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LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA BOWL: Tonight at 7:30 pm, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan on ESPN

(courtesy of Bowl Game)

(photo by Ciccone39, Fuzzy510 via wikipedia commons)

The bowl season continues tonight on ESPN, as the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl has a 7:30 pm start at Ford Field in Detroit.

With a $1.5 million payout, Western Kentucky (7-5) plays local favorite, Central Michigan (6-6).

Three years ago, the Hilltoppers were 0-12 and in 2011, they finished at 7-5 but did receive a bowl invitation.

In 2012, despite a 2-4 stretch run, Western Kentucky found out that its 7-5 record was good enough this time around, but they had to wait until the final hours and minutes on December 2 that they’d be playing in the Motor City.

The Hilltoppers are making their first bowl appearance as an FBS member.

Central Michigan is making its fifth bowl appearance in the last seven years and first since 2009.

(courtesy of WKU)

(courtesy CMU)

The Hilltoppers are led on offense by Antonio Andrews with 1,609 rushing yards and have one of the top tight ends in the country in Jack Doyle who is 6’6, 255 pounds. He has caught 47 balls for 530 yards.

Western Kentucky has the best defense in the Sun Belt Conference, allowing 342.8 ypg and 136.6 on the ground.

The Chippewas of Central Michigan started the season at 2-5 in the Mid-American Conference but was able to get bowl eligible by winning its final three games against Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and Massachusetts.

CMU has a very porous defense allowing 441.2 yards per game and 197 on the ground.

But the Chippewas have a deep and talented receiving corps with Titus Davis, Andrew Flory, Courtney Williams and Cody Wilson. At running back, they have Zurlon Tipton with 1,391 yards and 19 TD’s, QB Ryan Radcliff who threw for 20 TD’s and 2,905 yards.

Ex-hockey star Wilson dead at 82


Ice hockey rink layout (By Jecowa via wikipedia commons)

Former hockey star, Johnny Wilson, who was a Stanley Cup champion four times with the Detroit Red Wings, has died. He was 82.

Wilson, who was seen very frequently at Red Wings home games, died in the Motor City after battling lung disease and colon cancer for several years.

Wilson helped Detroit win the Stanley Cup in 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1955.

The famed left winger, who played from 1949-1962 in the NHL with Detroit, Toronto, Chicago and the New York Rangers, scored 161 goals and notched 171 assists in 688 games.

The native of Kincardine, Ontario, Canada was an NHL coach for seven seasons with Los Angeles, Detroit, Colorado and Pittsburgh.

His nephew is current Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson.


Info compiled from NHL, Detroit Red Wings, Radio & TV news

Red Wings win seventh in a row beating Columbus, 3-2

compiled by staff

Tomas Holmstom, Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi scored goals for Detroit, who held off  Columbus, 3-2 in the Motor City on Thursday night for their season-high seventh victory.

Goalie Jimmy Howard made 20 saves for Detroit, who is 14-2-1 in its last 17 games.

Andrew Murray and R.J. Umberger lit the lamp for Columbus and Steve Mason stopped 29 shots.

Bertuzzi made the score 3-1, 1:13 into the third period.  Henrik Zetterberg”s pass went in off the right skate of Bertuzzi, who was skating through the crease and the replays showed he appeared to make a kicking motion with heel to direct the puck into the net.  It was originally waved off. But it went to video replay and the call was reversed for Bertuzzi’s  18th goal.

Tomas Holmstom Detroit (NHL)

Pavel Datsyuk Detroit (NHL)


*Jimmy Howard was the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for March.  It was also his 24th consecutive start, the most successive starts by a Detroit rookie goalie since Glenn Hall started all 70 games in 155-56. The stretch also is the most consecutive games started by any Detroit goalie since Tim Cheveldae’s 29 in 1991-92.