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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Austin Jackson – In 2012, Jackson had an .856 OPS and a 5.5 WAR. Those numbers dropped to .754 and 3.4 last season.
Tom Izzo is an incredible coach. Sell him short, especially in March, at your own risk.
The United States and Canada have met twice in the Olympics during the NHL era, each in the gold medal game.
Ryan Miller’s goaltending was the key as the USA won silver and nearly stole gold from Canada at Vancouver in 2010.
Andy Dirks – Dirks had an OPS well above .800 in 2012 and well below .800 in 2013.
Jim Schwartz: It wasn’t just the Lions’ lost, but how they lost. It is an indictment on how they are coached.
David Akers. There is going to be a point field goals are going to make or break the Lions. Will Akers make it, literally.
Despite being in his late 30s, Nathan still has superior stuff.
Fielder needs a change of scenery, and the Tigers need a change for him.
Stafford is a quarterback. He touches the ball on every play.
There is a groundswell for Tigers’ hitting coach Lloyd McClendon to replace Jim Leyland as manager.
By: Pat Caputo @patcaputo98 1. The Red Sox discarded Iglesias for the sole purpose of augmenting their pitching staff by acquiring Jake Peavy from the White Sox in a three-way trade (the Tigers sent outfielder Avisail Garcia to Chicago). Peavy is starting Game 4 for the Red Sox, so the deal could come back and […]
The Lions’ pass rush will be especially important Sunday.
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Almquist is 22 and developing quickly.
If the Lions are going to re-gain respectability after a horrible 4-12 year in 2012 that ended with eight straight losses, it must begin by beating the Minnesota Vikings in the season opener Sunday at Ford Field.
The Lions must eliminate after-the-whistle penalties.
Shawn Burr, the organization’s first-round draft in pick 1984, was a big part of the Red Wings’ turnaround during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The Red Wings will retire Nicklas Lidstrom’s No.5 in March. It’s a no-brainer.
The Tigers have a high number of games remaining on the road at ball parks which are considered launching pads for home runs, Chicago, New York and Boston.
Caputo: Three Lions Players Who Will Most Determine Whether Matthew Stafford’s Contact Extension Is Worth It
The point is the Lions can do little more to help Stafford than play great defense.
The Tigers hitting from the left side the plate is among the worst in the American League in most statistical categories.
The courses it is played on tend to be true American classics.
Victor Martinez – He has a tremendous track record as a clutch hitter, but there is a possibility sitting out all of last season and age (34) has caught up to Martinez.
The Blackhawks are exceptionally talented overall, and they have been knocked on their collective heels by the Red Wings in the first three games of a Western Conference semifinal Stanley Cup playoff series.
Caputo: Three Reasons It’s Improbable, But Not Impossible, For The Red Wings To Upset The Blackhawks
As good as Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are for the Blackhawks, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg might be better for the Red Wings.
Omar Infante – Infante is a solid hitter with a relatively live bat, who has far better range defensively than most major league second basemen.
Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk must get on the score sheet.
1. Don’t take an offensive player in the first round – The Lions have taken 14 offensive players, and just four defensive players, in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1999.
Green Bay on Thanksgiving. The last couple times the Lions played Green Bay on Turkey Day, they were routed.
It was an accurate, heart-pounding and heart-warming account of Jackie Robinson’s struggles and triumphs while breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1947.