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.

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

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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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