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 (WWJ/Amy E. Powers)

Pat Caputo — Tigers Are Struggling, The Answer Is Obvious

A meltdown by the bullpen destroyed an opportunity for the Tigers to tie with Baltimore for the second wild card.

97.1 The Ticket–09/07/2016

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Pat Caputo — Ranking Wolverines, Spartans In AP College Poll

The preseason Associated Press Top 25 college rankings put the Michigan Wolverines in at No. 7 and the Michigan State Spartans at No. 12.

97.1 The Ticket–08/21/2016

Pat Caputo. (Credit/Amy E. Powers)

Pat Caputo – Detroit Lions’ 1991 Season: Cause For Celebration Or Reason To Cry?

Who celebrates almost winning? Hint: Detroit Lions.

97.1 The Ticket–07/14/2016

Pat Caputo. (WWJ/Amy E. Powers)

Pat Caputo — What Will Make Or Break The Tigers After All-Star Break?

“Individual performances are not going to mean a lot unless the Tigers step-up against the good teams,” says Caputo.

97.1 The Ticket–07/13/2016

Pat Caputo ( Credit/WWJ Amy E. Powers)

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


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

Buffalo Bills v Detroit Lions

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

J.J. Hardy #2 of the Baltimore Orioles celebrates with teammate Ryan Flaherty #3 after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning against Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers during Game One of the American League Division Series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on October 2, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Caputo: 3 Worst Things About The Tigers’ 12-3 Game 1 ALDS Loss To The Orioles

Three of the worst things about the loss the Tigers suffered Thursday night …

97.1 The Ticket–10/02/2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets walks off the field after losing 27-19 to the Chicago Bears during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 22, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Caputo: 3 Reasons Sunday At New York Is A Crossroad Game For The Lions

Jets quarterback Geno Smith is a turnover machine and the Jets are discombobulated offensively.

97.1 The Ticket–09/26/2014

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 28: Quarterback Shane Morris #7 of the Michigan Wolverines throws a pass during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Wolverines 31-14. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

3 Reasons Devin Gardner Should Be Moved To WR And Shane Morris Start At QB

Gardner is a fifth-year senior, who has had plenty of opportunity as Michigan’s starting QB.

97.1 The Ticket–09/12/2014

(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

3 Detroit Lions Not Named Stafford, Suh Or Johnson Who Will Be Most Key In ’14

Eric Ebron, tight end – The idea with the Lions’ offense, under first-year coordinator Joe Lombardi, is to stretch the field to the sidelines and deep, and open up the middle for seam routes.

97.1 The Ticket–08/28/2014

Detroit Lions v Oakland Raiders

3 Things To Look For During The Lions’ Third Preseason Game Vs. Jacksonvile

Can rookie Kyle Van Noy, the Lions’ second-round draft choice, win a starting linebacker spot with a big performance?

97.1 The Ticket–08/22/2014

Pitcher Joe Nathan #36 of the Detroit Tigers delivers against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning of an interleague game at Comerica Park on August 13, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Pirates 8-4. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Three Reasons Joe Nathan’s ‘F You’ Sign Was Indefensible

Thin skin and the position of MLB closer mix like water and oil.

97.1 The Ticket–08/15/2014

The Palace of Auburn Hills . (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: 3 Reasons The Pistons Should Remain At The Palace

The Palace of Auburn Hills has stood the test of time as a model, modern venue.

97.1 The Ticket–07/23/2014

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 13:  Wide receiver Travis Benjamin #80 of the Cleveland Browns is tackled by linebacker DeAndre Levy #54 of the Detroit Lions at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 13, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: 3 Most Underrated Players On The Detroit Lions

DeAndre Levy, linebacker – It was a travesty Levy didn’t make the Pro Bowl in 2013.

97.1 The Ticket–07/03/2014

LONDON, ON - MAY 23: Anthony Mantha #8 of the Val'Dor Foreurs looks to tip a shot against Curtis Lazar #27 of the Edmonton Oil Kings during the Semi-Final of the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup at Budweiser Gardens on May 23, 2014 in London, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

3 Stunning Facts Red Wings Fans Should Know About Top Prospect Anthony Mantha

In 81 games regular season and playoff games for Val d’Or in the Quebec Major Junior League, Mantha scored 81 goals.

97.1 The Ticket–05/27/2014

Ben Gordon #8 of the Detroit Pistons looks on during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on April 19, 2012 (Photo by J. Dennis/Einstein/ Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: 3 Reasons The Pistons Are Looking Especially Bad These Days

After the NBA Lottery … Pat Caputo highlights three of the reasons the Pistons are looking especially bad these days.

97.1 The Ticket–05/20/2014

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 15:  Head coach Jim Caldwell of the Detroit Lions is flanked by General Manager Martin Mayhew, left, and President Tom Lewand, right, after being introduced during a news conference at Ford Field on January 15, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: 3 Things The Lions Absolutely Should Not Do In The 2014 NFL Draft

Do not take an offensive lineman with the 10th overall pick in the first round.

97.1 The Ticket–05/06/2014

Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) FILE

3 Players, Needed To Come Through For The Red Wings Vs. Boston, Who Haven’t

Jimmy Howard – In Game 1, Howard was outstanding.

97.1 The Ticket–04/25/2014

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


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