Two great rookies in Detroit.
We spend a lot of time complaining about how poorly our professional sports teams are. I am also guilty of that. We do not spend enough time placing a shining light on our shining lights. Let’s do that now. The future looks bright. Did you know that Detroit could pull off a rare rookie of the year sweep in the NBA and NHL?
Pistons guard Cade Cunningham is making a late push to slide by Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley for NBA rookie of the year, while Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider is a strong candidate to win NHL rookie of the year.
Cunningham was also the Most Valuable Player in the Rising Stars game.
Let’s create a new award today. Who should Detroit’s rookie of the year be? While many of you would select Cunningham because of the way he’s taken the town by storm with his love for Detroit and his coolness while wearing Buff sunglasses, my choice would be Seider.
He is a great skater, plays with grit and spice and makes smart plays. He made a brilliant 30-second penalty kill last week by ragging the puck and playing keep away. While something like this does not make ESPN highlights, moments like this are important in the NHL. Seider is a chairman of the defense and has chipped in five goals and 30 assists.
He’s also received great bump and thump tips from former Red Wing Niklas Kronwall because the rook has become one of the heavy hitters in the NHL.
Injuries slowed Cunningham early in the season, but he appears to be more in command as he becomes a leader on a young Pistons team. Cunningham is more high profile and despite the word of Dave Bing, is a guy the Pistons can build around. He is averaging a respectable 15.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.2 assists. His downfall is shooting (39.7 percent).
Who’s looking out for the Detroit PSL kids?
A lot of people dropped the ball because the Detroit PSL boys and girls basketball finals will be held at Oakland University’s arena on Monday in Rochester and not at Calihan Hall at Detroit Mercy.
What does not make sense is how Calihan can host the Division I boys’ quarterfinals, one of the great local events, and not the PSL championship. UDM has men’s and women’s games all weekend and failed to reschedule games. UDM also has Covid restrictions in place. The lower bowl is closed along with the concession stands. So it would not be the same atmosphere any way.
The school and the PSL failed to work out a schedule that could accommodate the final. Driving to Rochester for a Detroit high school event does not make sense.
Another option is the Wayne State Fieldhouse where the G-League Motor City Cruise and Wayne State play. Neither team had a game that night.
NBC Sports cornering a market in college sports.
NBC Sports could corner the market on Midwest football. The Network is in negotiations with the Big Ten for broadcast rights for football and men’s basketball, according to Front Office Sports. Currently, the Big Ten and ESPN are in exclusive negotiations to renew its deal that expires in 2023.
The new deal could cost NBC as much as $1.1 billion a year, according to FOS. Currently, ESPN is paying $440 million a year for broadcast rights. If NBC wins the contract, it would have Big Ten and Notre Dame football.
You want Neah Ruhl to be your next big voice in sports.
After the retirement of Jim Brandstatter, as play-by-play voice of University of Michigan football, I have the perfect replacement for him. What about Woodward Sports Network’s midday host Neal Ruhl, who is also the voice of Oakland’s men’s basketball, and soccer teams and the Detroit City Football Club?
Would he take the job if offered? Of course.
Ruhl should also be a strong candidate to take over Pistons play by play when George Blaha retires.
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