Detroit Lions Have Chance to Slay “Same Old Lions” Mantra for Good Sunday

JIMMYCLAUSENThe Detroit Lions, the same old Lions, are familiar with facing backup players in games crucial to their postseason fortunes and usually they lose, but Sunday against a Chicago Bears the Lions can prove “SOL” is truly dead.

Week 17 at Lambeau Field, a win and the Lions get the fifth seed and play at the New York Giants, lose and they go to the feared Superdome to face the New Orleans Saints. The Lions haven’t won in Green Bay since I was two and this Lions team seems special. The chips fall Detroit’s way too as the Green Bay Packers have decided to sit Aaron Rodgers in this meaningless game in favor Matt Flynn. It’s all coming up Lions, until Titus Young’s no-brainer touchdown is ruled incomplete and then the unthinkable, Flynn sets the Packers single game passing-yardage record and single game touchdown record in a 45-41 Lions loss. The Lions head to New Orleans and get stomped by the Saints.  Continue reading

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With Season A Wreck, Detroit Pistons Should Now Be Open To Starting Rebuild With Trades

Reports had the Detroit Pistons dangling Greg Monroe, and asking for a first-round pick in return. Both Stan Van Gundy and Monroe disagreed. (mariselise, Flickr)

Reports had the Detroit Pistons dangling Greg Monroe, and asking for a first-round pick in return. Both Stan Van Gundy and Monroe disagreed. (mariselise, Flickr)

The Detroit Pistons recently managed to put together a modest two game winning streak amongst plenty of early-season futility, but the abrupt surge of victories did little to change their season trajectory.

Things have officially plummeted out of control, as evidenced by Monday night’s 22 point defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers. The Pistons don’t look to have the right mix of players and talent, which is a problem given many expected the team to make a playoff push after hiring Stan Van Gundy.

Now, it’s clear that coaching is the furthest thing from the problem. Van Gundy can only do so much. Dysfunction might not be spilling over into the locker room, but it certainly has taken root on the court.

As a result, rumors are starting to fly about Detroit’s interest in making trades. A report from Sean Deveney of The Sporting News insisted that Greg Monroe wanted to be traded, and the Pistons were seeking a first-round pick as compensation for their forward. Monroe and Van Gundy, of course, quickly denied the report, but smoke is returning about roster unrest.

Reportedly, Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings are also “firmly” on the trading block, as both have had their share of rough games and have added to the confusion and dysfunction within the team. Continue reading

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Video: Yoenis Cespedes 2014 Highlights

Yoenis Cespedes will be a member of the Detroit Tigers’ new look outfield after they acquired him in the Rick Porcello trade yesterday and YouTube has a plethora of video highlights to help Detroit get to know him better.

If you don’t know much about Cespedes, first where have you been, secondly he is the two-time defending Home Run Derby champion and played for the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics last year. Watch below to see what his game brings to the Tigers next year.

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Rick Porcello Traded for Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers also Acquire Alfredo Simon

Rick Porcello beats Texas Rangers

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The long rumored Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox trade exchanging Rick Porcello for Yoenis Cespedes, reliever Alex Wilson and a minor leaguer is reportedly complete. In addition to the trade with the Red Sox, the Tigers have also reportedly acquired right-handed pitcher Alfredo Simon from the Cincinnati Reds for shortstop Eugenio Suarez and Jonathan Crawford.

CJ Nitowski of Fox Sports is reporting this is a done deal. All of this comes on the heels of the Detroit Tigers cancelling their media availability yesterday and several local reporters inferred something was stirring.  Continue reading

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Michigan Wolverines Must Prove ‘Michigan Man’ Term Has Been Phased Out With Actions

MICHIGAN-Wolverines-LOGOThe Michigan Wolverines relieved Brady Hoke of his duties last week, but arguably, that was only the second biggest piece of news out of Ann Arbor.

Interim Athletic Director Jim Hackett, speaking last Tuesday like a man who might have an inside track to removing that interim tag, also called on the term “Michigan Man” to be phased out as it relates to the search for Hoke’s replacement, and admitted the phrase has been misconstrued. Continue reading

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Michigan State Spartans, Baylor Bears Can Make Statements In Intriguing Cotton Bowl Match-Up

Michigan State and Baylor will face off in the Cotton Bowl on January 1, 2015 at Cowboys Stadium, pictured here. (Dan Huntley, Flickr)

Michigan State and Baylor will face off in the Cotton Bowl on January 1, 2015 at Cowboys Stadium, pictured here. (Dan Huntley, Flickr)

If there were two teams that needed each other more this bowl season than the Michigan State Spartans and Baylor Bears, it certainly isn’t obvious who they are.

Most of the 2014 year, the Bears, despite maintaining one of college football’s best offenses, fought for respect due to the Big 12 conference. Despite racking up plenty of wins, they didn’t get it in the end, feeling slighted after the Ohio State Buckeyes passed them for inclusion in the college football playoff.

The Spartans, on the other hand, spent most of the 2014 season smarting after two losses derailed what they considered to be a playoff-worthy campaign. Michigan State fell just short of accomplishing that goal thanks to a bad game against the Buckeyes and a bad quarter against the Oregon Ducks on the road. Continue reading

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Detroit Tigers Acquire Shane Greene, Send Robbie Ray to Arizona

Shane Greene (right) (wikimedia commons)

Shane Greene (right) (wikimedia commons)

Breaking this morning, the Detroit Tigers have acquired New York Yankees right-handed pitcher Shane Greene in a three-way deal that sees Robbie Ray and minor league infielder Domingo Leyba go to the Arizona Diamondbacks, while the Yankees acquire shortstop Didi Gregorious.

Gregorious, a former rumored Tigers shortstop trade target, is the big piece of the deal, but the Tigers make out okay. They have now essentially traded Doug Fister for Greene, Ian Krol and I guess Alex Gonzalez? I got nothing on the last piece, but Greene is a nice pitcher. In his first major league season last year, Greene went 5-4 with a 3.78 ERA in 78.2-innings with 81 strikeouts. He was a positive WAR player, accounting for .6 wins, which is better than Ray’s -.8 and Kyle Lobstein’s .5. Continue reading

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Spartan Jump Shots, Fighting Irish Edition: Michigan State vs. Notre Dame Keys to the Game

Michigan-State-Spartans-Logo-jpgIt’s not often on the hardwood that the Michigan State Spartans get to tangle with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but thanks to the latter team’s move into the ACC, the clash will happen on Wednsday night.

Notre Dame gets their welcome into the Big Ten/ACC Challenge with a visit from the Spartans, who dropped a tough game over the weekend to the Kansas Jayhawks in the Orlando Classic after picking up some steam with a pair of quality wins.

With redemption on their minds, Michigan State will look to rebound on the road against Notre Dame, who’s proven to be a good home team in the past. How will the Spartans come out with a win? What can Notre Dame do to win at home? Spartan Jump Shots previews a big game with conference bragging rights on the line. Continue reading

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