Apr
15

Ebb and Flo

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They were television advertising icons who resided on the banks of our cultural consciousness. Mr. Whipple (Charmin bathroom tissue). Madge the manicurist (Palmolive dish detergent). The Maytag Repair Man. Even the Qantas koala bear. Those were just a few commercial characters who invaded our living rooms in the 1970s and ’80s. Their ads—usually 60 seconds [...]

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In the end, the clock struck midnight. The carriage turned into a pumpkin. The BMOC got the girl. The house won another. The NCAA men’s basketball championship will be a battle of no. 1 seeds, after all. Duke University put an end to another furious March Madness run by Michigan State. It is April, after [...]

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The Rolling Stones are coming! The Rolling Stones are coming! How much rolling they do nowadays, it’s anyone’s guess. They’re all in their 70s now. The iconic rock group is touring this summer, and Detroit is on the travelogue, with the Stones playing Comerica Park on July 8. This isn’t ageism, but one can only [...]

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Mar
30

Dysfunctional Lions Need Front Office Help

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Ask any Tigers fan about GM Dave Dombrowski, and while they may not always agree with what he does or how he does it, the fans will likely know, at the very least, what Dombrowski’s blueprint is for success. Power pitching. Power hitting. Big names. Three-run homers and 95 mile-an-hour fastballs. Sidle up to a [...]

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Mar
22

Monroe Another Big Man Being Wasted by Pistons

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The Pistons teased Bob Lanier when he played in Detroit. Lanier, the greatest big man in franchise history, got teased from the moment the Pistons chose him first overall in the 1970 NBA draft, out of St. Bonaventure. Lanier was flat on his back in a hospital bed, his leg immobilized in a cast, when [...]

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Mar
14

Austin’s Coaching Chops to Be Put to Test, Sans Suh

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In 1962, the only “sack” was something filled with potatoes. The word certainly wasn’t used in the same sentence with “quarterback,” unless you were directing your signal caller to go to the market. The term “sacking the quarterback” was coined by Hall of Fame defensive lineman Deacon Jones, sometime in the mid-1960s. Prior to Deacon’s [...]

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Someday in the future, a defensive player as destructive as Ndamukong Suh will enter the NFL. Maybe. It’s highly unlikely that if such a player will ever exist, that he will play for the Detroit Lions. It’s really just a matter of odds. The second coming of Dick Butkus has yet to play in the [...]

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The 36-year-old defenseman arrived in Detroit, a moving piece in one of those NHL trade deadline deals, toting his equipment bag and maybe a bottle of Geritol. It was a chance for another “kick at the can,” as the hockey people like to say about the pursuit of Lord Stanley’s Cup. The aging blueliner, booed [...]

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Feb
25

Heat Index

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My first experience with spicy food came when I was a youngster. I was a latch key kid, and that included lunch. My grade school was literally across the street from the house, more or less. So I would let myself in and prepare my own lunch, as early as age 11. This was circa [...]

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The two goalies were 79 years old between them. Their captain was 36. Their best defenseman was 36 as well. One of their top centermen was 39 years old. Another defenseman was 40 years old. The 1967 Toronto Maple Leafs weren’t a hockey team, they were a senior center. The official team drink was Geritol. [...]

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Categories : Hockey
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