Detroit Sports and stuff

My ranting of sports, life, and whatever I feel like...but mostly sports. Now in the un-daily variety.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Giving Him The Business!

College football call of the year!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Lions are 6-2!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This video says it all

Friday, November 02, 2007

Yay indoor soccer! and other sporty bits

So my indoor soccer league started up two weeks ago, but since I was in the middle of softball playoffs (4th place, we lost our game 23-15) I had to miss the first indoor match (we lost 5-1). So Wednesday, I finally get out onto the pitch, and I remember why it took 1/2 a year for me to get back into shape. Because nothing prepares you for soccer, except to play more soccer. I was gassed from just before halftime on, and because of this, I missed a couple of shots that I should've hit, and we ended up losing 5-2 (to the same team no less, thanks a lot soccerzone). Blah. I'm hoping next weeks game goes better, but I'm thinking it will take a couple of more weeks for me to get back into shape, and hitting the back of the net once more. Oh well...

On to the professionals!!

Last saturday, Michigan took care of Minnesota, 34-10, doing so without starters Chad Henne and Mike Hart. It was a close game until halftime, when Michigan arose from its slumber and put the beatdown on the Gophers, and took home the Little Brown Jug in the process. They play MSU this week in E.Lansing, and I'll be at the game!!!!!!!!!! Go BLUE!!!!!!!!

The Lions did something that they haven't done in quite sometime, and that is to go into Soldier Field, and come out with a victory. After a 16-7 win over the Bears, the Lions record is now 5-2, and there is a quiet confidence growing about this team. They seem to be doing the bad things (dumb penalties, giving up tons of sacks, and the secondary getting destroyed) less, and trying to improve on important areas, such as running, and blocking people. This game against Denver could tell us where this team is headed. A win here will be the longest winning streak in Matt Millen's tenure as GM. We'll see how it goes, but this is the best the L's have looked since a certain 20 lined up in our backfield.

Arsenal continue their unbeaten streak, going into Anfield, and drawing 1-1 with Liverpool. This game had disaster written all over it after Steven Gerrard put the Reds in front with a free kick in the 7th minute, but the Gunners never quit, and Cecs Fabregas leveled 12 minutes from time, and split the points. On Wednesday, the Carling Cup squad took the field against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, and again, the Gunners were victorious. Eduardo had a pair of goals, including an absolute screamer from 20 yards out, and Denilson added the 3rd, as Arsenal move into the next round of the competition very handily 3-0. Another huge test this week for the Gunners, as they host Manchester United at the Emirates. A win sees us increase our lead in the Premiership, while a loss sees us fall into 2nd place. It should be a great match.

The Pistons opened the season with a 91-80 win over the Miami Heat, without Rip Hamliton or Rodney Stuckey (while the heat were without Dwayne Wade). They play again tonight against the Orlando Magic, who we were 8-0 against last season (including playoffs). I hope we make it 9 in a row.

The Wings cannot lose, winning their last 7 games, and completing a 3-0 streak over Western Canada (Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver). Henrik Zetterberg leads the NHL in scoring with 12 goals, and 24 points. Pretty good start, I'd say. I hope they keep it up.

And finally, The John Beilein era got under way yesterday, as U-M's basketball team knocked off division II foe Ferris State, 78-40. I know it's pre-season, and I know that Ferris is not an opponent you should base a season off of, but a 38 point win is a 38 point win. Freshman Manny Harris lead the team in scoring with 15 points, and 10 players played at least 15 minutes for the Maize and Blue. That will probably be the norm, as it seems like this team will be a track team, fast breaking and knocking down threes whenever they get the chance.

Well, that's all for now, I hope to post on Monday, but it just depends how busy I am. Will post on Thursday about my indoor soccer adventures. 1 MONTH TIL GRADUATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

What a great weekend!!!!

Boy, things don't get much better than last weekend...

Michigan led off the weekend with a come-from-behind 27-17 victory over Illinois in Champagne. Playing without leading rusher Mike Hart, and with QB Chad Henne in and out of the game with various injuries, the defense stepped up and lead the way for the Maize and Blue, and contained the explosive Illini offense. In what some were calling 'the only road block left between us and Ohio St.', we held up our end of the bargain, to stay undefeated in the conference. Next week is against Minnesota, a game that we may rest our big guns so they are healthy for MSU in 2 weeks. Here's hoping for another convincing win.

On Sunday Morning (EST time), Arsenal continued their incredible run of wins with a hard fought 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers. Bolton of course would rather kick the player than the ball, but nonetheless, Kolo Toure found the back of the net, and Tomas Rosicky followed suit shortly after, securing all 3 points for the Gunners. And as good as they looked Sunday, they looked spectacular earlier this evening, taking care of Slavia Prague in the Champions League, 7-0 Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott had 2 goals apiece, Alexsander Hleb would've followed suit, except one of his goals was changed to an own goal, and Nicklas Bendtner topped it off, after being subbed in minutes earlier. An impressive win, which almost surely sees us through to the knockout phase of the competition. Well see what this team is made of, with a trip to Liverpool coming up this weekend, and hosting Manchester United next weekend. But so far, so good!

And finally the Lions... almost singlehandedly ruining most weekends for a decade now, they are slowly coming back to respectibility. And while I am thrilled about this 23-16 win against the Bucs on Sunday, and we did win the 4th quarter, and had some success running the ball, it was a game that felt like we were going to lose it the entire way. If it wasn't for the defense coming up with two HUUUUUGGGGEEE turnovers (and it should've been 3 - FALL ON THE BALL, CORY REDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), this would've been a loss. But we did get the turnovers, and we did win the game, so you take what you can get. Hopefully, we can win a 2nd road game (I know, I'm getting a bit ahead of myself) with a victory in Chicago this weekend. Here's hoping!

Well, that's it for now. Sorry about my erratic posting.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Sorry for the delay, slow week

Well, last weekend was a slow sports week. The Lions didn't play, Arsenal didn't play, and Michigan played Pur-don't, and promptly had the game won before halftime. Hence, no post.

The Red Wings have been playing pretty good lately, although they can't seem to beat the Blackhawks. Blah. Pistons are in pre-season mode, don't really care about them quite yet. So no news.

Except for this: My friend Jackie got interviewed by another literary blog! That's fairly exciting, since I've never been interviewed for anything. Even if it is for a book blog :-p (just kidding :-) ).

This weekend will be a good one, though, as the Lions welcome Jeff Garcia and the Tampa Bay Bucs into town, and hopefully give them a lovely parting gift - a loss. Arsenal returns from international break minus 2 starters, striker Robin Van Persie, and central defender Phillipe Senderos, as they head to the NE to play Bolton. I hate Michael Bolton, I hope they kick him in the nuts... wait, it's a different Bolton? oh, well I hope they lose too. Wings continue their west coast swing Tonight in San Jose, and Michigan plays under the lights against Illinois, and put their new, shiny #25 ranking on the line as well. I think they'll be ok, but we'll have to see. And that's it!

More posting goodness for you this weekend. Oh boy, oh boy...

Monday, October 08, 2007

Decent weekend, not as good as last weekend.

Well, 2 teams held up their end of the bargain...

Michigan beat Eastern Michigan 33-22, who played Big Blue tough, and tested our reserves (who were thrust into action because of injury), but in the end, the Eagles were no match for Mike Hart, who had 214 yards and 3 TD's in the win. A game we should've won by a greater margain, but you take what you can. Purdue is up next week, and it should be an interesting game (I'm more worried about the Illinois game in 2 weeks, but that's for another blog).

Arsenal took care of business, barely, 3-2 over Sunderland at home. The hosts were up 2-0 on goals by Robin Van Persie and Phillipe Senderos, but Sunderland (currently near the bottom of the table) didn't give up without a fight, and leveled the score just after halftime. Van Persie completed the brace 10 minutes from time however, to save Arsenal's blushes. This week is an off week due to internationals, (hopefully no one gets hurt), and then we have a champion's league match against slavia praha, and are away to Bolton. So we'll have to see if we can continue this amazing run of form that we are currently on.

And then... there are the Lions... *sigh*. I was hoping we could sweep the 'old' Lions under the rug with a win at DC, but the old Lions and the new Lions are strikingly familiar. This team this year is more frustrating, because they're going good game/bad game, from week to week. They too have a bye this week, so let's hope they can fix their non-existant running game, pass rush... and maybe see if they can find their offensive line somewhere (i know, a bit of a stretch). 34-3 is just pitiful, no matter where they lose the game.

Besides that, MLB playoffs going well, if only the Yankees would've lost last night, the final four would be the teams I picked... stupid yankees. Hopefully they lose tonight...stupid yankees. (psssst - yankees suck!)

And on a brighter note, I went 12-1 yesterday picking NFL games. (Eat it, Mike!!!!!!) ok, that's all for now. Red Wings update perhaps tonight, perhaps tomorrow, just depends on when I feel like doing it. Thanks, as always, for reading!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Funny pics - sports division

There's a website with 10 'perfect timing photos' (including the one above, captioned 'Finish Him!'. I thought it was amusing. Link is here.

Michigan, Lions, Arsenal update tomorrow (possibly Red Wings, too). MLB playoffs update Monday.

Go Lions! Go Arsenal! Hoooray Michigan!