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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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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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Identity Crisis

April 21, 2011

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Collateral Damage

March 3, 2011

I recently wrote an OP-ED published in The Berkeley Beacon in early February. My take on the labor negotiations to that point. The article is somewhat dated, but the facts remain unchanged.

“They don’t care, and that’s our concern here,” said George Atallah, assistant executive director of external affairs for the NFLPA, in an interview with the Beacon. “They have made no consideration for [the people affected].”

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The (C)Answer

March 2, 2011

Allen Iverson is indeed the answer to the question of what went wrong with the Detroit Pistons.

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Spanglish

February 25, 2011

There was absolutely nothing dramatic or surprising about Miguel Cabrera’s obligatory press conference and apology. Nothing.

The only drama comes from newspapers and radio. I give most of you credit, as you are pretty good at wading through the bullshit. We simply classify it in the nonsense category.

But enter Ryan Terpstra and an unknown reporter asking Cabrera questions in Lakeland as fine microcosms of subtle nonsense.

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Becoming What I Hate

November 21, 2010

I get it now. Help me.

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Bowl Chaos System

November 1, 2010

by Ian Shapiro

The following is a guest article and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Honolulu Blue.

Ever been to a wedding? It involves a bride, groom, best man, maid of honor and some other randoms. Well that’s what the BCS is this year except instead of having everything set, there are still games left in the college football season left and much debate over who will meet as the so called bride and groom. Who will go to Arizona to play in the BCS National Championship game?

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Your 2011 Tigers

October 14, 2010

This is going to be your “not so in-depth” look at the upcoming free agent market for the Detroit Tigers.  I’d like to reserve any kind of bold predictions or detailed analysis until we get closer to December.  That said, at a glance, here are my ramblings.

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