The first time the Crawford brothers saw an NBA player in person was during a camp in Detroit. It was former Pistons forward Grant Hill. The boys were mesmerized. They knew they wanted to follow in his footsteps.
Here is what I know about Michigan International Speedway: It is the fastest race on the Sprint Cup circuit and it is the most intimidating one I've seen. It is even intimidating to drive the family car off the track on those banked curves.
Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello looks up from his dressing stall and shrugs. He is a starting pitcher, plain and simple, despite the clamoring from Tiger fans he should be their closer.
When the white puffs of smoke finally drift into the air at the Lions practice facility to name new captains, one of those names must be defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
The woman was jumping up and down, screaming about the Bret Michaels concert a night earlier. She was a concession worker and stayed for the entire event, went home to get some sleep and returned the next day for her final shift.
Fragments that used to be racecars were carried onto tow trucks. Some teams gave up trying to win the second IndyCar race of the Belle Isle Grand Prix Sunday and instead packed up and lowered their team flags before the race was even halfway done.
Five brave souls became modern day versions of Bud Denker, the track organizer who got on his hands and knees last year to pull up crumbled pieces of track to help restart the shortened Belle Isle Grand Prix.
Driving in an IndyCar two-seater at speeds of up to 150 mph around the Belle Isle track doesn’t classify as a fear. Let’s just call it fun. At least that’s what it felt like Thursday morning sitting next to former IndyCar driver and current team owner Davey Hamilton.
Martin, selected by the Lions out of Appalachian State, has the upper body of a linebacker, but was not drafted to play defense. He’s a punter, and that’s where the angst from fans comes in.
When I was growing up, Michigan football was looked at as old, stodgy, boring and unimaginative. It was a winning program, but one that could not laugh about itself. The school chased a certain image.
Taylor takes a knee on the sidelines, admiring brightly colored wrist bands that drape both arms. The 40 wrist bands are messages or causes for people and organizations Taylor cares about.
The ball floated into Wilson’s hands like it was dropped from heaven. The play melted away a bitter rivalry between Western Michigan and Central Michigan because the ball was delivered by Alex Carder, who spent the last five seasons trying to beat Central.
How good has reserve outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo been for the Tigers? Minutes after the Tigers’ 7-5 loss to the Astros Thursday, angry Tiger fans were complaining about Don Kelly pinch hitting for Tuiasosopo in the ninth inning.
Nick Fairley studies Reggie White’s club move that carried him to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He watches Warren Sapp, too. He envisions himself doing the Sapp twist move or the White club.
Utility man Don Kelly does not have compromising photos of Tigers manager Jim Leyland. Neither did Brandon Inge and Ryan Raburn when fans questioned why ...
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I was born in Detroit and graduated from Cass Tech and Central Michigan. Before coming to The Detroit News I worked at the Grand Rapids Press and Detroit Free Press. I also co-host an afternoon sports talk radio show on WXYT 1270.
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