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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.

Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions looks on from the sidelines before the Pac-12 Championship game between the UCLA Bruins and the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on December 2, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon. (Credit: Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

3 Reasons, If He Doesn’t Show Up Soon, Ndamukomng Suh Should No Longer Be A Lions’ Captain

Ndamukong Suh didn’t show up for the start of the Lions’ off season program.

97.1 The Ticket–04/11/2014

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 30: Nik Stauskas #11 of the Michigan Wolverines dunks the ball over Dominique Hawkins #25 of the Kentucky Wildcats in the second half during the midwest regional final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 30, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Reasons Nik Stauskas Should Be A Terrific NBA Player

These are three reasons I think Stauskas will better than that as an NBA player.

97.1 The Ticket–04/04/2014

Stephen Drew #7 of the Boston Red Sox looks on after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Six of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on October 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: 3 Reasons The Sooner The Tigers Sign Stephen Drew The Better

The Tigers would have to yield a first-round draft pick and likely give Drew a multi-year contract to sign him before June.

97.1 The Ticket–03/21/2014

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 19: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers walks to the dugout against the Boston Red Sox during Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Players The Tigers Need To Have Bounce Back Seasons

Austin Jackson – In 2012, Jackson had an .856 OPS and a 5.5 WAR. Those numbers dropped to .754 and 3.4 last season.

97.1 The Ticket–03/14/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY 06: Adreian Payne #5 of the Michigan State Spartans hugs head coach Tom Izzo while holding Lacey Holsworth, a 8-year-old from St. Johns Michigan who is battling cancer, after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes 86-76 at the Jack T. Breslin Student Events Center on February 6, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

3 Reasons To Believe Tom Izzo And MSU Spartans Will Make Have A Strong March

Tom Izzo is an incredible coach. Sell him short, especially in March, at your own risk.

97.1 The Ticket–03/07/2014

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: Jonathan Quick #32 of the United States tends goal during the Men's Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Playoff on Day 12 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Three Reasons USA Hockey Is Going To Throttle Canada This Time In The Olympics

The United States and Canada have met twice in the Olympics during the NHL era, each in the gold medal game.

97.1 The Ticket–02/20/2014

BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 05: Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres reaches in to stop the shot of Harry Zolnierczyk (not pictured) of the Pittsburgh Penguins at First Niagara Center on February 5, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. Zolnierczyk scored a first period goal on the play. (Photo by Sean Rudyk/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Key Factors For USA Hockey To Win Gold At Sochi Olympics

Ryan Miller’s goaltending was the key as the USA won silver and nearly stole gold from Canada at Vancouver in 2010.

97.1 The Ticket–02/07/2014

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 15: Andy Dirks #12 and Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers react after Dirks caught a ball hit by David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox in the fourth inning of Game Three of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

3 Key Players For The Tigers In ’14 Not That Many People Are Talking About

Andy Dirks – Dirks had an OPS well above .800 in 2012 and well below .800 in 2013.

97.1 The Ticket–01/24/2014

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 22: Jerrel Jemigan #12 of the New York Giants scores on a 20 yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning #10 during the second quarter of the game as Louis Delmas #26 and Bill Bentley #28 of the Detroit Lions attempts to defend on December 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The Three Biggest Culprits In The Lions Collapse [BLOG]

Jim Schwartz: It wasn’t just the Lions’ lost, but how they lost. It is an indictment on how they are coached.

97.1 The Ticket–12/24/2013

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15: David Akers #2 of the Detroit Lions kicks, as Sam Martin #6 holds against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Three Players Who Absolutely Must Come Through For The Lions To Win The NFC North

David Akers. There is going to be a point field goals are going to make or break the Lions. Will Akers make it, literally.

97.1 The Ticket–12/10/2013

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