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DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 27: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions scores a second quarter touchdown in front of Kyle Fuller #23 of the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on November 27 , 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Five Things: Bears vs. Lions Thanksgiving Roundup

The Detroit Lions have won two Thanksgiving games in a row, both in blowout fashion no less. After nine straight losses on Turkey Day, it is a welcome change for Lions fans.

11/29/2014

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 30: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints stretches across the goal line for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 30, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Five Things: Panthers Vs. Saints Thursday Night Roundup

The Saints took control of the NFC South with a 28-10 victory over the Panthers last night, their first win in Carolina since 2011. New Orleans enters a three-game home stretch with a 4-4 record, while Carolina (3-5-1), which only has one win in its last seven games, travels to Philadelphia in 10 days.

10/31/2014

Andrew Harrison #5 of the Kentucky Wildcats poses with the trophy after defeating the Michigan Wolverines 75 to 72. (credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Five Things: Miller Brothers Bounced And Florida Is Still The Favorite

Kentucky, the preseason No. 1 that entered the Big Dance unranked, has reached the Final Four as an eight seed. The Wildcats will face Wisconsin, which upset top seed Arizona in a thriller.

03/31/2014

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Five Things: Cards Find A Way And Reserves Shine For Wolverines

Tonight, the No. 1 overall seed takes on a team once ranked No. 1 and now playing its best basketball. On one side is Louisville, the favorite when the field was announced, trying to keep the national championship trophy in the state of Kentucky.

04/08/2013

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Five Things: FGCU First 15 Seed In Sweet 16 And Pac 12 Exceeds Its Seeds

To measure the unpredictability of this year’s NCAA Tournament, consider two items that didn’t make this column: Gonzaga, a 32-win team on a 15-game win streak, didn’t survive the first weekend, and Harvard, a 14 seed, won its first ever Tournament game.

03/25/2013

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Five Things: Goodbye Big East, Buckeyes Win Big Ten, And West Coast Blues

Yesterday was a relatively drama-free Selection Sunday. Joe Lunardi was a perfect 68 for 68, as Middle Tennessee State, St. Mary’s, Boise State, and La Salle claimed the final spots in the field. Louisville, Gonzaga, Kansas, and Indiana earned the top seeds.

03/18/2013

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Five Things: Five Overtimes In South Bend, A Half-Court Buzzer Beater And A Big Ten Battle

The fact that the Michigan-Wisconsin game was not the wildest of the weekend tells you something – in this case, that there was a five-overtime game. In a week full of upsets, this weekend was no different. In addition to some of the surprises mentioned below, California won at No. 7 Arizona on Sunday.

02/11/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 12: Wilson Betemit #24 of the Kansas City Royals fails to field a ball hit into play by Luke Hughes #38 of the Minnesota Twins during the third inning of their game on April 12, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Mike Valenti’s Five Things 7-21-11

The Tigers trade for Wilson Betemit isn’t some magic elixir. That said you’re adding a competent 3rd baseman at the plate and an above average defender in the field.

97.1 The Ticket–07/21/2011

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