“The Day in the D”, takes a look back at the five most important local sports stories of the past 24 hours.
1. Should the Pistons Chase Andre Iguodala?
The Detroit Pistons would love to find a reliable scorer to play on the wing, and one just became available with Andre Iguodala opting out of the final year of his contract in Denver.
But Mike Payne of DetroitBadBoys.com cautions against the Pistons’ pursuit of Iguodala — which Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski announced was a possibility in a post this week. Payne’s reasoning? For as much as Iguodala might provide as a scorer, his age and financial demands don’t make a lot of sense for a Detroit team that’s closer to completing a successful rebuild than at any point in the past several seasons.
2. Ryan Broyles Almost Ready to Roll
The Detroit Lions continue to hunt for weapons to complement Calvin Johnson. And a burgeoning option in that regard could be ready for the start of the regular season. At least, second-year receiver Ryan Broyles has every intention of being a go once Week 1 rolls around.
“I’m out there doing full practices right now so in a couple months I feel like I’ll be pretty good,” Broyles said.
The battle for the No. 3 receiver job, alongside Johnson and Nate Burleson, remains wide open. Broyles, who plays a similar slot game to Burleson, could wind up duking it out with Patrick Edwards come training camp.
3. Anibal Sanchez, Alex Avila Head to DL
The news was not all good for the Detroit Tigers on Monday, despite a second consecutive win. Before taking the field against the Baltimore Orioles, the Tigers announced that pitcher Anibal Sanchez and catcher Alex Avila would hit the 15-day DL. Detroit recalled Avisail Garcia and catcher Bryan Holaday to take their spots, though Jose Alvarez will join the rotation on Thursday.
The loss of Sanchez comes just a couple of days after he left a start against Minnesota early, and less than two weeks after he was scratched from a start with a shoulder injury. The Tigers do not anticipate Sanchez will be out longer than the DL trip requires, but he clearly was not right on Saturday against the Twins.
Avila’s loss might sting a lot less, given that he’s been unable to get his average up to .200 yet this year. However, Avila was coming off a two-hit performance Sunday.
4. UM, MSU Stadiums Land in Middle of the Pack
Which school has the best football stadium in the Big Ten? According to Tom Dienhart of BTN.com, neither Michigan nor Michigan State is really in the mix for top honors. Dienhart placed Michigan Stadium No. 5 in his ranking of the Big Ten stadiums, with Spartan Stadium two spots lower at No. 7.
“An unrivaled sea of people,” Dienhart wrote of the Big House, “but not a lot of volume.” Meanwhile, he had this to say about MSU’s home turf: “The double-deck configuration can be intimidating.”
5. Jaguars GM thrilled to land Denard Robinson
The NHL Finals are in full swing, but we’re less than two weeks away from the league’s Entry Draft. The Detroit Red Wings hold the No. 18 pick in Round 1, a year after sitting out the first round due to a trade for Kyle Quincey.
Which prospects might be on the Red Wings’ radar just after the halfway point of Round 1? Colin Pineau of TheHockeyWriters.com lists a few possibilities, including Michigan native Michael McCarron.