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Year in Review: The Biggest Sports Newsmakers of 2013

2013 has been a year of ups and downs for sports. There has been inspiring highs and devastating lows.

Below, Impact Sports looks at 10 of the biggest sports newsmakers of 2013. These newsmakers changed the human eye of sports this year and had an impact on the future of athletics.

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Detroit Lions Season Review – Part 2

The 2008 season that saw the Lions go 0-16 obviously led to a lot of fan upheaval. But it also led to a lot of front office changes.

Long time general manager Matt Millen, head coach Rod Marinelli, and the rest of his coaching staff were all let go.  It was without a doubt the right time for change, and Lions owner William Clay Ford was ready to make that happen.  He hired Millen’s assistant GM Martin Mayhew as the new GM, and from there, they hired highly coveted Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz as their new head coach.   Read More…

Opinion: Lions Season a Success on Thanksgiving

As I watched the Lions get set to take the field against the Packers on Thursday at Ford Field, it dawned on me how important a victory would be for the team. Obviously, being tied with the Bears atop the NFC North with a chance at a second playoff berth in three years, a divisional rival game is important. Obviously, it would be nice to win a game at home on Thanksgiving and avoid losing 10 straight on the holiday. Having the privilege of going to over a dozen Thanksgiving Day Lions games in my lifetime, I could sense something was different about this game. Read More…

Opinion: Solving the Pistons’ Crisis

On Friday night, the Detroit Pistons (4-8) fell short at home to the Atlanta Hawks for the second time in three days. Despite a number of late runs by the Pistons, the Hawks held the lead for the majority of the game and pulled away in the end. The turning point in the game occurred under two minutes to go in the game.

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Opinion: Why Northwestern is Important

It’s easy, both as a fan and a player, to get excited about games that mean so much to your season and your school. We all love the games against Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, and others. But it is hard to get excited for the games against teams like Northwestern, who are at the bottom of the Legends Division. However, next week’s Saturday’s game in Evanston on the November 23 is one that Spartan Nation will have to get excited for because this is an important game…for both teams. Read More…

Opinion: Lions Grabbing at NFC North Title

Watching the Lions play the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8 brought up some emotions in me that I’m not particularly proud of. I doubt I am alone amongst Lions fans that are tired of seeing what should have been an easy win come down to a last minute stroke of luck/skill/whatever else can describe Calvin Johnson’s miraculous fourth quarter catches. Read More…

Opinion: Incognito Is Wrong, So Is Martin

As you’ve probably already heard, Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito is the meanest, least respectable person to ever play the game of football. Since the tapes of him calling his teammate and fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin the N-word came out earlier this week, the media have spent hours talking about whether Incognito will play in the NFL ever again. Read More…

Opinion: Branden Dawson is the Spartans’ X-Factor

Branden Dawson’s freshmen season ended during the final regular season game of the year versus Ohio State, when he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament. That injury changed the trajectory of Dawson’s career. Instead of spending the summer of his sophomore year developing his game or possibly preparing for his rookie season in the NBA, he was forced to rehab his knee.

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Game 1 Preview: Wizards vs. Pistons

Pistons fans have waited 196 days for tonight’s game. It’s a new beginning for a new-look franchise. With promising off-season upgrades and solid draft picks, this year’s team will be entertaining to say the least. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s focus on tonight’s matchup.

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The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Joe Dumars

Since Joe Dumars was hired to be the General Manager of the Detroit Pistons, the former all-star has made some “interesting” moves. Some contributed to the 2004 championship win, others contributed to the franchise’s demise. Now Joe’s seat is getting warmer and warmer, and this season could make or break his chances of having a job in June. Read More…

Opinion: Dumars Still The Man?

A defining story of the Detroit Pistons, since their last NBA championship win in 2004, is the big team that just could not get it done. In 2005 during the Pistons’ last championship appearance, Detroit had its shot at first back-to-back wins since the ‘Bad Boy’ era 1989-90 victories. In following years, Detroit’s success declined to mere conference championships until 2009, when it scraped together an No. 8 seed bid in the playoffs. Read More…

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