Mar 31, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers short stop baseman Alex Gonzalez (28) hits an RBI single against the Kansas City Royals in the ninth inning of an opening day baseball game at Comerica Park. Detroit won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports


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Editorial Staff

Matt Pelc, editor

Matt Pelc is a life-long supporter of Detroit and Michigan sports, particularly the Detroit Tigers and Lions. His love for the Tigers began at an early age. The first game he attended in person was the lone winning game of the 1987 ALCS. When it became clear that his dream of being the heir apparent to his boyhood hero, Alan Trammell, and donning the Olde English D for a living did not mesh with his athletic talents (or lack thereof), Matt's dream morphed into one day becoming the beat writer for the team. He is an editor for Motor City Bengals, contributes to SideLion Report, and is a guest blogger for the Detroit Free Press and Huffington Post. Matt resides in St. Cloud, Fla.

Josie Parnell, editor

Josie Parnell is an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers and Michigan State Spartans. Born and raised in the Downriver/Metro Detroit area, she spent much time during her formative years at Tiger Stadium and developed a serious baseball addiction and a deep love for Tigers' baseball in particular. Attending Michigan State University from 2000-2004, she became a Spartan for life. Josie still misses her favorite pet fish, Heinie Manush, and is beyond thrilled to be the first female voice for the Motor City Bengals. Though she currently resides in the Sunshine State, her heart is, and always will be, in Detroit.

Josh Scramlin, Staff Writer

Josh Scramlin has loved the Tigers ever since he was five years old and his love for the team is one that will never die. Though, at times, Rod Allen's unbearable remarks during Tigers telecasts make him want to drop the game of baseball entirely. Besides baseball he enjoys Seinfeld, Billy Joel, and Applebee's . His passion for baseball and his love for writing led him to Motor City Bengals. Josh currently attends Central Michigan University and is majoring in broadcasting.

Tom Zahari, Staff Writer

Tom is an avid Detroit sports fan. He currently attends Hope College where he is a pre-medical student. While he isn't buried in books, Tom works in sports radio and as a hockey broadcaster. Born in 1993, Tom dosn't have memories of 1968 or 1984 and only brief memories of Tigers Stadium. His first (and last) season holding a partial season ticket holder was 2003 and we know how that season went. He is currently on a journey with his dad to visit all 30 Major League Ballparks.

Bryan Koobie, Staff Writer

I am a Tigers fan out here in sunny Southern California. I have proudly sported the Old English D since I was a little dude. Through the many ups and downs over the years, following the Tigers has been a great passion of mine. I am extremely proud to call myself a fan of the Detroit Tigers!

Blair Tatrault, Staff Writer

Blair is a native of Ishpeming and a graduate of Northern Michigan University. He follows sports closely and has a special passion for baseball. He and his wife Lisa reside in St. Joseph, MI.

Michael Emmerich, Staff Writer

A fan of the Detroit Tigers for more than 40 years, I spent 25 years in the book publishing business, developing and editing books on a variety of subjects. The majority, however, were in sports. I am also the author of 100 Things Michigan State Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.

Sam O'Toole, Staff Writer

Sam O'Toole is currently an undergrad student at Western Michigan University. In addition to writing for Motor City Bengals, Sam also is a news reporter for the WMU student newspaper, the Western Herald, and covers the WMU men's hockey team for MiHockeyNow. Sam is an avid Detroit sports fan and is pursuing a career in sports media.

Chris Hannum, Staff Writer

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