By Dennis Fithian
Trending is a poll that ranks who is getting talked about the most on the Detroit sports scene. Comments and suggestions are welcome.
(Rankings are compiled after meetings with on-air hosts, producers and call screeners at 97.1.)
Top 25 #Trending (last month’s ranking)
1.(12) Matthew Stafford: Has been spectacular at times. Needs to limit picks.
2.(5) Calvin Johnson: The best WR in the game but couldn’t haul in that last one against Bucs.
3.(NR) Ian Kinsler: Honeymoon lasts till Opening Day 2014.
4.(21) Al Borges: Not working out as UM’s OC.
5.(15) Pat Narduzzi: How will No.1 ranked defense in the country do against Braxton Miller?
6. (10) Devin Gardner: Tough player, but looks dazed and confused.
7. (8) Miguel Cabrera: Back to back MVP’s.
8.(NR) Brad Ausmus: New Tigers manager will have to hit the ground running.
9.(NR) DeAndre Levy: Turning out a Pro Bowl type season for Lions.
10.(NR) Mark Dantonio: Give the ‘Dawg’ his due.
11.(NR) Jim Schwartz: Hoping the Pitt fake FG gaffe doesn’t define this season.
12. (NR) Dave Dombrowski: Still looking for a closer and a left handed hitting outfielder with some pop.
13.(NR) Darqueze Dennard: Best NFL prospect on a loaded defense.
14.(7) Brady Hoke: Getting blown out against OSU not advisable.
15(11) Ndamukong Suh: Thanksgiving against the Packers.
16.(NR) Gary Harris: Go to scorer for No.1 ranked Spartans basketball squad.
17.(NR) Larry Warford: Rookie third round pick is having an awesome season.
18.(16) Reggie Bush: Needs to let his play do the talking.
19.(17) Shilique Calhoun: Monster defensive lineman for MSU.
20.(NR) Gustav Nyquist: Talk of the town was awesome in season debut.
21.(NR) Pavel Datsyuk: Hoping concussion doesn’t keep him off the ice for long.
22.(NR) Nick Fairley: Need more plays from the 13th overall pick in 2011 draft.
23.(19) Andre Drummond: Double double machine but can’t make a free throw to save his life.
24.(NR) Adreian Payne: Has looked dominate at times.
25.(2) Max Scherzer: Traded? New deal? Let it play till he’s a free agent?
Dropped out of top 25:
Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, Joaquin Benoit, Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, Jonas Gustavsson, Victor Martinez, Prince Fielder, Jim Leyland, Jhonny Peralta, Jake Ryan, Brandon Jennings, Conner Cook.
Also receiving votes in past months:
Denicos Allen, Brandon Pettigrew, Jeremy Gallon, Blake Countess, Andrew Maxwell, Conner Cook, Tyler O’Connor, Brandon Pettigrew, Drew Smyly, Riley Reiff, Fitz Toussaint, Jeremy Langford, Jake Butt.Jimmy Howard, Bruce Rondon, Trey Burke, Gary Harris, Mike Babcock, Keith Appling, Tim Hardaway Jr., John Beilein, Adreian Payne, Mitch McGary, Nick Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Rick Porcello, Martin Mayhew, Ray McCallum, Denzel Valentine, Nick Castellanos, Damien Brunner, Tomas Tatar, Glenn Robinson III, Nick Lidstrom, Nick Stauskas, Mike Ilitch, Lawrence Frank, Titus Young, Scott Linehan, Tom Gores, Gary Bettman, Scott Boras, Brandon Dawson, Greg Monroe, Derrick Green, Ken Holland, Gunther Cunningham, Dominic Raiola, Kyle Singler, Jose Calderon, Joe Dumars, Jeff Backus, Denard Robinson.