Reader Column: One Good Thing About Kickoffs..

August 28, 2011

The following is a reader column submitted by friend of THB Brian Landry. Follow him @LandryLaundry.

In the NFL, kickoffs make for some of the most exciting and unpredictable plays,and I’d imagine most of you are not in favor of moving kickoffs up 5 yards. Well, neither am I. But, there’s a part of this a lot of us have overlooked.

As the 2011 NFL football season is coming on the heels of an extended lockout, undrafted free agents and draft picks have had no organized team activities. Many are quick to point out the difficulties that inexperienced rookies are having on offense and defense, yet special teams units seem to get lost in the discussion. You may say that special teams don’t need OTAs as much as the offenses and defenses do, and you may be right. That said, a good portion of undrafted free agents and draft picks run special teams. Without all of the off-season work, it’s reasonable to believe that the quality of special teams play would suffer.

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Reader Column: Raburn a Reflection of Leyland’s Failure

June 6, 2011

The following is a reader column submitted by friend of THB Scott Kirsch. Follow him @srkirsch.

I would first like to acknowledge Ryan Raburn’s grand slam that helped the Tigers beat the White Sox for the eleventh time in twelve tries.  He took advantage of Jake Peavy leaving a hanger in the middle of the plate and crushed it.  That said, Jim Leyland’s frustrating and bewildering decision to keep Raburn in the lineup day in and day out is getting to me.

Raburn is batting an ugly .201 this year and has no problem constatnly reminding us of his shortcomings in the field. I won’t even mention the assist he gave Miguel Olivo seen here (whoops).  Although it seems like Raburn is a young player who just got called up from the minors, the truth is, he’s 30 years and is showing very few signs of being a reliable option at second.

There are two other options on the Detroit bench that seem like downright logical answers for second base.  Making Danny Worth a regular starter and giving him an opportunity to show off his abilities seems like perhaps the best option.  He’s hitting .333 this year, albeit a small sample.  The kid also flashes the leather.  His age, 25, is a plus and giving him the starting job at second, at least until the all-star break, may boost his confidence and give him ample experience to make him part of the future.

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Red Wings Game 7 Talk (Audio)

May 11, 2011

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Dan Podheiser, Sports Editor at Register Citizen, Talks Tigers (Audio)

May 11, 2011

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Ty Schalter, Lions in Winter Blog, Reviews Draft (Audio)

May 11, 2011

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NFL Spokesperson Greg Aiello Joins Us to Talk Lockout

May 4, 2011

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Your Disjointed Tigers

May 3, 2011

Chemistry.

You’ve all heard Jim Leyland address the role of chemistry in Major League Baseball. He’ll tell you on and off the record that it’s completely meaningless.

Well, coach, I have trouble believing that the Tigers cliquey clubhouse is meaningless. I may buy the notion that the best team unity may not translate to more wins, but I won’t buy the notion that a disjointed team doesn’t translate to more losses.

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2011 NFL Draft Coverage: Wade and Ian Mock 1-13

April 28, 2011

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2011 NFL Draft Coverage: Ty Schalter, Lions in Winter

April 27, 2011

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2011 NFL Draft Coverage: Draft Talk on THB Radio

April 27, 2011

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