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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Johan Franzen must start scoring goals. He has just seven on the season. He is, ah, due.
“42” based on the life of baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson is set to come out shortly.
Bullpen by committee is a recipe for disaster. We saw that Wednesday as the Tigers blew a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning and dropped a 3-2 decision to the Minnesota Twins.
Caputo: 3 Reasons The Lions Shouldn’t Select An Offensive Tackle With Their 1st Round NFL Draft Pick
So longtime left tackle Jeff Backus has retired.
The Palace still holds more than 20,000, but it is a basketball arena first, not a football field.
Especially considering the loss of Cliff Avril in free agency, the Lions desperately need a speed pass rusher from the outside on their defensive line.
They are both plenty tough, so it is, in many ways, splitting hairs, but…
Barkevious Mingo, defensive end, LSU
For Seth MacFarlane to nail it as host – Let’s face it, it has been a constant struggle to find the right host for the Academy Awards.
Albeit it was at home, and the atmosphere at the Breslin Center is one of the intimidating in college basketball for the opposition, but the Hoosiers know they can beat the Spartans.
Can Michigan State exploit its advantage inside – The Spartans’ Adreian Payne is vastly improved and Derrick Nix is solid.
Can Bruce Rondon close? Spring training isn’t the best test for closers.
The Wolverines need more flow offensively when the game gets tight.
1. Shea Weber, defenseman, Nashville – He is not only a menacing presence along the blue line, but Weber also has a terrific shot and is an excellent point man on the power play.
1. With all due respect to Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr and Glenn Robinson III, the top-end players on the Fab 5 were much better.
1. Pavel Datsyuk must play better.
Caputo: Three Best Storylines About The Super Bowl Not Involving The Harbaugh Brothers And Ray Lewis
1. The quarterbacks – I must admit, I wondered if 49ers’ QB Colin Kaeperick would falter in the NFC championship game playing in the domed stadium at Atlanta.
Armstrong went to the “he had to cheat to compete” card – That was one of the biggest fallacies of Armstrong’s success in the Tour de France
Can the Falcons’ defense contain 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick: Look, the kid is a tremendous passer and wide receiver Michael Crabtree has had a breakout season.
It has been eons since Big Ten basketball has been this strong. Here are three big story lines that are developing as conference play has started in earnest.
Pat Caputo: Three Most Underrated Players In The NFL
1. Ray McCallum Jr., Detroit-Mercy – The Titans often fly under the radar, but McCallum should not.
The Lions are 4-11 heading into their season finale vs. the Bears, so there aren’t many bright spots.
The Tigers have done a lot this off season, signing free agent outfielder Torii Hunter and re-signing starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez.
Mike Trout, running back – There isn’t anything in Trout’s background suggesting he played football, but it looks like he could run the 40-yard dash in sub 4.4 seconds.
Michigan’s opposition, South Carolina, is from the SEC, the strongest conference in the country.
There can be carryover from a strong finish to a strong start the next season.
He may be 37 years old, but free agent outfielder Torii Hunter would fit the Tigers perfectly.
The Lions (4-4) face a pivotal game Sunday when they visit the Minnesota Vikings (5-4).
There has been a lot of whining about Michigan State’s loss to Nebraska, blaming a couple questionable calls by the officials for the defeat.