j) Dennis Fithian

dennisfithian j) Dennis FithianDennis Fithian is among the most versatile and experienced sports broadcasters on Detroit’s airwaves. Since 1994, Dennis has covered all of the major professional sports teams in Detroit, as well as major college athletic programs. Dennis’ significant experience allows him to perform a broad array of broadcast roles, including hosting his own programs, serving as a beat reporter for specific teams and serving in-studio as a pre-game, post-game, and update correspondent.

Dennis has developed a loyal following throughout his broadcast career through his “down to Earth” approach that appeals to true sports fans who value substance over style.

Prior to joining 97.1 FM The Ticket, Dennis had a 12-year career in Ann Arbor where he became one of the most recognizable voices on sports talk radio and a recognizable face at an array of University of Michigan sports venues. In Ann Arbor, Dennis led his own afternoon drive-time radio program, Sportsbeat, as well as hosting pre-game and post-game programs for University of Michigan football and conducting weekly coaches shows for the U-M football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball teams. Dennis also became the play-by-play voice for U-M women’s basketball and for select baseball and softball games. In Ann Arbor, Dennis was known for being a true fan (not only covering the sports he talked about on the radio but also attending games in person) and drawing attention to non-revenue sports such as gymnastics, wrestling, field hockey, and track.

Prior to hosting his own program, Dennis also co-hosted a morning show and produced a variety of the station’s programs. Dennis also was a contributor for The Wolverine, a weekly sports newspaper covering U-M sports.

Dennis’ professional and personal sports highlights include being in the locker room following the Tigers’ victory at Comerica Park in the American League Championship Series in 2006, covering Justin Verlander’s no-hitter in Comerica Park in 2007, covering the U-M Rose Bowl in Pasadena in 2004, attending his first baseball game in Yankee Stadium, and watching the U.S. national team play in the world rugby championships in England.

One of the most humorous moments in Dennis’ career occurred when ESPN’s Dick Vitale, having listened to Dennis’ impression of the famous college basketball announcer on the radio, called (un-planned) into Dennis’ program as “Richard from Sarasota” to challenge Dennis’ impression and engage in a bit of fun and games.

Throughout his career, Dennis has taken great pride in lining up guests and special interviews that bring unique and interesting perspectives to his listening audience. Dennis’ notable interviews have included the late, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist David Halberstam, Hall of Famer George Kell, U-M icon Bo Schembechler, and the actress Jane Seymour. Dennis is also the first and only sports broadcaster to be granted permission by coach Lloyd Carr to broadcast live from a private Michigan Football spring practice.

Prior to starting his professional broadcast career, Dennis graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Telecommunications from Eastern Michigan University. While at EMU, Dennis hosted a sports talk program on campus radio station WQBR and wrote for the school’s newspaper, the Eastern Echo. Dennis also attended university for two years in England. While in England, Dennis became a fan of rugby and played two years of “rugby union.” Dennis’ college career began at Schoolcraft College where he sat on the bench/played college basketball for one year.

A life-long resident and fan of Southeastern Michigan sports, Dennis was born in Detroit and graduated from Livonia Franklin High School. Dennis still enjoys playing basketball, poker, pool, darts, tennis, golf, reading and attending tailgates.

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Fithian Fab Five: Wild Card Winners

Bengals +4.5 @ Texans: Houston slid late in the season but with the talent they have on both sides of the ball look like a team that can get to the AFC Championship game.

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ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 02: St. Louis Rams cheerleaders perform during the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 2, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images)

Fithian Fab Five: Calvin > Fitz

What a difference a quarterback can make. Calvin Johnson trying to break the great Jerry Rice’s single season receiving mark.

97.1 The Ticket–12/14/2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Everett Golson #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks for an open receiver against the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Bowl Pool: All Winners, BCS Total

By now you are looking at the bowl sheet that has been passed around the office and wondering if you will donate another ten bucks to the cause.

97.1 The Ticket–12/13/2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies runs upfield during their game against the Missouri Tigers at Kyle Field on November 24, 2012 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Fithian Fab Five: Picks & My Heisman Vote

Heisman Trophy goes to the most outstanding player in college football.

97.1 The Ticket–12/07/2012

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 27: Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to pass against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the third quarter at Beaver Stadium on October 27, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. The Ohio State Buckeyes won, 35-23. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Fithian Fab Five: Braxton Beats Blue

If Wolverines had played better verses the option this year I’d be tempted to pick the upset. Braxton Miller is the difference.

97.1 The Ticket–11/21/2012

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 10: Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions chases the loose ball after Brandon Weeden #3 of the Cleveland Browns fumbled the ball during the first quarter of the game at Ford Field on August 10, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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97.1 The Ticket–11/16/2012

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Fithian’s Fab Five: Spotting Packers A Double-Digit Lead Will End In A Loss

Senior day in Ann Arbor without knowing if Denard Robinson can contribute on the field.

97.1 The Ticket–11/16/2012

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 27: Quarterback Russell Bellomy #8 of the Michigan Wolverines hands the ball to teammate running back Fitzgerald Toussaint #28 during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska beat Michigan 23-9. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Fithian Fab Five: Down Go Two Unbeatens

Michigan -10.5 vs. Northwestern: Cats keep the game in single digits.

97.1 The Ticket–11/09/2012

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 27: Cornerback Ciante Evans #17 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers zeros in on quarterback Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska beat Michigan 23-9. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

UM Needs To Go With Two Headed Monster At QB

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97.1 The Ticket–11/07/2012

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 4: Utah Ute's cheerleaders run the field during a game against the USC Trojans during the first half of a college football game on October 4, 2012 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Fithian Fab Five: Gophers No Match For UM’s Top Two QB’s

Michigan -11.5 @ Minnesota: Wolverines should win and win big.

97.1 The Ticket–11/02/2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 20: Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines runs 44 yards during the the fourth quarter of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Spartans 12-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Fithian Fab Five: Denard’s The Difference

Michigan -2 @ Nebraska: Seems like a coin flip game.

97.1 The Ticket–10/26/2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 13: Fitzgerald Toussaint #28 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates a third quarter touchdown with Denard Robinson #16 and the rest of his offensive teammates while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini at Michigan Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 45-0. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Fithian Fab Five: All Signs Point To UM Victory

Michigan -9.5 vs Michigan State: Wolverines came out of the bye week two weeks ago and have been impressive on both sides of the ball since.

97.1 The Ticket–10/19/2012

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 11: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers is congratulated by manager Jim Leyland #10 for hitting a home run in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on August 11, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Tigers Win Ajax for Grandy Trade (Finally)

Maybe you already thought the Tigers won in the Curtis Granderson for Austin Jackson (and others) trade.

97.1 The Ticket–10/17/2012

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines runs the ball against safety Zeke Motta #17 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the first quarter at Notre Dame Stadium on September 22, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Fithian Fab Five: UM & MSU Will Win But Not Cover

Michigan -28 vs. Illinois: UM is coming off their best played and coached game of the year last week at Purdue.

97.1 The Ticket–10/12/2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 3: Bryan Holaday #50 of the Detroit Tigers and Luke Putkonen #36 celebrate a 1-0 win against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on October 3, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Fithian’s Fab Five: Baseball & Football Picks

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97.1 The Ticket–10/06/2012

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You Don’t Like Baseball If Cabrera’s Not Your MVP

I’ve looked at all the numbers and everything else just like you.

97.1 The Ticket–10/03/2012

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 22: Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes slips past Greg Irvin #7 and Lamarcus Farmer #3, both of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers, during the second quarter on September 22, 2012 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Fithian’s Fab Five: OSU > MSU

Michigan State -3 vs Ohio State: Spartans can get their season back on track with a win at home over the Buckeyes.

97.1 The Ticket–09/28/2012

26 Nov 1998: Running back Jerome Bettis #36 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action during the game against the Detroit Lions at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Steelers 19-16. Credit: Getty Images

Worst Calls By Refs In Detroit Sports History

Thanksgiving 1998 Coin Toss: Ref Phil Luckett blows the coin toss.

97.1 The Ticket–09/27/2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Denard Robinson #16 of the University of Michigan Wolverines leads his team to the field before a Big Ten College football game against the Univerity of Massachusetts Minutemen at Michigan Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Fithian’s Fab Five: ND Over UM This Time

Picking Michigan and Michigan State: 2-4

97.1 The Ticket–09/20/2012

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Fithian’s Fab Five: Michigan State Will Beat Notre Dame

Picking Michigan and Michigan State games: 2-2

97.1 The Ticket–09/13/2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 08: Connor Dietz #11 of the Air Force Falcons tries to get past the tackle of Frank Clark #57 of the Michigan Wolverines during a fourth quarter run at Michigan Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Michigan’s Defense Struggles After Two Games

There are a lot more losses ahead for Michigan football if the defensive line doesn’t turn things around.

97.1 The Ticket–09/12/2012

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Fithian’s Fab Five Predictions

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97.1 The Ticket–09/06/2012

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Lions Season Prediction

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97.1 The Ticket–09/05/2012

TAMPA FL - JANUARY 02: Running back Le'Veon Bell #24 of the Michigan State Spartans rushes upfield against the Georgia Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl January 2, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida. The Spartans won 33 - 30. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Predictions For MSU & UM

Spartans defense is one of the top units in the country.

97.1 The Ticket–08/31/2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 03: Keshawn Martin #82 of the Michigan State Spartans runs for yards after the catch against Peniel Jean #21 of the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big 10 Conference Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Top 25 Rookie Rankings In Fantasy Football

When looking at rookies in fantasy football you have to take two things into account.

97.1 The Ticket–08/15/2012

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 5: Line judge Esteban Garza, left, talks to Referee Craig Ochoa, right, during the second quarter of the Pro Football Hall of Fame game at Fawcett Stadium on August 5, 2012 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Replacement Refs Can’t Be Worse

The way the average NFL fan sees it is that any call that goes against their team is a bad call.

97.1 The Ticket–08/09/2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 4: Nate Burleson #13 of the Detroit Lions stiff arms Jabari Greer #33 of the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Lions 31-17. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Top Ten Detroit Lions To Interview

I haven’t personally interviewed every player on the Detroit Lions roster but the players that I haven’t talked with one-on-one I’ve heard interviewed by somebody at some point.

97.1 The Ticket–07/31/2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots speaks to the media after losing to the New York Giants during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Fithian’s Fantasy Football Mock Draft 2.0

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97.1 The Ticket–07/26/2012

MIAMI, FL - JULY 15: Omar Infante #12 of the Miami Marlins looks on from the dugout prior to the game against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on July 15, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Who Will The Tigers Trade For?

We know that the Tigers are trying to make a deal before the end of this months trading deadline.

97.1 The Ticket–07/23/2012

Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions. (credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images)

NFC North Fantasy Football Outlook

Detroit Lions: Who will Matt Stafford throw the ball to other than wide receiver Calvin Johnson?

97.1 The Ticket–07/17/2012

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