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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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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To hear the media tell it, the Stan Van Gundy hire is the first time the Pistons have given so much power to one man. Don’t they remember Dickie Vitale? On Wednesday, the Pistons will tip-off in Denver against the Nuggets to open the 2014-15 NBA season—which will be Van Gundy’s first as the team’s [...]

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The Red Wings captain of today was wearing a suit when he should have been wearing a uniform. When the Red Wings honored defenseman Nick Lidstrom last winter by retiring his no. 5 jersey, the evening was jarred by the sight of two current Red Wings and former Lidstrom teammates, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, [...]

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Oct
16

Wing Cha-Ching!

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It takes about 15 seconds to eat one, from start to finish. They cost about 79 cents a pound, raw at the supermarket. They are made up of bone more than meat. So why are chicken wings at the restaurant so expensive? I like a chicken wing as much as the next person. You can [...]

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Categories : Enotes, food
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If you happen to be in the Minneapolis area and see a young man curled in the fetal position, it just might be Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater, the Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback, is going to see Ziggy Ansah and the rest of the Lions defensive line in his sleep. The sweat will be cold, the images [...]

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Sep
30

Smile! (Or not)

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Allen Funt created television’s Candid Camera. But he was not the star. If Funt were alive today, he would concur. Funt, who took the idea of a roving microphone capturing unguarded moments from the days of radio and turned it into a TV phenomenon, also never liked the notion that his show made fools out of [...]

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When Rich Rodriguez stood in front of the media in Ann Arbor on that November day in 2007, having just been introduced as the next football coach at the University of Michigan, one of the sage scribes asked him what it felt like to be worse than sloppy seconds. OK, the question wasn’t posed with [...]

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Categories : football, Out of Bounds
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