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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.

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

ALLEN PARK, MI - MAY 16:  Detroit Lions first round NFL Draft pick Eric Ebron #85 goes through the passing drills during Detroit Lions Rookie Minicamp on May 16, 2014 in Allen Park, Michigan.  (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

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 15:   Detroit Lions helmets sit on the sideline during their preseason game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on August 15, 2014 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 22: Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings makes a save during the first period against the Boston Bruins during Game Three of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on April 22, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Bruins defeated the Wings 3-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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

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