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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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 09: (L-R) Actor Chadwick Boseman, Jackie Robinson's widow Rachel Robinson and producer Thomas Tull pose at the after party for the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' '42' at the Chinese Theatre on April 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: Three Best Sports Movies Of All Time

“42” based on the life of baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson is set to come out shortly.

97.1 The Ticket–04/11/2013

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Caputo: 3 Reasons Wednesday Was Not A Good Day For Detroit Sports

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.

97.1 The Ticket–04/04/2013

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: A detail of the video board and stage during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

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.

97.1 The Ticket–03/29/2013

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Pat Caputo: Three Reasons The Palace Is Ideal For NCAA Action

The Palace still holds more than 20,000, but it is a basketball arena first, not a football field.

97.1 The Ticket–03/21/2013

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 12:  Louis Delmas #26 of the Detroit Lions leaves the field celebrating a 7-3 victory over the Green Bay Packers on December 12, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Needs The Lions Still Need To Address In Free Agency And NFL Draft

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.

97.1 The Ticket–03/15/2013

CALGARY, CANADA - MARCH 3: Brian McGrattan #16 of the Calgary Flames fights Tom Sestito #29 of the Vancouver Canucks during their NHL game at the Scotiabank Saddledome on March 3, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Reasons Hockey Players Are Tougher Than Football Players

They are both plenty tough, so it is, in many ways, splitting hairs, but…

97.1 The Ticket–03/08/2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Barkevious Mingo of LSU works out during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Players Who Helped Themselves The Most At The NFL Combine

Barkevious Mingo, defensive end, LSU

97.1 The Ticket–02/26/2013

Caputo: Three Things To Root For Sunday Night During The Oscars

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.

97.1 The Ticket–02/22/2013

EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY 31: Denzel Valentine #45 of the Michigan State Spartans grabs a second half rebound next to Nnanna Egwu #32 of the Illinois Fighting Illini at the Jack T. Breslin Student Events Center on January 31, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 80-75. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Reasons Indiana Figures To Give MSU A Tougher Game At Breslin Than Michigan Did

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.

97.1 The Ticket–02/19/2013

EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY 19: Adreian Payne #5 of the Michigan State Spartans reacts next to Evan Ravenel #30 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half at the Jack Breslin Center on January 19, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 59-56. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Main Factors That Will Determine The Michigan-MSU Game Tonight

Can Michigan State exploit its advantage inside – The Spartans’ Adreian Payne is vastly improved and Derrick Nix is solid.

97.1 The Ticket–02/12/2013

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 04:  Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the New York Yankees during Game Four of the American League Division Series at Comerica Park on October 4, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Compelling Tigers’ Spring Training Questions

Can Bruce Rondon close? Spring training isn’t the best test for closers.

97.1 The Ticket–02/08/2013

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Caputo: 3 Areas Michigan Basketball Must Improve To Be Legitimate NCAA Title Contenders

The Wolverines need more flow offensively when the game gets tight.

97.1 The Ticket–02/06/2013

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Pat Caputo: Three Best Players In The NHL

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.

97.1 The Ticket–02/01/2013

CHAMPAIGN, IL - JANUARY 27: Trey Burke #3 of the Michigan Wolverines drives to the basket against Nnanna Egwu #32 of the Illinois Fighting Illini during the game at Assembly Hall on January 27, 2013 in Champaign, Illinois. Michigan defeated Illinois 74-60. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Comparisons Between The Current Top-Ranked Michigan Wolverines And The Fab 5

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.

97.1 The Ticket–01/30/2013

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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.

97.1 The Ticket–01/22/2013

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Caputo: Three Worst Parts Of Lance Armstrong’s Interview With Oprah

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

97.1 The Ticket–01/18/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 12: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Keys In The NFC Championship, San Francisco At Atlanta

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.

97.1 The Ticket–01/16/2013

ANN ARBOR, MI - JANUARY 06: Mitch McGary #4 of the Michigan Wolverines gets in for a first half dunk next to Adam Woodbury #34 of the Iowa Hawkeyes at Crisler Center on January 6, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: Three Biggest Developing Big Ten Story Lines

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.

97.1 The Ticket–01/11/2013

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Safety Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks walks out to the field before the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: Three Most Underrated Players In The NFL

Pat Caputo: Three Most Underrated Players In The NFL

97.1 The Ticket–01/04/2013

Head coach Ray McCallum of the Detroit Titans talks with Ray McCallum #3 against the Kansas Jayhawks during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at CenturyLink Center on March 16, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: Three Best College Basketball Players In This State

1. Ray McCallum Jr., Detroit-Mercy – The Titans often fly under the radar, but McCallum should not.

97.1 The Ticket–01/03/2013

Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions runs back to the huddle after breaking the NFL single season yardage record formally held by Jerry Rice during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on December 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Falcons defeated the Lions 31-18. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: Three Bright Spots In An Otherwise Bad Lions’ Season

The Lions are 4-11 heading into their season finale vs. the Bears, so there aren’t many bright spots.

97.1 The Ticket–12/28/2012

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 28: Manager Jim Leyland #10 walks to the mount to relieve Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers against the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning during Game Four of the Major League Baseball World Series at Comerica Park on October 28, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Biggest Issues Tigers Must Still Address This Off Season

The Tigers have done a lot this off season, signing free agent outfielder Torii Hunter and re-signing starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez.

97.1 The Ticket–12/21/2012

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 02: Mike Trout #27 (L) of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim heads back to the dugout after striking out in the seventh inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on October 2, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Major League Baseball Players Who Would Make Excellent NFL Players

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.

97.1 The Ticket–12/14/2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 17: Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates a 42-17 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes with fans at Michigan Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: Three Reasons Michigan And Michigan State Will Likely Struggle In Their Bowl Games

Michigan’s opposition, South Carolina, is from the SEC, the strongest conference in the country.

97.1 The Ticket–12/07/2012

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22: Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz (L) talks with NFL referee Walt Coleman during a disputed play during the game against the Houston Texans at Ford Field on November 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Texans defeated the Lions 34-31. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Three Reasons The Lions Still Have A Lot To Play For

There can be carryover from a strong finish to a strong start the next season.

CBS Detroit–11/29/2012

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Torii Hunter #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a walk off RBI single in the ninth inning to win the game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 26, 2012 in Anaheim, California. The Angels won 4-3. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: Three Reasons Torii Hunter Would Be A Perfect Fit For The Tigers

He may be 37 years old, but free agent outfielder Torii Hunter would fit the Tigers perfectly.

97.1 The Ticket–11/13/2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 04: Mikel Leshoure #25 of the Detroit Lions scores a touchdown during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on November 4, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: Three Things The Lions Must Do To Beat The Vikings

The Lions (4-4) face a pivotal game Sunday when they visit the Minnesota Vikings (5-4).

97.1 The Ticket–11/09/2012

EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 03: Le'Veon Bell #24 of the Michigan State Spartans battles for extra yards during a second quarter run while being tackled by P.J. Smith #13 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Spartan Stadium Stadium on November 3, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: Three Reasons Michigan State Has No Excuses

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.

97.1 The Ticket–11/06/2012

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18:  Doug Fister #58 (L) and Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate on the field with the American League Championship trophy after they won 8-1 against the New York Yankees during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: Three Keys If The Tigers Are Going To Win Game 2 Of The World Series

Despite the Tigers’ 8-3 loss to the Giants in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday, it is far from over.

97.1 The Ticket–10/25/2012



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