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Packers-49ers toughest to pick this week

January 10, 2013 For the second straight week in the NFL playoffs, three of the four matchups look like slam-dunk picks. Now if I could only get that fourth game right. more »»

Stephens, Lancour shoot improbable 300 games

January 8, 2013 Justin Stephens has already run out of fingers and toes, so now he needs one of those clickers used to keep count of crowds in stores, I guess. more »»

Should Schwartz have been retained?

January 6, 2013 When seven NFL head coaches were fired last week on “Black Monday,” the Detroit Lions’ Jim Schwartz wasn’t one of them. more »»

Some preseason predictions end up like Humpty Dumpty

January 3, 2013 If I didn’t enjoy poking fun at myself so much, I’d claim my preseason picks for the NFL playoffs were spot on. more »»

Bowlers can resolve to do better

January 2, 2013 Now, I’m not somebody who normally makes New Year’s resolutions, but I thought I’d give it the ol’ bowlers try, to borrow from a tried, true and worn-out phrase. more »»

NFL enters the playoff preseason

December 27, 2012 Depending on how playoff spots are clinched, the last one, two or three weeks of the regular season usually look like playoff exhibition games. more »»

Stephens reaches scoring stratosphere

December 24, 2012 A little over a month ago, I was putting together The Mining Journal Bowlers of the Week listing and I saw Justin Stephens had shot a three-game series of 792, just missing the magic threshold of... more »»

Call me Santa for a day

December 23, 2012 With Christmas coming Tuesday, I’d like to play Santa Claus for a day. If I was jolly old St. more »»

Teams like Packers recover late in season

December 20, 2012 Taking a look back to early in the season, seven of the eight divisions in the NFL have a team that has made a huge leap forward or backward since Septembe. more »»

NFL should expand playoffs

December 16, 2012 A series of ups and downs has marked the NFL this season. more »»

Hard to figure out the NFL

December 13, 2012 You’d think I’d have a handle on picking games by this point in the season, but alas, I had to get the final two games right just to go 8-8 last week. more »»

Bowling junkie gets fix in front of his TV

December 11, 2012 ESPN surely didn’t know it, but they gave me a pretty nice surprise birthday gift this week. more »»

Some words for my grandson

December 9, 2012 My first grandchild — Colton Ray — came into this world Nov. 27 at nine pounds and seven ounces. He, father Clint and mother Ashley are all doing fine. more »»

Armchair QB: Chiefs’ ability to pull together after tragedy an inspiration

December 6, 2012 It’s sad that it took an event like the murder-suicide committed by Kansas City’s Jovan Belcher to see it happen, but it was also intriguing to watch the Chiefs play their best football of the seaso... more »»

Big scores on Marquette County lanes as popular as roast turkeys for Thanksgiving

December 4, 2012 I thought it would be safe to take a week off from my Mining Journal bowling column while I visited family for Thanksgiving and went to Ford Field in Detroit to watch and write about Ishpeming’s... more »»

Suh didn’t cross line this time

December 2, 2012 Ndamukong Suh is a nasty football player. Some say dirty. The Detroit Lions defensive tackle is aggressive, to be sure. That’s what makes him good in a violent, physical environment. more »»

Armchair QB: Lions find unique ways to lose

November 29, 2012 Silly me, I should’ve realized even when the Detroit Lions players can’t figure out how to lose a game, its head coach would. more »»

Too many private schools in finals

November 26, 2012 Venting on a Monday: ? Notice that of the 16 teams that played for MHSAA football championships Friday and Saturday nine were private schools? There were three complete divisions — 1, 3 and 4 —... more »»

Armchair QB: Be thankful your team still has a heartbeat

November 21, 2012 If you’re a fan of any team in the NFC North, you can find something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Specifically, thankful for hope. more »»

Billings’ goal is to bowl again

November 20, 2012 Branden Billings is just hoping to throw a bowling ball again next spring. more »»



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