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HIGHLAND – Top PGA Professionals, tour players and amateurs, including three newly inducted Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members will be part of the starting field of 156 golfers when the 98th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Cadillac plays out Monday through Thursday at Prestwick Village Golf Club.

Six-time Michigan Open champion Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club, Dave Kendall of the Kendall Academy of Golf in Ypsilanti and one of the state’s top amateurs, Greg Davies of West Bloomfield, will be part of the 2015 class inducted Sunday with LPGA star Kelly Robbins in ceremonies Sunday at Ferris State University, the home of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.

LaFontaine Cadillac Michigan  Open Championship

On Monday Hebert, Kendall and Davies start the state championship with a field that includes 10 former Michigan Open champions, including three more golfers who are in the Hall of Fame – 2013 champion and amateur Tom Werkmeister of Kentwood, five-time champion Randy Erskine of Lake Orion (1976, ’78, ’79, ’84, ’85) and three-time champion Steve Brady of Oakland Hills Country Club (1991, ’92, ’96).

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The best thing in sports is here my friends, yes I am talking about March Madness and the NCAA Tournament. Besides the Super Bowl, this is the only sporting event that people who have zero interest in sports pay attention to.

So imagine what it does for those of us who love sports? It’s more than magical!

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While each year the tournament is filled with surprises and upsets, there are two things that are almost guaranteed to happen each and every year.

#1 – Nobody will ever fill out a perfect bracket (but you can give it your best shot in our Family Deal Bracket Challenge).

#2 – The Michigan State Spartans will probably make a deep run in the tourney.

And as a University of Michigan grad, this hurts me…a lot!

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Think you have what it takes to fill out a winning bracket during March Madness?

Then join us for the 5th Annual Family Deal Bracket Challenge and compete for your chance to win a new Xbox One entertainment system!

5th Annual Family Deal Bracket Challenge

You’re officially invited to participate in our Bracket Challenge along with LaFontaine Employees, Customers, Friends & Family – even Ryan LaFontaine himself!

The Family Deal Bracket Challenge is free to enter, so make sure you let your friends know all about it.

We’re hosting the contest on ESPN.com and filling out your bracket couldn’t be easier.

Simply click here to get started, and make a note that the password to enter the challenge is “familydeal” (one word, all lower case, no quotes).

But hurry, your bracket has to be completely filled out before March Madness tips-off on Thursday, March 19th (Please note that you will have to create an account on ESPN.com to fill out your bracket.)

If you are new to the bracket challenge, or don’t follow NCAA College Basketball closely, we’ve put together a few resources for you to use before you make your selections.

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The Detroit Lions royally screwed up in the handling of Ndamukong Suh and his rookie contract when they restructured it not once, but twice.

While the restructuring in the short term made some sense, the end result was that the Lions were left in a horrible predicament in the 2015 off-season.

Suh BannerBecause Martin Mayhew and the Lions management team couldn’t lock up Suh long-term prior to free agency, they essentially had two options in handling Suh:

  1. The could apply the franchise tag and Suh would remain a Lion for 2015 and get paid a whopping $28 million.
  2. They could forgo using the franchise tag and attempt to sign Suh as a free-agent.

We all know what happened next.

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Pitchers and catchers have reported to camp and I am beyond ready for baseball to return (hopefully it brings the sun and warm temps with it!). As pumped up as I am for some baseball, I am coming into the 2015 season a little less confident than I did last year.

Detroit Tigers arrive for Spring Training 2015

Now don’t accuse me of sitting on the fence, but there are a number of reasons why I am both excited for and worried about the Tigers all at the same time.

Before I get in to my reasons why I think the Tigers will, or won’t, win the Central, let’s take a look at the numerous roster changes that took place this off-season.

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College Football’s National Signing Day has passed and Michigan’s recruiting class is not the typical top 10 class Michigan fans are used to.

This year Michigan closed signing day with a flurry but only ended up with the 38th ranked recruiting class finishing with 14 total recruits.

Michigan Football 2015 Recruiting Class

None of them of the five-star variety.

But if there is one thing that I have learned over the years it’s that recruiting classes and player star-rankings are often overrated.

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Let’s face it, probably more than half of us who tuned in to watch the Patriots take on the Seahawks in Super Bowl 49 were doing so primarily to be entertained by the commercials.

In years past, automakers gobbled up advertising slots like Malcom Butler gobbles up ill-advised passes from Russel Wilson – often times accounting for 25% or more of all commercials that air during the game.

Super Bowl XLIX 49 Car Commercials

This year however, only a handful of automakers shelled out the big bucks to reach Super Bowl viewers – with big names like Ford, General Motors, Honda and Volkswagen sitting this one out.

But for those automakers who did air commercials during the game, it seems they spent their 4.5 million dollars for 30 seconds of air time wisely.

If you missed the spots during the game or want to watch them again, here are the Super Bowl Commercials that aired from BMW, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes, Nissan and Toyota.

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By now, everyone knows that once the Detroit Pistons decided to part ways with Josh Smith, something magical happened.

Almost overnight the Pistons transformed from a unwatchable hoops team with nothing to play for into an exciting young team with hopes of making a playoff run.

Brandon Jennings tears his Achilles tendon

With that said, my original plan for this article was to talk about why the Pistons recent transformation could be a bad thing.

Heck, I was even going to suggest that the Pistons should sell high on Brandon Jennings because he was playing the best basketball of his career.

Even if it was at the expense of making the playoffs this year.

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I wanted to talk some huge news in college football a few weeks ago, but due to some referee type issues during the Detroit Lions Playoff game vs the Dallas Cowboys I had to put it on the back burner.

Now that the dust has settled and Lions fans have come to the realization that the Lions season is over we can talk about one of the biggest stories locally and nationally in College Football.

That is the news that the University of Michigan hired Jim Harbaugh to become the next head coach of Michigan football.

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As soon as this was announced Michigan fans everywhere breathed a sigh of relief.

Being a Michigan fan myself and talking to my fellow Wolverines it was pretty clear that most fans weren’t going to be happy unless the University got Harbaugh.

Well, we got him and the effects of this hire have produced immediate buzz around the program and with potential recruits.

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After completing a season long series of Fantasy Football articles, my bosses were so impressed that I was asked to write a weekly column covering the current hot topics of Detroit sports.

At first I wasn’t sure because I’m pretty busy with my regular job, but after minutes of negotiation I decided that their offer of not firing me if I did this was more than enough to persuade me to take the gig.

So now that Fantasy Football is over, I am going to dive right into the Detroit sports scene giving you the coverage you crave in an exciting and unique way.

I had hoped my first post would be about something happy like the hiring of Jim Harbaugh or a Lions playoff victory. But due to unforeseen flag pick-ups, plans have changed!

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So as we collectively sit back and bemoan the opportunity that was ripped out from under us by the poor officiating in our recent playoff (fix) loss at Dallas, that got me thinking – how does the Flax Fix of the 2014 NFL Wild Card Playoff game rank among the all-time worst calls in Detroit Sports History?

I’m going to warn you, reliving these 8 terrible calls may make you a little sad and angry all over again, so grab some tissues and a pillow to punch just in case.

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