Category: Sports

Former Ole Miss Quarterback Transferring to Michigan

Skilled in cross-border tax planning as well as corporate mergers and restructuring, Troy Biddix has provided tax-related services to clients in Detroit, Michigan, for over 30 years. A partner with Deloitte Tax, Troy Biddix is an avid fan of the University of Michigan football team.

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Shea Patterson

After two consecutive 10-win seasons, the Michigan Wolverines finished the 2017 season with a relatively disappointing record of 8-4. However, the team already has high aspirations for next season, as it has secured the services of highly touted quarterback Shea Patterson.

A former five-star recruit out of high school, Patterson spent the past two seasons with Ole Miss University and recorded 23 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and 3,139 passing yards in 10 games. He announced his decision to transfer to Michigan in December after visiting the Ann Arbor campus.

Patterson’s decision to transfer is a result of Ole Miss being hit with NCAA sanctions that included a ban from bowl games in 2018. The NCAA permitted the team’s seniors to transfer without being forced to sit out a season, but Patterson will only be a junior next year. However, he plans on petitioning for the right to play and believes the NCAA will grant his request.

If eligible to play, he should stabilize a position of weakness for Michigan: the team went through three quarterbacks in 2017 and ranked 112th in the nation with only 168 passing yards per game.


MSU Spartans Beat Maryland in Penultimate Game of the Season


Three Prominent MSU Alumni in the NFL

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Le’Veon Bell

The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Eastern Michigan University, Troy Biddix draws upon 30 years of financial experience in his role as partner with Detroit’s Deloitte Tax. Beyond his professional responsibilities, Troy Biddix is a passionate fan of Michigan State University’s (MSU) football team.

As of the start of the 2017 season, 29 former MSU players were included on National Football League (NFL) rosters. Below are three of the most prominent players.

1. Le’Veon Bell – A second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2013 NFL Draft, Bell is a two-time Pro Bowl running back who has 30 rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns through 54 career games.

2. Kirk Cousins – Selected by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Cousins spent three seasons as MSU’s starting quarterback and threw for 64 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. He has a career win-loss record of 22-24-1 in the NFL to go along with 84 touchdowns and 45 interceptions.

3. Garrett Celek – A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Celek is a six-year NFL veteran who has spent his entire career with the San Francisco 49ers. The tight end has caught 61 career passes, seven of which have been for touchdowns.

niversity of Michigan Announces Inductees for 2018 Hall of Fame

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University of Michigan

Since 1987, Troy Biddix has served as partner for Deloitte Tax found in Detroit, Michigan. Although he earned his undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University, Troy Biddix enjoys following college football at the University of Michigan.

In September 2017, the University of Michigan announced the inductees for its 2018 Hall of Fame class. The university established the Hall of Fame in 1978. In order to be nominated, student-athletes must be a NCAA champion or member of the school’s national championship team, Olympic medalist, All-American or all-conference, record holder, conference or NCAA conference player of the year, or professional champion.

The seven nominees will be honored at the school in the spring of 2018 and include the following:

Mary (Fischbach) Jones for women’s swimming and diving became the university’s first female NCAA champion in 1988.

Gil LaRose for men’s gymnastics earned the all-around crown, vault, and horizontal bar at the 1963 NCAA championship.

Novard “Snip” Nalan for wrestling was a two-time NCAA champion in 1953 and 1954.

Lisa (Larsen) Rainsberger for women’s track and field and cross country was a two-time All-American in cross country in 1981 and 1982.

Marty Turco for ice hockey led the university to two NCAA titles in 1996 and 1998 and holds university records for career wins.

MaliVai Washington for men’s tennis was named ITA National Player of the Year and Big Ten Athlete of the Year in 1989.

Charles Woodson for football was the only primary defensive player of the year to win a Heisman Trophy.

Detroit Tigers Acquire Young Pitching Prospect from the Angels

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Elvin Rodriguez

A tax partner at Deloitte Tax in Detroit, Michigan, Troy Biddix has served the firm since 1987. In his free time, Troy Biddix enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, and following sports. He cheers for local collegiate and professional teams, including the Detroit Tigers.

Detroit Tigers management added a promising prospect to the team’s farm system by acquiring pitcher Elvin Rodriguez from the Los Angeles Angels. Rodriguez comes to the Tigers as the remaining piece in a late-August trade deal that sent left fielder Justin Upton to the Angels.

Although he is just 19 years old, Rodrigues has played three minor league seasons with the Angels organization. Over his career, the six-foot-three, 160-pound right-hander out of the Dominican Republic has maintained a 2.91 ERA and posted 61 strikeouts in 68 innings of play.

Despite his lack of experience beyond Class A ball, the Tigers see the potential for Rodriguez to develop into a starting pitcher in the majors. With Detroit, he will likely spend a few years growing and developing his pitch rotation before he sees any big-league innings.

Big Game Hunting – Deer

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Big Game Hunting

Troy Biddix, a partner with Deloitte Tax in Detroit, Michigan, enjoys spending much of his free time outdoors. An experienced hunter, Troy Biddix likes to pursue big game, particularly deer.

When hunting big game, one of the most important factors to consider is the behavior of the target animal. Understanding the species’ habits, such as where they eat, sleep, and travel and what types of other animals they like and fear, can help the hunter track the quarry down.

Deer, for example, feel most comfortable around other prey animals. Many hunters take advantage of this preference by using a turkey call to tell the deer that other vulnerable creatures are comfortable in that place.

Deer hunters also know to target high ground near heavy cover. Deer tend to bed down in these areas, particularly in the middle of the day. To avoid being seen or heard, the hunter attempts to approach from a downwind area and move very slowly.

Hunters may be able to track a deer heading for a bedding spot by circling away from the path and then moving alongside it. The hunter must continue to move with caution and look out for motion. Fleeing deer are afraid and have noticed something amiss, whether that is the hunter or another party.

A hunter may in some cases be able to take advantage of fleeing deer. Startled animals often head for high ground, and the hunter may be able to follow them if he or she can remain unseen. Similarly, a hunter who goes out after a weather event may have the chance to catch deer in an area with plentiful food, where they are less likely to be on their guard.

Basic Paddle Handling for Kayakers

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Paddle Handling for Kayakers

Troy Biddix is an accomplished Detroit partner with Deloitte Tax who guides the delivery of a host of coordinated, client-focused services. Troy Biddix is a member of the Detroit Athletic Club and enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing, sailing, and kayaking in his free time.

One of the key aspects of learning to kayak involves mastering basic paddling techniques, which enable the kayaker to control the boat and minimize safety risks. When kayaking, the paddle should be gripped in a relaxed manner, with the hands spread out approximately shoulder width. The knuckles are positioned upward with the thumbs and index fingers oriented in a way that enables the shaft to be comfortably pushed in forward strokes.

For beginners, matched blades, with the paddle blades set in a parallel orientation, are the most common option. Intermediate kayakers often use feathered blades, which have a button in the middle that allows the blades to be arranged at 30°, 45°, and 60° angles. This is particularly useful in windy conditions, when the flat blades will meet significant resistance with every paddle forward.

In addition to the forward stroke, kayakers commonly use a sweep stroke, which avoids the loss of momentum caused by dropping the paddle into the water to make a turn. It involves a combination of leaning toward one side of the kayak while making a wide arcing sweep with the paddle.