i) Pat Caputo
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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Asked what’s ‘new’ with the Tigers, General Manager Al Avila said, “preparing for the future.”
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Who celebrates almost winning? Hint: Detroit Lions.
“Individual performances are not going to mean a lot unless the Tigers step-up against the good teams,” says Caputo.
“It’s on Ken Holland to be a little creative this season,” says Caputo.
A few mere months ago, the debate would have been considered absurd. Not anymore.
So it was a little too close for comfort. It was a good night nonetheless for the Red Wings
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Jim Schwartz is the defensive coordinator for the Bills, Marty Mornhinweg the offensive coordinator for the Jets.
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Gardner is a fifth-year senior, who has had plenty of opportunity as Michigan’s starting QB.
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Can rookie Kyle Van Noy, the Lions’ second-round draft choice, win a starting linebacker spot with a big performance?
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The Palace of Auburn Hills has stood the test of time as a model, modern venue.
DeAndre Levy, linebacker – It was a travesty Levy didn’t make the Pro Bowl in 2013.
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After the NBA Lottery … Pat Caputo highlights three of the reasons the Pistons are looking especially bad these days.
Do not take an offensive lineman with the 10th overall pick in the first round.
Jimmy Howard – In Game 1, Howard was outstanding.
Ndamukong Suh didn’t show up for the start of the Lions’ off season program.
These are three reasons I think Stauskas will better than that as an NBA player.
The Tigers would have to yield a first-round draft pick and likely give Drew a multi-year contract to sign him before June.