You know those annoying end-of-the-year letters you get from family members around the holidays? The ones that tell about little Johnny’s new teeth and sister Sarah’s new puppy and the family’s trip to the Grand Canyon? And how mom has taken up embroidery and dad ran a half marathon? Or, something like that. Well, this [...]

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Gustav Nyquist kept the puck on his stick for 28 seconds, which in hockey is an eternity. It’s the world’s fastest team sport—a game predicated on moving the puck quickly and in tic-tac-toe fashion. Yet here was Nyquist, the puck seemingly glued to his stick, literally skating circles around the Ottawa Senators and his own [...]

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Dec
24

(Not) Getting Carded

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So how many Christmas cards did you get this year? Are they adorning the wall? Do you have so many that they outline the closet door frame? Or are they stuffed in a holder on the coffee table, bursting? No? Not at our house, either. The Christmas card is a dinosaur—like drive-in movies and transistor [...]

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Categories : Enotes, holidays
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Dec
22

Lions Have to Beat More than Packers on Sunday

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The helmet whizzed past Milt Plum’s head, missing his melon by inches. The hurled headgear slammed against the locker room wall. It was October 7, 1962. A few weeks later, the country would be captivated and would squirm on their living room sofas, as they followed with racing hearts the tense missile crisis playing out [...]

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I was at a public gathering one evening and I needed to find out the score of a game. So I used a phone. Only, I didn’t bring up the Internet and go to ESPN.com or the like; I placed a call. And it wasn’t my phone. No, not to my bookie. I never made [...]

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Dec
11

A True Miss America

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Today’s Miss Americas serve their term and then they’re never heard from again. Or so it seems. There’s no prerequisite, of course, that the winner of arguably the most famous beauty contest of all time needs to stay in the limelight when she hands the crown over to her successor. But there was a time [...]

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The last two Michigan football coaches were defined by who they weren’t, not by who they were. Rich Rodriguez wasn’t a Michigan Man, and he wasn’t Les Miles. He also wasn’t the school’s first choice. The fans and alumni felt that their university settled. Brady Hoke wasn’t Jim Harbaugh, and he also wasn’t Michigan’s first [...]

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Categories : football, Out of Bounds
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Dec
04

Alco-Haul

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My bar-hopping days are long gone, so maybe I know not of what I type. So call me naive, but do we need bars to be open until 4 a.m.? A hurried-through bill by the Michigan State Legislature would allow some bars to stay open until 4 in the morning on weekends. According to the bill’s [...]

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Dec
01

After Just 17 Games, Van Gundy Seems at a Loss

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Welcome to the world of Pistons basketball, Stan Van Gundy. Giving the coach all the personnel power in the world can’t save this bunch from itself. Van Gundy is 17 games into his reign as Pistons czar and already he has that look and demeanor of his recent coaching predecessors. Heavy sighs, long pauses before [...]

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Chris Spielman sat in front of his locker and fumed. It was a potentially explosive moment. The Lions had just been demolished, 45-0, at the hands of the Washington Redskins. It was the opening week of the 1991 season and the Lions had traveled to the Nation’s Capital to take on the ‘Skins without Barry [...]

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