Jim Harbaugh Must Change To Lead Michigan Wolverines’ Revival In Big Ten Landscape

Jim Harbaugh comes back to Ann Arbor, but he will have to tweak his personality to have success at Michigan. (Flickr, MGoBlog)

Jim Harbaugh comes back to Ann Arbor, but he will have to tweak his sometimes abrasive personality to have success at Michigan. (Flickr, MGoBlog)

Last week, Jim Harbaugh returned to Ann Arbor as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, ushering back in thoughts of the late 1980′s, the last time the quarterback-turned-coach roamed the famed sidelines at Michigan Stadium.

In 2014, however, the stadium’s name is the only familiarity Harbaugh will find when he walks in. Gone are the days of the big two and little eight. A competitive landscape awaits chalk full of challenges from East Lansing to Columbus and plenty of locales in between, and Harbaugh the coach must be ready to embrace and respect those challenges. Continue reading

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From The Spartan Sideline, Bears Edition: Baylor vs. Michigan State Preview and Prediction

Michigan-State-Spartans-Logo-jpgThe Michigan State Spartans will ring in 2015 by being in the nation’s football consciousness again, taking on the Baylor Bears in the Cotton Bowl, one of the New Year’s six elite bowl games.

High-flying offenses will be the story, as will motivation. Baylor was passed over for a shot at the college football playoff, while Michigan State would love nothing more than to beat a top team to show the world they were elite this past season. Which team will bring more passion to Dallas? That’s the key question.

Spartan Sideline makes its 2015 debut with a closer look at Michigan State’s next gargantuan bowl challenge. Continue reading

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Detroit Pistons’ Release Of Josh Smith Should Help Serve As A Lesson For The Future

pistons-logo1Monday, the Detroit Pistons unceremoniously sent disgruntled forward Josh Smith packing just three days before Christmas, releasing him from the team.

Smith had two years and $26 million dollars remaining on his contract, and was reportedly being shopped in trades last week. The problem? That massive deal, which hung around Smith and the Pistons’ neck like a bloated albatross, prevented any such move from getting done. Continue reading

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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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