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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Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Chicago Bears battles for extra yards after a second quarter catch while being tackled by Pat Lee #27 of the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 30, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: DTM’s Bagels And Lox Week 4 NFL

Dan Leach takes a look at five games each week with the best value and rates them on a sliding “Bagels and Lox” 1-10 scale.

97.1 The Ticket–09/27/2013

Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions attempts to break a tackle against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: DTM’s Bagels & Lox Week 2 NFL

As the NFL season heats up so does the DTM Prediction machine, 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–09/13/2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 21: Jhonny Peralta #27 of the Detroit Tigers turns a double play as Mike Moustakas #8 of the Kansas City Royals slides into second base during the 9th inning of the game at Kauffman Stadium on July 21, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: Why Jhonny Peralta Should Not Play With The Tigers Again This Year

Many just by seeing the title of this blog will vehemently disagree with me.

97.1 The Ticket–09/13/2013

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 30: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions looks to throw a second quarter pass while playing the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on December 30, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: Detroit Lions 2013 Game-By-Game Predictions

The 2013 Detroit Lions regular season is finally here and there are hopes, dreams, and of course despair as the new season kicks off.

97.1 The Ticket–09/07/2013

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: 2013 NFL Team Preview Capsules-AFC West

As football fans can literally taste opening weekend of the NFL, I am going to run through all 32 teams and eight divisions to get you even more ramped up.

97.1 The Ticket–09/05/2013

(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: 2013 NFL Team Preview Capsules-AFC South

As football fans can literally taste opening weekend of the NFL, I am going to run through all 32 teams and eight divisions to get you even more ramped up.

97.1 The Ticket–09/04/2013

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 24: Cobi Hamilton #87 of the Cincinnati Bengals during a preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 24, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: 2013 NFL Team Preview Capsules-AFC North

By: Dan Leach Follow Dan on Twitter @dtmleach As football fans can literally taste opening weekend of the NFL, I am going to run through all 32 teams and eight divisions to get you even more ramped up. I […]

97.1 The Ticket–08/26/2013

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls out the play. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) FILE

Leach’s Lists: 2013 NFL Team Preview Capsules – AFC East

As football fans can literally taste opening weekend of the NFL, I am going to run through all 32 teams and eight divisions to get you even more ramped up.

97.1 The Ticket–08/23/2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 15: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass to LeSean McCoy #25 in the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers on August 15, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Leach’s List: 2013 NFL Team Preview Capsules-NFC East

As football fans can literally taste opening weekend of the NFL, I am going to run through all 32 teams and eight divisions to get you even more ramped up.

97.1 The Ticket–08/20/2013

New York Jets v Detroit Lions

Leach’s Lists: Top NFL Season Win Total Value Bets

As we get ready to kick off what should be another epic NFL season, I have you covered from all angles to get you ready for liftoff.

97.1 The Ticket–08/14/2013

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 12:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws an 17-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas #88 in the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: Top 5 Best Bets For NFL MVP

With the NFL regular season fast approaching I wanted to take a look at who I thought were the top five NFL players with the best chance to win the MVP award for 2013 along with their Vegas odds.

97.1 The Ticket–08/09/2013

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: The National League All-Stars play against American League All-Stars during the 84th MLB All-Star Game on July 16, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: MLB Second Half Preview- National League

As we charge past the MLB All-Star break and look towards teams playoff runs, there are a lot if surprise teams, (Oakland, Cleveland, Pittsburgh) that showed us in the first half that they might have what it takes.

97.1 The Ticket–07/23/2013

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15: American League All-Star Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers looks on during the Chevrolet Home Run Derby on July 15, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

2013 MLB All-Star Game Preview And Prediction

The Midsummer classic blasts off from Citi Field in NYC on Tuesday Night with home field advantage on the line the World Series.

97.1 The Ticket–07/16/2013

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (R) of Georgia greets NBA Commissioner David Stern after Caldwell-Pope was drafted #8 overall in the first round by the Detroit Pistons during the 2013 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 27, 2013 in in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: A Conversation With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

On NBA Draft night when 2013 Detroit Pistons first round pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s name was called, there were many Pistons fans that were not very happy.

97.1 The Ticket–07/12/2013

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts to a line call during the men's singles final against Britain's Andy Murray on day thirteen of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 7, 2013. (Getty Images/Glyn Kirk)

Leach’s Lists: 2013 Wimbledon Men’s Final Preview And Prediction

Djokovic firmly the best player in the World now will be going for his 7th Grand Slam Title and second Wimby crown.

97.1 The Ticket–07/07/2013

Rafael Betancourt #63 of the Colorado Rockies pitches in relief as the Rockies defeated the New York Mets 8-4 in the first game of a double header at Coors Field on April 16, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. All uniformed team members are wearing jersey number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: Top 4 Detroit Tigers Closer Targets

The Tigers are going to need to find an established closer for this season if they want to win the World Series.

97.1 The Ticket–07/04/2013

ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 31: Trey Burke #3 of the Michigan Wolverines shoots against Scottie Wilbekin #5 of the Florida Gators in the second half during the South Regional Round Final of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on March 31, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: Top 3 Possible Picks For the Pistons In The NBA Draft

With the 2013 NBA Draft just days away, the Pistons have a chance to draft a player that could get them back to contention.

97.1 The Ticket–06/26/2013

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - JUNE 20: Flowers and a copy of the Newark Star-Ledger sit at the booth where the final scene of the final episode of the HBO show, 'The Sopranos,' was filmed, at Holsten's restaurant on June 20, 2013 in Bloomfield, New Jersey. 'Sopranos' star James Gandolfini, who played the troubled mob boss Tony Soprano, died at age 51 yesterday in Rome. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: Top 5 All-Time Mobster Portrayals In Film And TV

We were all stunned to hear the news that James Gandolfini, known worldwide as Tony Soprano from the seminal TV show “The Sopranos”, passed away at 51.

97.1 The Ticket–06/21/2013

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: NBA Finals Game 6 Preview

Well all you fine NBA fans got what you wanted, well at least most of you.

97.1 The Ticket–06/18/2013

Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions reacts after a fourth quarter tackle while playing the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on December 30, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Chicago won the game 26-24. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: Top 5 Musings From Lions Mini-Camp

L is for “Lickicty Spilt”- The team as a whole looked extremely fast.

97.1 The Ticket–06/15/2013

(Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

Pacers Vs. Heat Game 7 Preview

In an Eastern Conference Finals series of amazing twists and turns, there will be one more before we know who will be playing the Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals.

97.1 The Ticket–06/03/2013

DETROIT, MI - MAY 27: Al the octopus is lowered to the ice prior to Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on May 27, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Chicago won the game 4-3 to tie the series 3-3. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: Top 5 Loudest Detroit Sports Games

It definitely didn’t end the way that Wings fans wanted it to, but the atmosphere of Game 6 at the Joe against Chicago was one of the best and loudest I have witnessed in years.

97.1 The Ticket–05/28/2013

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 12: Daniel Carcillo #13 and Michael Frolik #67 of the Chicago Blackhawks battle for the puck with Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center on April 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: Blackhawks/Wings Preview And Prediction

Be careful what you wish for cause you just might get it!

97.1 The Ticket–05/15/2013

Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings and Toni Lydman #32 of the Anaheim Ducks get tangled up as they skate to the corner during the second period in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on May 2, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: Three Keys For The Red Wings To Win Game 7

Two of the greatest words in Sports get to be put to use on Sunday Night…..GAME 7!

97.1 The Ticket–05/11/2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 2: Former NBA coach Phil Jackson addresses former NBA player Shaquille O'Neal during a jersey retirement ceremony at Staples Center on April 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: Top 3 Detroit Pistons Coaching Candidates

With Phil Jackson in Motown this week advising the Pistons on hiring their next head coach, one can wonder what is on the “Zen Master’s” Mind?

97.1 The Ticket–05/10/2013

Robert Downey Jr. Rings The NYSE Opening Bell In Celebration Of "Iron Man 3"

Leach’s Lists: On The Heels Of Iron Man 3’s Release, My Top 5 Comic Book Movies Of All-Time

With Iron Man 3 coming out this weekend, I thought I would show some respect to the comic book movie, as over the past decade plus, movies based on comic book heroes from many of our youths have taken cinema by storm.

97.1 The Ticket–05/03/2013

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Jason Collins #98 of the Boston Celtics takes a break in the game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on November 15, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: Why Jason Collins Is A Hero

The fact that it took this long for an active gay athlete playing in the four North American sports leagues to come out is maddening.

97.1 The Ticket–04/30/2013

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - SEPTEMBER 15: Dee Milliner #28 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the ball against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Crimson Tide defeated the Razorbacks 52-0. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: DTM’s Final Detroit Lions Mock Draft

The time has come; all the waiting, hoping, wondering if this years’ Lions draft will make sense.

97.1 The Ticket–04/25/2013

Atlanta Falcons v Detroit Lions

Leach’s Lists: Absurdly Early Detroit Lions 2013 Game-By-Game Predictions

The 2013 Detroit Lions regular season schedule is out and in many ways it’s like a holiday as fans old and young alike will love it, ridicule it, and of course give too many wins to the Lions.

97.1 The Ticket–04/19/2013

BOSTON - APRIL 16: Newspapers are on sale at a stand on Newbury Street on April 16, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Security is especially tight in the city of Boston after two explosions went off near the finish of the Marathon, killing three people and injuring at least 141 others. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Leach’s Lists: Innocence Lost At The Boston Marathon

As the news broke of the frightening bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday, my heart dropped.

97.1 The Ticket–04/16/2013

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