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Looking to Next Season

The Pistons’ season is finally over, Joe Dumars is officially no longer president of the organization and the head coaching position is currently blank.

After this season’s team dynamic issues, chances are that the Piston squad, which fans see on the court next season, will not include the exact starters they saw this past year.

There are a few select problems the Pistons must deal with before tipoff next season if the franchise hopes to end their playoff drought.

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Octopi Hockeytown: Playoff Preview – Round One

On Friday night, the Detroit Red Wings open their first round series against the NHL’s best team, the Boston Bruins. The Bruins accumulated 117 points during the season, enough to win the Presidents’ Trophy as the league’s best regular season squad.

With that being said, Detroit should have their hands full in the first round. However, as a seven seed in the Western Conference playoffs last year, the Red Wings beat the two-seeded Anaheim Ducks, and let a 3-1 series lead over one seed and eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, slip away.

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What Re-signing Rashean Mathis Means for the Lions’ Organization

The Detroit Lions re-signed veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis on Monday. Last year, Mathis led the Lions’ secondary not only in age, but also stats.

With Mathis coming back to the roster, and the Lions’ recent signing of former Indianapolis Colts corner Cassius Vaughn, the total number of defensive backs on the roster rises to seven. The Lions’ secondary is also equipped with two underrated safeties in former Ravens Super Bowl champion James Ihedigbo and Detroit’s returning safety Glover Quin. Behind Quin and Ihedigbo is reliable veteran Don Carey and recent signing Isa Abdul-Quddus.

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Joe Dumars No Longer Pistons President

An anonymous source reports that three-time NBA Champion Joe Dumars is no longer the President of the Detroit Pistons.

This news comes as no surprise to many Pistons fans due to the fact that Dumars has missed the playoffs once again. Dumars will likely take on an advising role with the franchise.

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Pistons’ Draft Potentials

With five games remaining in the regular season, the Pistons currently are the owners of the eighth worst record in the NBA. Unfortunately for Detroit, the NBA has a draft lottery where any of the teams that do not make the playoffs can move up the draft order or move down.

Detroit’s first-round pick is top-eight protected this season, meaning that if they get a pick in the top eight, they keep it. If it falls to ninth or lower, Detroit must give up the rights to their pick to the Charlotte Bobcats.

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One Lion’s Trash is Another Dolphin’s Treasure

March 10: Dolphins sign Ex-Lions Safety Louis Delmas

April 2: Dolphins sign former Lions OT Jason Fox

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The above headlines might have Dolphins fans scratching their heads. Why are the Dolphins scraping up the Detroit Lions’ throwaways?

Miami lost their starting safety Chris Clemons this offseason to free agency and instantly replaced him with Louis Delmas. Arguably, Delmas may have been one of the better safeties on the board this offseason after being cut by the Lions. However, essentially they just replaced an average safety in Clemons with an average safety in Delmas. Unless Delmas begins to perform at a higher standard in South Beach.

The infamous Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin bullying scandal has created a bit of a hole in the Dolphins’ offensive line. This is why the Lions’ ex-offensive lineman Jason Fox was signed. Fox could be a starter in Miami, but the worst case scenario is that he is a reliable backup veteran.

Now the Dolphins are checking out Detroit’s beloved Nate Burleson who they released earlier this year. We all know Burleson’s potential and what he can contribute to the offense, but unfortunately Burleson could not come through for the Lions last season after his pizza incident.

Well Miami, more power to you. Teams have needs, and I guess the Lions’ offseason losses were tailored to Miami’s needs.


Chris Boggus is a multimedia journalist for Impact Sports.


Trash ‘Em or Keep ‘Em

The 2013-14 NBA season is winding down, and the Detroit Pistons are sitting outside of the playoffs for the fifth straight season.

What personnel deserves to return next season? Horsepower takes you through “Trash ‘Em or Keep ‘Em” where the coach, general manager and each player are evaluated and given a final result of ‘trash ‘em or ‘keep ‘em.

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Opinion: Fixing the Pistons

It is clear that Josh Smith is just taking up space on the Pistons’ roster.

The team needs to do some major overhauling this upcoming offseason because Joe Dumars got burned last year with the Smith signing. This year, the front office needs to be smarter in its decisions. Detroit may not be a huge basketball market anymore like Miami or Los Angeles, but as long as it markets itself well, it may be able to draw in big names.

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Why 10 Years Is Too Much, Even for Cabrera

Before the fanboys get their jerseys ruffled, let me preface this article with a statement:

Miguel Cabrera is the best baseball player in the last decade, and will be remembered as one of the best players in the history of Detroit.

Satisfied? Good. Now pay attention while I explain to you that a 10-year contract is a bad move, even when signing a Hall of Famer.

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Opinion: The Sweet Sixteen and Onward

Per usual, the NCAA Tournament has brought happiness, sadness, upsets and glory, and we have only made it through the Round of 32.

Going into the Sweet Sixteen, there are no perfect brackets left and no one will win a $1 billion from the hands of Warren Buffet and Dan Gilbert. But there is still basketball to be played.

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Report: Tom Izzo to Be Targeted by Pistons

March Madness is upon us, but could the Pistons be looking to join the action? According to a Sports Illustrated report, the Pistons are expected to pursue Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo to be their new head coach this offseason.

Detroit fired their first year coach Maurice Cheeks back on February 9, and have been led by John Loyer ever since. During that time the Pistons have failed to live up to their preseason expectations and have produced a record of 26-44.

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Opinion: Ihedigbo Confirms He Is Heading to Detroit

Former Ravens safety James Ihedigbo will be reunited with his old defensive coordinator Teryl Austin this offseason after his deal with the Detroit Lions is finalized.

The free agent safety Ihedigbo tweeted Monday night that he is officially becoming a Lion.

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Opinion: Tigers’ Recent Trade Epitomizes Offseason

With just a week until Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers, it seemed as if the Tigers’ wheeling and dealing had finally cooled off. Monday morning however, fans woke up to the news that the Tigers had shipped utility-man Steve Lombardozzi to Baltimore for shortstop Alex Gonzalez.

Tigers fans may be familiar with Lombardozzi, even though most have never even seen him step onto the field in a Tigers’ uniform. Lombardozzi was a piece of the controversial trade that sent Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals in December. The Tigers also acquired pitchers Robbie Ray and Ian Krol in the trade.

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Pistons Done for the Season

It is only late March, but the Detroit Pistons’ season is all but over. Of the 14 games remaining on the schedule, they are more than likely to lose at least half of them. This is not surprising seeing as they have already dropped the last 12 games on the road.

With nine of the remaining 14 games on the road and the five home games against playoff bound teams like the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors, any remaining hope that Pistons fans have should be squashed. Instead of trying to salvage this broken season, the organization needs to focus on rebuilding the pieces into a winning team.

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Opinion: Top Sleeper Teams in the NCAA Tournament

Every year during March Madness, as I look over my bracket on the first day of the tournament, I feel pretty confident with my picks. All it takes is about four hours of basketball for my hopes and dreams to be crushed by the ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ knocking off my Goliath that I picked to go to the Final Four. So before you make the mistake of looking past the lower seeds, here are some potential sleeper teams that could ruin everybody’s bracket.

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Why Golden Tate is the Perfect Fit to the Lions’ Puzzle

The Detroit Lions started out the first day of free agency a little slower than other teams, but their progress says otherwise.

The Lions kicked off the fun part of the offseason by re-signing Joique Bell to a two-year, $7 million extension, followed by re-signing wide receiver Kevin Ogletree to a one-year deal. Bell’s deal was an important benchmark for this offseason in order to keep the Lions’ record-breaking running back duo of Bell and Reggie Bush together.

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Recipe for a Playoff Run

The Detroit Lions have clearly stated that they are in a win-now mode. Music to all Lions fans’ ears, but how do they know next season will not be like last season? With free agency less than a day away and the draft knocking on their doors, the Lions need to start making some moves in order to become serious contenders. Here are the four keys to this offseason that I think the Lions should exercise:

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Opinion: All They Need to Do Is Lose

Expectations for the Pistons coming in to the 2013-2014 season were quite high. With the acquisitions of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, it seemed as if it was finally time for the Pistons to end their playoff drought.

Currently, Detroit is 24-39 and three games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The team’s lack of success has led to first-year head coach Maurice Cheeks getting fired and, presumably, general manager Joe Dumars also getting fired at season’s end.

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