Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 12:16 PM EST Jan 4, 2019 It surprisingly took 17 minutes for the first email of Monday evening — but not the last — to arrive in my inbox. Michigan State fans are not happy. “Such a painful year Chris and such a shame to waste this year with a defense as good as anyone in the nation,” Mark G. wrote. “Problem is our offense is obviously one of the worst in the nation. One extreme to the other.” That proved to be the message of New Year’s Eve, after the Spartans' 7-6 loss to Oregon in the Redbox Bowl, and not surprisingly it's the theme of this week’s mailbag. As always, you can send questions via email ([email protected]), on Twitter (@chrissolari) or join our live chat at www.freep.com. Those should resume soon and likely will be on an every-other-week basis during hoops season. So let’s take a sampling of the questions from Twitter this week, which predominantly focus on … [Read more...] about Michigan State mailbag: What’s next for coaching staff, offense
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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been experiencing an extended stay on the injury report — a concerning detail in his puzzling start to the 2018 season. Though he has experienced flashes of success, Gronkowski has been limited to just one touchdown this season and has missed two games due to ankle and back woes. With rumors of retirement and unrest still lingering from last season, many are left wondering if things are copacetic with the four-time first-team All-Pro selection. Here’s what we know about the situation: A timeline of Gronkowski’s status: Gronkowski first popped up on the injury report in Week 3, two days before the Patriots’ matchup against the Detroit Lions. He was limited in one practice with an ankle injury but returned to full participation the following day and was removed from the injury report. Against the Lions, Gronkowski was on the field for 100 percent of New England’s offensive snaps; he caught four passes on five targets for … [Read more...] about What’s going on with Rob Gronkowski?
Like a fine wine, credit scores tend to get better with age. That's primarily why members of the elder Silent Generation have average credit scores that are 100 points higher than newbie millennials. The typical millennial has a "fair" credit score of just 634, according to a LendingTree study, which examined an anonymized sample of its 9 million users. From there, credit scores rise in steps. GenX ranks better than millennials, with an average 653 score, which is still "fair." Baby boomers do better than GenX, with a "good" 696 average score. Finally, the Silent Generation -- those born from 1925 to 1945 -- tops out with a "very good" 734 average score, according to the LendingTree research. Credit scores tend to rise with age for good reasons, experts note. Some key scoring metrics give points for the amount of time you've had credit and for the depth of your credit experience. Credit scores, after all, are a way to handicap a person's propensity to repay a loan in full and on … [Read more...] about What does age have to do with credit scores? Plenty
Whenever the Eagles lose a game, Monday can be a very emotional day in Philly. And this week, it seemed even worse than usual following Sunday's overtime loss to the Titans. That's due in large part to the way in which the Eagles lost, a microcosm for what's been plaguing the defending Super Bowl champions throughout the first month of the 2018 NFL season.The secondary was a liability. The offensive line struggled to protect their franchise quarterback. There were costly penalties at key times. Doug Pederson's play calling doesn't seem as sharp. And the list goes on.Yet, here we sit a quarter of the way through the season, and the Eagles are 2-2, a half game behind Washington for the NFC East lead, and are just one or two plays from being 3-1 or even 4-0. So why does it feel like the sky is falling in Philadelphia?Perhaps, as defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz pointed out on Tuesday, the Birds are also one or two plays away from sending this city into an all out panic."You can look at … [Read more...] about What they’re saying: Maybe the Eagles just aren’t that good this year
Anthony Fenech Detroit Free Press Published 12:48 p.m. UTC Jul 7, 2018 The Detroit Tigers received good news on the Shane Greene injury front on Friday. An MRI scan on Greene’s right shoulder showed no structural damage, only inflammation which manager Ron Gardenhire termed, “dead arm syndrome,” not uncommon for pitchers nearing the midseason point. Greene was placed on the 10-day disabled list on July 2. He traveled to Dallas to receive an MRI scan from Dr. Greg Pearl on Thursday. More: Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire returns to dugout This is good news for the Tigers, who had previously received more trade interest on Greene than any other player. It’s unclear whether the recent injury has tempered that interest and with so many relievers expected to be available in a buyer’s market, the prospects of Greene being jettisoned before the July 31 trade deadline do not seem great. Greene, 29, has saved 19-of-22 games this season with a 4.03 ERA … [Read more...] about What does Detroit Tigers’ Shane Greene’s prognosis mean for his trade value?