Biggest, Most Clicked, Most Talked About Detroit Sports Stories Of 2012

December 25, 2012 8:35 AM

DETROIT, MI – JANUARY 26: (from left to right) agent Scott Boras, CEO and general manager Dave Dombrowski, Tigers’ first baseman Prince Fielder, Tigers’ owner Mike Ilitch and manager Jim Leyland during a press conference at Comerica Park on January 26, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jorge Lemus/Getty Images)

Detroit has seen some incredible years in the sports world and 2012 was no exception. Take a trip back through the year and review some of the most talked about, most clicked and just plain huge news.
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Prince Fielder Signed

The Detroit Tigers signed former first baseman Cecil Fielder’s son Prince Fielder to a 9 year 200+ million dollar contract. The acquisition likely contributed to the Tigers’ run to the 2012 World Series.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Following a day of negotiations with the NHL Players Association, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly of the National Hockey League addresses the media at the Westin Times Square on December 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NHL Players Lockout; Detroit Businesses Suffer

“It’s A Disaster” As Local Businesses Brace For Possible Hockey Lockout

With no deal in sight, the team owners and the players association are deadlocked with no negotiations planned. The entire 2012-2013 season may be cancelled if it isn’t settled by mid-January.

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An NFL referee (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

An NFL referee (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

NFL Replacement Officials: Players Irate Over Bad Calls

A Royal Oak native and Green Bay Packers player TJ Lang said incensed players decided they’re willing to go to great lengths to show their displeasure about the replacement ref situation. He said players debated going on strike or taking a knee on every play in upcoming games if the replacement referee issue isn’t solved. The NFL and the referees reached an agreement days later.

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(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Tigers Swept In The World Series

The San Francisco Giants came back from a deficit in their series vs. the St. Louis Cardinals to get to the World Series vs. The Detroit Tigers. They would go on to sweep the Tigers with the help of their amazing bullpen and powerful hitting from Pablo Sandoval. Area fans went from a dizzying high to the lowest of lows in only a few days. One fan went as far as to offer a house he owned for tickets to a World Series game.

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Mike and Marian Ilitch (credit: Getty Images)

Mike and Marian Ilitch (credit: Getty Images)

New Home For Wings?

The Ilitch organization announced on December 4, it is taking a step forward to “explore the viability” of a partnership to create a major new development in downtown Detroit anchored by a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose events center. Could it be a new home for the Detroit Red Wings? Ilitch isn’t saying so, but many are hoping.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 03:  Head coach Brady Hoke of the Michigan Wolverines looks on against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 3, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Michigan, Ohio State Rivalry Heats Up

Woody Hayes once attempted a two-point conversion leading Michigan 50-14. When asked about the controversial call Hayes responded “because I couldn’t go for three.” Rumors were swirling in the Ohio State athletic office that Urban Meyer might honor Hayes by going for two against Michigan in 2012 if the game got out of hand. Stoney asked if that would piss off Hoke. “Yeah it would piss me off a lot,” Hoke said. “It won’t get to that point.” Ohio finished a perfect 12-0 season with their 26-21 win over Michigan in that game.

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