3 fast takes from the recent week of sports


1. The Steelers stay hot – After a 28-24 victory over Lamar Jackson and the Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers journey down the road of champions by improving their record to 7-0. The last time that the Steelers franchise found themselves 7-0 was under the reign of Hall of Famer Chuck Knoll. Not only was this game monumental in the win column, but it also solidified the Steelers as a prime time team that can compete with powerhouse teams like the Ravens. If the Steelers are able to keep up their defensive dominance against the run game and take care of the ball on offense, then they will definitely be playing into late January as a Super Bowl contender.

2. Paul Bunyan found a new home – Mel Tucker did what he was hired to do: beat Michigan. Because Michigan State is usually never among the top five teams in the nation, the Michigan rivalry bout is always designated as a national holiday on a Spartan fan’s calendar. The green and white celebrated the national holiday with an upset against the 13th-ranked Wolverines. Oddly enough, the catalyst of the victory for MSU was a heavy dose of freshman Ricky White and a sprinkle of stout run defense that was led by Antjuan Simmons. Unless Michigan happens to knock off Ohio State, Jim Harbaugh’s job is in jeopardy.

3. There is a cheater in the ranks – Almost an hour following the Los Angeles Dodgers being crowned World Series Champs, A.J. Hinch was offered the managerial position for the Detroit Tigers. Hinch—who was a main culprit behind the Houston Astros cheating scandal—played for Detroit in 2003 as a catcher. Hinch inherits a team in the midst of a major rebuild, and the stigma attached to Hinch will not help; however, one aspect of the Tigers that can be seen as a positive is the amount of early draft picks under their belt. Between Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal, A.J. Hinch has every sort of young prospect talent at his fingertips to develop for the future of Detroit.