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NOVEMBER 12th, 2019

Sour Grapes: Don Cherry stands

by his words even after his firing

NOVEMBER 28TH, 2019

‘As the Stomach Turns’: Living with

historically bad Detroit sports teams

 

By KEITH GAVE

Sports Director

 

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.

 

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PAST COLUMNS

--NOVEMBER 26TH, 2019: As Harbaugh tries once again to beat Ohio State, there’s a little Max Mercy in us all

--NOVEMBER 12th, 2019: Sour Grapes: Don Cherry stands by his words even after his firing

--NOVEMBER 8th, 2019: Can Lions’ generous defense lead to upset over woebegone Bears?

---OCTOBER 28th, 2019: Wolverines serve notice: They’re not through yet

--OCTOBER 23rd, 2019: Did Belichick really snooker Detroit on the Patricia deal?

--OCTOBER 17th, 2019: MSU’s Dantonio at a crossroads? And what about UM’s Harbaugh?

--OCTOBER 16th, 2019: NFL has an officiating crisis, but Lions have much to clean up, too

--OCTOBER 11th, 2019:Trying to rebuild continues, but Red Wings are clearly turning a corner

--September 30th, 2019: Klima, the Russians, and Jaromir Jagr, too: Nick Polano’s profound Red Wings legacy

--September 27th, 2019: Hey Commish: Have some balls, eh, and consult players on game changes

-- September 23rd, 2019: Just who are those imposters in the iconic winged helmets?

-- September 19th, 2019: O Captain, my Captain among Red Wings: New GM Yzerman says Larkin must wait

-- August 31st, 2019:  New beginnings: Hopes rise as leaves fall and sports keep us going

-- August 23rd, 2019: Verlander’s self-indulgent grudge vs. writer overshadows the memorable game

-- August 2nd, 2019: Tigers flip – and flop? – at the trade deadline; Big questions plague AuSable Marathon

--July 19th, 2019: A kind and wonderful man felled by demons he could not control

--July 10th. 2019: Just shoot me now; Avila’s contract extension a bad omen for Tigers’ fans

--October 10th, 2018: Play of young Wings suggests rebuild is on the right course
draft to kickstart Red Wings’ slay in NHL June 27th, 2018: --rebuild
Cabrera’s season-ending injury June 13th, 2018: --isn’t end of the world for Tigers
--April 23rd, 2018: Quinn and fellow NFL GMs pile it high and deep ahead of annual draft
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