Edson: Time For A Spin Around the Sports World

Just when we thought we had the Big Ten football race figured out, we’re right back to the drawing board. Now that Penn State and Michigan State have lost, it’s difficult to figure who will win the East Division. Obviously, Ohio State is now in the driver’s seat with a 5-0 conference record. But here’s a wild prediction for you: Either Michigan State or Michigan will upset the Buckeyes…

Speaking of the Wolverines, they seemed to find a quarterback Saturday in redshirt freshman Brandon Peters. Granted, Rutgers isn’t exactly a Big Ten powerhouse, but Peters showed poise and led U-M to a 35-14 win. He was 10-for-14 passing with a touchdown and no interceptions. Coach Jim Harbaugh needs a signature win this season and the emergence of Peters could make that happen…

If you were shocked by Michigan State’s road loss at Northwestern on Saturday, you haven’t been paying attention. This Spartan team has just barely squeezed out several close wins. I thought just getting to six wins and becoming bowl eligible showed a nice step forward for coach Mark Dantonio’s team. The Spartans have a brutal November schedule…

Several Detroit Tigers fans I’ve talked to recently seem satisfied by the hiring of Ron Gardenhire. He’s a safe choice for a rebuilding team. Personally, I would have preferred the up-and-coming Dave Martinez. Martinez was the right hand man of Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Madden. But after the Tigers passed on Martinez, the Washington Nationals swooped in and signed him as their next manager…

The most important Tigers hire of the off-season could turn out to be pitching coach Chris Bosio. He is rumored to be in line for the job after six seasons as the Cubs pitching coach. Bosio is highly regarded and could be the perfect fit in Detroit, where a pipeline of young pitchers will be coming up from the minors in the next 2-3 years.

Nick Edson is a retired Hall of Fame columnist and sportswriter. He worked 25 years at the Traverse City Record-Eagle, 18 as sports editor. He is a two-time president of the Associated Press Sports Editors Association and a member of the Michigan Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.