Aug
01

Roses Have Thorns

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My memories of Lynn Anderson are rather sardonic, but that’s not her fault, necessarily. Singer Anderson, 67, passed away the other day of a heart attack in a Nashville hospital while being treated for pneumonia. She was best known for her song, “Rose Garden,” which peaked at no. 1 on the country charts and no. 3 on [...]

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Jul
16

Christmas (weather) in July

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I know this: our hot pepper plants aren’t enjoying the cool summer we’re having in Metro Detroit. But fie on them. The mercury hasn’t scraped much past the mid-80s so far, and we’re in mid-July. I couldn’t be happier. I don’t do well with the heat. The pepper plants do, however, and ours have been [...]

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Jul
11

President Van Gundy Still Sounds Like Coach Van Gundy

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Fourteen months into his dual role as Pistons president/coach, it’s quite evident that Stan Van Gundy is a coach at heart, and an executive in title. The first indicator is in his verbal delivery. Van Gundy doesn’t speak in the slow, measured tones of most sports executives. Joe Dumars, SVG’s predecessor, would take to the [...]

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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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Categories : Horse racing
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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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