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What Will The Pistons Be Like This Year?

It’s hard to believe that the Pistons have had seven straight losing seasons. I haven’t followed them much since moving from Michigan to Memphis, TN. I have been a fan going back to the days they played in Cobo Hall with Dave Bing, Bob Lanier and Curtis Rowe, not to mention the days of the Bad Boys and the Larry Brown coached teams with Chauncey Billups, Rick Hamilton, Rasheed and Ben Wallace. Those teams were fun to watch and most of all, they were winning.

There is reason for hope this season, as only three players remain from when Stan Van Gundy took over- Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Brandon Jennings. Newcomers Stanley Johnson and Ersan Ilyasova arrive with big expectations as  well a Marcus Morris. The main thing this season is there is no Josh Smith to deal with. Smith was clearly a bad fit with Detroit last season. Let’s wait and see how this season starts out. Stay tuned!!!!

Is U of M Football Back?

It seems that after five weeks of the football season, U of M may be a force to deal with in the Big 10 East, which is loaded with Ohio State, Michigan State and Penn State. Even Indiana looks improved with the way they Ohio State tough. Coach Jim Harbaugh has created a lot of excitement and raised the expectations in Ann Arbor. The weeks to come will show how far U of M has come as the schedule gets a little more challenging beginning Saturday against Northwestern, who may be playing the best football in the Big 10. The following week is the big game in the state against the Spartans. We will see!!!

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Another One Bites the Dust

 

Oh no!!! Could this be happening again? 0-16 again? The Lions are in serious trouble to start the season, 0-4. The season is pretty much down the tubes. Tonight was another loss on the road to Seattle. As bad as they played, they still had a chance to win the game against last year’s Super Bowl contestant. Only the Lions could lose it in the fashion that they did. I’ve seen this happen to Detroit Lion teams since I started following them when I was a kid and that was in the fall of 1962.
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The Big 10 Season Debut

 

The Spartans start off the Big 10 season with a narrow win over a Purdue team that hung in the game and was in a postion to win.  Once again for the second week in a row, MSU lost key personnel due to injury. This time Dennis Finley, the left tackle who was starting in place of Jack Conklin, went out with a broken leg. This prompted a shuffling of the offensive line. Center Jack Allen moved to left tackle and Brian Allen moving from left guard to center. There is plenty of versatility on the O-line, but continuity is a must. The Spartans still churned out close to 300 yards rushing. Defensively, R.J. Williamson was lost for what looks like the remainder of the regular season with a torn bicep injury. He joins Davis and Copeland as starters on the defense lost for the year. The depth on this team will surely be tested as the season continues.

The thing that concerns me the most is the passing game should be more productive that what is being shown so far. It seems to me that the play calling gets real conservative late in games when the Spartans are trying to close games out. The third down play called  on the Spartan’s drive prior to their defensive stand was terrible. Why not go down the field  with a pass instead of a swing pass to the back to pick up 2 yards. That swing pass had no chance at all! If your fifth-year senior QB cannot complete a two-yard pass to keep a drive going, there is a problem. However, the defense made a stand to seal the game, so a win is a win as in the eternal words of Al Davis: “just win, baby”  In my book, this game was too close for comfort. Up 21-0, it should have been a cake walk.

The schedule will get a lot tougher in the weeks to come. The next game is at Rutgers and this should be an easy win, but the following week is the Michigan game in Ann Arbor. The question is “are the Spartans playing down to their competition”? or “are they overrated”? We will see!!!

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See you in the Spring

The Detroit Tigers just finished a very disappointing seasoDetroit_Tigersn finishing in last place in a division they have owned the last four years. It looks like a very interesting off season coming up for them. I really believe that Ausmus was in way over his head as a manager, especially when he didn’t have a full deck. The bullpen was, lets’ say, invisible and the starting pitching unpredictable. When Miguel Cabrera went down on July 3, the team was still in contention. He would not play again until August 14, and the team he came back to looked far different than the one he left. The Tigers went 15-20 in the interim and were in bad enough shape at the deadline that they traded stars David Price and Yoenis Cespedes. Price led Toronto to AL East title and Cespedes played a huge role for the New York Mets in their NL East championship.

Shortly after the deadline, the Tigers let general manager Dave Dombrowski go and handed the GM duties to Al Avila. So, its anyone’s guess as to what happens next. One thing is for sure, that the pitching must improve before any success can be achieved. Verlander may not throw a 100 mph fastball in late innings anymore, but it looks like when healthy he can still be a dominant pitcher. Norris looks like a rising star and Sanchez is serviceable if healthy, but the bullpen needs an overhaul. We will have to wait and see on that.