The only thing worse than doing something posthumously is doing it because you missed the boat before things got posthumous. First, let me say that I’m not normally one that’s quick on the trigger when it comes to calling for the retirement of uniform numbers. Frankly I think teams in all sports do too much [...]

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Jun
24

The Many Degrees of DVP

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Which Dick Van Patten would you like to remember and mourn today? Is it the actor Van Patten, who most famously seeped into our consciousness as Tom Bradford, the patriarch of the TV family on ABC’s “Eight is Enough” from 1977-81? Is it the tennis player Van Patten, whose sons got some of the old [...]

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Jun
19

Spock Would Be Proud

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In the interest of full disclosure, I’m 51 years old. I only tell you this because, when she was my age, Jeralean Talley was living in the year 1950. And she continued to live, some 65 more years, until passing peacefully the other day in her home in Inkster. Jeralean was 116 years, 25 days old [...]

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Conventional wisdom says that if something in sport has only been done 12 times in over 120 years and never since 1978, it must not be easy to do. American Pharoah ran his eighth career start Saturday. When he finished it, he won horse racing’s first Triple Crown since Affirmed accomplished the feat in 1978. [...]

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Dave Lewis finally got his opportunity. But he never had a chance. Scotty Bowman skated the Stanley Cup around the Joe Louis Arena ice. It was a June evening in 2002. Bowman had just won his ninth Cup as coach, and third with the Red Wings. He was 68 years old. During the on-ice celebration, [...]

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May
26

Meara, Meara

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Comedians/actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara were married for 61 years, but had they not heeded warning signs, the marriage might have ended some 44 years ago. The comedy team of Stiller & Meara was seemingly cruising along in 1970, having just enjoyed a nice run of 36 appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in the [...]

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Twenty-five years ago, Mike Ilitch sent a car to pick up his hockey coach. Jacques Demers was about to go for a ride. Inside Ilitch’s home, the Red Wings owner sat down with Demers and the two men had a good cry. Ilitch gave Demers the ziggy, after four years in which Jacques won back-to-back [...]

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May
08

Who Among Us?

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The only thing that is certain in the road rage trial of Martin Zale is that it was tragic. A wife widowed. Children growing up father-less. After that, it gets tricky. Zale is the motorist who is accused of murder in the fatal shooting of Derek Flemming last September 2 in Genoa Township, at Grand [...]

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Ever since Jim Harbaugh was named Michigan’s football coach in December, he’s been on tour. You can hardly pick up the Internet these days and not read Harbaugh’s name in a headline on some website somewhere. First he’s helping distressed motorists. Then he’s being passive/aggressive with fellow coaches. Then he’s posing for a selfie with [...]

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Categories : football, Out of Bounds
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Apr
24

Another Untimely, Tragic Wrap

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As if suicide isn’t rotten enough, it invariably raises more questions than it answers. That’s because suicide often doesn’t answer any questions at all. Even a note left behind won’t necessarily satisfy all the curiosity. In fact, suicide notes are likely to create more questions than they answer, as well. A suicide note is like [...]

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