been a fan of the Red Wings for as long as I can remember. I’m thankful for the opportunity to join the DSN team and look forward to producing quality pieces fans of the Red Wings here in Michigan and around the country/world can utilize to their advantage.

Two bold predictions:

  1. The Red Wings will reach the Eastern Conference Finals this season.
  2. Jimmy Howard will be traded before the start of the 2016-17 season.

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Jacob Hirschmann – Tigers, Pistons, Lions, U of M

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Bio: I’m 21 years old and currently a senior at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. While I live in Cleveland for nine months a year, I’m a Detroit sports fan through and through. I write on pretty much everything for DSN, although my true passions are the Detroit Pistons and writing about fantasy sports. I’m truly thankful for all the DSN has offered me and can’t wait to head into 2016 ready to contribute even more.

Two bold predictions:

  1. The Detroit Pistons make it to the second round of the playoffs.
  2. The Michigan Wolverines win the Big 10 in football.

Carl Poposki – Tigers, U of M/college sports

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Bio: How come all of these bios are starting with ages first? Seeing as how I’m the elder statesman around here, let me just say that I’m older than Don… not by much, though. To give you a clue to my age, I attended the University of Michigan at the same time as Charles Woodson, and did my graduate work at Baylor University before Art Briles took over the football team. Originally from Michigan, I currently live in the Dallas area and work as a musician. Much of my spare time is taken up trying to consistently break 80 on the golf course. I’m very happy and privileged to be a part of the DSN team. It’s a fun group of people who donate a lot of time and work to something we’re all passionate about: Detroit sports. I mainly cover the Tigers, but help out in other areas when I can. Thanks for reading everybody!

Two bold predictions:

  1. I’ll start watching the Lions again. I’ve been on hiatus since the culmination of the Wild Card Playoff last year, “Bat-gate” vs Seattle (Oct 5, 2015), and “Facemask-gate” vs the Packers (Nov 15, 2015) all finally caught up with me. I just can’t handle watching that team snatch defeat from the jaws of victory anymore until next season.
  2. As the Tigers win the American League Central due in large part to a revamped bullpen, Detroit designates August 4 as Al Avila Day.

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Logan Lamorandier – Lions

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Bio: I am 26 years old and graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science. Although I spent the first 24 years of my life in Kalamazoo, I currently reside in Scottsdale, Arizona. I work hard during the day selling medical instruments and spend the remaining hours living and breathing football. Growing up a jaded Lions fan, the NFL draft was always my beacon of hope for the future. Subsequently, I developed an affinity for scouting the college level in anticipation of unearthing a hidden gem to resurrect our cursed franchise… Millen and Mayhew ignored my draft day calls. I can talk Lions football for hours upon hours, and am truly grateful for DSN and its followers allowing me to do what I love!

Two bold predictions:

  1. Calvin Johnson will be forced to take a sizeable pay cut or will be out of Detroit.
  2. Connor Cook will NOT be a first round selection in the 2016 NFL draft.

Brett D’Angelo – Tigers, Red Wings

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Bio: I joined DSN in 2012 starting out as a contributing author for the Detroit Red Wings. As DSN continued to expand, I expanded to covering the Detroit Tigers. 2015 was my first year serving as an editor for the Detroit Tigers team. Born and raised in Metro Detroit for the last 26 years is the main reason for my obsession with the Detroit sports scene. The Red Wings have always been my number one team, and will be till my final day on this planet.

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Two bold predictions:

  1. The Red Wings will win the Atlantic Division and reach the Eastern Conference Finals before losing in seven-game to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals.
  2. The Detroit Tigers return to their winning ways, winning the American League Central by five games over the defending World Series Champion Kansas City Royals.

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Julius Porter – Lions, Pistons

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Bio: I began writing for DSN in early 2015. I am 26 years young and a native Michigander – born and raised on the east-side of the city of Detroit. I graduated from Warren Fitzgerald HS in 2008 and played one year of Division III college basketball before enlisting to serve active duty in the United States Army. I am in contract year six of seven from that enlistment and I am proud to have served my country in three combat deployments during that span. However, my first two passions in this world, Detroit sports and writing, has become my future and I hope to continue to climb that mountain moving forward. I am currently stationed and living in Fort Hood, Texas with my wife and two-year-old son.

Two bold predictions:

  1. You want bold? The Detroit Pistons will make the NBA playoffs as a seven-seed in the East, and go on a magical run to the NBA Finals. Led by Andre “The Giant” Drummond, the Stones will upset the favorite Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games before being beaten in five games in the finals by the last ever Duncan/Popovic- led San Antonio Spurs. I really do believe this is possible.
  2. Lions star WR Calvin Johnson will restructure his contract to stay and retire a Detroit Lion, freeing up enough room for some major free agency adds for his team.

Paul Rochon – Lions

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Bio: I am 21 years old and currently working on an Associate Degree with plans to transfer to the University of Michigan upon its completion. In part due to playing pretty much everything, I developed an unhealthy obsession with sports at a young age. This drive recently led me to switch majors, spurning the medical field and pursuing something I was truly passionate about. I’m a fantastic couch GM and believe my finest skills lie in analysis and an ability to see how everything relates and comes together. I have been blessed to be given an opportunity to write for DSN, which has been a wonderful experience and the perfect place to begin my career. I follow most relevant sports closely, but I am most passionate about the Lions and of course any team bearing the wonderful Maize and Blue.

Two bold predictions:

  1. The Lions not only keep Calvin Johnson around, but the new coaching staff focuses on the team’s strengths, and Megatron is Megatron again. He will flourish to the tune of 1,500+ yards AND 10+ touchdowns. Hey, these are supposed to be BOLD right?
  2. John O’Korn doesn’t just grab the Michigan starting quarterback job, he runs with it while compiling an impressive year netting him All-Big Ten football team honors.

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Eddie Maynard – Red Wings

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Bio: I am a 24 year old newbie the to Detroit Sports Nation team. I currently live in Colorado Springs, CO and am a graduate of the University of Arizona. As one of the few contributors not from the state of Michigan, I was lucky enough to be brought up in a Michigan household. I have followed Detroit sports religiously for my entire life and have a great passion for talking sports. I am extremely excited to join this team as a Red Wings contributor. Thank you all!

Two bold predictions:

  1. The Lions will make the playoffs, and will host a first round playoff game.
  2. The Red Wings have a busy off-season, making a push for Stamkos and trading two of the following: Jimmy Howard, Teemu Pulkkinen, Tomas Tatar

Derek Carnevale – Red Wings

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Bio: I am 29 years old and I live across the border from Detroit in Windsor, Ontario. Naturally, being Canadian, I fell in love with the sport of hockey at a very young age. Throughout a lot of my childhood, my Aunt had Red Wings season tickets, which afforded me the opportunity to take in a lot of memorable games. Since then, the Detroit Red Wings have become an obsession of mine. Joining Detroit Sports Nation just over a year and a half ago has given me the outlet to report and express opinions with a great team of writers who share the same obsession. I am really thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the DSN team, and I truly appreciate all of you who have continued to ready my articles.

Two bold predictions:

  1. Jimmy Howard will be traded at the deadline this year to the Edmonton Oilers
  2. The Detroit Tigers will return to the World Series

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Nathan Webb – Red Wings

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Bio: At 26, I wake up feeling far too old far too often, but at least I wake up in the great state of Michigan where we get Red Wings hockey on the regular. Call it displaced Canadian-ism, call it a distaste for all things round-ball, call it what you like. But I’ve loved the guys in the red and white for as long as I can remember, and it was a driving force behind becoming the Red Wings editor for DSN over the last year and a half, after joining the team three years ago in February. But to be honest, I’m satisfied watching any kind of hockey whatsoever.

Two bold predictions:

  1. Petr Mrazek and Calder Cup-winning Dylan Larkin piggyback the Red Wings to the Cup finals for the first time in eight years, but fall just short of the championship.
  2. Detroit packages up some combination of Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou, Howard, and some picks in the first big blockbuster trade in recent memory just before the trade deadline, and promote Thomas McCollum to backup (assuming Howard leaves).

Dylan Bair – Pistons, Michigan State

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Bio: I love the city of Detroit, and the state of Michigan as a whole. At 22 years of experience, I have seen the most heart-breaking Spartan finishes and the rise of the Tigers back to baseball relevance, along with the up-and-down run of the Detroit Pistons. Objectivity is important to my fandom however. Someone who can see no faults or feels like not criticizing their favorite team doesn’t want change. That is a lot of where I differ as I do not find sports teams as infallible, even my own. I have at times greatly criticized my own side to a fault, but that is the way I feel a fan is supposed to be; the voice to incite change for any franchise. Maybe it’s just reactionary from my time dealing with the 2000’s era of Spartan football, but oh well.

Two bold predictions: 

  1. Senior Tyler O’Connor will prove more capable of filling in the shoes of Connor Cook, and will lead the Spartans to a second consecutive Big Ten Title Game appearance, and another double digit win season.
  2. Andre Drummond will be the downfall of the Pistons in the 2016 playoffs, as a combination of playoff inexperience and heinous free-throw shooting will cause the Pistons star to be relatively absent in their first round exit.

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Joe Chapp – Everything on DSN

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Bio: I’m 21 years old. A graduate of Livonia Franklin and avid sports fan growing up. It took me some time to find my passion. After writing for many websites, I looked to perfect my craft at DSN. A broadcasting student at Schoolcraft College, I plan on staying in the state of Michigan and attending Michigan State University. Sports is truly my passion, after growing up and rooting for the Lions, Wings, Tigers, and Pistons. I’ve seen my fair share of great moments and bad moments, but in all my lifetime I’ve never seen all the teams in the state look so good at the same time.

Two bold predictions:

  1. Detroit Red Wings will win the Stanley Cup over the Chicago Blackhawks in 7.
  2. Detroit Lions will win a playoff game at home.

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