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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ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 8: Starter Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Miami Marlins pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on July 8, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Three Degrees Of Pat Caputo: 3 Keys For The Tigers Vs. A’s, Game 3 ALDS

Starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez must go at least six innings.

97.1 The Ticket–10/09/2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 1: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers and Jose Valverde #46 celebrate a 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals to win the AL Central at Kauffman Stadium on October 1, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Three Degrees Of Pat Caputo: Three Key Players For The Tigers In The Playoffs

Jose Valverde – He pitched a lot better the second half than during the first, but there was still a dropoff from last season.

97.1 The Ticket–10/02/2012

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 27: Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers gets a hug from manager Jim Leyland #10 after putting the ball in play, which ended up allowing in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning during an MLB game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on September 27, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers won 5-4. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Three Degrees Of Pat Caputo: Three Reasons The AL Central Race Isn’t Over Yet

Two games up with six to go, the Tigers seem to be a lock to capture the AL Central over the slumping second-place Chicago White Sox.

97.1 The Ticket–09/28/2012

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Three Degrees Of Pat Caputo: Three Areas The Lions Need To Improve Sunday At Tennessee

The Lions’ performance, while starting the season with a victory over the Rams and a loss to the 49ers, has hardly been polished.

97.1 The Ticket–09/21/2012

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Three Degrees Of Pat Caputo: Three Reasons The Tigers Still Have A Good Shot At Winning The AL Central

Down three games to the White Sox with just 16 to go, the Tigers definitely have been placed behind the 8-ball.

97.1 The Ticket–09/18/2012

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 11: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers is congratulated by manager Jim Leyland #10 for hitting a home run in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on August 11, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Three Degrees Of Pat Caputo: Three Reasons Austin Jackson Is The Detroit Tigers MIP (Most Important Player)

Jackson is not only by far the Tigers’ best fielder, but he plays a premier position, center field.

97.1 The Ticket–09/13/2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 24: Manager Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers watches his team play against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the interleague game on June 24, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Three Degrees Of Pat Caputo: Where Detroit Tigers Manager Jim Leyland Has Gone Very Wrong Lately

Three worst things Tigers manager Jim Leyland has done the past week

97.1 The Ticket–09/11/2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 30: Running back Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams tries to run to the outside during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at the Edward Jones Dome on August 30, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The St. Louis Rams defeated the Baltimore Ravens 31-17. (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images)

Three Degrees Of Pat Caputo: Lions Vs. Rams Edition

3 keys for the Lions Sunday against the St. Louis Rams

97.1 The Ticket–09/07/2012

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 01: Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates a touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Cowboys Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Three Things Michigan Must Establish Saturday When It Hosts Air Force

Three key factors for Michigan as it tries to rebound from its season-opening loss to Alabama vs. Air Force on Saturday.

97.1 The Ticket–09/04/2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 28: Starting pitcher Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 28, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Three Reasons The Detroit Tigers Got Exactly What They Deserved In A 9-8 Loss To Kansas City Tuesday

Not only did pitching ace Justin Verlander allow seven runs in the first two innings, but all three runs he allowed in the first inning came after there were two outs.

97.1 The Ticket–08/29/2012

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 17: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park on August 17, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Three Best Things The Tigers Have Going For Them In Their Quest To Win The A.L. Central

Starting pitching – Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer are the ultimate power pitchers.

97.1 The Ticket–08/28/2012

ST PAUL, MN - JULY 9: Ryan Suter #20 and Zach Parise #11 of the Minnesota Wild speak during a press conference on July 9, 2012 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

3 Reasons A Labor Stoppage In The NHL Would Be Ridiculous

Zach Parise and Ryan Suter just got $98 million contracts as free agents. Jiri Hudler got $16 million.

97.1 The Ticket–08/23/2012

HOUSTON, UNITED STATES: The Washington Wizards Michael Jordan runs the court for the first time since being sidelined with knee problems, in Thursday's game against the Houston Rockets in Houston, Texas, at the Compaq Center 06 December 2001. AFP PHOTO/James NIELSEN (Photo credit should read JAMES NIELSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Three Biggest Examples Of Truly Great Athletes Who Stuck Around Too Long

Roger Clemens, steroids controversy aside, was the greatest pitcher I have seen.

97.1 The Ticket–08/21/2012

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 11: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on August 11, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Three Pitchers Who Are Legitimately Challenging Justin Verlander As The Best Pitcher In MLB

Felix Hernadez, Seattle Mariners – It’s not just his perfect game the other day, but it’s that King Felix’s season has quietly taken on utterly brilliance.

97.1 The Ticket–08/17/2012

Michigan State Spartans Head Coach Mark Dantonio. (File photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

Three Reasons Sports Illustrated Didn’t Overrate Michigan State By Ranking The Spartans 8th Nationally

The Spartans front seven defensively, led by end William Gholston and linebacker Max Bullough, might be the best in the country.

97.1 The Ticket–08/16/2012

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 07: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers hits a solo home run to left field during the fourth of the game against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on August 7, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Three Best Story Lines Developing For The Tigers This Season

Miguel Cabrera. Not only is he moving into a spot where he might become the American League Most Valuable Player

97.1 The Ticket–08/08/2012

14 Feb 1998: Wayne Gretzky of Canada before the game against Sweden at the Big Hat Arena during the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Mandatory Credit: Todd Warshaw /Allsport

Three Greatest Accomplishments In Sports History

And Michael Phelps’ record number of Olympic medals is not among the them…

97.1 The Ticket–08/02/2012

L) Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers is congratulated by Delmon Youngafter hitting a solo home run in the 1st inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 27, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

3 Reasons The Tigers Have Lacked Consistency This Season

Delmon Young and Brennan Boesch are not without talent, but their on-base percentages this season are .297 and .281, respectively.

97.1 The Ticket–07/31/2012

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 06: Reed Johnson #5 of the Chicago Cubs hits a double in the third inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 6, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Here’s The type Of Player Who Would Help The Tigers The Last Two Months Of The Season

Here’s a player who would help the Tigers the final two months of the season: Reed Johnson.

97.1 The Ticket–07/30/2012

Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions calls out a signal to the line during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

AUDIO: Caputo Speaks One-On-One With Matthew Stafford

Lions quarterback Mathew Stafford sat down with 97.1 The Ticket’s Pat Caputo during the Lions training camp in Allen Park on Saturday.

97.1 The Ticket–07/28/2012

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Three Olympic Sports Even Einstein Wouldn’t Understand

1. Greco-Roman Wrestling

97.1 The Ticket–07/27/2012

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 07:  Andy Dirks #12 of the Detroit Tigers doubles in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 7, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

It’s Simple What The Detroit Tigers Should Do When Andy Dirks Returns From The DL

Don Kelly would be the odd man out and designated to the minor leagues for assignment.

97.1 The Ticket–07/26/2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 20: Omar Infante #12 of the Miami Marlins turns a double play in front of Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 20, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Three Reasons Omar Infante Should Greatly Help The Tigers

1. He fills a glaring need at second base.

97.1 The Ticket–07/24/2012

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 9: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers walks off the field after striking out Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 9, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Tigers won 3-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Three Most Electrifying Players In Major League Baseball

Justin Verlander. pitcher, Detroit Tigers – Every time he pitches, Verlander is literally a threat to throw a no hitter. It doesn’t get any more thrilling than that.

97.1 The Ticket–07/20/2012

DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 22: Jacob Turner #50 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park on September 22, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

3 Reasons To Look Forward To Jacob Turner’s Start Tonight For The Tigers Against The Angels

Because he struggled in a couple of his early major league starts, and has battled injury issues, some fans wrote off Turner, but he has come on lately.

97.1 The Ticket–07/17/2012

LAKE ORION, MI - JULY 14: Bernhard Langer of Germany hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the third round of the 2012 Senior United States Open at Indianwood Golf and Country Club on July 14, 2012 in Lake Orion, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Lake Orion, Indianwood, Oakland County, Golf – All Winners From U.S. Senior Open

A national championship is not just another tournament.

97.1 The Ticket–07/16/2012

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Three Reasons Why Penn State Football Should Be Suspended

This was institutional abuse at the highest level.

97.1 The Ticket–07/13/2012

Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions. (credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Three Reasons Stafford Deserves Any Awards He Gets

Last year at this time, Matthew Stafford was being viewed by many as a draft bust, who couldn’t stay on the field because he was so injury prone.

97.1 The Ticket–07/12/2012

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3 Reasons The Red Wings Aren’t Doomed …

Pat Caputo gives the reasons the Wings aren’t doomed just because they didn’t sign Zach Parise and/or Ryan Suter:

97.1 The Ticket–07/05/2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22:  Doug Fister #58 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on June 22, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Three Biggest Concerns For The Tigers Following Their Loss To Twins Monday

Doug Fister – The Tigers have lost eight of the 10 games Fister has started this season, including eight of the last nine.

97.1 The Ticket–07/03/2012

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