Jeff Seidel Detroit Free Press Published 11:29 AM EST Dec 23, 2018 Dear Santa, It’s hard to be a sports fan in the Motor City. The Detroit Lions are going backwards. The Tigers are stuck in a rebuild, years from being good again. The Pistons can’t win enough to get anybody excited. The Red Wings have fallen off the radar. Michigan football was blown out by Ohio State, wasting an amazing opportunity. And MSU football lost a recruit to Rutgers. That’s like you, Santa, losing an elf to the Easter Bunny. It just sounds wrong. So big fella, we got a long wish list here in Michigan, so many things we need, and I’d suggest bringing the big sleigh. Related: Carlos Monarrez's Lions wish list: Do Jim Bob Cooter a favor, fire him Tigers The worst part of a rebuild is the waiting for the youngsters to arrive. But you, dear Santa, could change that with one simple little gift. The Tigers could use a time machine, a slick DeLorean straight from “Back to the … [Read more...] about Michigan sports in desperate need. Can you help us, Santa?
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Omar Abdel Baqui Detroit Free Press Published 8:57 AM EST Dec 21, 2018 Michigan lost some living legends in 2018 — people who spent their lives fighting for civil rights, challenging the status quo and perfecting their craft. Although these people are no longer here, their stories, art and work remains with us forever. Here are several notable people tied to Michigan who died in 2018. Aretha Franklin The Queen of Soul died of pancreatic cancer in her Detroit home the morning of Aug. 16. She was 76. Aretha Franklin moved to Detroit at 4-years-old and began her music career at New Bethel Baptist Church — where her father, the Rev. C.L Franklin, was pastor. Franklin's Aug. 31 funeral was fit for a queen, drawing massive crowds of fans, celebrities and media from all over the world. Cliff Russell Media personality Cliff Russell, who died Feb. 18 at age 61, was a man of many trades and a man of many firsts. Russel was a radio … [Read more...] about In memoriam: A look back at who Michigan lost in 2018
By Angelique S. Chengelis The Detroit News Published 4:14 p.m. UTC Jun 14, 2018 Ann Arbor – When Rashan Gary was a freshman defensive lineman at Michigan, he was guided by and learned from upperclassmen Taco Charlton and Chris Wormley, now both in the NFL. Sharing his opinions on technique with his teammates has never been an issue for Gary, even when he was new to the fold at Michigan. Now that he’s entering his junior season, he has taken an even more hands-on approach with the younger players. Gary worked Michigan’s camp last Saturday and said he enjoyed “coaching” the high school players through drills because he enjoys the finer details of playing the game. That is his approach with his younger teammates, as well. “The more I’m able to show them, the more they can could take heed to it and the more it would make sense to them because I’ve been through what they’ve been through,” Gary said. “My freshman year, … [Read more...] about Paye, Vilain give Gary confidence in Michigan’s D-line depth
The Detroit News Published 8:16 p.m. UTC Jun 11, 2018 According to ESPN, not much has changed when sizing up the Michigan football team's future. Michigan State's, though, appears to be brighter than it was a year ago. Going from 3-9 to 10-3 can do that. ESPN unveiled its overall "future power rankings" on Monday (pay site), projecting the outlook for college football's top 25 programs through the 2020 season. Not much separates Michigan and Michigan State — the Wolverines are ranked No. 16, and the Spartans No. 17 — in the rankings, which ESPN's Adam Rittenberg says are the result of reviewing rosters and polling coaches, among other factors. Both are in different positions than last year, when ESPN ranked Michigan No. 6, while leaving Michigan State out of its future rankings. Rittenberg's take on Michigan, though, had a familiar tone, with "few teams' forecasts ... tougher to peg than Michigan's" in last season's rankings. This year, Rittenberg writes … [Read more...] about Michigan 16th, Michigan State 17th in ESPN’s future football rankings
Susan Selasky Detroit Free Press Published 1:51 p.m. UTC Jun 10, 2018 Don't you just love asparagus? In the last several weeks those lovely green spears have been hard to pass up at local farm markets and grocery stories. I haven't had a bad bunch yet. In most years, asparagus might be winding down soon. But April's cold temperatures delayed it a bit. The season arrived about a week or two behind according to the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board. That means asparagus is still hanging on. John Bakker, the advisory boards executive director says consumers can expect asparagus in stores for a few more weeks — at least through June. When it comes to asparagus production Michigan is tied with Washington state. California, Bakker said, ranks third. "Both Washington and Michigan produce 21 to 24 million pounds a year, while California now dropped to 10 million pounds a year," Bakker said. What's unique about Michigan asparagus is how it's picked from … [Read more...] about Asparagus still rolling in — so many reasons to love it