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Why does Henrik Zetterberg refuse to shoot high in the shootout?

Henrik Zetterberg had to score. Boone Jenner had just beaten Jimmy Howard to give Columbus a 2-1 lead over the Red Wings in the shootout on Tuesday. Zetterberg was shooter No. 6. He skated in, faked a slapshot and then tried to slide the puck between Sergei Bobrovsky’s legs. It would’ve been slick if it […]

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Breaking down the Detroit Red Wings’ third segment: A tail of two five-game stretches and Pavel Datsyuk’s rare performance

(Note: The following doesn’t include Tuesday’s Blue Jackets game. That was game No. 32 and will go into the next segment)  I stole the segment idea from Red Berenson who stole the idea from Mike Babcock. At the time (I can’t say for sure any more) Berenson utilized 10-game segments to evaluate his team, so […]

Two seconds of panic: A Detroit Lions story

The kick was high and long and for a moment looked straight down the middle. It was going in. Of course it was going in. “Shoot,” Lions defensive end Jason Jones said. “We played the Ravens last year and last year he kicked it straight through.” That was a 61 yarder with 38 seconds left. […]

Yoenis Cespedes is a Detroit Tiger; This could be the most entertaining team of all time

Everybody say it together: WHO KNOWS? YO KNOWS! Yoenis Cespedes is a Tiger. Rick kind-of-handsome-but-boring Porcello is not. Detroit already added Shane Greene, who can be electric at times but can’t throw a lob to first base. Now they’ve got Cespedes. It doesn’t even matter what or who Alfredo Simon is, or that the Tigers […]

Is this really the best Red Wings team since 2009 as Mike Babcock says?

Brady Hoke was in his first year at Michigan when I covered the team. In that new period, before everyone figured out his style, it was amazing to watch him handle the media. He’d be engaging and interesting — and then when you went back to transcribe what he said you’d realize he said nothing. […]

Jim Caldwell’s locker room speech and why is doesn’t signify good things in the future

Thirteen games into the season there’s not much left to add. The Lions are an above-average team. They played a bad one and beat them. Ndamukong Suh is good. Until next week…. Everybody should take the positives away and go home: Things went as planned, other than maybe the feeble comeback attempt the Buccaneers made […]

A YouTube scouting report of new Detroit Tigers pitcher Shane Greene, who might be a demon

The Tigers traded their No. 5 and No. 7 prospects for Shane Greene. You’re reaction was probably similar to mine: Who? Bless You Boys actually has a post titled: Who is Shane Greene? You can go there to get stats. For a review of how he plays, go find a number of other people who have A.) Seen […]

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