If you love sports, you’ll love November

I have to ask, isn’t November one of the greatest months for all of us who love sports?

The NHL hockey season and the NBA basketball season have just started. The college basketball season has officially begun and features some top programs playing against each other. (How could you not love watching Michigan State and Gonzaga the other night? I’ll get into more of that game later.)

The college football season is coming to an end and we are approaching important regular season games and conference championship games. The race for the four playoff spots this season will be wide open and whoever gets in will be fabulous drama. I say let the debate begin.

I’m going to say like I said last week that I’m cheering for a TCU Horned Frog team to crash the college football playoff party. The Horned Frogs endured a tough test against Texas last Saturday night.

Let’s not forget, also, No Shave November! I love November and I hope you all do too!

How about the start of the Detroit Red Wings hockey season? I’ve only seen three games so far and I like what I see. The goalkeeping between Ville Husso and Alex Nedeljkovic was solid. Goals against average for Husso were solid at 2.54. I believe the starting job will be Husso all season and he will play most of the games.

I like Andrew Copp’s piece so far too. I’m sure, like many others who follow the Red Wings, I’ve watched Mo Seider play hockey no matter what team he was on. I think Seider’s ceiling is as high as he wants at 21 on the ice. Can the Red Wings fight for a playoff spot all season long? I think they actually can, but time will tell.

The Pistons had a rough start to their NBA season. They currently sit at 3-11 and dead last in the Eastern Conference. I personally only saw one game against the Boston Celtics and the “Stons” were blown out. I realize the Pistons are very young and are unlikely to fight for much in 2022-23. The reports are Jaden Ivey, the No. 1 pick has played pretty well so far. I like the fact that Detroit has a top scorer in Bojan Bogdanovic who they traded to the Utah Jazz. I need to watch more games to properly access the Pistons basketball team and if I like the direction the team is going.

I want to say that Michigan State and Gonzaga’s hoop game was a great college basketball game. The Spartans led at half-time, but the “Zags” prevailed in the second half, 64-63. I thought the Spartans looked good and were balanced on offense.

The problem became that Michigan State had no answers for Gonzaga’s Drew Timme. I can tell you the Michigan State basketball program is going to be great this year. The Gonzaga basketball program is one of the top three in college basketball.

The Michigan State soccer team defeated Rutgers 27-21 last Saturday. The victory drew the Spartans to a 5-5 record. The Spartans would love to win their next two contests against Indiana and Penn State. The Spartans’ opener is scheduled for Saturday noon in East Lansing, Michigan.

The Wolverines will take on Illinois at noon in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines, at 10-0, need to avoid looking ahead to the Ohio State game and look to Illinois on Saturday afternoon. I like that Michigan and Michigan State both have wins on Saturday.

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I want to wish the hunters who are going into the woods this week and weekend all the best. May the Big Buck (not Wayne Fontes) cross your path.

Throw the NFL picks…



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