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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.

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

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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

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