It’s a rainy one here in Lansing, Michigan as we kick off Week 2 of Michigan Sports Central. Here’s the highlights:
- Red Wings take 2 out of 3 to start their first season in the Eastern Conference
- Tigers split with Oakland in the first 2 games of the post-season American League Division Series
- The Lions remain in first place in the NFC North despite losing to the Packers 22-9
- The Wolverines remain unbeaten as they retain the Little Brown Jug against Minnesota in their B1G Ten opener
- The spartans beat Iowa 26-14.
Well the Red Wings are off to a pretty decent 2-1 start in their first three games since moving to the East. They won their first game against the Sabres scoring 2 goals within 36 seconds of each other, only needing those 2 to hold off Buffalo. In their second game at Carolina, Zetterberg scored with only 19 second remaining in the game to push it into overtime where Weiss scored the game winner 3 minutes in. Unfortunately the Wings weren’t able to hold off Boston to remain undefeated as they lost 4-1 against the Bruins on Saturday night.
The Tigers began the post-season Friday night in Oakland for the second year in a row. Miggy was able to bat in 2 runs, with Avila scoring the third run shortly after. While Max Scherzer pitched an excellent game, the Tigers offense simply couldn’t get those bats moving, scoring only those first three runs in the first. It was enough however, as the Tigers won it 3-2 taking a 1-0 series lead. The excitement didn’t last however as the Tigers lost Game 2 in a snoozefest for a one-nothing win for Oakland in the 9th, tying the series 1-1. Game three will be on Monday at 1pm. Looks like no class for me!
The Lions started Sunday’s game without Megatron. If you’d refer back to last weeks post, you’d note that they only had a 33.33% chance to win anyway, but not having Calvin was the nail in the coffin. The Lions lost 22-9, and while that may not seem like a huge loss, it was big enough. With Green Bay poised for a comeback, the NFC North is still entirely up for grabs, and even though the lions have wins over Minn and Chicago, they will still need to split with GB on Thanksgiving to remain in the NFC North conversation.
Michigan retained the Little Brown Jug in this weekend’s B1G Ten opener at home. Devin Gardner looked refreshed after last week’s bye week, and managed not to turn over the football. Funchess stepped up to lead the team in receiving yards, which is unusual as Gallon is usually the intended target. Touissaint managed to carry the ball well throughout the game. Minnesota seems to be taking it’s usual hits as they started the season 4-0, and have lost half as many games since the start of the B1G Ten Season. Michigan will have a tough game next week as they face a pissed of Penn St in Pennsylvania.
Iowa blew it.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Alright folks, we’re about to wrap up here as we look ahead to the action comin at us for next week. The Tigers will continue to chase the World Series as they face Oakland in what has now become a best of three series, with the Tigers at home for 2 of those games. The Red Wings will only have 2 games on Thursday and Saturday against former western rivals Phoenix and new eastern rivals Philadelphia. The Lions will play a dangerous Browns team next Sunday. As mentioned, the Wolverines will play the Nittany Lions in Penn, and the spartans play Indiana.
That about wraps up another edition of Michigan Sports Central.