By Jason Bushen
It appears October is the most wonderful time of the year for fans here in Michigan.
‘Tis the season for Raider football and volleyball. With nationally ranked teams, fans of GRCC are witnessing an athletic powerhouse in the NJCAA. The football team hopes to jingle all the way to an undefeated season, as the volleyball team hopes to improve on an exciting start thus far.
And how ‘bout those Lions! When the NFL season started, many local fans expected the ghosts of seasons’ past to once again haunt the Detroit Lions. But with arguably the league’s best defensive line, Calvin Johnson, and a whole lot of jolly fans–the talk around Michigan is about our Lions. Following an unforgettable Monday night victory over Chicago, the Lions are 5-0 for the first time since 1956. Ho-ho-ho!
Detroit fans are also receiving the gift of playoff baseball. After the Tigers outlasted the Yankees in the ALDS, nostalgia of the 2006 playoff-run seemed to sweep through the state. A great deal of credit should be given to Jim Leyland, a man who was made out to be Ebenezer Scrooge by the local media all season long. A World Series title would be quite the stocking stuffer for a city that can’t stop winning.
Let’s not forget about (future hall of famer) St. Nick and the Big Red Machine. It’s easy to take them for granted, but the Red Wings have been the model of consistency in professional sports for two decades. With yet another flawless start, the sky is the limit for a team returning a number of world-class players including Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and Johan Franzen.
And of course, the annual reunion is upcoming Saturday between our two nationally ranked NCAA football teams. #11 Michigan will head to East Lansing to play #23 Michigan State, and you know the Sparty fans will have consumed plenty of “eggnog” prior to the 12:00pm kick-off. The festivities are sure to be exciting as always.
In a state that has experienced far too many “Bah! Humbugs” in recent years, it’s nice to have so much to cheer for.