Someday it won’t be big news that an NFL team drafted an openly gay college player. Someday that player’s name won’t be prefaced with a designation of sexual orientation, just like we no longer use the word “Negro” to describe black players, like the newspapers and magazines did some 50 years ago. Someday the drafting [...]

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Starting on Thursday, May 8 and continuing throughout the weekend, Las Vegas will have nothing on the Big Apple. With apologies to “Guys and Dolls,” 32 high rollers will gather and hold the world’s second oldest established permanent floating craps game in New York. It’s time for another NFL Draft. The interviews are over. The [...]

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Apr
30

Movies No-Longer-On-Demand

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The corner video store has turned into the city video store. Time was that you couldn’t walk much more than 500 feet in any direction without running smack into a joint that rented VHS tapes. Then, you couldn’t walk much more than 2,000 feet without running into a place that rented DVDs. Now, you can [...]

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Earl Morrall spent his entire career, it seemed, encased with a sign that said “In case of emergency, break glass.” If he was a movie actor, he’d be a stand-in. The only part of him that you’d see would be from over his shoulder. Morrall, the quarterback from Michigan State who passed away the other [...]

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Mike Babcock looks like a hockey coach. He couldn’t be anything else. He played the game, as all coaches have, and his face tells the story—etched with scars, looking like corduroy. There are crevices from cheek to chin deeper than Ayn Rand. The jaw is set, the eyes steely behind the bench. Why do all [...]

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Apr
17

Mustang, Untamed

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Our daughter just turned 21. And, parked in front of our house as I write this, is the car in which we drove her home. I remember strapping her tiny, 4-lb. body into her car seat and securing her in the Mustang’s back seat that day in June, 1993 in front of Beaumont Hospital in [...]

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Some 43 years after Gordie Howe got it, looks like another Detroit sports legend is about to get the “mushroom treatment.” Old-timers will remember this one. The Red Wings, after Howe retired in 1971, gave him a job title—Vice President—and an office inside Olympia Stadium. Gordie didn’t find the new “job” all that enthralling. “They [...]

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So the Red Wings made the playoffs this year. So what? Isn’t that what they do every year? It’s spring, and the Red Wings will be playing hockey while the Tigers play baseball. What’s the big deal? The Red Wings are in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and I may as well have just told you [...]

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Apr
11

Utash: We Can Only Hope

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Sometimes the 24-hour news cycle gets extended. Sometimes it’s a 48-hour or 72-hour news cycle. And, on occasion, a story manages to stay in the public’s consciousness for a week or more. News stories anymore are like pieces of pasta thrown against the wall. Only some stick. The Stephen Utash beating has beat the 24-hour [...]

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They say defense wins championships, but last I checked, nobody won the Stanley Cup by tossing shutouts every game. You still have to have pucksters who can bury a goal now and again. Or in Gustav Nyquist’s case, again and again and again. Nyquist is a typical Red Wings forward: skilled, Swedish and unearthed. Somehow [...]

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