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.
1. Don’t take an offensive player in the first round – The Lions have taken 14 offensive players, and just four defensive players, in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1999.
Green Bay on Thanksgiving. The last couple times the Lions played Green Bay on Turkey Day, they were routed.
It was an accurate, heart-pounding and heart-warming account of Jackie Robinson’s struggles and triumphs while breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1947.
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…