Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press

Shawn Windsor

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Recent articles by Shawn:

MAC football decision puts Big Ten on the clock. What is it waiting for?

The Mid-American conference shouldn't be leading the way for college football. But it is. Take away the money worries, and the Big Ten should follow. → Read More

Michigan football's Jim Harbaugh snitched on Ryan Day. Good for him.

Ohio State's Ryan Day threatens to "hang a 100" on Michigan football next time they play because Jim Harbaugh accused him of cheating. It was funny. → Read More

Let's quit acting like preserving Big Ten football is about the players

The Big Ten football fall season may or not be done. But let's stop the self-righteousness for preserving it. → Read More

Get ready Big Ten football coaches, the players have power now

Nearly 1,000 Big Ten football players, including from Michigan and MSU, expressed dismay with the conference and with the NCAA over its Covid-19 plan. → Read More

COVID-19 challenging how every sports league operates. And challenging us as fans, too

Pro sports leagues are returning to action despite the threat of COVID-19, but that just makes our roles as fans tougher. → Read More

A Detroit radio icon and my brother-in-law died last week. They left similar legacies.

What Jamie Samuelsen and Don Moray shared is what they’ve left behind: a gaping hole within nearly everyone they ever met. Call it a form of grace. → Read More

Wearing a face mask won't make you a sheep. I promise.

No, wearing a face mask won't stop you from being Raptured. But considering all the conspiracy theories out there, I've reached my breaking point. → Read More

If Washington NFL team can change nickname, so can high schools in Michigan

Losing Washington Redskins name isn’t cancel culture. It’s acknowledging the cultural representation is, at best, flimsy or, at worst, oppressive → Read More

A Black man reveals what he's endured, teaching 2 white friends what can be done when we talk

Former Free Press sports writer Vince Ellis and Michelle Rogers grew up together, but Rogers only recently learned the vast gap in their experiences → Read More

It's time to admit college football this fall is a pipe dream

Michigan football's latest announcement about ticket sales is another sign that college football this season is a pipe dream. → Read More

On July 4th, remember the American flag belongs to us all

As we fight over symbols and statues and history, It's time to reconsider the American flag → Read More

I saw the Detroit Tigers' future at Comerica Park. And it looks good.

The Detroit Tigers practiced on Friday at Comerica Park, with current players mixing with megaprospects. → Read More

Why Emoni Bates is a monumental win for MSU basketball, even if he never plays

Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo landed the biggest prize of his career Monday: Emoni Bates. It doesn't matter if he ever plays at MSU. → Read More

Michigan football has a good COVID-19 plan. It still might not be enough.

As Michigan's student-athletes return to campus and U-M formulates a plan to deal with COVID-19, we have to acknowledge this: It might not be enough. → Read More

Detroit Pistons' hire of Troy Weaver brings new light to Detroit sports scene

Troy Weaver's arrival as Detroit Pistons GM is a bight sign for the future of Detroit pro sports. → Read More

College football players are ripping their programs on social media. They want change.

The coronavirus will eventually recede into history. But another threat, one that's been around much longer, is changing football right now: Racism. → Read More

The Confederate flag is a middle finger to freedom

NASCAR listened to its only black driver, Bubba Wallace, looked around the country and decided ... enough. It’s time to take a stand. → Read More

Taxpayers helped build MLB stadiums. Time for owners to return the favor and give us games in them

MLB owners could’ve settled this dispute a while ago if they’d taken one for the country as fans crave live sports → Read More

One megarecruit has the power to change the color of college basketball

By announcing that he is open to playing at a historically black college or university, a 15-year-old basketball prodigy could change the sport → Read More

Drew Brees, the NFL and the fight over the American flag

Even the NFL is acknowledging a broken system. Yes, it’s late. But then that’s the point of the protests, too, right? To rattle the status quo? → Read More