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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EAST LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY 06: Adreian Payne #5 of the Michigan State Spartans hugs head coach Tom Izzo while holding Lacey Holsworth, a 8-year-old from St. Johns Michigan who is battling cancer, after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes 86-76 at the Jack T. Breslin Student Events Center on February 6, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: Jonathan Quick #32 of the United States tends goal during the Men's Ice Hockey Quarterfinal Playoff on Day 12 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

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

BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 05: Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres reaches in to stop the shot of Harry Zolnierczyk (not pictured) of the Pittsburgh Penguins at First Niagara Center on February 5, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. Zolnierczyk scored a first period goal on the play. (Photo by Sean Rudyk/Getty Images)

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

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 15: Andy Dirks #12 and Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers react after Dirks caught a ball hit by David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox in the fourth inning of Game Three of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 22: Jerrel Jemigan #12 of the New York Giants scores on a 20 yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning #10 during the second quarter of the game as Louis Delmas #26 and Bill Bentley #28 of the Detroit Lions attempts to defend on December 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15: David Akers #2 of the Detroit Lions kicks, as Sam Martin #6 holds against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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

Joe Nathan #36 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning on July 23, 2011. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers connects on a first inning RBI base hit against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 11, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 20: Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to the start of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field on October 20, 2013 in Detroit, MI. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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

DETROIT - AUGUST 20: Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers scores in the fifth inning and is congratulated by Lloyd McClendon #8 during the game against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park on August 20, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 15: Hernan Perez #26 of the Detroit Tigers is out at second base as Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox turns a doucle play in the ninth inning during Game Three of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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

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Caputo: Three Ways The Lions Can Beat The Bears

The Lions’ pass rush will be especially important Sunday.

09/26/2013

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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

ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 29: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions throws against Kip Edwards #39 of the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

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

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 15: Head coach Rob Chudzinski of the Cleveland Browns shakes hands with head coach Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions after a preseason at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 15, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Lions 24-6. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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

Shawn Burr (Credit/Shawn Burr Foundation-Facebook)

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

Nicklas Lidstrom

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

DETROIT, MI - JULY 11:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers hits a solo home run against the Chicago White Sox in the fifth inning at Comerica Park on July 11, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

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

Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions reacts after a fourth quarter tackle while playing the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on December 30, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Chicago won the game 26-24. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 7: Andy Dirks #12 of the Detroit Tigers catches a fly ball hit by Mike Aviles of the Cleveland Indians in the third inning at Comerica Park on June 7, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

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

ARDMORE, PA - JUNE 13: (L-R) Matteo Manassero of Italy, Rickie Fowler of the United States and Jason Day of Australia walk off the 11th tee during Round One of the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club on June 13, 2013 in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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

DETROIT, MI - MAY 27:  Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers passes third base coach Tom Brookens #61 to score from second base on a double by Jhonny Peralta in the fifth inning of an interleague game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park on May 27, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

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

DETROIT, MI - MAY 20: Damien Brunner #24 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his second period goal with Gustav Nyquist #14, Carlo Colaiacovo #28, and Joakim Andersson #63 while playing the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on May 20, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 09: Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks shoots against the Minnesota Wild in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 9, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 5-1 to win the series. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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

HOUSTON - MAY 03:  Jhonny Peralta #27 of the Detroit Tigers attempts to regain control of the ball in the seventh inning on a hard-hit ball by Jose Altuve (not pictured) of the Houston Astros as Omar Infante #4 of the Detroit Tigers looks on at Minute Maid Park on May 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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

Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on April 4, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Red Wings 4-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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

Atlanta Falcons v Detroit Lions

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

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 09: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions celebrates in the end zone after scoring against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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

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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

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 22: A fan takes photos while Johan Franzen #93 Detroit Red Wings warms up prior to playing the Dallas Stars for the 2013 home opener at Joe Louis Arena on January 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Three Keys To Whether The Red Wings Win The Playoffs

Johan Franzen must start scoring goals. He has just seven on the season. He is, ah, due.

97.1 The Ticket–04/12/2013

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