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NOVEMBER 28TH, 2019
‘As the Stomach Turns’: Living with
historically bad Detroit sports teams
By KEITH GAVE
The Red Wings lost, 6-0, Wednesday night, shut out for the second straight game. It was their seventh loss in a row, during which they have been outscored 29-13. They lost their starting goaltender in the game’s 10th minute, and the backup – who was supposed to start but didn’t because of the flu – finished the game. The defense in front of them gave up a disgraceful 54 shots on goal, the most by a Red Wings team in 45 years.
The Pistons lost for the seventh time in nine games, 102-101, at Charlotte to a team on a five-game losing streak missing its best player. They had plenty of opportunities in their final possession, which included three inbounds attempts in the last 12.3 seconds. They failed to get off a shot.
With their starting quarterback nursing a broken back and their second-stringer hobbled by a hamstring injury, the Lions – who have lost four straight games and seven of their last eight – have announced they’ll start David Blough, an undrafted rookie out of Purdue University who hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL against the visiting Chicago Bears today.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Try not to choke on your turkey.
For dessert, perhaps a rare Michigan victory over Ohio State on Saturday?
The envelope, please:
Detroit (3-7-1) vs. Chicago (5-6), minus-5.5: As news of the Lions’ quarterback situation worsened in this short week, the line on the game went from pick ‘em to the Bears favored by nearly a touchdown. It shouldn’t be that close. Try to keep your meal down after watching this one. Prediction: Chicago 23, Detroit 9.
Michigan State (5-6, 3-5 in the Big Ten), minus-21.5 vs. Maryland (3-8, 1-7): After starting the season way, way overrated as the No. 18 team in The Associated Press Top-25, the Spartans are desperate for a victory that will make them bowl eligible. That’s how bad this season has turned out. Prediction, for what it’s worth: Michigan State 24, Maryland 13.
No. 13 Michigan (9-2, 6-2 in the Big Ten) vs. Ohio State (11-0, 8-0), minus-9: I was sorely tempted to take the Wolverines in this one; I really wanted to. They’re playing as well as they ever have, perhaps better on both sides of the ball, in Jim Harbaugh’s five years as head coach. Surely the Buckeyes won’t drop another 62 on Don Brown’s defense this season. But even if quarterback Shea Patterson has the game of his life, it may not be enough against Ohio State’s
historically great defense. And a lot of late money is pouring in on OSU to lengthen the odds; that worries me. Prediction: Ohio State 31, Michigan 24.