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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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

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 06: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions calls a play at the line during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 6, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Leach’s NFL Locks: Week 17 ‘The Time Is Now To Hitch A Ride On The Bullet Train’ Edition

As we enter the final week of the regular season, Dan Leach’s weekly NFL picks have been on fire all year long and do not expect to slow down anytime soon.

97.1 The Ticket–12/27/2014

Tight end Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers is tackled by strong safety Kam Chancellor #31 and linebacker Malcolm Smith #53 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 15, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Dan Leach’s NFL Locks: Week 15 ‘Just Livin’ The Dream’ Edition

As we enter the home stretch, I have been on fire for you all season long and do not expect to slow down anytime soon.

97.1 The Ticket–12/13/2014

Rick Monash (center) and his sons. (Credit: Family Photo)

Rest In Peace Rick Monash, You Touched So Many So Deeply [BLOG]

I think we forget sometimes just how lucky we are to have such beautiful people in our lives and it is times like these that remind us just how lucky we are.

97.1 The Ticket–11/08/2014

The Lions enter the second half of the season in control of their own destiny. When's the last time we said that?  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Dan Leach’s NFL Locks: Week ’10 Here We Go Again’ Edition

Coming off yet another 4-1 week, my 5th in the last 7, it’s time to get back on the undefeated train.

97.1 The Ticket–11/08/2014

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 26:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 26, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Dan Leach’s NFL Locks: Week ‘9 Times’ Edition

I’ve been on fire for you all season long and do not expect to slow down anytime soon.

97.1 The Ticket–10/31/2014

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 19: A general overview of Ford Field during the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Detroit Lions on October 19, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Saints 24-23. (Photo by Jeremy Rafter/Getty Images)

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

Week 8 will leave us all feeling great with some pre Lions bye week perfection. And….Here….We….Go!

97.1 The Ticket–10/25/2014

Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions looks to hand off during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings on October 12, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Dan Leach’s NFL Locks: Week “7th Heaven” Edition

Well we did it — sweet perfection in week six with five up and five down. Let’s make it 10 for 10.

97.1 The Ticket–10/18/2014

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Dan Leach’s NFL Locks: Week 4 Edition

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.

97.1 The Ticket–09/26/2014

ANN ARBOR, MI - AUGUST 30:  Michigan Wolverines head football coach Brady Hoke looks over the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Appalachian State Mountaineers on August 30, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Mountaineers 52-14.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Why Rich Rod’s Wolverines Were Better Than Hoke’s And Things Are Worse Than Ever For U-M [BLOG]

“As the rain started to fall and the lighting struck, one of the most disappointing and disgusting Michigan home performances in recent memory was given a reprieve on a late Saturday afternoon.”

97.1 The Ticket–09/20/2014

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 22:  Quarterback Matt Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions hands the ball off to teammate Mikel Leshoure #25 during the first quarter of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ford Field on August 22, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Jaguars 13-12.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

2014 Detroit Lions Game-By-Game Predictions [BLOG]

By: Dan Leach @dtmleach Well the 2014 Detroit Lions season is finally here and what a way to start the season off with a bang as the Lions play their first ever season opening Monday […]

97.1 The Ticket–09/08/2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02: Wide receiver Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks goes for the ball during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

DTM’s Super Bowl XLIX Odds Preview And Value Bets Extravaganza

You can smell the pigskin and fall foliage in the air and it signals that one of the greatest times of the year is upon us.

97.1 The Ticket–08/29/2014

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Dan Leach Accepts The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

According to Dan Leach, Terry Foster, 97.1 The Ticket host challenged Leach to the Ice Bucket Challenge.

08/15/2014

Robin Williams' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is seen, August 11, 2014, in Hollywood, California.  Academy Award-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his Marin County home earlier today of an apparent suicide. He was 63 years old. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

I Hope That The Robin Williams Tragedy Can Save Others’ Lives [BLOG]

Depression and mental illness is a problem that affects millions of Americans each year, and what is the scariest of all of it is that so many are afraid, unwilling or feel like they are unable to get the help they need.

CBS Detroit–08/11/2014

David Price #14 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 5, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Top 5 Most Anticipated Detroit Sports Debuts

Who is your No. 1?

97.1 The Ticket–08/05/2014

Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the 85th Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 4, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

DTM’s Who Would You Rather See In Playboy: Kate Upton Vs Jennifer Lawrence

I have come to a decision. It wasn’t an easy one , but there really are only winners in this quagmire.

97.1 The Ticket–07/29/2014

Joakim Soria will soon become a Detroit TIger. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Instant Reaction: Why Soria Deal Shows That The Tigers Are All In For A World Series Title

The Tigers have agreed to acquire closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers for minor league pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel.

97.1 The Ticket–07/23/2014

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14:  German fans at Hophaus celebrate the winning goal while watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final match between Germany and Argentina on July 14, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Instant Reaction: World Cup 2014 Final — German Ecstasy

Two entire nations hung on every pass, kick, dive, and scoring opportunity to be able to celebrate as a nation.

97.1 The Ticket–07/13/2014

Fans watch overtime play at Soldier Field between Belgium and the USA in a World Cup match being played at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil on July 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Organizers said 28,000 people attended the watch party at Soldier Field. Belgium won the match 2-1. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Instant Reaction: U.S. Heads Held High After World Cup 2014; The Change Has Already Come

The loss was devastating, but the road ahead looks so much brighter than just two weeks ago.

97.1 The Ticket–07/01/2014

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Leach’s Lists: DTM’s Top 5 Hottest World Cup Soccer WAGs [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

Soccer stars simply get some of the hottest women on the planet.

97.1 The Ticket–06/28/2014

RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 26: Clint Dempsey of the United States acknowledges the fans after being defeated by Germany 1-0 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil group G match between the United States and Germany at Arena Pernambuco on June 26, 2014 in Recife, Brazil. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

USA Vs GERMANY-Breakdown-Breakthrough (Now The Fun Can Really Begin) [BLOG]

To bring that home locally – that would be like the Detroit Lions going to two straight Super Bowls when you look at both teams past histories.

97.1 The Ticket–06/26/2014

Uruguay's forward Luis Suarez (L) reacts past Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini during a Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: DTM’s Top 3 Reasons Not To Get Bit During World Cup 2014

Millions watched in horror on Tuesday as one of the world’s premier soccer players, Uruguayan and EPL Club Liverpool striker Luis Suarez literally took a bite out of Italy defender Girogio Chiellini’s shoulder.

97.1 The Ticket–06/24/2014

NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 16:  Clint Dempsey of the United States celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Instant Reaction: U.S. Stunner To Open ’14 World Cup In Brazil [BLOG]

“Soccer is truly a beautiful game that if many would just give a chance would fall in love with.”

97.1 The Ticket–06/16/2014

Joe Nathan #36 of the Detroit Tigers. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: The 3 Most Important Detroit Tigers Right Now

As the calendar crosses over into June, the Tigers find themselves with a very important month ahead.

97.1 The Ticket–06/03/2014

Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers hits a three run home run in the ninth inning during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 13, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Tigers defeated the Orioles 4-1. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Wins Like Last Night Show Why Tigers Are (And Deserve To Be) The World Series Favorite [BLOG]

It’s only one regular season game of 162 this season, but what transpired in the cool Baltimore night air on Tuesday night had a truly magical quality about it.

97.1 The Ticket–05/14/2014

Head coach Stan Van Gundy leads the Orlando Magic against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on April 22, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Magic 101-74.  (Credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Pistons Have Their Best Coach In Place Since Larry Brown [BLOG]

You could even make a case that they might have the best long-term solution as coach in place since Chuck Daly.

97.1 The Ticket–05/14/2014

Sammy Watkins #2 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Clemson defeated Ohio State 40-35. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: DTM’s Final Detroit Lions Top 3 Draft Options At No. 10

It is no secret that the Lions need help in the secondary, have to find a LB who can be impactful, and in what many feel is possibly the deepest WR draft ever, have to find an impact wideout.

97.1 The Ticket–05/06/2014

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a press conference to discuss Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling at the Hilton Hotel on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Silver announced that Sterling will be banned from the NBA for life and will be fined $2.5 million for racist comments released in audio recordings. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Why Adam Silver Made The Right Decision [BLOG]

While he has every right under the First Amendment to say those hateful words, that in no way means there should be no consequences for those actions.

97.1 The Ticket–04/29/2014

The Miami Heat celebrate winning Game 7 of the NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena June 20, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The Heat won the NBA Finals for the second consecutive year, defeating the Spurs 95-88 in Game 7 of the championship series. (Credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Leach’s List: 2014 NBA Playoffs Preview And Predictions

Mark it down! This is a DTM Prediction Machine special!

97.1 The Ticket–04/19/2014

Jakub Kindl #4 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his second-period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 9, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Leach’s List: Why The Detroit Red Wings’ 23-Year Playoff Streak Is So Special

What has been basically a certainty since 1991, seeing playoff hockey in the D in the spring, is something that so many other cities and fan based wish they could be a part of.

97.1 The Ticket–04/10/2014

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