Detroit Sports

With Replacements Looming, Veterans Step Up

While comfort and job security have always been the norm to Joe Nathan and Justin Verlander, the 2014 trade deadline opened the veterans’ eyes to the possibility of being replaced.

Between Verlander and Nathan, the two have combined for eight All-Star games and nine postseason appearances. Verlander has held the ace role in Detroit for over half a decade, and Nathan has been the perennial closer for his team — whether that be Minnesota, Texas or Detroit. While their personal accomplishments are impressive, one looming statistic has evaded them throughout both their careers: zero World Series rings.

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Why Detroit Can Celebrate

After seven years of Rodney Stuckey, Detroit fans can say “goodbye” to another Joe Dumars draftee that failed to reach his full potential and “hello” to a Stan Van Gundy-approved line up.

Dumars drafted Stuckey No. 15 overall in the 2007 NBA draft to play as a point guard. The Pistons spent the next seven years gradually transitioning him to a shooting guard with mixed results.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #15 – 8/8/14

This week on the episode No. 15 of Octopi Hockeytown, host Austin Goodman discusses the importance of signing the current restricted free agents.

The Red Wings currently have two restricted free agents that have yet to be re-signed, Landon Ferraro and Danny DeKeyser. The only unrestricted free agent left to re-sign is Daniel Alfredsson. In the first segment, Goodman discusses the importance of each restricted and unrestricted Red Wing free agent.

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Tiger Talk – #8 – 8/7/14

The boys are back and better than ever in their latest edition of Tiger Talk. Host Tony Garcia is joined by cohost Richie Cozzolino and guest Anthony Serafino as the three baseball nuts discuss everything the last month that is Tigers.

By acquiring David Price and Joakim Soria, the Tigers made the biggest splash at the deadline, but did they make the right move?

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Octopi Hockeytown – #14 – 8/3/14

The 14th episode of Octopi Hockeytown is here.

Host Austin Goodman is back. But this time, he is explaining a brand new plan created by the Ilitch family.

The Detroit Red Wings are looking to create more than just a new home for their team. Christopher Ilitch and his father, Mike Ilitch, are trying to create a brand new schema in the city of Detroit which will include a new world-class arena, neighborhoods, shops, jobs, internships and much, much more. Read More…

Wayne State Hosts Lions Training Camp for Public

On Wednesday, July 30 the Detroit Lions practiced away from their usual Allen Park practice facilities at Wayne State’s own Adams Field.

The Lions went through a routine practice showcasing position drills, individual drills, seven-on-sevens and situational scrimmages. This public practice allowed me to walk away with a few different impressions and topics of discussion heading into the Lions’ first preseason game August 9 against the Cleveland Browns. Read More…

Opinion: The Price of a ‘World Series or Bust’ Mentality

With the acquisition of David Price, the Detroit Tigers now own contracts of the past three Cy Young Award winners, and if Miguel Cabrera is included, also the past three MVP’s.

Detroit waited until 3:51 EST to make it official before the 4 p.m. trade deadline on July 31. The Tigers traded left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly and outfielder Austin Jackson as a part of the three-team deal with the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners that sent Smyly to Tampa and Jackson to Seattle. Read More…

Tatar Signs Three-Year Extension

Following a breakout season, Tomas Tatar, 23, signed a three-year, $8.25 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Tatar, a native of Ilava, Slovakia, was drafted in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted at No. 60 overall, Tatar spent his first three years playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins in the American Hockey League. Read More…

Opinion: Why Suh Contract Will Not Get Done This Offseason

Constant speculation and criticism has been surrounding the Detroit Lions’ top defensive dog, Ndamukong Suh, this offseason. The team, in order to free up cap space and shed some weight off of Suh’s monstrous contract, continues to pursue talks of a contract extension. Most recently the talks between both Suh and the Lions have been “tabled” until the offseason. Read More…

The Impact of Joakim: Tigers Acquire Soria, Look to Patch Reeling Bullpen

The Detroit Tigers bullpen currently holds the worst batting average against at .272 and the least strikeouts of any bullpen with just 243 strikeouts. Match that with the collective 4.41 ERA, and one could argue that the Tigers own the worst bullpen of all contending teams; a huge point of contention over the past three season.

However, Dave “Clark Kent, Superman, X-factor” Dombrowski came to the rescue once more. He and the Detroit Tigers received closer Joakim Soria in their second big deal of the season with the Texas Rangers for two pitching prospects, relievers Corey Knebel and Jason Thompson, and a draft pick.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #13 – 7/23/14

On this week’s episode of Octopi Hockeytown, host Austin Goodman, explains the Red Wings depth chart, more specifically, the team’s influx of forwards and how each player will come into play during the 2014-2015 campaign.

After the first segment, at about 15 minutes into the show, Austin takes a quick turn in direction and takes the show back to the nightmare of free agency. The Red Wings have still not acquired a right-handed defenseman, yet they still have made other moves that could keep fans happy for now.

Throughout the last 12 minutes of this 13th edition of Octopi Hockeytown, Austin will talk about the Red Wings transactions from the past week including a final segment on ex-Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato, the Red Wings newly signed assistant coach.

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D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler Added to the Roster

Twenty-six year-old guard D.J. Augustin has signed a two-year,$6 million deal with the Detroit Pistons. The former No. 10 overall pick has had anything but a spotless career, but could be on the verge of a comeback after a successful season with the Chicago Bulls. Joining Augustin will be veteran forward Caron Butler, 34, who is set to make $4.5 million next season with the Pistons.

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Why Austin Jackson Will Be the Key to Detroit’s Success in Second Half

When the Detroit Tigers acquired Austin Jackson from the New York Yankees in a three-way trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks (who received Edwin Jackson and traded pitcher Max Scherzer to the Tigers) they saw their center fielder of the future.

Anyone who is touted as one of the top prospects for the Yankees has a lot of promise, and Dave Dombrowski wasted no time in his efforts to attain him.

Following his 2010 rookie season, it appeared as if Detroit had struck gold. Jackson was one of the top rookies in the league, hitting .293 in 151 games played, with 27 steals and 48 extra base hits while finishing second in AL Rookie of the Year voting.

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The Dirks Dilemma

At some point this season, Detroit fans have called for the heads of all three outfield starters: Rajai Davis, Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter.

Other times, those shouting expletives in June were shouting approval in July.

All three players have looked valuable to the Tigers at some point during the first four months of the season, and while their sporadic play may have satiated fans, Brad Ausmus may not be convinced.

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Octopi Hockeytown – #12 – 7/17/14

This week on Octopi Hockeytown, Austin Goodman once again dives into offseason conversation. The show will hit all the big topics.Why did the Red Wings resign Kyle Quincey and Daniel Cleary? Why do players not want to come to Detroit anymore? Goodman discusses his theory on the Red Wings’ moves and the situation in the front office as well as behind the bench.

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Lions Den – #9 – 7/13/14

Michael, Louis and Chris are all in studio for this week’s episode of Lions Den.

Debates get heated as they break down where certain Lions stand in NFL rankings, Jimmy Graham’s tight end designation and an edition of “buy or sell”.

Tune in to hear which host believes the Lions are the next NFC North champions.

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