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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 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

(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Best Things About The Movie “42″

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.

97.1 The Ticket–04/18/2013

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 22: A fan takes photos while Johan Franzen #93 Detroit Red Wings warms up prior to playing the Dallas Stars for the 2013 home opener at Joe Louis Arena on January 22, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Three Keys To Whether The Red Wings Win The Playoffs

Johan Franzen must start scoring goals. He has just seven on the season. He is, ah, due.

97.1 The Ticket–04/12/2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 09: (L-R) Actor Chadwick Boseman, Jackie Robinson's widow Rachel Robinson and producer Thomas Tull pose at the after party for the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' '42' at the Chinese Theatre on April 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: Three Best Sports Movies Of All Time

“42″ based on the life of baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson is set to come out shortly.

97.1 The Ticket–04/11/2013

(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Caputo: 3 Reasons Wednesday Was Not A Good Day For Detroit Sports

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.

97.1 The Ticket–04/04/2013

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: A detail of the video board and stage during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

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.

97.1 The Ticket–03/29/2013

(Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Pat Caputo: Three Reasons The Palace Is Ideal For NCAA Action

The Palace still holds more than 20,000, but it is a basketball arena first, not a football field.

97.1 The Ticket–03/21/2013

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 12:  Louis Delmas #26 of the Detroit Lions leaves the field celebrating a 7-3 victory over the Green Bay Packers on December 12, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Needs The Lions Still Need To Address In Free Agency And NFL Draft

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.

97.1 The Ticket–03/15/2013

CALGARY, CANADA - MARCH 3: Brian McGrattan #16 of the Calgary Flames fights Tom Sestito #29 of the Vancouver Canucks during their NHL game at the Scotiabank Saddledome on March 3, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Reasons Hockey Players Are Tougher Than Football Players

They are both plenty tough, so it is, in many ways, splitting hairs, but…

97.1 The Ticket–03/08/2013

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