Mike Babcock looks like a hockey coach. He couldn’t be anything else. He played the game, as all coaches have, and his face tells the story—etched with scars, looking like corduroy. There are crevices from cheek to chin deeper than Ayn Rand. The jaw is set, the eyes steely behind the bench. Why do all [...]

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Apr
17

Mustang, Untamed

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Our daughter just turned 21. And, parked in front of our house as I write this, is the car in which we drove her home. I remember strapping her tiny, 4-lb. body into her car seat and securing her in the Mustang’s back seat that day in June, 1993 in front of Beaumont Hospital in [...]

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Some 43 years after Gordie Howe got it, looks like another Detroit sports legend is about to get the “mushroom treatment.” Old-timers will remember this one. The Red Wings, after Howe retired in 1971, gave him a job title—Vice President—and an office inside Olympia Stadium. Gordie didn’t find the new “job” all that enthralling. “They [...]

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So the Red Wings made the playoffs this year. So what? Isn’t that what they do every year? It’s spring, and the Red Wings will be playing hockey while the Tigers play baseball. What’s the big deal? The Red Wings are in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and I may as well have just told you [...]

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Apr
11

Utash: We Can Only Hope

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Sometimes the 24-hour news cycle gets extended. Sometimes it’s a 48-hour or 72-hour news cycle. And, on occasion, a story manages to stay in the public’s consciousness for a week or more. News stories anymore are like pieces of pasta thrown against the wall. Only some stick. The Stephen Utash beating has beat the 24-hour [...]

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They say defense wins championships, but last I checked, nobody won the Stanley Cup by tossing shutouts every game. You still have to have pucksters who can bury a goal now and again. Or in Gustav Nyquist’s case, again and again and again. Nyquist is a typical Red Wings forward: skilled, Swedish and unearthed. Somehow [...]

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Apr
04

Later, Dave

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It’s not easy to be a trailblazer when so many of the trails have already been blazed, but David Letterman somehow managed to blaze one anyway. You may think that late night television was an already-mined resource by the time Letterman, 66, came along in 1982, hosting “Late Night with David Letterman” on NBC. It’s [...]

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The most consistently successful franchise in pro sports today is located in a city where they beseech you to remember the Alamo—not to mention George Gervin, Larry Kenon and Artis Gilmore. It’s in a town where there isn’t any other major pro sports team. It’s the Green Bay of the NBA. The San Antonio Spurs [...]

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Mar
26

Sugar, Spice and Puppy Dog Tails

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Timberlake Christian School (TCS) in western Virginia buried the lead in their letter to the guardian of eight-year-old Sunnie Kahle. The last sentence was the most true and the most telling. “We believe that unless Sunnie as well as her family clearly understand that God has made her female and her dress and behavior need [...]

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Back in October, when the Pistons were slogging through the exhibition season, a game was won at the Palace when Detroit’s Josh Smith hit a three-point shot at the final buzzer. It was a meaningless game, as all exhibition matches are. Yet running onto the court, celebrating as if his team had just won a [...]

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