Seeing as this blog caters to a lot of Michigan residents and that we might be in need of some positive football news...with Washington defeating Minnesota and Tennessee throttling Green Bay, the Lions are in first place of the NFC North (holding the tiebreaker over Minnesota).
After losing Calvin Johnson to retirement, I certainly did not think that the Lions would find themselves in this position ~half-way through the season. They obviously have some huge flaws and have lost several games that they had no business losing, but for now I will relish in their glory. I'm also aware that this post will likely jinx them for the remainder of the season.
A few of us, fellow Michigan athletics junkies, are now MBA students starting our first year at Michigan, and this week we have a big project designed to help businesses in Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood develop positive business models in their community. Each of our sections will be showcasing our business ideas tomorrow (Thursday) at Eastern Market from 11:30AM to 2:00PM. If you're in the Metro Detroit area and can swing by on your lunch hour, it would mean a lot to us (and Section 5 in particular). Stop by and say hi, I'll be the guy wearing the Bo/Harbaugh skinny M hat.
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Hello MGoBlog community!
I know we have some outstanding citizens and philanthropists in this wonderful online community, and I have a favor to ask of you that can make a huge difference. If you missed the event kickoff, this is a great way to get involved with the Jordan Morgan Foundation:
Will you consider a donation to help kickstart Jordan's philanthropic desires to make Detroit a great place to live, work, study, and play? A donation/gift is tax-deductible and will support youth in Detroit to overcome any barriers from academics to athletics to achieve their dreams. As a fellow U of D Jesuit (Men for Others!) high school graduate who graduated with Jordan, I felt a great desire to get involved and spread the word on social media. Please donate to my CrowdRise page at the link below and thank you for all you do for the Maize and Blue!:
More information about the foundation, mission, and initiative:
According to multiple reports, Dave Dombrowski, with owner Mike Illitch's approval, will move to trade David Price, Yoenis Cespedes and possibly Rajai Davis and Alex Avila.
USA Today article (HERE)
The Tigers, barring a veto from owner Mike Ilitch, are going to surrender and be sellers within the next 10 days at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. For the first time since 2008, the Tigers have no choice but to inform teams that two of their marquee commodities will be dealt by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The Tigers, according to several people inside and outside the organization familiar with their strategy, plan to put ace David Price and power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the trade market.
Detroit News article (HERE)
The Tigers are in a unique position in that they have six free-agents-to-be — including two elite ones in ace David Price and slugger Yoenis Cespedes. Closer Joakim Soria is a shade below. They also have three pieces that could help the right contender in Rajai Davis, Alex Avila and Alfredo Simon. The market this year is as rich with buyers as ever, and the Tigers are the seller with the most appealing inventory.
Nicklas Lidstrom, who won seven Norris Trophies and four Stanley Cups as a cornerstone of the Red Wings, is a virtual lock in his first year of eligibility.
The Red Wings' blue liner was a Calder Trophy-finalist in his rookie season, and went on to score 264 goals and added 878 assists for 1,142 points in his career.
Only five defensemen recorded more: Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey, Al MacInnis, Phil Housley and Larry Murphy. All but Housley are already in the Hall, and the American blue-line leader should receive strong consideration again.
Other candidates with a good chance include Lidstrom's ex-teammate Sergei Fedorov and nemesis Chris Pronger.
More info HERE
Detroit is joining the list of cities bidding to host the CFB Championship games in 2018-2020. I hope they get one. Home field advantage for Michigan in the title game would be great. Also, it's close to my house