What are we thankful for as Detroit/Michigan Sports Fans?

 A Lot to be Thankful For

Every year we are either asked or ask “What are you thankful for?” So, in the spirit of the holidays, I thought it would be great to answer this question as a Detroit sports fan. While some teams may not have as many things as others, every team has something be thankful for. I mean it’s not like our teams are from Ohio.

Detroit Tigers

After this mess of a season, it’s clear that there isn’t much to be thankful for from this franchise, but there’s a couple of things. For starters, the Tigers have a new manager in Ron Gardenhire. Coming over from Arizona, Gardenhire might be able to keep us Tigers fans somewhat sane over this rebuilding period. Likely he’ll be let go once the Tigers become relevant again, but it’s good to be thankful for the little things.

The Tigers also have a number of top rated prospects coming up which could turn out good. A lot of these prospects came from the trades we made over this summer. The most notable prospect so far has been Jeimer Candelario. Candelario played in 27 games with the Tigers in 2017. He posted a .330 batting average and finished with 13 RBI’s and 2 home runs. Not too bad for the second year player.

Detroit Red Wings

Right off of the bat we should all be thankful for the talent that is coming in from the rookie/young player level. Players like Andreas Athenasiou, Dylan Larkin, and Anthony Mantha. All three of these players seem to be great for the Wings and if they develop, the future could be very bright.

The next thing both goes for the Wings and the Pistons. Both teams both have great, brand new arenas that they get to call home. And for us as fans, this new place will be a great place to watch a Wings or Pistons game.

Detroit Pistons

While the Pistons aren’t really playing like their normal selves, which could be a good thing, we might as well be thankful for it and hope it stays. So far this season the Pistons are 11-6 and in 3rd place in the division. I would say this is something to be thankful of just because it’s likely that it won’t last.

Detroit Lions

As Lions fans we have a lot to be thankful of. The highest paid QB in the league, a top 5 secondary and good receiver group. But, while it goes unnoticed a lot of the time, it would be nice to be thankful of our current running backs.

For many, Abdullah isn’t the ideal back, but he’s a good speed back that is elusive along with Riddick who is one of the best 3rd down backs in the NFL.

Our secondary has been good for a long time and is finally being recognized by the rest of the NFL. Darius Slay deserves to be a Pro Bowl CB but hasn’t received the honor yet. Glover Quin has been lockdown at safety and has been within the top 15 in interceptions for the past couple of years.

Overall we need to be thankful for this Lions team and appreciate how well the team has come along since the ’08 0-16 season.

On an additional note, the Lions have played a Thanksgiving day game, every Thanksgiving since 1934.

Michigan Football

The Wolverines have the same story as the Lions. We have one of the best collegiate coaches, Jim Harbaugh, we have had a top 3 defense the past 3 years and are very close to being back to the same program we were in the 70’s and 90’s.

On one hand, we haven’t finished beyond 3rd place in our division since Jim Harbaugh has arrived, but next year is looking to be better if we can get some consistent O-line play and QB-play. If those two things fall into place, Michigan could be a dangerous team next year.

Michigan Basketball

Okay, what happened last year was definitely something to be thankful for. After crashing in a plane Michigan won 7 straight games including the Big Ten Basketball Tournament Title and #2 Seed, Louisville.

Looking to this season, we have a couple of new players like Jordan Poole and Charles Matthews. Not to mention, we have arguably one of the best current coach in college basketball right now, John Beilein. We also have returning star Mo Wagner. Wagner made the decision to stay with the Wolverines over the last spring. Let’s hope it pays off.

One Last Thing

We are one of the lucky 11 cities that have a team in all 4 major sports. Ours of course are: the Detroit Pistons, the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions. We have pro sports year round and don’t have to look to another city to pick a team. This is the ultimate thing to be thankful for in Detroit sports.

Featured Image from Rick Osentoski/AP

Brennan Ellis

About Brennan Ellis

I am a journalist for Michigan Sports zone. I mainly write about the Detroit Tigers and Michigan sports. I play baseball and am a sophomore in high school. I am also a season ticket holder for Michigan Football.
Brennan Ellis

Brennan Ellis

I am a journalist for Michigan Sports zone. I mainly write about the Detroit Tigers and Michigan sports. I play baseball and am a sophomore in high school. I am also a season ticket holder for Michigan Football.