Detroit Sports and stuff

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

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

What a rush!!!!


For the first time in 19 years, the Detroit Tigers have clinched a playoff spot by beating the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, 11-4, capping a ten-game stretch where the Tigers have turned back into the Tigers, going 7-3 in that stretch. The Tigers scored 9 runs in the 2nd inning, one day after scoring 10 runs in the first inning against the Royals, and from that point on, there was never any doubt about the result. PLAYOFFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Tigers have 6 games to go, and are trying to hold onto their central division lead, with Minnesota still just 1 game back in the standing. The Tigers also have vaulted back into the best record in baseball, tied with the Yankees at 94-62. So 6 games until the post-season, which will be the best thing ever!!

In other news over the past week, The Michigan Wolverines took care of the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday, 27-13. Mario Manningham continues his dominance, catching another pair of touchdowns, and the Wolverine defense held the Badgers to just 12 yards rushing, to continue their defensive dominance. The next game on the 'Wolverine revenge tour' is to Minnesota, which will be the 3rd team in a row that beat Michigan last year. And here's hoping for the 3rd straight turn of fortune for this year's Wolverines.

Arsenal have won 4 consecutive games now, beating Sheffield United in the league, 3-0, and taking care of FC Porto in the Champions' League, 2-0. Thierry Henry had a goal in each contest, heading in a cross from Emmanual Eboue in both instances (a rarity for Henry to use his head - Literally). In the Saturday matinee against Sheffield United, Arsenal got an own goal from Jagielka, and William Gallas opened up his account for the Arsenal, scoring a beautifully setup goal, with the help of Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas. Aleksandr Hleb scored the second against FC Porto, again on an assist from Thierry Henry. It looks like the Arsenal have finally settled into their new stadium, and their rise to the top of the Premiership table is sure to follow.

And finally the Lions...I wish there was something that could be said to the Fords to help try and turn this team around, but I don't know what it would be. The Lions dropped their third of the season, losing to Green Bay at home, 31-24. The offense looked the best I've seen it, as QB John Kitna threw for over 300 yards, but the defense looked atrocious. Hopefully this can be remedied by the end of the season, but it's starting to look like the Lions should start planning for their draft - again - before we close the books on September. One day, we'll win....one day...

Till we meet again...

2 Comments:

Anonymous James said...

Tigers made the playoffs? When did this happen?

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Jackie said...

James clearly doubts the verasity of your words, Dan. Throwdown! Fight! It would be just like the fight between Hugh Grant and Colin Firth in the 2nd Bridget Jones. Totally hilarious. If a really bad/boring movie. Part of the fight was in a fountain. You can substitute the pool or hot tub. Can someone videotape it? Thanks!

In more disturbing comments, I really think that the picture you've included in this post makes it look like the Tigers are preparing for a mass murder or something with all the sheets of plastic...

7:35 PM  

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