There's no easy way for it to end, but the truth is, it had been ending for a while. For most of his nearly 30 years with the Pistons, Joe Dumars was basketball royalty, connecting eras and championships.
One week into the season, we’ve learned two things we already knew, if that’s possible. The Tigers’ starting pitching looks as good as expected, as good as anybody’s. And the bullpen looks as troubling as expected, as troubling as normal. The Tigers are 4-1 as they head West, so it certainly doesn’t make sense to get antsy the first week in April.
The more they play, the better they get. The better they get, the closer they get. And the closer the Red Wings get to the playoffs, the more you see what's possible.
Scherzer got another batch of guys out Wednesday, just as he did while winning the Cy Young last season.
Look again and you see teary eyes and shattered hopes, and hear heavy words in muffled tones. On an amazingly tense Sunday, Michigan and Michigan State ran out of moments and out of time.
The Spartans have been overwhelming Final Four favorites since the Tournament brackets were set, yet remain driven by the slights and the slams. It's the sign of a Tom Izzo team eyeing a long run — don't ever forget where you were.
When it comes to knock-down, drag-out basketball, Michigan State still can knock it down and drag it out with the best. This was a beautifully grimy game, the kind the Spartans expected, the kind they know they'll have to win in this Tournament.
There's no perfect formula, or everyone would do it. The NCAA Tournament is about, in no particular order: Matchups and seniors and luck and defense and freshmen and 3-point shooting and cheerleaders and officiating and games that end well past midnight.
He's giving what he has, which is more than he had a few weeks ago. But as the foes grow and the road turns, Keith Appling will have to give even more.
If they get a moment, between practices and interviews and travel and meetings, they should relish this run. Contrary to expectations, it doesn't happen every year, and for some it'll never happen again.
The deeper the Wolverines go, the more dangerous they get. That's true of many still alive in the NCAA Tournament but it's increasingly true of Michigan, with its unique style, unique coach and uniquely talented shooters.
When they're on, the Wolverines can hit from anywhere. But that's not what makes them a dangerous Sweet 16 team again. It's that they can hit from so many directions, in so many ways.
Some obstacles are bigger than others, and naturally, Texas is big. Not obnoxiously Texas-sized big, but definitely big. The Longhorns are big enough to present problems, especially if you need to go through them, or around them.
If the Wolverines are deadly serious about launching another run, they need to understand there aren't any more Woffords walking on that floor, and everything has to ratchet quickly now.
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Bob Wojnowski is a Michigan native who grew up in Ann Arbor, went to high school in Battle Creek and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1983. He has been at The Detroit News since 1989, a columnist since 1992. He has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the Olympics to the World Series to the Final Four to the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals.
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