MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Justin Verlander (Tigers): The Tigers gave us great excitement this season but they never would have made the playoffs without Verlander. He not only won the Cy Young but was the American League MVP.
TEAM OF THE YEAR: Detroit Lions: When this team wins it takes the community by storm. The Lions started 5-0 and made the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. They were led by two of the most exciting players in the league in Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Brady Hoke (Michigan football): He does not wear head phones. He has great coordinators, but Hoke is the coach of the year by changing the culture and mind set of Michigan football. The program was sick and feeble and divided. Hoke made Wolverines proud again with a 10-2 season.
STORY OF THE YEAR: The return of Michigan football. The program disappeared for three years under Rich Rodriguez and Wolverine nation was as divided as it ever was. The Wolverines won 10 games and are a threat in the Big Ten again.
BIGGEST WIN: Tigers beat the New York Yankees in the baseball playoffs. It was a nail biter that went five games. But any time you beat the Yankees it is huge.
BEST GAMES: The games between Michigan State and Wisconsin were thrilling and you can make an argument that both were decided on Hail Mary plays. Unfortunately for the Spartans Wisconsin won the biggest contest in the Big Ten championship game, sending the Badgers to the Rose Bowl.
RIVALRY OF THE YEAR: Michigan and Michigan State are blood rivals. They seem to bicker year round now.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Tom Gores is the new owner of the Pistons. Let’s see what he does with it now.