Sunday, April 24, 2016

Disappointment in Detroit

Tonight wraps up quite possibly the worst weekend Detroit Sports has faced in years. It all started on Thursday night when the Red Wings faced off against the Lightning in game 5 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Wings needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Wings played relatively well with a lot of chances the entire game. Unfortunately a costly turnover by Petr Mrazek costed the Wings the game. This was a disappointed series but the biggest blow was the loss of Pavel Datsyuk. He most likely played his last NHL game as a Red Wing and that is depressing. Thank you Pav for everything you have done for this franchise. 


To cap off this crappy weekend was game 4 of the NBA playoffs. The Pistons were down 3-0 in the series and needed a win to keep the series alive. This was a tight game but unfortunately Cleveland got the best of us. The Pistons lost by two and the season is over. Although we got swept, I'm not disappointed at all. This young and inexperienced team showed a lot of heart and played the Cavs well. It'll be a long offseason, but next year should be fun to watch. This week may have sucked but I love these teams and this city. We may not be the best, but we always show a fight. Michigan will always be my home and I most certainly possess the Detroit mentality. Until next year....DEEETROOITTTT BASKETBALL

 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Wings gain ground, Pistons fall

This Sunday was a stressful day for Detroit fans. It all began at 3:00 when the Pistons were set to play the Cavs in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Pistons played their hearts out and shot 63% in the first half. All seemed well heading into the 4th quarter where the Pistons led by 7. Unfortunately Cleveland came back with the help of some debatable calls and stole a win at home 106-101. For an inexperienced team in the Pistons, they certainly showed some fight. This will be an interesting series and will pick back up on Wednesday. 



The second game of the Detroit doubleheader was the Red Wings in game three of the Stanley Cup playoffs vs. the Tampa Bay Lighting. The Wings were down in the series 2-0 and needed a win to keep their Stanley Cup hopes alive. The Wings came out strong in the 1st period but nothing came of it. Later in the 2nd period, Andreas Athanisiou broke the tie and gave Detroit the lead. Henrik Zetterberg followed with a goal a few minutes later to give the Wings a 2-0 lead. This lead held up the entire game as the Wings went on to win. This was a big win and cut the series deficit to 2-1. Next game is Tuesday as the Wings will try to tie the series up. 




Sunday, April 10, 2016

Great weekend in the Motor City

This weekend has definitely been a good one for all Detroit fans. First, the Pistons clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2009. The Pistons defeated the Washington Wizards 112-99 behind Reggie Jackson's 39 points. The Palace was rocking as it's been awhile since the Pistons have made the postseason. The Pistons weren't the only ones to clinch a postseason berth. For the 25th consecutive year, the Detroit Red Wings clinched a playoff spot. It came down to Game 82, but even though the Wings fell short in New York, a Boston Bruins loss secured a spot for the Wings. It's was a stressful Saturday, but it paid off. 

As for the playoffs, the Red Wings will face the Tampa Bay Lighting for the 2nd straight year. The lighting are heavily injured and could prove to be an edge for the Wings. Puck drop will be Wednesday night as the Wings will try and contend for their 12th Stanley Cup. As for the Pistons, they will face either the Clevland Cavaliers or the Toronto Raptors. Both matchups are very tough, but this Pistons team has proven a lot of people wrong this year. We shall see! 






Monday, March 21, 2016

Victors till the end

On Friday night, the Michigan Basketball team was set to take on the Notre Dame fighting Irish. Though it is known as a football rivalry, both schools were still filled with hatred on the basketball court. I was fortunate enough to go to the game as it was at the Barclays Center. Michigan came out stronger than I've ever seen and hit every shot they took. Momentum was on our side and remained that way until the half where we lead by 12. The only thing that stood between advancing was 20 long minutes. We knew it would be close, but not as close as we liked. I don't know what was said in the Notre Dame locker room at the half, but whatever it was sparked something in them. In the second half Notre Dame couldn't miss and ended up winning by 7. It was a close game and a great atmosphere. I'm extremely grateful to have had that experience. Even though we lost, it will certainly be one to remember.

Though the season didn't end how we might have wanted, I'm still extremely proud of this group of guys. They proved to others that they were a tournament team even when our backs were against the wall. The emergence of Mo Wagner, MAAR, and Zak Irvin proves that the future is bright. I expect this team to compete for a Big Ten title next year and prove that Michigan basketball is back. Go Blue!






Sunday, March 13, 2016

Lets Go Dancing!

On Friday afternoon, the Michigan basketball team played the #1 seed, Indiana, in the Big Ten Tournament. This game was huge as a loss would most likely eliminate Michigan from getting a tournament bid. Both teams came out strong, but Indiana took control at the end. All hope was lost until Duncan Robinson hit a couple threes and tied the game up. With the 30 seconds left Michigan stole the ball and Kameron Chatman hit a three at the buzzer. This shot was tough and was huge. Michigan was still alive. On Saturday they moved on to the semifinals but lost to a tough Purdue team. After that loss, Michigan was on he bubble and their future had much uncertainty.

 After a stressful day, Michigan found their fate and were selected to be the #11 seed in the play-in game versus Tulsa. This game will be on Wednesday and will certainly be a tough one. Michigan should have the edge and will advance to play Notre Dame in Brooklyn on Friday. If Michigan plays their best basketball, there is no doubt thy can win both games. Until then, Go Blue! 




Sunday, March 6, 2016

Michigone

On Saturday night the Michigan Wolverines faced off against the Iowa Hawkeys in Ann Arbor on Senior Night. Michigan honored Seniors Caris Levert and Spike Albrecht. Although both seniors had season ending injuries, both made an impact on the program to deserve the recognition and praise. This game was a must have for both teams. Iowa was on a four game losing streak and Michigan needed a win to solidify a tournament bid. Michigan started the game off with a quick three but Iowa had an answer. Iowa took a comfortable 10 point lead and Michigan couldn't get back. Michigan was down six at the half, and Iowa never looked back. Although Michigan was able to cut the lead to five with 4 minutes left, Iowa's Jarrod Uthoff was too strong. He ended the game with 29 points and completely exposed the Michigan defense. This was a tough loss as Michigan had to win to be a lock for the tournament.

Up next Michigan will play Northwestern  on Thursday in the Big Ten Tournament. This will not be an easy game but is do or die for Michigan. With a win, Michigan will get back in the tournament picture. This is a talented team and has potential to make a run. Who knows if they have it in them because they've failed to step up in must win games. Go Blue! 







Sunday, February 28, 2016

Some things never change

On Saturday night, the Red Wings faced off against the Colorado Avalanche in the Outdoor Series game at Coors Field. This game is fun for everyone to watch. This game also had a historic rivalry feel to it. The Red Wings scored first thanks to Tomas Tatar. The Avalanche came back scoring two goals but a highlight reel goal by Gustav Nuquist lit a spark in the team. The Wings won by a score of 5-3 in a game where they needed the two points.

 




As I mentioned before, this game had a rivalry feel to it. In Game 6 of the 1996 Western Conference finals, Colorado Avalanche winger, Claude lemieux, took a cheap shot on Kris Draper of the Red Wings. This hit into the boards broke Draper's nose and immediately sparked tensions. The Wings had the last laugh in the series, but that wasn't enough. In the fourth meeting between the two teams in March 1997, the game was back and forth and very chippy. A total of nine fights broke out and you could almost feel it coming. Suddenly after the ninth fight broke out, Red Wings player, Darren McCarty found Claude Lemieux and made him pay for what he did to his teammate a year ago. A brawl immediately ensued and has become the most famous hockey brawl of all time. Though this rivalry may have died down, neither team has forgotten that night. Linked below is a video of the brawl. 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=C7DlAjrhm9s