We have been lucky. The history of sports in Detroit and this state has been extraordinary. As such, we are not unfamiliar with huge moments and great triumphs by these teams.
The Red Wings have their three Stanley Cup titles since 1997, the Pistons their three NBA titles since 1989 and the Tigers have 1968 and 1984. Michigan won a college football national championship in 1997, while Michigan State basketball captured the NCAA title in 2000.
This version of the Tigers has not won the World Series. At least not yet. But I am not sure if they do not already rank with, or perhaps above, the most recent area championship teams.
It has to do with the improbability of what the Tigers have accomplished. They had a dozen straight losing seasons entering this one. They had not been the playoffs in 19 years. Nor won a pennant in 22 years. They ended last season a dysfunctional mess. It also has to do with the way the Tigers are getting this done. They beat the Yankees when virtually no one thought they could, swept Oakland in impressive fashion and clinched it on a dramatic walk-off home run by Magglio Ordonez. These Tigers have provided us with so many snapshots of what they are, expanding from 21-year-old Joel Zumaya to 41-year-old Kenny Rogers. They have taken us to such extremes, from the ups of the clinching a playoff spot, beating the Yankees and winning the American League Championship Series, to the downs of the final weekend of the regular season. But the Tigers have kept us on the edge of the seat, making the excitement of the chase seem as deliriously wonderful as winning the prize itself.Random Thoughts
- The collision course Michigan is on with Ohio State is inevitable. I doubt either one of those teams will lose before the big showdown in Columbus. What an epic game it is going to be.
- Drew Sharp brought this thought up when I did a radio show with him and Marc Spindler on 1270, WXYT, The Sports Station on Sunday. But why not Michigan defensive coordinator Ron English as the next head coach at Michigan State? You have to love what he has done with the Wolverines defense.
- My starting pitching rotation for the World Series would be Kenny Rogers, Justin Verlander, Nate Robertson and Jeremy Bonderman.
- The Tigers crushed the Cardinals during interleague play. That included Justin Verlander beating the Cards ace, Chris Carpenter. Seems like the Tigers would be better off facing the Cardinals than the Mets in the World Series. From a tradition standpoint, I would rather the Tigers faced the Cardinals. Both the 1934 World Series and the 1968 World Series between the Cardinals and Tigers were classics. What do you think? Every 35 years, give or take a few years, the Tigers are destined to face the Cardinals in the Fall Classic?