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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.

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

ARDMORE, PA - JUNE 13: (L-R) Matteo Manassero of Italy, Rickie Fowler of the United States and Jason Day of Australia walk off the 11th tee during Round One of the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club on June 13, 2013 in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Reasons The U.S. Open Is The Best Golf Tournament In The World

The courses it is played on tend to be true American classics.

97.1 The Ticket–06/13/2013

DETROIT, MI - MAY 27:  Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers passes third base coach Tom Brookens #61 to score from second base on a double by Jhonny Peralta in the fifth inning of an interleague game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park on May 27, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Players Who Need To Get Going For The Tigers’ Offense To Wake Up

Victor Martinez – He has a tremendous track record as a clutch hitter, but there is a possibility sitting out all of last season and age (34) has caught up to Martinez.

97.1 The Ticket–05/31/2013

DETROIT, MI - MAY 20: Damien Brunner #24 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his second period goal with Gustav Nyquist #14, Carlo Colaiacovo #28, and Joakim Andersson #63 while playing the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on May 20, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Things To Look For In Game 4, Red Wings, Blackhawks

The Blackhawks are exceptionally talented overall, and they have been knocked on their collective heels by the Red Wings in the first three games of a Western Conference semifinal Stanley Cup playoff series.

97.1 The Ticket–05/23/2013

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 09: Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks shoots against the Minnesota Wild in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 9, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 5-1 to win the series. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Reasons It’s Improbable, But Not Impossible, For The Red Wings To Upset The Blackhawks

As good as Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are for the Blackhawks, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg might be better for the Red Wings.

97.1 The Ticket–05/14/2013

HOUSTON - MAY 03:  Jhonny Peralta #27 of the Detroit Tigers attempts to regain control of the ball in the seventh inning on a hard-hit ball by Jose Altuve (not pictured) of the Houston Astros as Omar Infante #4 of the Detroit Tigers looks on at Minute Maid Park on May 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Most Underrated Players On The Detroit Tigers

Omar Infante – Infante is a solid hitter with a relatively live bat, who has far better range defensively than most major league second basemen.

97.1 The Ticket–05/08/2013

Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on April 4, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Red Wings 4-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: Three Things The Red Wings Must Do To Win Game 2 Vs. Anaheim

Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk must get on the score sheet.

97.1 The Ticket–05/02/2013

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz watches the action on the sidelines 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)

Caputo: Three Things The Lions Shouldn’t Do In The NFL Draft

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.

97.1 The Ticket–04/25/2013

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 09: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions celebrates in the end zone after scoring against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Things That Standout About The Detroit Lions 2013 Schedule

Green Bay on Thanksgiving. The last couple times the Lions played Green Bay on Turkey Day, they were routed.

97.1 The Ticket–04/19/2013

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