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• Great showings by Deckerville and Ubly on Friday night. I really believe both teams have a shot at winning this weekend and heading to the state semifinals.
Ubly's opponent, Ravenna, is a very good team, but certainly beatable.
Deckerville's opponent, Fulton, has won a pair of road games against two excellent teams in Fowler and New Lothrop. Winning three straight on the road is going to be tough.
The Tribune will preview these games this week, as well as have some feature stories from both programs.
• Kudos to the Cass City, Caseville and Deckerville voleyball teams for winning district championships.
All three teams are in action tonight at regional events at New Lothrop and Peck.
Cass City has its hands full against Reese tonight.
Caseville and Deckerville could very well play for the regional title once again. Caseville plays Bay City All Saints while Deckerville takes on Burton Faith.
• Oh, the Lions. What a disappointing loss. Coach Jim Schwartz has taken some heat for throwing the ball on third down late in the game. I actually liked the call, but Drew Stanton has to be smart enough to know that if it's not a 100 percent sure thing, just eat it and take the sack. Instead, he tried an off-balance throw to a fullback.
As for Matthew Stafford, I am worried. Stafford has all the potential to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
But after missing a lot of last season, and playing just one full game this season, his body seems to be held together with Scotch tape, spit and some hope.
How Schwartz can’t be concerned about his durability is being pretty naive.
I’m not questioning his toughness. I’m just questioning his ability to take an NFL-type hit.
The play he went out on in Sunday’s game was nothing more than a fall to the turf.
His nickname has become GLASSFORD on some Internet blogs.
The Lions have a major decision to make in the upcoming weeks.
To me, they need to shut him down, get him healthy, and plan for the playoffs in 2011.
• What a wild game at Michigan. The triple OT win over Illinois probably saved Rich Rod's job because the Wolverines are now bowl eligible. I see some projections have them going to Texas to play in one of the bowls there against either Baylor or Oklahoma. If they beat Purdue next week, then I think that's a legitimate place to go.
If they don't, and wind up 6-6 overall and a shoddy 2-6 in the Big Ten, why not just suck it up, stay in Michigan, and play at Ford Field in the Little Caesars Bowl. Michigan will never do that - it has nothing to gain by beating a MAC school - but I think it would be the right thing to do.
• The Tigers re-signed Jhonny Peralta with an $11.25 million, two-year contract with a club option for 2013. The team announced Peralta’s return Monday, less than three weeks after re-signing third baseman Brandon Inge for a similar price.
Now, go after a big bat and a catcher. Then I will be back on the bandwagon - again.
• How quickly have the Pistons fallen off the radar. Has there ever been a trade more damaging to an NBA team than getting rid of Chauncey Billups? The Pistons are on the verge of becoming the worst team in the league.
Who else has some stuff from the weekend?