Detroit Sports and stuff

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

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Well, ya win 2, ya lose 2...

The Tigers played two 2-game series against the White Sox. What? That doesn't make sense? Well, that can be the only explanation, as they looked dominant in the first two games of the series, and looked pitiful in the last two. I mean, 10-0 shutout at home? Hello, offense, are you around here somewhere? The good news is that there was no real damage, as the White Sox came in 5 1/2 games out of first, and that's where they are leaving town. But we had a real chance to send a message to them, and we let them off the hook (ok, not "LET" them, but you get the idea).

Arsenal won the home leg of their Champions' League qualifier, 2-1 to move into the group stage of the tournament, where they will be matched up with CSKA Moscow, FC Porto, and Hamburg SV. This is a decent group, not the weakest, but certainly not the strongest, and I think that we are still in good shape to get into the knockout phase of the tournament. But there is a loooooong road ahead before we get to that bridge...

The Lions are set to play their third pre-season game tomorrow against Oakland. I'm not looking for any miracles from this game, nor am I looking for a 60-3 beatdown of the Raiders. I'm only looking for a couple of things - namely crisp tackling (last week, we looked like we were trying to catch a greased pig or something, our tackling was horrible), better against the run defensively - and better running the ball offensively (both OL and DL looked terrible), and better special teams play (the only thing we've been good at in recent years, was absolutely horrible against the Browns last week). And we cannot take a step back in any other area. Oh, and if Charles Rogers doesn't play this week, I think he'll be cut at the end of training camp. Just my prediction.

Finally, the Red Wings are going to announce that D Nicklas Lidstrom will be the next Captain of the team (but make no mistake, he will never be "THE Captain"). Wow, I am shocked about that...umm...maybe not. They really didn't have anyone that they could name captain other than Lidstrom, but I think it's a good move anyway. A lot of the old guard of the Red Wings have departed, and it's up to Lidstrom to keep the ship righted in the next couple years of transition the Wings will probably endure (Ok, Mike Babcock may have a little to do about it as well).

Until next time...

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the Tigers, the split with Chicago is not surprising since we've had trouble with them all year.

For the Lions, it's preseason and all I hope for is that they work on honing in their skills and staying healthy. And by the way, if Charles Rogers doesn't play, it's due to a bone bruise and not b/c of anything else.

As for the Wings, to me it's the logical choice to succeed one of, if not the, best captains ever.

7:11 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Give you favorite athletes this tasty morning snack and I'm sure they'll all perform wonderfully! *gag*

1:07 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Have you seen Kip's recent post?

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Hmmm...
So, let me this this straight...
The Lions need a)Better Offense, b)Better Defense, and c)Better Special Teams? Is there anything I've left out? That doesn't sound like a tall order or anything, now does it?

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Time for Mike's weekly post-MNF "God, I Hate Kornheiser So Much" post. This weeks' quote of the game (regarding the Bengal's recent past performance): "They were so bad, they almost got Pluto-ized; they were almost taken off the schedule, and de-certified."
(Mike puts head in his hands)

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