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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Categories : football, Out of Bounds
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Aug
28

“Whose Class” Action

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Labor Day was always my least favorite holiday. I’m sure I was hardly alone. Of course, I’m talking about when I was a kid, and so just about every other kid likely joined me in that sentiment. Labor Day meant the unofficial end to summer, though the calendar says that the season runs until September [...]

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Categories : education, Enotes
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He was a moon-faced behemoth of a defensive tackle out of Clemson, with a grin as wide as his generously-sized rear end. And he soon became a pawn between his head coach and his defensive coordinator. They called William Perry “The Refrigerator” and not long after the Chicago Bears picked him in the first round [...]

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It was April 2007 and the Red Wings were approaching an anniversary of sorts. And the occasion was even lost on the owner. A bunch of us media types were summoned to Joe Louis Arena on the eve of that year’s playoff run. The reason for the herding was to unveil the new Gordie Howe [...]

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Aug
12

Tears of a Class Clown

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“I try to keep my sadness hid Smiling in the public eye But in my lonely room cry the tears of a clown.” I don’t generally like to start blog posts or columns with quotes or song lyrics. I have often looked at that sort of thing as a cheap, hackneyed stunt. But the first [...]

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Twenty years ago, Scott Mitchell was the NFL’s biggest winner. Two decades later, he’s trying to be the Biggest Loser. Lions fans no doubt snickered upon the news this week that former quarterback Mitchell was going to be among the contestants on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” which is a competition show—in this case, to see [...]

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Categories : Detroit Lions, football
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If they wanted to put a punter into the Pro Football Hall of Fame long before now, I have one for you. Of course, they didn’t call Sammy Baugh “Slingin’ Sammy” because of his foot. Baugh isn’t famously known as “Bootin’ Sammy.” I get it. But Baugh, the Washington Redskins Hall of Fame quarterback/defensive back [...]

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The National Football League’s roots in the 1920s were planted in sleepy burgs across the Midwest. It was a small town league, offering the curious something to follow until the next baseball season. The franchises were located in such dazzling metropolises as Canton, OH; Racine, WI; Akron, OH; and Rock Island, IL. The locations were [...]

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Jul
20

Tall, Dark and Oklahoman

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James Garner was once asked if he’d ever do a nude scene on camera. “I don’t do horror movies,” he said. Rim shot. Garner, who died on Saturday at age 86, was a Hollywood leading man but a humble Oklahoman at heart. “I got into the business to put a roof over my head,” he [...]

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