Dan Leach

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Born and raised in one of the nation’s most important cities, Detroit, Dan Leach has always had a very deep connection to the city and teams he grew up loving and rooting for. Even while working in TV and Radio away from the Motor City, his love for his hometown and its great teams never wavered. Rumors of him coming out of the womb signing “Forward Down The Field” lead to epic trips to Lions and Michigan football games with his grandpa and father starting at age two. There his bond and love of sports was born.

A graduate and classmate of Charlie Batch and Earl Boykins at Eastern Michigan University , he was often seen cracking Boykins up as he diagramed plays in one of the greatest college courses ever assembled, “Theory of Basketball 101.” Dan then was lucky enough to be baptized in broadcasting as an intern with Dan “Touchdown Detroit Lions” Miller at Fox 2. Stops in Costa Rica (some of the most beautiful women in the world), Atlanta, and Florida followed.

He comes back home to join 97.1 The Ticket after hosting nationally syndicated shows on Sports Byline USA and Sirius Satellite Radio. Dan has also called football and basketball play-by-play on radio and TV, most recently on the NAFL game of the week on CAMTV.

An avid hot air balloon enthusiast, huge Pearl Jam fan, and always willing to look at both sides of an argument or story, Dan could not be happier to be joining the great team at 97.1 The Ticket. He looks forward to sparking hearty debate, entertaining the great people of Michigan, and making the world a better place one listener at a time.

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Dan Leach Makes Crazy, Shirtless Eagle Attempt From Algae-Filled Pond [VIDEO+PHOTOS]

One thing is for sure, a moment with Dan Leach is never dull.

97.1 The Ticket–07/30/2016

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Dan Leach’s ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Review And Top 5 Star Trek Movies Of All Time

From the opening seconds of “Star Trek Beyond,” the franchise’s 13th feature film installment, you know you are going to be in for a heck of a ride.

97.1 The Ticket–07/21/2016

Ohio State v Penn State

Dan Leach: Instant Reaction To Lions Draft Pick Of Taylor Decker

It wasn’t sexy and it wasn’t a shocker as the Lions pick Taylor Decker in the 2016 NFL Draft Thursday night.

97.1 The Ticket–04/28/2016

Minnesota Vikings v Detroit Lions

Did The Lions Waste The Careers Of 2 Of The Greatest Of All Time? [BLOG]

The stark reality is Megatron will leave the game of football with zero playoff wins and only two playoff appearances.

97.1 The Ticket–02/01/2016

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots congratulates  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos after the Broncos defeated the Patriots 26 to 16 during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

DTM’s NFL Championship Game Pick Festival – Patriots At Broncos

It seems like the Pats, playing in their fifth straight AFC title game, are ready to get back to the Super Bowl, yet again.

97.1 The Ticket–01/22/2016

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Press Conference In Seoul

FIRST REVIEW: Star Wars VII ‘The Force Awakens’ Lives Up To The Hype [NO SPOILERS]

Episode VII takes place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi and there are so many questions to be asked and answered right off the jump.

99.5 WYCD Detroit’s Best Country–12/16/2015

Head coach Mark Dantonio and Connor Cook #18 of the Michigan State Spartans look on during the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Spartan Stadium on November 14, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State defeated Maryland 24-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Dan Leach’s B1G Title Preview: Iowa Vs. Michigan State For All The Playoff Marbles

The winner of this one gets in the College Football Playoff, and the loser is out.

97.1 The Ticket–12/04/2015

Head coach Jim Caldwell of the Detroit Lions looks on from the side line during NFL game. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Dan Leach’s 2015 NFL Locks: Week 10 ‘Let’s Go 5-0 Again’

It’s almost hard to believe we’ve already steamrolled our way to Week 10 of the NFL season.

97.1 The Ticket–11/13/2015

quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos.

Dan Leach’s 2015 NFL Locks: Week ‘Cloud 9’

My NFL picks are heating up, helping you win your pick-em-pool, embarrass your friends, and just become a more whole football fan and human being.

97.1 The Ticket–11/07/2015

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04:  A general view prior to the game between Miami Dolphins and New York Jets at Wembley Stadium on October 4, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Jed Leicester - NFL/Pool/Getty Images)

Dan Leach’s 2015 NFL Locks: Week 8 ‘Feeling Great’

My NFL picks are heating up, helping you win your pick-em-pool, embarrass your friends, and just become a more whole football fan and human being.

97.1 The Ticket–10/30/2015

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Dan Leach’s 2015 NFL Locks: Week 6 ‘Sweet Sticks’

It’s almost hard to believe that we’ve already steamrolled our way to week six of the NFL season.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/17/2015

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 10: The Michigan Wolverines enter the field prior to the start of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Jim Harbaugh And Michigan Are That Good, No Excuses For Loss To Spartans Next Week [BLOG]

Michigan is not just winning, it’s getting better each and every week and that is a sign what a good football team does.

10/10/2015

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Dan Leach’s 2015 NFL Locks: Week 5 ‘I’m Alive’

It’s almost hard to believe we’re already in week five of the NFL season — but here we are my friends.

97.1 The Ticket–10/10/2015

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Dan Leach’s 2015 NFL Locks: Week ‘Fantastic 4’

Well, we’re at the first quarter mark of the NFL season and my picks are just heating up

97.1 The Ticket–10/03/2015

Running back Justin Forsett #29 of the Baltimore Ravens is introduced before playing against the Cincinnati Bengalsat M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Dan Leach’s NFL Thursday Night Pick Festival

This is going to be a strange back and forth game.

97.1 The Ticket–10/01/2015

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Dan Leach’s 2015 NFL Locks: Week 2 ‘For The Money’

As the NFL season heats up, so do my NFL picks, which will be here for you each and every week to help you win your pick-em-pool, embarrass your friends and just become a more whole football fan and human being.

97.1 The Ticket–09/18/2015

SAN DIEGO, CA-OCTOBER-14: Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts leads his team down the tunnel for the start of the football game against San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium October 14, 2013 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Dan Leach’s 2015 NFL Locks: Week 1 Liftoff

Season’s greetings to one and all! It seems like it took forever, but the 2015 NFL campaign is finally here and not a second too soon.

97.1 The Ticket–09/12/2015

ANN ARBOR, MI - APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talks with Alex Malzone #12 during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Dan Leach: Thursday 3-Pack of Games

The three words we have been waiting for, seemingly forever, are just a few days away; Football is back.

97.1 The Ticket–09/03/2015

Michigan v Michigan State

Dan Leach’s 2015 Big Ten Preseason Power Poll

The grills, the tailgating, the sweet sounds of the university bands can only mean it’s college football time!

97.1 The Ticket–09/02/2015

Columbus Blue Jackets v Detroit Red Wings

DTM’s 3 Things That Would Make Detroit Fans Sick

Ever wonder what it would be like to see your favorite Detroit player suit up for your team’s biggest rival? Dan Leach takes a look at what three things would most likely give Motor City fans an ulcer.

97.1 The Ticket–08/15/2015

U2 bass player Adam Clayton, guitar player The Edge and lead singer Bono perform at the New Meadowlands Stadium in FILE PHOTO  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Leach’s Top 5 All-Time Bands To See Live!

I’ve been to over 500 concerts throughout my time so far. What is your number 1 concert?

97.1 The Ticket–06/30/2015

Detroit v Michigan

Horizon League Tournament Will Make New Red Wings Arena Home For 3 Years

The Horizon League Men’s Basketball Tournament is going to be at Joe Louis Arena and the new Red Wings arena for a minimum of 5 years – beginning this year.

97.1 The Ticket–05/12/2015

Melvin Gordon #25 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs the ball against Nate Gerry #25 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 15, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Dan Leach’s Top 3 Detroit Lions Possibilities At #23 In The 2015 NFL Draft

This years first round pick and draft overall is even more important as Detroit comes off just their third playoff appearance since 1999.

CBS Detroit–04/28/2015

A Detroit Lions fan celebrates during the fourth quarter of a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 21, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lions defeated the Bears 20-14. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Leach’s Ridiculously Early Lions Season Record Prediction Based On 2015 Schedule Release

This is pre-draft, pre-Matt Stafford’s wedding, and pre-insanity.

97.1 The Ticket–04/21/2015

Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates after making a three-pointer in the second half while taking on the Arizona Wildcats during the West Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Honda Center on March 29, 2014 in Anaheim, California.  (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Dan Leach: 2015 National Championship Game Preview Extravaganza

Now have the two teams that have clearly played the best overall basketball throughout the tournament.

97.1 The Ticket–04/05/2015

NBA Finals Game 4: Detroit Pistons vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Dan Leach: Top 3 Michigan Championship Runs – Will Spartans Top The List?

If the Sparty’s find a way to make history on Monday night in Indy .

97.1 The Ticket–04/02/2015

A view of basketballs prior to the midwest regional final game between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Michigan Wolverines during the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 30, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: 2015 NCAA Bracket To Win Your Office Pool And Impress Your Friends

The madness has officially begun!

97.1 The Ticket–03/16/2015

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01:  Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on after his pass is intercepted by Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots late in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

DTM’s Top 5 Worst Plays In Sports History

At the bitter end of one of the best title games of all time, one of the most boneheaded, inexplicable and flat-out stupidest plays in sports history was the difference.

97.1 The Ticket–02/02/2015

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Dan Leach’s 2015 NFL Locks: Super Bowl XLIX Edition

The Super Bowl is finally here and this is where the #DTMPREDICTIONMACHINE takes it to another level.

97.1 The Ticket–01/31/2015

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 08: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie talks with Jerry Jones before a Sunday night game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on September 8, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Dan Leach’s NFL Locks: 2015 NFL Divisional Playoff Edition

The playoffs are finally here and this is where the DTM Prediction Machine takes it to another level.

97.1 The Ticket–01/09/2015

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