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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Report: Tigers Reach 2-Year, $20 Million Deal With Joe Nathan

Despite being in his late 30s, Nathan still has superior stuff.

97.1 The Ticket–12/03/2013

Three Best Parts Of Tigers trading Prince Fielder To Texas For Ian Kinsler

Fielder needs a change of scenery, and the Tigers need a change for him.

97.1 The Ticket–11/21/2013

Caputo: 3 Reasons Matthew Stafford, Not Calvin Johnson, Is The MVP Of The Lions

Stafford is a quarterback. He touches the ball on every play.

97.1 The Ticket–11/06/2013

Caputo: 3 Traps Lloyd McClendon Must Avoid If He Is Named Tigers’ Manager

There is a groundswell for Tigers’ hitting coach Lloyd McClendon to replace Jim Leyland as manager.

97.1 The Ticket–10/24/2013

Caputo: Game 4 ALCS – And 3 Reasons Valdity Of Tigers’ Trade For Jose Iglesias Is On The Line

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 […]

97.1 The Ticket–10/16/2013

Caputo: Three Ways The Lions Can Beat The Bears

The Lions’ pass rush will be especially important Sunday.

09/26/2013

Three reasons Adam Almquist Is An Example Of Why The Red Wings Are A Truly Great Organization [BLOG]

Almquist is 22 and developing quickly.

97.1 The Ticket–09/17/2013

Captuo: Three Things That Must Go Right If The Lions Are Going To Beat The Vikings Sunday

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.

97.1 The Ticket–09/04/2013

Three Things The Lions Must Improve In Their Preseason Game Thursday Vs. New England

The Lions must eliminate after-the-whistle penalties.

97.1 The Ticket–08/20/2013

Pat Caputo: Three Reasons Shawn Burr Was A Great Red Wing

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.

97.1 The Ticket–08/06/2013

Caputo: 3 Former Detroit Athletes Whose Numbers Should Be Retired

The Red Wings will retire Nicklas Lidstrom’s No.5 in March. It’s a no-brainer.

97.1 The Ticket–08/03/2013

Caputo: Three Reasons Miguel Cabrera Will Likely Repeat As Triple Crown Winner

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.

97.1 The Ticket–07/19/2013

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.

97.1 The Ticket–07/12/2013

Caputo: Three Reasons The Tigers Are Struggling Seldom Mentioned

The Tigers hitting from the left side the plate is among the worst in the American League in most statistical categories.

97.1 The Ticket–06/28/2013

Caputo: Three Reasons The U.S. Open Is The Best Golf Tournament In The World

The courses it is played on tend to be true American classics.

97.1 The Ticket–06/13/2013

Caputo: Three Players Who Need To Get Going For The Tigers’ Offense To Wake Up

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.

97.1 The Ticket–05/31/2013

Caputo: Three Things To Look For In Game 4, Red Wings, Blackhawks

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.

97.1 The Ticket–05/23/2013

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.

97.1 The Ticket–05/14/2013

Caputo: Three Most Underrated Players On The Detroit Tigers

Omar Infante – Infante is a solid hitter with a relatively live bat, who has far better range defensively than most major league second basemen.

97.1 The Ticket–05/08/2013

Pat Caputo: Three Things The Red Wings Must Do To Win Game 2 Vs. Anaheim

Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk must get on the score sheet.

97.1 The Ticket–05/02/2013

Caputo: Three Things The Lions Shouldn’t Do In The NFL Draft

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.

97.1 The Ticket–04/25/2013

Caputo: Three Things That Standout About The Detroit Lions 2013 Schedule

Green Bay on Thanksgiving. The last couple times the Lions played Green Bay on Turkey Day, they were routed.

97.1 The Ticket–04/19/2013

Caputo: Three Best Things About The Movie “42”

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.

97.1 The Ticket–04/18/2013

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