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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Jarod Williams #11 of the Detroit Titans listens to head coach Ray McCallum during  game. FILE PHOTO (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

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

Isiah Thomas #11 and owner William Davidson of the Detroit Pistons celebrate winning Game Four of the 1989 NBA Finals on June 13, 1989 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. The Pistons swept the Los Angeles Lakers to win the 1989 NBA Championship. Copyright 1989 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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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Top 5 Most Devastating Detroit Sports Letdowns

It’s the tough part of why we love sports so much.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/06/2015