I was at a public gathering one evening and I needed to find out the score of a game. So I used a phone. Only, I didn’t bring up the Internet and go to ESPN.com or the like; I placed a call. And it wasn’t my phone. No, not to my bookie. I never made [...]

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Dec
11

A True Miss America

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Today’s Miss Americas serve their term and then they’re never heard from again. Or so it seems. There’s no prerequisite, of course, that the winner of arguably the most famous beauty contest of all time needs to stay in the limelight when she hands the crown over to her successor. But there was a time [...]

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The last two Michigan football coaches were defined by who they weren’t, not by who they were. Rich Rodriguez wasn’t a Michigan Man, and he wasn’t Les Miles. He also wasn’t the school’s first choice. The fans and alumni felt that their university settled. Brady Hoke wasn’t Jim Harbaugh, and he also wasn’t Michigan’s first [...]

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Categories : football, Out of Bounds
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Dec
04

Alco-Haul

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My bar-hopping days are long gone, so maybe I know not of what I type. So call me naive, but do we need bars to be open until 4 a.m.? A hurried-through bill by the Michigan State Legislature would allow some bars to stay open until 4 in the morning on weekends. According to the bill’s [...]

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Dec
01

After Just 17 Games, Van Gundy Seems at a Loss

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Welcome to the world of Pistons basketball, Stan Van Gundy. Giving the coach all the personnel power in the world can’t save this bunch from itself. Van Gundy is 17 games into his reign as Pistons czar and already he has that look and demeanor of his recent coaching predecessors. Heavy sighs, long pauses before [...]

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Chris Spielman sat in front of his locker and fumed. It was a potentially explosive moment. The Lions had just been demolished, 45-0, at the hands of the Washington Redskins. It was the opening week of the 1991 season and the Lions had traveled to the Nation’s Capital to take on the ‘Skins without Barry [...]

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Nov
20

Cos and Effect

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In 1984, Bill Cosby helped save an entire television network. Thirty years later, he’s toxic to an entire industry. It was in ’84 when NBC, lagging far behind brethren CBS and ABC in ratings to the point of being a national joke, brought in Cosby and built a sitcom around him. Cosby was 46 years [...]

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Categories : crime, Entertainment
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Nov
17

Pistons Can Play in Timbuktu as Long as They Win

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It’s the refrain of the real estate professional. Location, location, location! It’s true. You can take the same 1200 square foot ranch house, lift it from its current lot and plunk it down in another, and the property value will go up or down based on the neighborhood and other location-related factors. The home itself [...]

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Nov
04

Keep On Truckin’

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Why does the ice cream man have the market cornered on driving trucks around the neighborhood, selling his wares? Think about his clientele—six-year-olds, who aren’t exactly loaded. How much disposable income does a first grader have? This may seem like a strange time to bring this up, because we’re hardly in ice cream truck season, [...]

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Categories : economy, Enotes, society
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Bruce Bochy gets paid a lot of money to manage the San Francisco Giants, and sometimes the best way to earn that kind of dough is to sit in the dugout, shut up and don’t screw things up. Especially come October. This one’s for every skipper who’s tried to fix things that weren’t broken; for [...]

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Categories : Baseball
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