i) Pat Caputo

patcaputo i) Pat CaputoOutspoken, opinionated and definitely not afraid to say what he honestly thinks, Oakland Press columnist Pat Caputo co-hosts, Caputo and Fithian on 97.1 The Ticket.

Pat is also not afraid to laugh at himself, either. He is also known for bringing a different perspective and insight with nuance, to not only sports, but life in the Detroit area.

Caputo has been a fixture in the Detroit media for more than two decades, first as the Tigers beat writer, then as the Lions beat writer, for The Oakland Press. He has been a columnist since 2003, and has been named the top sports columnist in Michigan by both the Associated Press and the Michigan Press Association, the top sports columnist in Metro Detroit by the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and one of the Top 10 sports columnists in the nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors. A versatile broadcaster, Pat has hosted Inside Hockeytown, Inside Tigertown and Lions Gameday for The Ticket.

His broadcasting career began on television, on the Tigers pre-game round table on WDIV, Channel 4 during the late 1980s, and on PASS on the Tigers pre-game show during the 1990s with Caputo’s Corner. He began hosting radio shows in 1996 and joined WXYT in 2001.
Pat has covered, on a beat basis, every major professional and college team in this state, and has a unique understanding of the Detroit sports scene. He also teaches sports reporting at Oakland University, and is well-versed in Detroit-area issues and pop culture.

Caputo was born in Detroit and raised in the suburbs (St. Clair Shores and Birmingham). He is a graduate of Birmingham Groves High School, where he played football and baseball, and of Michigan State University, which Michigan fans never let him forget about despite his self-proclaimed title as The Archduke of Objectivity.

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Pat Caputo: Time For Red Wings, Ken Holland To Be Creative

“It’s on Ken Holland to be a little creative this season,” says Caputo.

97.1 The Ticket–06/19/2016

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Pat Caputo: Suddenly And Shockingly, Red Wings And Pistons Trading Places

A few mere months ago, the debate would have been considered absurd. Not anymore.

97.1 The Ticket–03/29/2016

Petr Mrazek. (Credit: Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) FILE

Pat Caputo: Red Wings Now Need To Establish Consistency

So it was a little too close for comfort. It was a good night nonetheless for the Red Wings

97.1 The Ticket–03/24/2016

Detroit Red Wings v Boston Bruins

Pat Caputo: Red Wings Loss To Chicago Tonight Telling [BLOG]

It wasn’t so much that the Red Wings were defeated – the Blackhawks are the defending Stanley Cup champs and a powerhouse – but how.

97.1 The Ticket–03/02/2016

Petr Mrazek. (Credit: Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) FILE

3 Reasons Red Wings’ Goalie Petr Mrazek’s Season Is So Special

The 3 top reasons why Red Wings’ goalie Petr Mrazek’s season is so special this year …

97.1 The Ticket–02/10/2016

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 23:  Brandon LaFell #19 of the New England Patriots dives as he attempts to catch a pass as James Ihedigbo #32 of the Detroit Lions defends during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Caputo: 3 Reasons James Ihedigbo Has Become A Problem, Not A Solution, For The Lions

While James Ihedigbo had a surprisingly solid season in 2014, and safety play was a key for the Lions’ surprisingly good defense, he also faltered down the stretch.

97.1 The Ticket–04/08/2015

Michigan State Spartans and the Michigan Wolverines play in the finals of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 16, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: 3 Reasons Michigan At MSU Sunday Is Still Relevant

Michigan and Michigan State are not only unranked, neither team received a single point in the latest AP Poll.

97.1 The Ticket–01/29/2015

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after a play against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: 3 Reasons Why Tom Brady’s Legacy Is Going To Be Tainted By DeflateGate

Whether he had anything to do with it or not, DeflateGate is sure to taint Tom Brady’s legacy.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/22/2015

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Caputo: 3 Things To Look Forward To When The Bills Play The Jets Monday Night At Ford Field

Jim Schwartz is the defensive coordinator for the Bills, Marty Mornhinweg the offensive coordinator for the Jets.

97.1 The Ticket–11/21/2014

Darren Helm of the Detroit Red Wings. FILE (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Caputo: 3 Best Things About The Red Wings After 9 Games

The Red Wings are playing very well defensively and their goaltending has been solid.

97.1 The Ticket–10/31/2014

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