Mondays with Moss -- August 22, 2016

 

By Jeff Moss
DetroitSportsRag@GMail.com
August 22, 2016

 

On today’s “Mondays with Moss” segment on Ryan Schuiling’s show on 92.1FM in Lansing, I discussed Nick Cotsonika’s bizarre Tweets today where he continues to dodge the Drew Sharp plagiarism scandal head-on and the Tigers decision to honor David Ortiz this weekend.

 

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NOW Nick Cotsonika Cares About Ethics

 

On Sunday morning, former Detroit Free Press assistant sports editor Nick Cotsonika and current NHL.com writer had a Twitter exchange with Sports Illustrated media writer Richard Deitsch. 

 

The back-and-forth occurred when Cotsonika questioned the journalistic ethics involved with a story that Fox Sports‘ Ben Way happened upon regarding the Ryan Lochte “robbery” story in relation to an interview Way did with Ileana Lochte, the swimmer’s mother.

 

 

 

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Helene Scarf James Stinks

 

If you have been following this website for the past few years, you know just how dim the Detroit Red Wings’ future is. For the past seven years, GM Ken Holland has failed to put the team in position to compete for a Stanley Cup with some truly horrendous free-agent signings and trades.

 

The team is littered with awful contracts, and it looks like superstar-in-the-making Dylan Larkin will have his talents wasted during the prime of his career.

 

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Why the Fuck Did the Tigers Honor David Ortiz?

 

In case you haven’t heard, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is retiring after this season is over. Although I am actually dubious that the 40-year old Designated Hitter will actually pull the trigger and submit his retirement papers since he currently enjoys a 4.2 WAR and a slash line of .321/.413/.637.

The last baseball players to retire with those sorts of numbers were Barry Bonds and Roberto Clemente. And I can’t see “Big Papi” getting blacklisted by MLB this offseason and air travel has become much safer to the Caribbean over the last 44-years.

 

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The Badmouthing of Andreas Athanasiou Continues

 

We are about a month away from the Detroit Red Wings disastrous summer ending and training camp commencing in Traverse City so I thought this might be a good idea to write an article regarding where the team stands.

 

For one, Jimmy Howard is still a member of the organization meaning the franchise has two goalies making a combined $9 million dollars this season. Eight percent of the team’s entire salary cap is taken by the goaltender position and last time I checked, only one of them can start per game.

 

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NOW Nick Cotsonika Cares About Ethics

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By Jeff Moss
DetroitSportsRag@GMail.com
August 22, 2016

On Sunday morning, former Detroit Free Press assistant sports editor (and current NHL.com writer) Nick Cotsonika had a Twitter exchange with Sports Illustrated media writer Richard Deitsch. 

The back-and-forth started when Cotsonika questioned the journalistic ethics involved in a story that Fox Sports‘ Ben Way happened upon regarding the Ryan Lochte “robbery” story in relation to an interview Way did with Ileana Lochte, the swimmer’s mother.

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The Case for Helene St. James’ #1 Seed

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By Melrose Jerry Green
DetroitSportsRag@GMail.com
August 22, 2016

If you have been following this website for the past few years, you know just how dim the Detroit Red Wings’ future is. For the past seven years, GM Ken Holland has failed to put the team in position to compete for a Stanley Cup by virtue of some truly horrendous free-agent signings and trades.

The team is littered with awful contracts, and it looks like superstar-in-the-making Dylan Larkin will have his talents wasted during the prime of his career.

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Why the Fuck Did the Tigers Honor David Ortiz?

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By Jeff Moss
DetroitSportsRag@GMail.com
August 21, 2016

In case you haven’t heard, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is retiring after this season is over. Although I am actually dubious that the 40-year-old designated hitter will actually pull the trigger and submit his retirement papers since he currently enjoys a 4.2 WAR and a slash line of .321/.413/.637.

The most recent baseball players to retire with those sorts of numbers were Barry Bonds and Roberto Clemente. I can’t see “Big Papi” getting blacklisted by MLB this offseason and air travel to Central America has become much safer over the last 44 years.

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The Badmouthing of Andreas Athanasiou Continues

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By Jeff Moss
DetroitSportsRag@GMail.com
August 19, 2016

We are about a month away from the Detroit Red Wings’ disastrous summer ending and training camp commencing in Traverse City so I thought this might be a good time to write an article on where the team stands.

For one, Jimmy Howard is still a member of the organization, meaning the franchise has two goalies making a combined $9 million dollars this season. Eight percent of the team’s entire salary cap is taken by the goaltender position and, last time I checked, only one of them can start per game. Continue reading

Mitch Albom Now In Business With The Detroit Lions

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By Jeff Moss
DetroitSportsRag@GMail.com
August 17, 2016

You have to hand it to Mitch “Condescending Baggins” Albom. No matter how awful the optics of a situation happen to be, he just plugs ahead like he is royalty in some third world country. The rules for the rest of the journalism community don’t apply to the Keebler Elf.

And as embarrassment after embarrassment pile up, Albom doesn’t seem to care how it comes across to the sports fans in Detroit who elevated him to a prominent position so he could become a famous novella writer for the menopausal masses.

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DSR PODCAST #42: August 16, 2016

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By Jeff Moss
DetroitSportsRag@GMail.com
August 17, 2016

This week’s DSR Podcast was action packed with breaking news of Gregg Henson’s return to WDFN, co-host Jasper Apollonia getting a gig at SiriusXM in the middle of the show and news breaking on-air that Mike Aviles was traded.

Other topics discussed were:

Justin Verlander vs. Michael Fulmer
Ken Holland Killing Detroit as an NHL Destination City
George Malik shilling for Dan Milstein
Mitch Albom’s business relationship with Ford Field
Andre Drummond Refusing to shooting underhanded FTs
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The Detroit Lions Tolerance Policy

And much, much more …..

Gregg Henson Returns to WDFN This Wednesday in PM Drive

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By Jeff Moss
DetroitSportsRag@GMail.com
August 16, 2016

Tomorrow, former WDFN and WXYT program director/host Gregg Henson will return to the Detroit airwaves as a permanent fixture on a sports talk program and, for the first time in 14 years, that home will be WDFN.

After holding back this news for awhile (the jig was up when I recently ran into Henson with the Grand Rapids iHeartRadio staff at a Tigers game) I am now going off the reservation and posting it based on a Bill Simonson Tweet from earlier this afternoon.

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Starting on Wednesday at 3pm, AM-1130 will return to local PM Drive programming for the first time in years as Henson will join Droo McCarthy and Jim Costa on a simulcast that will be aired in both the Detroit market and on 96.1FM in Grand Rapids.

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Red Wings Blogger Sells Out to Datsyuk’s Mortgage Broker

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By Jeff Moss
DetroitSportsRag@GMail.com
August 15, 2016

I have had an internal policy at the DSR for the last couple of years not to pick on Red Wings blogger George Malik. Not that there isn’t plenty of material to work with, but I understand the guy has endured depression issues and I didn’t want to pile on after my original takedown of his work from January of 2014.

Not only I have I refrained from criticizing Malik, I even donated some money to his fundraiser last year when he was trying to procure enough money to cover the Red Wings’ training camp in Traverse City.  Continue reading

Matt Dery is Now a Teacher and One Local Educator Is NOT Pleased

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By M. Gustave
DetroitSportsRag@GMail.com
August 15, 2016

Matt Dery is now a teacher.  I want to drink the same wine as Gertrude.  Matt Dery doesn’t get that reference. I have been in education for over ten years, teaching part-time at a college in Detroit, moving to a state that proudly (to this day) fought for the Confederacy to teach at both the high school and collegiate levels, and then moving back to the Midwest.

I can teach in 49 of the 50 states that make up this lackluster conglomerate (Massachusetts has the most stringent requirements for certification, which is why they have the best teachers and rank first among all states in all educational metrics).

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