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TheSportingSnarf is a website dedicated to the enjoyable, humorous, and nuanced aspects of the sporting and (to a lesser extent) pop-culture world.  We attempt to touch upon (in varying degrees of print/video length) engaging topics which are not discussed nearly enough. We’d love for you to give us your perspective, network, and participate regularly. But if you’d just like to join in on the mob-mentality and get all sanctimonious on a particular sports figure — head on over to ESPN.com. (Mickey Mouse welcomes you.) Or you can keep it real with us.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.




One Last Time

One Last Time

What a ride it’s been, Barack Obama. From your 2008 victory while I was a junior in Ann Arbor to tonight’s speech in Chicago, you have turned this country around 180 degrees. In case anyone has forgotten, the United States was the laughing stock of the world, letting George Bush “Jr.” win back-to-back elections but […]

Hell of a Week

Starting Sunday, Matthew Stafford led the Lions on another come-from-behind victory to ensure the visiting Chicago Bears would not sweep the season series. Poor #9 played with white gloves on his hands after apparently dislocating one of his fingers. He soldiered through two catastrophic interceptions to lead another drive down the field in the 4th […]

Lions Escape with Poor Play

Much like Michigan, maybe it’s worth taking an early look in the mirror instead of rolling through the season with mistakes uncorrected. In my humble opinion, Matthew Stafford is doing a better job calling plays for the Detroit Lions than the coaches are. We managed to win at home against a mildly talented Jacksonville Jaguars […]

Blessed By GNess

It would be awfully difficult to match the swagger of 69-year old Elton John, who I watched rock the piano in Toledo like he was still in the 1970s. Boy can that man sing, too. He belted out so many soulful, emotional songs that my glasses were constantly being wiped clean. I miss my dog […]

Ralph Walks Tall

Here I sit, gazing upon my Mickey Lolich autographed bobblehead, given to me free of purchase at last night’s Whitecaps game. But, how did Young $narf aka Eric Ralph arrive at this moment? We begin this legacy in Detroit, Michigan, where my grandpa taught my father the sports I would someday fall in love with. […]

Kirby “the Poodle”

Kirby “the Poodle”

1999-2015 When my dog passed away exactly one year ago Sunday, July 10th, 2015, it took me a while to sack back up. That night, my Tigers led 6-0 going into the 8th inning – allowed one run, then seven more in the bottom of the ninth, culminated by a walk-off home run in Minnesota. […]

Losing Legends

Recently, the Great Gordie Howe as well as the GOAT – Muhammad Ali, passed away at their respective impressive ages. Without many of his former childhood icons, my father, oldschool, a Detroit disciple from the ’50s, lamented, “When Al Kaline passes, that’ll [kinda] be it…” And he’s right. Kaline in the booth for the Tigers […]

Life with Aron Baynes

Life with Aron Baynes

Now that’s a reality TV show I’d watch! I don’t know what the young Pistons would do without their Aussie hustler off the bench. The approach he brings each and every night is carrying us in the clutch when our young minds wander. There are times we look really, really good, and times we look really […]

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