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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Feb
13

The Justified Bully

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In the 1980s, HBO presented a comedy series called “Not Necessarily the News.” In it, pretend anchors used real news clips but altered them for laughs. Cleverly inserted shots that the HBO show produced, interspersed with the actual clips, would be used for gags. Of course, the notion of fake news on TV was hardly [...]

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Dave Bergman didn’t win the World Series for the Tigers on that Monday night in June of 1984, but there might be as many folks who purport to have been at Tiger Stadium then, as claim to have been there when Larry Herndon squeezed the final out of Game 5 on October 14. I was [...]

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Jan
30

Death in the Slow Lane

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Traditions are terrific things. Whether they run in families, bring together communities or even entire nations, there is no mistaking the notion that honoring tradition is a noble and cozy thing to do, when not misguided. But let’s do away with the funeral procession, shall we? In simpler, less crowded, less rude times, the funeral [...]

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The non-contact injury is the scariest of them all. Sure, there have been some humdingers when bodies have collided and joints get twisted in ways that joints were not meant to be twisted. Think Joe Theismann. But for whatever reason, the injuries that occur when nary a soul is around the victim, often are among [...]

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Jan
13

Kept in the Dark

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I think one of the most depressing parts of winter is that we spend it cloaked in darkness. It’s dark when you wake up to get ready for work. The afternoons are often overcast and everyone has to drive with their headlights on. It’s dark when you drive home from work. You can go days [...]

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Jan
12

Once Proud, Jackson’s Knicks Now a League Joke

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The cigar smoke wafted toward the lights above the court. The basketball Mecca was filled with stogies, men clutching rolled up programs and, most of all, breathless anticipation. Would he, or wouldn’t he? Could he, or couldn’t he? Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals was nigh, and Madison Square Garden in the heart of Manhattan [...]

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