Detroit Sports

Octopi Hockeytown – #4 – 3/13/14

The Detroit Red Wings have played another week of hockey and with 18 games left this season, and the team is in need of major victories. This week’s episode of Octopi Hockeytown will answer all questions and more!

Austin Goodman, host of Octopi, breaks down the past week of play starting off in New Jersey, then coming home for two, respectively historical nights and then finishing off the week in New York against Lundqvist and the Rangers.

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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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What Have They Tried?

Every decision in recent history, that Joe Dumars and Tom Gores have made, have led the Detroit Pistons their team to this the point where they stand today: a general manager and an owner of a team that still cannot make the playoffs despite being in an awful conference.

Dumars’ and Gores’ decisions has have led them to a 24-38 record as the team plows through the final two months of the regular season. Since the “glorious” days of Darko Milicic, in which the Pistons actually were contenders won things, fans and members of the organization have gotten antsy.

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The Pact – #21 – 3/10/14

In the first show following spring break, MSU basketball is front and center. Both the men and women look to pick up their play before heading into the NCAA tournaments.

Fino, Faith and Lou discuss the recent struggles of the men’s team and give their predictions for the upcoming Big Ten Tournament in the show’s first portion.

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Octopi Hockeytown: Weekly Recap

This past week, the Detroit Red Wings experienced four games, a trade deadline, the jersey retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom and two more key players going down with injuries. The week had its ups and downs, but the Red Wings remain tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

In the first game this week, Detroit traveled to the Prudential Center to take on the New Jersey Devils. Adam Henrique opened up the scoring for the Devils within the first minute of the game, but the Red Wings responded with goals from Johan Franzen and Brendan Smith.

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Number Eight Haunts Playoff Contenders

By the end of the first quarter of Friday’s game against the Chicago Bulls, the Detroit Pistons were down by 18 points. The game did not get better for the Motor City team. They ended up losing their eighth-straight game on the road.

Eight. That is the amount of road games Detroit has lost in a row. Coincidentally, that is also the number of games Detroit has lost in the last 10 games.

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Opinion: Pistons Must Avoid Isiah Thomas as next General Manager

Joe Dumars still holds the title of Detroit Pistons general manager, but could another former Piston great, and Dumars’ teammate, soon be the next owner of that job?

In a season where playoffs were once a realistic expectation, the Pistons have underwhelmed the city of Detroit. The Pistons are 24-37 and are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

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Opinion: Lions Should Dip Paws into Free Agency This March

The Detroit Lions’ offseason agenda is so hazy, not even a fortune teller could predict it.

Mark your calendars because March will be a big month. March 8 is when the free agency flirting begins followed by the March 11 date of when signatures and dollar signs can be inked into contracts. The Detroit Lions can start camp two weeks earlier than the normal April 21 offseason workouts because of the recent signing of new head coach, Jim Caldwell. These dates are creeping up, and the decisions are about to be made.

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Six Tigers, Six Spring Days: Ian Kinsler

If you have not been following the Detroit Tigers as religiously as others, you will be happy to learn about the multitude of new faces that will grace the field come April. Since we did not want to leave you in the dark and have you terrified when Opening Day rolls around, we will give you the rundown of every new starter wearing the Old English D.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #3 – 3/4/14

Octopi Hockeytown is back for another episode. The 2014 Sochi Olympics came to a close with Canada winning the gold in men’s hockey for the second consecutive Olympic games, while the United States left Russia with no men’s ice hockey medals.

Austin Goodman, the host of Octopi Hockeytown, will discuss the Olympics, for what he promises will be the last time for at least the next four years. He will evaluate each medal-winning team’s performance and discuss what happened to the United States down the stretch.

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Opinion: End of the Line for Joe Dumars

Three NBA Championships, five Eastern Conference titles and nine division titles have all been part of Pistons’ general manager Joe Dumars’ career in Detroit. Now, despite being a part of the organization as either a player or in the front office for nearly three decades, Dumars’ job in Detroit is in question.

All great partnerships must come to an end eventually. Brett Favre could not play in Green Bay forever, nor could Phil Jackson coach the Bulls another year after winning six titles with Michael Jordan. The Colts had to separate from Peyton Manning and even the Eagles had to decide whether or not to part with long-time coach Andy Reid.

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Horsepower’s Rising Stars: Who are the Best Up-and-Coming Players?

Lebron James might be the the best player in the NBA right now, but who will follow in his footsteps and become the next face of the NBA? Horsepower ranks the 10 best rising stars under the age of 24 and when they will make their biggest impact.

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