Something is different this year

October 14, 2011

Michiganders might be the most loyal sports fans in America.   But this year, we are ecstatic with stats from our local teams…especially when the baseball and football and hockey seasons collide to create a wonderful electricity in the air.

First, let’s talk football.   The most important thing for you to know is that the Wayne State University Warrior football team is 5 and 0.  Now let’s talk about another college team some of you might know: the University of Michigan Wolverines. They also happen to be undefeated at 6 and 0.

And then there are the Detroit Lions!  What can I say?  The last time the Lions won five games in a row was 1956.  1956!   For as long as I can remember, every year we Michiganders would feel hopeful at the beginning of a new Lions football season.  “Maybe this will be the year…” we’d hear ourselves say. And then we’d see our hopes dashed.  It was a ritual for Detroiters.  Hope…dashed.  Hope…dashed.

But not this time!

Right now, the Detroit Red Wings are also undefeated at 3 and 0.

What is going on here?

And then our wonderful Detroit Tigers are still hanging in there, battling for the ALCS against the Texas Rangers.  With yesterday’s win and Justin Verlander on the pitcher’s mound, Detroit must just pull this off and move on to the World Series.

It is so unbelievably fun to be a sports fan in Michigan today!   The air is thick with excitement!

(P.S. Found this wonderful photo on Facebook.  If anyone knows who produced it, I’ll post a credit.)



  1. Our beloved Red Sox are out of the running, so I’m rooting for your Tigers!

  2. There’s something in the air, for sure! Even my 49ers are 4-1, and we’re looking forward to playing your Lions in the marquee matchup of this weekend’s NFL games! The Niners could easily be 5-0 too, were it not for a blown lead late in the game against the Cowboys.

    Even more, my softball team is in the midst of a first ever four game winning streak, since being established back in 2005!

  3. Thanks, Sharon! Go Tigers!

    And Bud, hope your softball team stays on its winning streak!

  4. I’m the oddball with her nose in a book while sports are on. I’m happy for our teams, but have just never been able to get into sports.

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