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Hope the publication reaches you in great spirits. Although fans were disappointed in the Red Wings early exit in round one, just think that the 2012-2013 season will start as soon as late September. Not too far away! Will Nick Lidstrom return? I think so as he is fit, lean, and in tremendous shape for an athlete in his early fourties. Also, the winter classic, at the big house, might be a deciding factor. Imagine, a NHL game in front of 120,000 fans.. Definitely something to share with your Grandchildren. Oh, and how about the Lions draft!! Worth at least a B+ in my books. Mayhew is pretty clever with his ‘best athlete available’ theory. Bo Schembeckler always said, “I never recruited a football player. I always recruited an athlete”. You can take an athlete and convert him into any sports position with enough practice. Oh well, I can hardly wait till football season. My favorite sport. It won’t be long until training camps open- In just a few more issues of Sportz Detroit. And, let’s not forget our Tigers. The first part of this season gave us a little concern. However, the best is yet to come !! Well, see you next month. P.S. Catch my new radio show on 1130 AM, WDFN Radio. I will be broadcasting live from a different local venue every Saturday morning, from 11 AM to 1 PM. Check our website for each Saturdays location, starting June 26. Looking for your support !!!!!

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Tigers new addition Prince Fielder goes deep in Spring Training.

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PRINCE OFeverything they had hoped for MOTOWN Superstar Fielder gives fans
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he Prince of a town built on motors and music will not be the best player in baseball in 2012, he will not hit a home run in every at bat, he will not carry the Tigers to the Series on his own...and that’s just fine. Prince Fielder will be in the top five in the league in home runs, runs batted in, and slugging. Fielder will combine with Miguel Cabrera to be the best three-four combo in baseball. He will make his teammates better because he is a professional and an outstanding human being with a kind-heart, and the charisma and genuine love for the game that it takes to lead. And last, this Fielder will be remembered as the Fielder that played in Detroit. “It feels good, everyone’s been cool so far, everyone likes my kids, that always helps,” Fielder said as his seven-year-old boy Jadyn ran through the locker room. The youngest player to hit 50 home runs in a season joins the best hitter in baseball, Cabrera, to form 515 pounds of the most perfectly erected genetics to swing a piece of lumber. “It’s awesome. I had the privilege to be a part of a great three-four combo in Milwaukee, now here. It’s great to be able to watch superstars hit every day,” Prince said with a grin. As a child, Fielder, like many of his generation, watched in awe of no. 24 in Seattle. “Ken Griffey Jr. is the best of his time,” Prince said. It comes then, as little surprise that Fielder loved the superstar’s Super Nintendo game, “Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball”, as it was the greatest baseball game of its time. “I always played with Seattle, had to hit with the ‘Kid’,” Fielder said.

Fielder extends to complete the back end of the double play. Coming to Detroit meant saying goodbye to the only teammates Fielder has known since coming to the bigs. “Obviously I miss all of them, but probably Rickie (Weeks), we played together since we were 12, so I probably miss him the most. He lives close to me, we still see each other, and talk when we can,” Fielder said. With visible tattoos on his forearms, the 2009 Home Run Derby champ spoke on his ink: “I don’t know how many I have because they’re all drawn into one. I got my first at 14,” a soft-spoken Fielder said. Even the highest-paid-player in MLB history and the Prince of Motown looks forward to meeting his idols: “Drake and Kendrick Lamar,” Fielder said. The fans have been given everything they had hoped for from Fielder, who believes it is his obligation to show his support in the form of signing autographs and taking pictures with adoring fans. It didn’t take long for Fielder to make a splash of epic proportions in his new hometown, combining with Miguel Cabrera for four home runs (2/2) in the Tigers second game versus the Red Sox. While it is a growing concern of many fans that Fielder has failed to homer in 15-straight-games, the bash brother has a career of experience that hints his power lingers just around the corner. Through 18 games the Prince of Motown is hitting .328, with eight runs batted in, and continues to be an intimidating presence in the four-hole. Kevin (@KevinaAlanLamb) plays softball for the Traveling Wilburys, slamming softballs and beers since 1983.

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By John Raffel any other Detroit starters and No 2 in the American League. But as a rookie, Jackson kept it all in stride “It’s just a statistic,” he said. “It’s a sign that you’ve been hitting well. It’s a long season. There’s still a lot more things we have to accomplish. I don’t think about it.” He had a career high five hits against the Angels in one game and became the first Detroit rookie in five seasons to have that many hits in a contest. But even at that time, Jackson was striking out more frequently than he would prefer. “I’m making good contact and I’m getting base hits when I’m putting it in play,” he said. “Still I’m working on the strikeouts. That’s one thing I’ve always struggled with. I’m trying to get to a certain level of concentration.” Leyland raised a lot of eyebrows in the 2010 preseason when he decided Jackson would be his leadoff hitter. “I was more comfortable hitting second,” Jackson said. “But this was the opportunity and it was what they wanted me to do. It plays hand to hand to my game anyway.” Jackson has been comfortable playing in center field. “I’ve always felt comfortable on defense,” he said. “That’s something I take pride at. On defense I’m more in control somewhat. I’m continually trying to get better at it.” Jackson’s spring training batting averages were .355 in 2010 and .209 in 2011, which, ironically, would carry over into his respective regular seasons. A good sign, however, is that after 14 games for this preseason, he was batting .282. Tigers lead off man and center fielder has come out of the gates roaring in 2012, collecting nine hits and scoring seven runs in Detroit’s first four games, alleviating any concerns over his previous strikeout woes. He is the sixth player in Tigers history with at least that many hits and runs scored in the clubs first four games: Pop Dillon, Doc Casey, Harry Heilmann, Ty Cobb, and Chris Shelton. Jackson is hitting .274 with with three home runs, five runs batted in, and 12 runs through 16 games. John Raffel has been a professional sports writer in Michigan for more than 35 years. Send him a comment at john. raffel@gmail.com

ustin Jackson knows what it’s like to be on a hot hitting streak and also what it’s like to be struggling. But it’s no secret that the Tiger center fielder would prefer a repeat of the 2010 season as he gets ready for the 2012 campaign. Jackson enjoyed a sensational rookie season with a .293 batting average. The Sporting News named him 2010 American League Rookie of the Year. But last April, it appeared the the Tigers’ leadoff hitter might be engulfed with the dreaded sophomore jinx which has frustrated many second-year players in the Major Leagues. He was only hitting .160 for the first month. Gradually Jackson worked his way out of it and was able to almost make Tiger coaches forget about his poor performance at the plate with a sparkling glove in the outfield that was robbing many hitters of home runs and extra base hits. By mid-May, Jackson started showing signs of snapping out of his slump. He, in one week, batted .321 with four extra-base hits and eight RBIs and raised his average to .229, obviously way off from the previous season, but encouraging enough to start putting a smile on manager Jim Leyland’s face. “He’s putting it in play on a more consistent basis,” Leyland said during Jackson’s resurgence. “Sometimes it’s best to let things happen. And it will happen.” When the 2011 season ended, Jackson had 22 stolen bases, 10 home runs, 45 RBIs, 90 runs scored and a .249 batting average. It wasn’t hard for Jackson to explain how he was able to snap out of the slump. “Staying positive,” he said. “I’ve just been staying positive. It was a big challenge. It’s hard to go out there each and every day when you’re not doing as well as you expect and you’re not doing your job as a leadoff man. You have to understand that if you’re in the lineup, you have to go out and do your best.” He was hitting .333 with 19-of-57 in one 14-game stretch. The Tigers were 12-4 when he scored at least one run in the first 16 games he came across home plate. Defensively, Jackson never seemed to lose his touch in 2011. He turned in some classic gems from his center field

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Tigers centerfielder Austin Jackson legs out an infield single. spot. In May, as one classic example, Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer made a bid on a deep fly ball of almost 400 feet to straight away center at Comerica Park. But Jackson hauled it in on a spectacular running catch. “When it was hit, I didn’t think it was hit that well,” Jackson said. “I realized it was hit a lot better than I thought.” “I thought he had no chance to catch that ball to be honest with you,” Leyland said after the game. “It was a tremendous play.” Another Jackson fielding gem came in late August in an 8-7 win at Comerica over the Cleveland Indians while the Tigers were starting to take control of the divisional race. Tiger reliever Jose Valverde was able to preserve the one-run lead and record his 37th straight save in the ninth. Jackson, after catching a flyball, threw out Kosuke Fukudome at the plate to end the game. “We kept battling, the pitchers did their job and we came out with it,” Jackson said. Jackson’s hitting improvement played no small role in a 10-1 run in an 11-game stretch for the Tigers which got the team going full board into the divisional race. “We go into every game with the same intentions to try to win,” he said. “No matter how it happens, we want to get it done.” Leyland kept a close eye on Jackson during his early season hitting slump and expressed his confidence in his leadoff hitter while acknowledging his struggles. “You have to be careful with young players,” Leyland said. “They’re scared to death if they don’t do good right away that they’ll be sent down (to the minor leagues) or something and people talk about it. That’s the nature of the business. Players have to learn and mature and live with that stuff. You’re constantly trying to help them along. “As a manager, you try to keep it quieted down as much as you can so they’re not putting extra pressure on themselves.” During the 2010 season, Jackson enjoyed a sensational start as the rookie leadoff hitter for the Tigers. It was the type of start he would prefer this season. At one time, Jackson had a .356 batting average, the highest among

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eturning as a fan favorite in 2012, Tigers RHP Doug Fister eagerly awaits his next start coming off an injury to his right side that landed him on the DL to start the season. Still showing the glow from his day after workout, the 6-foot-8 righty spoke on his routine regimen. “It’s different every time depending on how many innings you pitch, and pitches you throw. The only thing consistent is that you’re working hard,” Fister said. COLUMNIST Mr. Fister had a KEVIN ALAN breakout season with LAMB the Tigers since being traded from the Mariners at the deadline in 2011, finishing 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA in 10 starts. Looking to add to his two postseason wins, both earned in 2011, Fister

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Young gun Porcello expected to be a difference maker

Hard-rocker Coke delivers with game on the line
In the midst of Curtis Granderson’s 2011 MVP candidacy, Tigers fans are quick to condemn Dombrowski for shipping off its star-center-fielder to a town that bleeds players dry, but let’s hope closure was found when Phil Coke and a stellar bullpen helped sent the Yankees home for the second time in four years. In Dember of 2009, Coke was a part of a three team trade that sent Granderson to the Yankees. “I dig the fans. When I come out there on the mound and ‘Burn It To The Ground’ starts playing and everybody starts to get into it, it makes it fun,” Coke said as his favorite part of playing in Detroit. After spending all of his big league career in the ‘pen, the Tigers Coke was moved from the bullpen to the fifth spot in the starting rotation to start the 2011 season. Until late June, after accumulating a 1–8 record, Coke was moved back to the bullpen. “It’s not necessarily about transitioning or anything like that, it’s about remembering things, like in ‘08 I knew what I had to do day in and day out... I had my process, spending a few years in the bullpen, jacked out of my mind, you forget things, but I’ve got my routine back,” Coke told Sportz Detroit Magazine. His hard-knosed raging, rocker style, along with his ability to get outs with the game on the line make Coke an easy guy to like. “Having had a chance to meet Uncle Kracker and Kid Rock, who were toward the top of my list anyways, I’d have to say Nickleback, and Metallica,” Coke offered as the musicians he’d like to meet the most. The ying to yang amongst professional baseball players seems to lie in routine versus superstition. “I’m definitely more routine oriented. I don’t have much in the way of superstitions, I’ll wear a certain pair of socks then I’ll blow them out, then I’ll get a new pair and wear them until I blow them out, and if they suck I’ll wear them in batting practice,” Coke said. The hard-rocker has been steady for the Tigers out of the ‘pen in 2012, surrendering three runs over the course of nine innings work, sporting a 4.5/1 strikeout to walk ratio. Coke spoke out against bullying at Wayne State University by sharing personal experiences from his past for the National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence. Although there are numerous positive examples, it is refreshing to see a professional athlete take an initiative and be a leader in the community.

nce the youngest player in the Bigs, 23-year-old Rick Porcello entered his fourth year with a bonafide chance to ascend as one the the game’s best young, right-handed-arms. The first round pick out of Morristown, NJ, has shown flashes of his brilliance in his young career, but is yet to establish himself as a consistent stopper in the rotation. “We’ve got some good pieces, now we have to go out there and perform on the field. Nothing happens until you play the games, and that’s what you’re focused on right now, working hard and playing good baseball,” Porcello said. Fans are not the only ones who cherish the lovely confines of Comerica Park. “I love pitching at our park, can’t complain how big it is, the fans,” Porcello said. If he had to pitch anywhere away from home, Porcello seeks the space and solitude of Safeco Field. “I’d have to say Seattle, definitely a friendly pitcher’s ballpark,” Porcello said. With the game on the line there are two players the 6-foot-5 righty would rather not see enter the batters box: “Robinson Cano and Jason Kubel,” Porcello said begrudgingly. Given the opportunity to meet any musician Ricky P kept it in the Garden State: “Bruce Springstein,” from Long Beach, NJ, Porcello said without hesitation. Porcello will be the difference in the Tigers having a great staff, or the best in the American League. Sixteen wins isn’t out of the question. The 2012 Tigers will undoubtedly make it rain souvenirs (homeruns) for all the little boys and girls of the proud city of Detroit, but it will be a rough, tough, and consistent rotation from top to bottom that puts these vicious cats in a position to play come October. Porcello has pitched well in two of his four starts in the early season, but has been hit hard in his last two appearances. When the young right-hander is at his best he locates in the bottom half of the strike zone, inducing a plethora of a ground ball outs. When he struggles, a number of pitches left up in the zone find their way to the seats. Porcello is 1-2 with a 6.45 earned run average over four games. Kevin is thankful to live in the best sports city in the world. Follow Kevin on Twitter (@ShaggyLamb).

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2012 TIGERS SCHEDUlE
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BOS W, 3-2 8 BOS 9 10 TB 11 TB 12 TB W, 13-12 W, 5-2 L, 4-2 W, 7-2 15 CWS 16 KC 17 KC 18 KC 19 TEX W, 5-2 W, 3-2 W, 3-1 W, 4-3 L, 10-3 22 TEX 23 24 SEA 25 SEA 26 SEA L, 3-2 L, 7-4 L, 9-1 L, 5-4 29 NYY 30 KC 31 L, 6-2 PPD

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CLE 7:05 1:05 13 CHC 14 CHC 8:05 2:20 20 STL 21 STL 7:05 1:05 27 TEX 28 TB 8:05 7:10

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16 COL 23 PIT 30 TB

TB 1:40 KC 1:05 BAL 1:35 CWS 1:05 TOR 1:07

MIN 3 MIN 4 MIN 5 MIN 6 KC 7:05 7:05 7:05 1:05 7:05 9 10 ALL-STAR 11 12 13 BAL GAME 7:05 16 LAA 17 LAA 18 LAA 19 LAA 20 CWS 7:05 7:05 7:05 1:05 7:05 23 24 CLE 25 CLE 26 CLE 27 TOR 7:05 7:05 7:05 7:07 30 BOS 31 BOS 7:10 7:10

4:05 7:05 7:05 1:07

14 BAL

21 CWS 28 TOR

Pitchers Al Alburquerque**++ Collin Balester Duane Below Joaquin Benoit Phil Coke Casey Crosby* Kelvin De la Cruz* Octavio Dotel Doug Fister *+ Matt Hoffman* luis Marte *+ Andrew Oliver* Jose Ortega* Rick Porcello luke Putkonen Max Scherzer Daniel Schlereth* Drew Smyly Tyler Stohr* Jacob Turner* Jose valverde Justin verlander Brayan villarreal Thad Weber* Adam Wilk*

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DOB Jun 10, 1986 Jun 6, 1986 Nov 15, 1985 Jul 26, 1977 Jul 19, 1982 Sep 17, 1988 Aug 1, 1988 Nov 25, 1973 Feb 4, 1984 Nov 8, 1988 Aug 26, 1986 Dec 3, 1987 Oct 12, 1988 Dec 27, 1988 May 10, 1986 Jul 27, 1984 May 9, 1986 June 13, 1989 Sep 19, 1986 May 21, 1991 Mar 24, 1978 Feb 20, 1983 May 10, 1987 Sept. 28, 1984 Dec 9, 1987 DOB Jan 29, 1987 Nov 13, 1979 Dec 23, 1978 DOB Apr 18, 1983 July 12, 1980 May 9, 1984 May 28, 1982 Mar 26, 1991 Aug 31, 1979 Sep 30, 1985 DOB Apr 12, 1985 Jan 24, 1986 Jun 12, 1991 Feb 1, 1987 Feb 15, 1980 Apr 17, 1981 Sep 14, 1985

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# Catchers 13 Alex Avila 9 Gerald laird 41 victor Martinez**++ # 24 34 28 27 52 39 29 # 26 12 33 14 32 25 21 Infielders Miguel Cabrera Brad Eldred Prince Fielder Jhonny Peralta Hernan Perez* Ramon Santiago Danny Worth Outfielders Brennan Boesch Andy Dirks Avisail Garcia* Austin Jackson Don Kelly Ryan Raburn Delmon Young**#

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7:05 CWS 1:05 LAA 3:35 CLE 3:05 MIN 1:05 MIN 2:10 CLE 4 CLE 1:05 7:05 10 CWS 11 CWS 8:10 8:10 17 18 OAK 7:05 24 25 KC 7:05 1 KC 2 KC 8:10 8:10
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NYY 7 NYY 7:05 7:05 13 MIN 14 MIN 8:10 8:10 20 21 TOR 7:05 27 28 KC 8:10

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7:05 15 MIN 16 17 1:10 22 TOR 23 TOR 24 7:05 1:05 29 KC 30 KC 31 8:10 8:10

NYY 10 1:05

11 TEX

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HOME GAMES

LAA 7:05 10:05 12 CWS 13 CWS 14 CLE 8:10 8:10 7:05 19 OAK 20 OAK 21 MIN 7:05 1:05 7:05 26 KC 27 KC 28 MIN 7:05 1:05 8:10 3 KC 8:10
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The Skipper shares words with Mr. October

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rior to the Tigers sold out spring training game versus the Yankees in Lakeland, skipper Jim Leyland shared words and hugged one of the game’s greatest, “Mr. October”, Reggie Jackson. One of the most beloved nicknames in all of sports was earned during five World Series appearances starting with Oakland in 1973 with a victory over the New York Mets and in 1974 with a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jackson hit one home run in each of those Series. He returned in 1977 with the Yankees and blasted 5 home runs against the Dodgers. In 2010, Jackson phoned Leyland to endorse the recently acquired Austin Jackson from the Yankees In his illustrious career Jackson notched 14 All Star appearances, five World Series rings, two Silver Sluggers, two World Series MVPs, and was a first ballot inductee to the Hall of Fame in 1993. The 65-year-old Jackson is best remembered for hitting three consecutive home runs in the clinching game of the 1977 World Series. Jackson’s father Martinez Jackson, was a half Puerto Rican who worked as a tailor and was also a former second baseman with the Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues. Mr. October is a spring training instructor with the Yankees. 2012 DetRoIt tIgeRS PRoMotIonal ScHeDule:

n Saturday, May 19: Austin Jackson bobblehead (10,000) n Sunday, May 20: Doug Fister ‘growth chart’ (14-under) n Thursday, June 7: PAWS mask (14-under) n Sunday, Aug. 5: Jose Valverde replica glasses (14-under) n Sunday, Aug. 5: Prince Fielder bobblehead (10,000) n Tuesday, Aug. 21: Detroit Tigers all-star poster (10,000) n Saturday, Sept. 22: 2013 magnet schedule (10,000) n Thursday, Sept. 27: Detroit Tigers team photo (10,000) theme nights n Saturday, June 2: Star Wars Night n Friday, July 6: Country Night n Wednesday, July 18: Christmas in July n Saturday, Aug. 18: Elvis Night

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By Kevin Alan Lamb

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Tigers’ Jhonny Peralta rounds second after shooting into the gap. ince being traded to the Tigers from the Indians in late July of 2011, Jhonny Peralta wasted no time, homering in his first at bat as a Tiger, and then again in his third trip to the plate. “It is special to be here, I knew something good was coming, my friends said it was a good thing to be a Tiger,” Peralta told Sportz Detroit Magazine. For a number of years Detroit has been viewed around the league as a welcomed place for players from the Dominican and Venezuela to play. “The clubhouse here, more than anywhere I’ve seen, is really good, and it starts from the coach. Every coach has a lot of confidence in the guys and we all play together. When it’s a team... it’s really good,” Peralta said. Before being traded Peralta was moved to third base to make way for the up and coming Asdruebal Cabrera. “It made me feel good to be back at shortstop, it is my natural position. Coming from the Dominican Republic, where I played short forever,” Peralta said. In just a short, three-hour-drive from one city in the Midwest to another, made all the difference in the world to Peralta. “The fans are unbelievable, the first time I came to Detroit, I could see the difference, from Cleveland to Detroit, there is a big difference. The fans are really good no matter what, whether we win or lose,” Peralta

said. At 29, Peralta has a legitimate chance to improve on a very productive 2011 season, producing 21 homeruns and 86 RBIs from the shortstop position. Like many of his teammates, Peralta is a streaky hitter gauging at a similar temperature to the April weather in Detroit: cold. Through 20 games the Tigers short stop is hitting just .236 with zero home runs, and five runs batted in. Kevin’s favorite three baseball movies are “The Natural”, “Major League”, and “Bull Durham”. Follow Kevin on Twitter (@ShaggyLamb).

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You may not notice the Library Sports Pub & Grill when driving along Grand River, but you will notice the parking lot full of cars. Across from the newly renovated Marty Feldman Chevrolet, the Pub has been there going on 16 years and has certainly seen its fair share of competition come and go. An upscale sports eatery, as the owner Bob Barnett describes it, has always kept hospitality and quality as the recipe for success. The Library Sports Pub has been known as a great place to watch the game whether it be a football Saturday on a fall afternoon or a Red Wings Stanley Cup Game on a beautiful spring evening. Multiple televisions and big screen projection all showing a crisp, high definition picture are scattered throughout the pub. The Library Sports Pub is not you typical sports themed bar with just burgers (that are brought in fresh daily — never frozen.) The wings are “jumbo” size compared to an unnamed competitor whose wings are one bite and done. The Cajun double baked wings are just some

of the best around and of course you can always rely on just plain or mild, hot, or blazin. Pastas. salads, sandwiches, or some of the specials like Friday nites sauteed lake perch are done with quality and value. Barnett also said that the establishment is known for its high-quality beer on tap and has been awarded by Anheuser-Busch as a master draft account. In other words, we do draft beer damn good!!! It is difficult to be all things to everyone, but the Library Sports Pub still seems to pull the majority of this off, particularly with the change in the smoking law. Bob has said that the Library Sports Pub has seen an increase in food sales vs. alchohol sales with more families attributing to that change. It has truly evolved into the family sports pub the Barnett brothers’ envisioned back in the mid 90s when they took over an existing Shield’s Pizzaria. “It’s been a great ride so far,” Barnett said. And with the recent upgrades, he said that they hope to be a player in the sports pub market for another 15 years.

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Stories by Kevin Alan Lamb

diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2011 aturday, March 17, Great Lakes Sports and the former left wing has since dedicated his City Arena in Fraser played host as charity to helping support cancer research. Detroit Red Wings Alumni matched-up The Detroit Red Wings Alumni rosagainst playter was highlighted ers from the by fan-favorites Shawn Burr Darren McCarty, Foundation in Dino Ciccarelli and the “Hockey Mickey Redmond. Cancer ClasAcross the line sic”. former Quebec NorBoth teams diques defenseman consisting of Craig Wolanin and former profescompany representsionals skated ed the Shawn Burr against one Foundation. another to supAfter the game port blood canBudd Lynch autocer research. graphed the March The Hockey Budd Lynch autographs copy of his cover story in edition of Sportz Cancer Classic Detroit Magazine is supported by Sportz Detroit Magazine that will be sold and the Shawn Burr donated to the Shawn Burrr Foundation. Foundation and benefit both The Leukemia “It is the best article anyone has ever written & Lymphoma Society and the University of on me,” Lynch told publisher Frank Allen of Michigan Comprehensive Care Center. Sportz Detroit Magazine of his feature article. Burr, a Red Wing from 1986-1995, was

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Detroit Rock City ignites with the fury of Justin Abdelkader
oing his best rendition of Soul Asylum’s Runaway Train, Red Wings left wing, Justin Abdelkader is a train on ice, best known for his ability to demolish opponents foolish enough to be caught in his tracks. “Right from the get go,” Abdelkader told Sportz Detroit Magazine as to when he started demolishing his opposition. “As soon as they allowed us to start hitting I played physical to get under people’s skin,” Abdelkader said. Nothing pumps up no. 8 for a big game more than the fire-breathing, blood-spitting, metal band, Kiss. “I like Detroit Rock City, it always gets me fired up especially in the playoffs,” Abdelkader said. Abdelkader was brought up to the Red Wings as a replacement for Tomáš Kopecký, who sat out Game 5 of the 2009 Western Conference semi-finals series against the Anaheim Ducks. Coach Mike Babcock sent Abdelkader to replace Kopecký because of his ability to flatten the enemy. In a town known for its hard hat work ethic, Abdelkader quickly became a fan favorite. “Work hard. Do what you can each shift. He was always on me when I had a bad game,” Abdelkader said of the best advice his father Joseph gave him. “He pushed me to work harder. If I was floating on ice, not moving my legs, I’d hear about it. It’s about working on both ends of the ice, being physical and controlling what I can control,” the enforcer said. The Muskegon native has always had a flare for the dramatic, scoring his first goal versus the Penguins in Game 1 of the 2009 Stanley Cup. “A lot of things went through my head, but I had just lost a good friend from Michigan State, Brandon Gordon, in January… I felt like he was there and helped me score the goal,” Abdelkader said fighting tears. “A lot went through my head but he was one in particular. He had cancer to the bone… it was a real tough deal there.” Brandon Lee Gordon took his last breath, February 22nd, 2009, succumbing to osteosarcoma after a courageous, two-year-battle with the cancer. Despite countless tumors throughout his body and extreme difficulty breathing, Brandon continued to fight. “Brandon’s Defense” has been erected in his honor to continue his fight for the awareness of children’s cancer. If you would like to support “Brandon’s Defense,” contact his mother, Julie Gordon, at gordonjl@comcast.net. Kevin Alan Lamb grew up on a pond but rarely played hockey because it was difficult to find skates that fit the 6-foot-7 Willow Farm native. The Lamb family home served as the neighborhood sandlot, hosting everything from pickle and kickball, to nighttag and baseball.

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Garret Martin, born blind sports junkie, telling it the way he sees it.

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Justin Verlander easily where as some others may just let the guys run the locker room. With the baseball IQ that Jim brings, I’d be shocked to see this team finish lower than second place in the American League. The Tigers have without a doubt the most dominant pitcher in the game today in Justin Verlander. His unmatched skill will help this team every fifth day with very few bumps in the road. If he has even close to the year he had last year when he was the first pitcher to be named the MVP in nearly 20 years, the opponents will have trouble getting through any series with the Tigers. Last year Verlander had 15 wins after a Tigers loss. This is an unbelievable stat. It means that rarely if ever did the team lose a large amount of games in a row. Obviously if you want to win, you need that consistency to continue. If anyone can make that happen, Verlander can. I expect another 20+ win season. Even if he isn’t as dominant this year I still expect a great year for Verlander and the team behind him. Verlander is not the only pitcher on the staff. The team has a good rotation outside of him and I look for some improvements in them as well. Doug Fister has proven to be a solid number 2 starter, and with Rick Porcello and Max Scherzer having another year under them I only see an upside. Still we have questions about who will be the number 5 starter. Personally I think that it will be lefty Andy Oliver making his first full season in Detroit a good one. He will struggle at times I think, but what rookies don’t? As for the bullpen, The Tigers are stacked. Last year we were surprised by the brilliant performance during the season of Al Alburquerque, who can really prove he belongs in Detroit with a good season. There’s other relievers too to bridge the gap to José Valverde, who is proving to be more than a good closer. He was nearly unhittable last season as he racked up 49 saves in as many chances. Joaquín Benoit was a great 8th inning pitcher last year and may not have to pitch as often with the signing of Octavio Dotel in the offseason. Dotel has pitched for 13 major-league teams, not so many because he’s bad, but because teams send him to contending teams that need a pitcher for the playoff run. I personally expect a lot of these guys and they’ll all be fun to watch. The Tigers have possibly the most dangerous 3-4-5 hitters in the majors this year. With the signing of Prince Fielder, the team obviously hopes to contend for a long time. This power hitting first baseman can hit...and hit...and hit some more. He’ll hit fourth in the lineup behind Miguel Cabrera, who hit over 30 home runs himself last year. That makes a couple straight hitters in the lineup who could hit 40 bombs this year. Though Comerica is known as a pitchers park, these guys will mash their way to history possibly. Throw

Detroit Tigers ... 2012 champs?

hen you think of overpowering lineups and dominant pitching you don’t usually think of the Tigers. This year however, I think we’ll see all of that and more. It kills me to say it as a Yankees fan, but this team is going to be special this year. In this article we’ll go through the strengths and weaknesses of this team and what we can reasonably expect assuming the team stays healthy. What with the major signings pulled off in free agency to the stacked lineup the Tigers already had, there is a lot of upside and reason to feel excited. We’ll start off by talking about the manager. Jim Leyland has been with the Tigers since 2006 when he took the team to the world series where they lost to St. Louis. Leyland is thought to be one of the best managers in the game and Detroiters have been very happy in general with how his teams perform. His firy personality can bring a team from the edge into a team that competes every day. Over the years sometimes he’s questioned about how he plays some of his players, but they always seem to blossom into the quality guys he wants on the team. Leyland has a reputation of turning average teams into great ones. His time in Florida shows this. A bunch of players that had talent sure, but weren’t expected to win ended up taking the championship in 1997. He manages players like

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ETROIT, Mich. — Accelerating its promotional efforts while preparing for the “fastest weekend of the summer,” the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix (CDBIGP) recently unveiled its revamped official Internet website, www.DetroitGP.com. The enhanced site incorporates social media, cool video content, the latest racing news and the rich history of the Grand Prix while creating excitement for the June 1-3 event on Belle Isle. The new DetroitGP.com is very interactive and easy to use. From the moment fans log on to the site, the excitement surrounding the Grand Prix builds as a countdown clock lets users know how much time is left until the engines roar to life at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park road course. The most recent news from the four racing series competing at the CDBIGP — the IZOD IndyCar Series, the GRAND-AM Rolex Series, the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series and the Firestone Indy Lights are also featured on the home page along with an overview of the weekend race schedule. The Grand Prix’s social media platforms also take center stage at the online home of the event. With an increased focus on its Twitter, Facebook and YouTube portals, the Grand Prix incorporates all of its social media energy on its new home page to create a gathering place for fans. It’s been 30 years since Detroit hosted its first Grand Prix event and the new DetroitGP.com pays homage to this heritage with complete race recaps and photos from the previous events on the streets of Detroit and Belle Isle in its History section. There is also an area that focuses on Belle Isle itself and its history and landmarks. Fans can also purchase tickets online through DetroitGP.com and those interested in volunteering for the event can sign up through the site as well. A special area of the site is dedicated to all of the event partners that help sponsor the Grand Prix. A complete breakdown of all the entertainment acts performing during race weekend, a list of things to do in and around Detroit and detailed transportation information on the best way to and from the Grand Prix will also be featured at DetroitGP.com. In a

wHat: The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix returns to the Motor City on June 1-3, 2012. The event will feature the cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, the Firestone Indy Lights Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series. The weekend collectively is referred to as the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. wHen: Friday-Sunday – June 1-3, 2012 wHeRe: The Raceway at Belle Isle Park road course (2.1 miles)

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Below is the basic schedule of events for the 2012 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. A more detailed schedule will be posted closer to the race date. June 1: IZOD IndyCar Series practice, GRAND-AM Rolex Series practice and qualifying, Pirelli World Challenge Series practice, Firestone Indy Lights Series practice June 2: IZOD IndyCar Series practice and qualifying, GRAND-AM Rolex Series practice and race, Pirelli World Challenge Series qualifying and race #1, Firestone Indy Lights Series qualifying and race, IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights autograph session June 3: IZOD IndyCar Series warmup and race, Pirelli World Challenge Series race #2.

special section called “Detroit Pride” the new site will feature positive stories and coverage of the Motor City. The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is a 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. The event will be held June 1-3 and will include the Chevrolet Indy Grand Prix presented by ShopAutoWeek.com featuring the cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series, the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 at Belle Isle presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers with the sports cars of the GRAND-AM Rolex Series, the Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac

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run dry. “It is an underused condiment,” Doug said. “We are confident you will love our fresh from the garden taste. Made with no paste or chemicals, it eats like a fresh salsa.” Whether you are firing up a vegetable omelet to impress a lady-friend, or simmering a delicious threecheese-chili for a Memorial Day cookout, Little Diablo Salsa has established a new standard for whole food salsa. “More stores, more sales. Our goal is to get salsa on the shelves and salsa off the shelves,” Doug offered as the motto and business model for their Michigan based company. Currently, Little Diablo Salsa is available at 12 retail

locations, and growing by the day! Little Diablo Salsa is sold in in Mild, Medium, Mild Garlic, Medium Chipotle, and “Double Diablo” hot. Not only do Doug and Stacy wish to share their authentic recipe with the world, the wonderful couple advocates for animal rights while working with English Springer Rescue America (ESRA). ESRA is a national referral and foster care purebred placement organization for English Springer Spaniels. “It is our effort to increase public awareness and offer a voice for the voiceless,” Stacy said. Look for a number of delightful and delicious food recipes on LittleDiabloSalsa.com. Kevin Alan Lamb dictator of diction & moral muse

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Tips on proper care for your hunting dog
By Shannon Moore Hunting dogs are valuable to game hunters all over the world. They make great companions both at home and in the field. They make hunting a more enjoyable and convenient sport for everyone as well. Not only do hunters gain much by owning these dogs, but the dogs thouroughly enjoy their work. It give the dog a real sense of purpose, and the challenge helps them be better well-behaved dogs overall. These dogs live such a rigourous lifestyle; they require top quality care. Below are some tips on how to care for your hunting dog: • Be sure to keep up-to-date vaccinations. Hunting dogs are more susceptible to disease, particularly giardia and parvovirus due to continuous outdoor activity. • Hunting dogs should be spayed or neutered to prevent wandering or attracting unwanted attention from other animals in the field. This will also help to keep the dogs focused on their job. Over 100,000 pets are killed in animal shelters each year due to pet overpopulation issues. Spaying and neutering is the most effective way to avoid contibuting to this problem. • Keep hunting dogs wellgroomed, especially long-haired dogs. Long-haired breeds provide a perfect habitat for mites, tics and fleas. Short hair on a hunting dog is a great preventative measure from unwanted critters. Find a good, reliable groomer to keep dogs’ hair and nails in good shape. • A balanced diet high in protein is essential to provide hunting dogs the energy they need in the field. • HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE! Be sure to provide fresh drinking water at all times — especially in the field. Dehydration is common among hunting dogs. • Make sure your dog has current ID tags with contact information. A GPS collar is a good safeguard as well from your dog getting lost in the field. • Be sure that your hunting dog is well trained and will obey simple return commands. • Consider some sort of foot protection if you know your dog will be encountering rough terrain. These can be found at most retail hunting stores. • Carry a first-aid kit while in the field complete with bandages, antibiotic ointments and a variety of tools that may be necessary for prying out a thorn or splinter. • If your dog is going to be kept outside for any length of time, be sure to provide a clean, warm, dry, and safe place for escape from the elements. • Finally, be humane, Never leave your dog 100% of the time — especially not chained or in a pen, alone. This kind of isolation can cause the dog to become bored and aggressive — traits not desireable for a hunting companion or pet. Dogs are pack animals; they need to be with their pack — even a human pack. Caring for a dog is not easy, but it is simple. A happy, healthy dog makes a great companion. Follow these simple guidelines to ensure you and your dogs have a great relationship. Happy hunting!

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WHAT A DRAFT!!!
RILEY REIff
Round 1, Iowa Riley Reiff is one of the top ranked offensive tackles in the 2012 draft class. Originally perceived as a top-15 pick, Reiff’s measurables (33 1/4 inch arms) were deemed too short for an NFL left tackle, although longer in comparison to Joe Thomas (32 1/2) and Jake Long (32 7/8). At 6-foot-6, 313-pounds, the All-American is a behemoth of man, and a welcomed security blanket for Matthew Stafford. He was named All-Big Ten by coaches and media, and elected to forgo his final year of eligibility at Iowa to enter the draft.The native of Parkston, San Diego, will likely start for the Lions in 2012 and has longevity for years to come in Honolulu Blue.

LIONS

By Kevin Alan Lamb

TAhIR WhITEhEAD
Round 4, Temple The 6-foot-1, 233-pound Whitehead is undersized at the linebacker position, but is a hardworking, overachiever that logs the hours necessary to improve. He uses his big hands to free himself from blockers, and pursues aggressively. Whitehead played safety, running back, wide receiver, and tight end at his New Jersey prep school. The experienced linebacker never shies away from contact, consistently plays hard, and is a powerful blitzer. While he lacks elite play-making instincts against the run, his instincts as a pass rusher are above average. His long arms and big hands clog up throwing lanes, but he needs to improve his upperbody-strength to avoid being locked up by bigger blockers. His most immediate contribution will be on special teams where his speed and athleticism will be best utilized.

RYAN BROYLES
Round 2, Oklahoma Easily the Lions’ most controversial pick, many were shocked when Detroit selected Broyles, a wide-out, recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee in November. The 5-foot-10, 188-pound receiver set the all time NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision record for career receptions, 349. Broyles is a two-time All-American and first team All-Big-12. Although projected to go in the third or fourth round, the Lions are convinced his surgically repaired knee is healthy, and were overwhelmed by his production, work ethic and dedication. With a 4.57 40 time, they seem him as a faster version of Wes Welker. He is an elusive runner with shifty hips and toughness.

ChRIS GREENWOOD
Round 5, Albion A graduate of Detroit King High, Greenwood spent his prep years playing in the shadow of Ford, and always dreamed of one day playing for his favorite team, the Lions. Greenwood, a 6-foot-2, 193-pound cornerback from Albion College, is the first player from the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association to be selected in the NFL Draft in 45 years. The Detroit native attended Northwood University and Eastern Michigan before transferring to Albion. His size, speed and vertical leap project a high-level of success in the NFL (4.34 40, 43” vertical). He will have to adjust to bigger, faster players making the transition from Division III, but Division I players face the same challenge. Greenwood adds depth to the corner position for the Lions, and believes his time has come to play with the best.

DWIGhT “BILL” BENTLEY
Round 3, Louisiana Lafayette Many experts contend that Bentley could emerge as one of the top corners in this year’s draft class. From the same hometown as Lions corner Alphonso Smith, Pahokee, Fla., Bentley is considered a steal in the third round. After reaching in round two, the Lions made a great value pick with Bentley, who is a pure-cover-corner with the ability to mirror wide receivers. At 5-foot-10, 182-pounds, Bentley clocked a blistering 4.43 40, and isn’t afraid to throw his body around. He is aggressive, possesses good ball skills, and is multi-dimensional with special teams experience as both a gunner and jammer.

JONTE GREEN

Round 6, New Mexico State The 6-foot, 184-pound Green is an athletic cornerback with a number of plus attributes. He is aggressive by nature and works hard to defend the run. Green is apt at keeping the game in front of him, enabling him to make a significant amount of tackles up field. With a 4.4 40 the Lions like Green’s speed and aggression He recorded 70 tackles and lead the team with 14 passes broken up, ranking Green second in the WAC. He is a return specialist that specializes in setting up blocks by reacting quickly and assertively.

TRAvIS LEWIS
Round 7, Oklahoma The third Sooner taken by the Lions represents what is possibly the biggest steal of the draft. Travis Lewis recorded a team-high 136 tackles and four interceptions as a vocal leader and captain. At 6-foot-1, 246-pounds, the linebacker was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, given to the top linebacker in college football. Once regarded as one of the top defensive prospects in the NCAA, tough injuries late in his career proved detrimental to his draft status. Lewis is an instinctive player, he sifts through the trash well and possesses a knact for finding the ball. While he lacks elite athletic ability and top-end speed, his natural feel for the game and intelligence from the middle of the field make Lewis an intriguing final round pick with tremendous upside if he is able to regain top form.

RONNELL LEWIS
Round 4, Oklahoma A two-time Consensus All-American, Lewis is one of the best outside linebacker prospects in the class. Known for his big hits, the 6-foot-2, 244-pound Lewis has earned the nickname, “The Hammer”. Another great value-pick for the Lions, Lewis has the ability to play either defensive end of linebacker. Where he lacks in size, he makes up for in pure talent. The Dewar, Oklahoma native, ran a 4.68 40 at the combine, and pressed a beastly 36 repetitions of 225-pounds.

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