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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three Olympic Sports Even Einstein Wouldn’t Understand

1. Greco-Roman Wrestling

97.1 The Ticket–07/27/2012

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

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

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

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, 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

Three Reasons Why Penn State Football Should Be Suspended

This was institutional abuse at the highest level.

97.1 The Ticket–07/13/2012

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

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

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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