A No. 8 seed beating a No. 1 seed-that is exactly what basketball fans have witnessed three times so far this postseason. The Indiana Pacers are currently down two games to one to the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the playoffs.
Atlanta’s playoff success is important for a few reasons. First off, it shows that the best record does not necessarily reflect the best team. Second, it shows how quickly a team can collapse, especially when its 7-foot-2 center is completely absent from his own body and the team’s star scorers are not performing well either. Third and probably most importantly to Pistons fans, it shows what could potentially have been theirs: a first round playoff series win.
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.
It was most likely an unpleasant Easter for Alex Gonzalez after the Detroit Tigers unconditionally released the shortstop after just 15 games.
Gonzalez was picked up by Detroit in the offseason for an injured Jose Iglesias, who continues to sit on the DL with a shin injury for 3-4 months. Gonzalez and Andrew Romine were hailed by Detroit to add some firepower and defense at the all-important shortstop position for the Tigers. However, Gonzalez’s .167 average with only two RBI’s in nine games signaled to Detroit he was not the answer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why would the Lions bring back Dan Orlovsky? I’ll ask that again, why!?
Dan Orlovsky, the 30-year-old journeyman quarterback of some of the most troubling teams of the past decade.
In 2010, the Cleveland Cavaliers fired their head coach Mike Brown after he failed to produce any championship rings for the organization after multiple years with LeBron James.
Following Brown’s dismissal, the Cavs expressed interest in stealing Tom Izzo away from the Michigan State Spartans.
Izzo politely declined.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.