Detroit sports fans witnessed a weekend for the record books as teams from all over the state earned wins this weekend. Whether you prefer baseball, football, NCAA, or Pop Warner, there was reason for you to cheer this weekend. Just in case you spent your weekend hiding under a rock or decided to turn the channel when the Lions were down 27 to 3 in the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys, here is a recap of one of the most exciting sport weekends in Michigan history.
- Lions – defeat Dallas Cowboys 34 – 30. (Sunday)
In one of the most remarkable comebacks in NFL history, the Detroit Lions rallied in the second half to keep their perfect record unblemished. After a sluggish first half, the Lions defensive unit awoke from hibernation, intercepted two of Tony Romo’s errand passes and returned them for touchdowns making the score 30 (Dallas) to 17 (Lions) at the start of the fourth quarter. Then Megatron (Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson) proved sports analysts right for predicting him the front-runner in the NFL MVP race by catching two fourth quarter touchdown passes to give the Lions the 24-point comeback victory.
The Lions, 4-0 for the first time since 1980, take on the Chicago Bears on October 10 for their first Monday Night Football game since an embarrassing 35-0 loss to the St. Louis Rams in 2001.
- Tigers – defeat New York Yankees 5-3. (Sunday)
It’s October and the Tigers season is still going! As if playoff baseball is not enough of a reason to be happy, the Tigers went up on the Yankees 2-1 in the American League Division Series. Sunday the Tigers scored two runs in the 1st and 6th innings and one run in the 9th inning to tie the ALDS at 1-1. Monday, the Tigers went up one game in the ALDS by beating the Yankees again (5-4) behind another stellar performance of potential AL MVP Justin Verlander (24-5) and a go-ahead home run from Delmon Young in the 7th inning.
The Tigers play the Yankees again today (at Comerica Park) at 8:30 p.m. and right-hand pitcher Rick Porcello is scheduled to start as Friday’s rainout did not change the rotation.
- University of Michigan football – defeats Minnesota 58–0. (Saturday)
111,106 fans helped transform the big house into a MAIZE OUT Saturday as the 19th-ranked Wolverines completely exterminated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 58-0 to retain the Little Brown Jug trophy that the teams have played for since 1909. Junior running back, Vincent Smith, rushed for a touchdown, caught a touchdown, and even threw a touchdown to wide receiver Drew Dileo, all in the first half! Junior quarterback, Denard Robinson, had an interception-free game, 169 passing yards (two touchdowns), and a rushing touchdown.
The Wolverines take their 5-0 record to Evanston, IL, Saturday October 8, to take on the Wildcats of Northwestern University at 6 p.m.
- Michigan State University football – defeats Ohio State 10-7. (Saturday)
In what looked to be a shutout effort by the Spartan defense, Michigan State University kept Ohio State completely scoreless until the final seconds of the game. In their first victory against Ohio State since 1999, the Spartans defense recorded an unprecedented 9 sacks on Buckeye quarterback Joe Bauserman, who was thrown into the starting role when Terrelle Pryor suddenly left Ohio State and made himself eligible for the NFL supplemental draft. MSU also recorded an astounding 13 tackles for loss as the defense performed their best Baltimore Ravens impersonation, filling the final box score card with defensive statistics.
Other notable wins for the mitten state Saturday included:
- Eastern Michigan University football defeats Akron 31-23
- Western Michigan University football defeats UCONN 38-31
- Central Michigan University football defeats NIU 48–41
- Wayne State University football defeats Northern Michigan 30-28
The big boys of the NCAA and NFL were not the only winners this weekend. I traveled to Farmington, MI, Sunday morning, and watched Jonathan Slappey (my nephew) flourish at his new position of defensive end, leading the Birmingham Patriots to victory over the Farmington Rockets. In what seemed to be Julius Peppers in a Pop Warner uniform, Jonathan and the rest of the 8-year-olds on the Patriots proved good football games can be played at every age.
This past weekend the proverbial stars aligned for Detroit sports teams, and fans witnessed winning in metropolitan Detroit like we have never seen before. Detroit Lions Ndamukong Suh, Jahvid Best, Quicken Loans, and their sister company Xenith, helped restore the joy of football season for the students of Detroit Frederick Douglass Prep and their community. They donated uniforms and football equipment after news broke that thieves stole these items from the Ibis (school mascot), putting their remaining football season in jeopardy. Quicken Loans also donated money to Frederick Douglass for an upgrade to the security on their equipment room.
These events, paired with the fact that NFL players and companies like Quicken Loans and Xenith care enough about the community to help a local school complete their football season is proof that Detroit 2.0 is closer than we anticipated.
So, tune in or attend a game this week and find out what everyone is cheering about. Detroit, along with its sports teams, is making a comeback! Show your pride and help contribute to Detroit 2.0.
Jonathan Slappey writes for Quicken Loans, ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Primary Mortgage Origination” by J.D. Power and Associates. Check out what some of our amazed customers have to say at Epinions.