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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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┬áCandid 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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He had just set a new National Football League record for longest field goal made, and he did it to win the game. Tom Dempsey of the Saints, with half a right foot due to a birth deformity, blasted a 63 yard field goal to beat the Lions—naturally—in New Orleans on November 8, 1970. He [...]

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It was yet another funereal post-game press conference for a Lions coach. The scene took place in Anaheim, with another sound defeat in the books. The Lions had been manhandled by the Los Angeles Rams in 1983, dropping their record to 1-4. The coach, Monte Clark, stepped up to the podium, ready to answer the [...]

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Sep
11

It’s the Response, Stupid

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There’s some sad irony in the Ray Rice conundrum as far as the National Football League is concerned. The NFL is a league that has a legacy of toughness and images of “real men” doing battle on mud-strewn gridirons, snow and other unfavorable elements. It’s a league whose players like to throw around the word [...]

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The game was played the day after Christmas, a Saturday in 1970. The match still haunts the Lions franchise. The National Football League, expanded in one season from 16 to 26 teams thanks to the merger with the American Football League, changed its playoff format for the 1970 campaign. The league had split, like an [...]

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Sep
04

Avoidable Tragedy the Worst Kind

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In a perfect world, Derek Flemming would have been able to march up to the driver of a car that cut him off, express some anger, and get back into his own vehicle—without fear of losing his life. The 43 year-old husband and father of two young children would have vented his anger and frustration [...]

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Categories : crime, Enotes, justice, laws, society
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Sep
02

Silver and Black and Blue

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With the pro football fan base ushering in new and younger members every autumn, it’s time to write this column, because we’re getting dangerously close to the point where the newest and the youngest may not know of what I am about to impart. Gather ’round the keyboard and let me tell you of a [...]

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