Weekend Sports Thread

September 5th, 2013 at 2:37 am by under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather

 detroit tigers logo   We kick off the NFL season this Thurs. evening on NBC (WOOD-TV) with the Ravens and Broncos.   The Lions play Minnesota at 1 PM Sunday at Ford Field.  As usual, Jack Doles is pessimistic about the final Lions record and Larry Figurski is more optimistic.  It’s like that every year.  That game is on FOX.  CBS has the Bengals and Bears at 1 PM.  The N.Y. Giants are at Dallas in the Sunday evening game on NBC.   Michigan St. hosts South Florida at noon Sat. on ESPNU.  Hopefully, CMU welcomes New Hampshire at 3 PM Sat. (ESPN3).   Western has a home game at 7 PM with Nichols St.  Grand Valley has an evening game with Azusa Pacific in Allendale.  Ferris St. heads to North Dakota St. this Saturday.  Hope is at North Park.  The biggest game of the day (maybe) is Notre Dame at Michigan.  That’s at 8 PM on ESPN.   The Tigers gave up 20 runs and 8 home runs as Boston scored in every inning except the first.  They’ve now lost 6 of their last 10 as they head to Kansas City.  US Open Tennis is running now and the pro golf tour hopes the Chiquita Classic has a bunch of ap-peel.  The NASCAR Sprint Tour lands in Richmond VA. this Saturday.   Leave a comment and make a guess on the final record of your favorite teams. 

BTW – did you see that NBC Nightly News lead story Weds. evening was from right here in G.R.  Also, massive amounts of ice in the Arctic hampering ships.  This was the coldest summer (June thru August) ever recorded north of 80 deg. latitude (records go back to 1958).  The town of Resolute in N. Canada hasn’t been warmer than 33F since August 18th.  The town of Alert hasn’t been above freezing since 8/22.  On Sept. 2 they had a high temperature of 25F and a low of 10F.  They’re already making ice up there.   While Arctic ice extent remains well below the 1979-2000 average, there has been a huge increase in ice cover in the past year.   The Antarctic ice cap is at a record extent and has been growing pretty steadily for 25 years.  Here’s a graph of annual temperatures for the South Pole weather stations (Amundsen-Scott).    Also, only the 4th time since 1883 that there was not a 100-deg. temperature in Alabama during meteorological summer (June, July and August).

30 Responses to “Weekend Sports Thread”

  1. Jack says:

    GOOOOOOooo…..G.R. CHRISTIAN EAGLES !!!!!!! :-)

  2. Dan says:

    Go Blue! Senior day at the Big House, does DROB get the start? They need this win so that their game next week will be a determining factor on which bowl they go to. With some help, Michigan could get into a BCS bowl. A lot of things will have to happen for that. It starts with a win TODAY. The Spartans will have their hands full. That Spartan Defense is very good but can they contain the potent attack of Northwestern?
    The Lions will have to play 60 minutes of their BEST football if they want a chance to beat Green Bay. Doesn’t look good for the Honolulu Blue and Silver but I’m thinking they’ll be up for this game! NO SLOW STARTS LIONS! GO LIONS!

    1. Jevon Murphy (Chicago) says:

      The Lions lost, but boy they sure put up a good fight and if you ask me they played 60 mins. of pure black & blue Detroit football, they got off to somewhat of a slow start, but after that they were driving!

      Also, if you ask me it was the officiating that lost the games for both Sparty and the Lions!

    2. Paul says:

      I see you’re drinking the Kool-Aid out of Ann Arbor Dan. Michigan loses most of it’s defensive line and their going to win the Legends Division??? Don’t think so buddy, MSU will pound Ann Arbor Community College (um) into the ground at Spartan Stadium (The Woodshed) and Michigan will get a can of Ass Whoopin opened on them in Columbus. At best Michigan will finish 8-4.

      1. Wmi says:

        Haha Paul. Way to respond to an almost year old post. Denard Robinson is now in the pros and I’m pretty sure msu is not playing Northwestern this coming weekend. I don’t usually get involved in sports banter but at least have your facts straight before being a condescending ass.

        1. Paul says:

          Hey Wmi, eat sh_t.

        2. Wmi says:

          Hey Paul- is that the best you got? Maybe now you want to talk about MSU’s stellar performance against WMU?

        3. Travis (Oakland County) says:

          LOL Best post this week by Paul trying to be a jerk to a 2012 prediction that actually turned out to be a pretty good one.

          As for 2013, MSU is in a world of hurt. Their recruiting classes have been severely lacking, Bell is gone, and their offense looks miserable.

          No wonder MSU is not even ranked in the top 25.

        4. Ryan (Rockford) says:

          “A world of hurt?”

          Come on now. It’s virtually unanimous that MSU has one of the best defenses in the Big Ten, and perhaps in the country (although I wouldn’t go that far yet). Pat Narduzzi is probably the most coveted Defensive Coordinator in the NCAA; it’s shocking he hasn’t gotten (or accepted) a head coaching gig elsewhere.

          Offensively, they looked quite unimpressive last Friday, but I’m not going to write them off because of one game. Their recruiting classes have been typical of their norm, so there’s no reason to be concerned about that imo.

          Bottom line: Outside of losing La’Veon (which is a huge loss of course), I think this team should be better this year than last year. Keep in mind, too, that 5 of our 6 losses were by a COMBINED 13 points! A win is a win and a loss is a loss, but every single game was a nail-biter, including those against the mighty Buckeyes (1 point loss) and on the road at Michigan (2 point loss on last-second FG).

          I’m not saying they’re gonna go 11-1, or even 10-2, but with their added experience, healthy offensive line, and very favorable schedule, I don’t think “world of hurt” comes anywhere close to describing this team.

        5. Paul says:

          Hey travis, got any more bogus temps?

          Ann Arbor was a whore, lol.

  3. Kimoeagle says:

    I am proud to announce that:Kent State is now the No. 25 Ranked team in the nation In the new Associated Press Poll.
    Kent State 31, Bowling Green 24

  4. Jack says:

    CAN THE G.R. Christian EAGLES…..Win it All Again THIS YEAR ??? Hope So….. stay CUED !!, ……GO GRCH EAGLES!! :-)

  5. Dan says:

    Lets go Tigers! take care of the Mets today and then SWEEP the As! Michigan should NOT have any trouble with the Chippewas of CMU! The Lions still need to prove that they can put it all together! I still see them as not having really addresses some key areas. I hope I’ m wrong but I see the Lions going 7 -9 MAYBE 8-8! We’ll see!

    1. Jack says:

      Hey Dan….Tigers CRUSHING the Mets !!! 11-3 as I Type ! Tigers will Be WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS…This Year !! Count on IT ! Lions Season….. WTFK !! Wolverines – Mediocre Season at Best ! Spartans = Less Than Mediocre Season at Worst ! ;-) . Grand Rapids Christian EAGLES ( my Alma Mater ), Tough 2 Repeat , Yet I Hope SO!! Certainly Doesn’t FEEL LIKE….Football Weather Today ( HOT) ! Stay Cued… Michigan WEATHER, CAN CHANGE in A HEART – BEAT!! Oh, Tigers JUST Won !!! ;-)

  6. Dan says:


  7. Jack says:

    Side NOTE, RE: “Sports “….. Anybody Else ENJOYING The Little League WORLD SERIES ??? Baseball in it’s PUREST FORM in My HUMBLE Opinion ….. Stay Cued !! ;-)

  8. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    GO Lions, Tigers,Michigan and the Hastings Saxons.

  9. Dan says:

    Michigan will beat ND by a TD on Saturday night at the Big House! Tigers need to get back in the win column with KC! The Luons need a win against the Vikings in their opener or we may be in for a long season.

    1. Ryan (Rockford) says:

      Not a Michigan fan…..but I think they win this game by 14-17 points. Michigan is legitimately scary this year.

  10. INDY says:

    Tell Travis this is a sports blog….GO INDY COLTS!!! INDY….

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      Sorry to say Indy, but the Colts have about as much of a shot as the Lions do of winning the Super Bowl… at least according to Vegas. 40-1 odds.


  11. Dan says:

    The Lions will go 10-6 if EVERYTHING goes JUST right!
    That defensive line will force the opposition to do what they do not want to do!
    Will it be enough? The Lions play in a tough division.
    Michigan should go 10-2! Rose bowl?! We will have to see. They may play the Suckeyes three times this year. Michigan takes two of those!
    MSU has some issues. Their defense will keep them in MOST games. They need a play maker on offense.

    1. Paul says:

      Dan, I have a lot of respect for you, but… Do you really think UM will make it to the BCS Championship game? You’re right about MSU, they need a offense.

  12. Jack says:

    The LIONS, go 8-8 IF…. ” SOMETHING” Goes RIGHT !! I will Not be Holding My Breath…However, Stay Cued .. ;-)

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      I almost hope they don’t have a good season, just to have a reason to boot Schwartz. I dislike the guy, and his smug attitude more and more every time I see his face.

      1. Irish coffee says:

        “Take a knee” Schwartz?! I couldn’t AGREE more…..vanilla offense, no discipline,etc…..If the same players played for N.E Pats IT WOULD = 4 more wins at LEAST.3rd rate coaching & absolute WORST owner of any sport ever back to Greek /Roman Coliseum days of Thunder!

        Vikings 35 Lions 17
        Mi WOLVES 42 ND 27

        1. Irish coffee says:

          & people still wonder why Barry ‘Colonel’ Sanders left early???

  13. Irish coffee says:

    Lions finish 5-11..IF Calvin AND Stafford stay healthy…otherwise 1-15

  14. Jack says:

    GOOOOOOO BLUE….. BEAT……..notre DAMN….

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