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THE SPORTS GUY - Midsummer Ramblings...

The Sports Guy lacks the attention span during the dog days of summer to tackle any sports topic in depth. Here are some random thoughts intended to spur YOUR input on them:

Tigers - Ain't gonna make the playoffs this year. In fact, they may not even finish the season with a winning record. Biggest needs for '09? Pitching. We might have seen an overhaul of the staff if the Tiger's didn't have so much tied up in long-term contracts to three unproductive hurlers - Bonderman, Robertson and Willis.

More Tigers and Pitching - The bright spot of the season? The performance of Armando Gallaraga. Unfortunately, aside from Matt Joyce, there were no other unexpected pleasant surprises on this team.

Lions - Early indications from training camp. The Lions will be extremely bad this year. The 6 victories from 2007 will be a huge stretch.

Olympics - I have become increasingly less nationlistic about my interest in the Olympics, and more interested in seeing great, and clean performances, regardless of the country the athlete comes from. The reason? Steroids. I just want the performances to be legit, and it seems too many of them from US athletes have not been.

More Olympics - I find myself watching CBC's coverage of the Olympics more than the US networks, for three reasons: they tend to focus on the strong performances of atletes of all countries moreso than nationalistic coverage; they do far less of the "up close and personal" stories that I find to be a complete waste of my viewing time; and Ron MacLean is a better sports coverage anchor than anybody the US networks trot out in front of the camera. Kudos to CBC!

Red Wings - Sorry to see Scotty Bowman go, but glad he left on good terms, and that he left for all the right reasons. I also like the developing rivalry between the Wings and Hawks. The Hawks are making themselves better, and they have already been a tough opponent for the Wings in recent years. As the only Original 6 opponent for the Wings in the Western conference, it will be good for the fans in both cities to see this rivalry re-energized. Can't wait to see the Jan. 1 outdoor game at Wrigley field.

Pistons - I now predict the blockbuster trade involving one of the Pistons core players will not happen before the season starts. With the draft and free agent signings now having occurred, other teams have set up their teams they way they want them. I do look for a trade to occur during the season, however, possibly at the trade deadline. most likely to go? Chauncey Billups, as Rodney Stuckey continues to emerge as the Pistons point guard of the future, and/or Rasheed Wallace, as his potential play during a stretch run and expiring contract will be attractive to many teams.

More Pistons - Am I the only guy who still isn't comfortable with Michael Curry as a head coach? I still think the Pistons had a better internal candidate in Terry Porter, but I also still feel that Joe Dumars has earned the right to get a strong benefit of a doubt.

U of M Football - Expectations are not high for the Wolverines this year, a situation perfect for Rich Rodriguez. The Wolverines are going to surprise some people, and as a bold prediction, one of teams they will surprise is Ohio State. I think Rich Rod has built up the necessary hate of Ohio State to prepare for and beat that team.

MSU Football - In many ways, this will be a make or break year in the Mike Dantonio era at MSU. If they are successful, will he build on that success, or use it as a springboard to a job with another program? If they are not successful, will his job be in jeopardy? Also, why do these usually tend to be the two biggest questions surrounding the football program at MSU?

That's enough of the Sports Guy's midsummer commentary. What do you think?

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