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
Nick Baumgardner Detroit Free Press Published 6:30 AM EDT Sep 23, 2018 Jim Harbaugh's first 20 games at Michigan featured a 17-3 record. He opened his second season in 2016 with a nine-game winning streak and a veteran-laden team that beat teams by an average of 37 points. Michigan put in consistent work Sunday-Friday, showed up Saturday to physically punish a team an then repeated the process. "With numbing repetition," Harbaugh said routinely at the time. That 2016 team wasn't perfect. But it understood the importance of Harbaugh's "battle rhythm" when it came to weekly performance and the ability to stack gains on top of each other each day. That team was built around seniors and upperclassmen. Seidel: Michigan hammers bad Nebraska and you can't ignore this one A year ago, most of that veteran maturity seemed to vanish. Harbaugh found himself surrounded by a team made up of mostly freshmen and sophomores for the first time in roughly a … [Read more...] about Michigan starting to resemble vintage Jim Harbaugh team
Nick Baumgardner Detroit Free Press Published 8:01 AM EDT Sep 21, 2018 The non-conference slate is over and Michigan's quest to snap that Big Ten title drought (since 2004) is officially underway. But first, mailbag questions. Do you think Michigan has a lot more in the bag on offense? — @Kyle_Essenberg This continues to be the most popular question, though as explained last week, there are a few different conversations here. For those hoping to see something completely different with regard to the foundational schematic function of this system, don't hold your breath. They are not going to walk onto the field this week and run no-huddle spread for 60 minutes. For those hoping to see trick plays? I don't really know what to tell you other than the fact that you cannot make an entire offense out of flea flickers and transcontinental throwbacks. More: Michigan vs. Nebraska: Scouting report, prediction For those hoping to see Shea Patterson … [Read more...] about Michigan football’s defense and lofty expectations: Ask Nick
The stage is set for a November brawl that could loosen President Donald Trump's grip on Washington. Elections in New York Thursday marked the end of a long, dramatic and sometimes tumultuous primary season that reshaped both parties going into the midterm elections. Democrats have a younger, more liberal, and more diverse slate of candidates they believe can flip control of the House and reclaim several governor's offices. Republicans, meanwhile, have doubled down on being the party of Trump. Here are some takeaways from primary season as the focus shifts to the Nov. 6 general election. DEMOCRATS ARE ENERGIZED, BUT THE GOP BASE ISN'T ASLEEP An avowed democratic socialist upset a House Democratic leader in New York. A self-styled progressive knocked off a former congressman in a Nebraska swing district. An unabashed liberal won the Democratic nomination for governor in Georgia and is a serious contender for the fall race. Single-payer health insurance advocates came out on top and are … [Read more...] about Takeaways from the 2018 primary season