The Red Wings, their own version of Old Yeller, and why they’re legitimate underdogs for the first time in 23 years

This isn’t like last year. Last year was a half-season sprint. The Red Wings didn’t have time to understand themselves and didn’t fully do so until the second round of the playoffs. They sneaked by a paper tiger in Round 1, but given more time in the regular season they probably finish fourth or fifth and don’t […]

Playing the Mock Draft Game, round 3: It’s clear no one knows what they’re talking about

As we get into round three of the Mock Draft Game, just two experts have held on to their integrity, and one of them is doing so solely because of laziness. Sporting News/Optimum Scouting’s Eric Galko (Ha Ha Clinton-Dix) and Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager (Darqueze Dennard) have selected the same player for the Lions at […]

Breaking down the Red Wings’ eighth segment: The dividends from getting healthy are starting to come

There’s a reason the Red Wings had their highest goal-scoring output of the season in their final 11 games and a reason ESPN’s preview of their first-round series with the Bruins includes the line, “They were the one wild-card team contenders didn’t want to face.” They’re getting healthy again. The Red Wings had 13 points […]

Exactly how much impact did the ‘prospects’ have on the Red Wings’ season?

The shot was a good one. Low, hard, on target. It just happened to hit a body. Somehow it popped up, arced over the Marc-Andre Fleury’s head, went off the cross bar and one-hopped into the net. Riley Sheahan was the shooter. Tomas Jurco was the man in front. Tomas Tatar sat on the back door, […]

How the Red Wings are making up for the loss of Jonathan Ericsson; It might not be how you think

It’s been 11 games since Jonathan Ericsson broke his finger, rendering him not fit to finish the regular season. Jakub Kindl, Brian Lashoff and Brendan Smith went from being in a game of healthy-scratch merry-go-round to playing regularly. They’ve played in each of the past 11 games. The Red Wings’ goals against hasn’t changed significantly. […]

Why earning the No. 7 seed instead of the No. 8 seed will almost double the Red Wings’ chances of advancing in the playoffs

Thanks to an epic collapse by Toronto, New Jersey and Washington not making a push, and one more game against Buffalo remaining for the Red Wings, Detroit’s the playoff streak will alive for another year. While that’s an accomplishment in itself, especially this season, everybody wants more. If you’re going to make the playoffs you […]

JMMA winner preview week: Chris Bootcheck hasn’t quite emerged from his slumber

A long winter combined with a minor league contract without an invite to major league spring training  left a long period of silence between us and Chris Bootcheck. I expected that all to change on this week, as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs set their roster and prepped for their first games. Then I looked at […]

JMMA winner preview week: Jose Alvarez, the other Jose Alvarez and both of their quests for redemption

At the start of the most recent James Mungro Memorial Award sponsored by (sponsor pending) competition, I told the story of the other Jose Alvarez. He was a police chief in Caseyville, a small village outside of St. Louis, and had bogged down the Google News Alerts that were set up to capture any news about […]

JMMA winner preview week: Blaine Hardy’s season might be really good or really crazy

It’s officially opening day in Major League Baseball, opening week in the minors and preview week for JMMA winners at The Detroit Hustle. All week we’ll look at what to expect this season from our current winner of the James Mungro Memorial Award sponsored by (sponsor pending), Blaine Hardy, and our two previous baseball winners, […]

The five best giveaways of the 2014 Detroit Tigers season

Last week we outlined the five worst giveaways of the 2014 Detroit Tigers season. Today is the thrilling conclusion. The five items I’m about to share you’ll use for longer than you realize and enjoy more than you should. At the very top you’ll find some items that are guaranteed to make money on eBay. Let’s […]


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