Jack Adams looked like a lot of things, but a hockey coach wasn’t necessarily one of them. He was a rotund man with a bulbous nose, a wearer of wire-rimmed glasses. He was one of those haggard-looking men who could never have been young. He could have been a heavy in a gangster film. If [...]

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Mar
20

Life Outside the Bun

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I admit it. I love Taco Bell. There are so many reasons. I have mocked it before, but I have been secretly in admiration of how the fast food entrant can make so much with such few ingredients. Give the folks at Taco Bell a tortilla, some sort of meat, refried beans, rice and cheese, [...]

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Scotty Robertson was the coach of the Pistons the same way that Kevyn Orr is an emergency manager—a man who inherited a mess of immense levels. Scotty was a heart attack survivor, which usually isn’t a desired background to be a professional basketball coach—especially that of the Pistons at the time. It was the spring [...]

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Maybe Bill Ford wasn’t cutthroat enough. Pro sports ownership is unlike any other business. Some of the basic tenets of corporate life just don’t apply. Improving the bottom line often isn’t as simple as cutting costs if you can’t increase revenue. Pro sports is a crazy business, truthfully. That’s part of why some of our [...]

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Tom Gores is, in a not-so-nice way, the Pistons’ other piece of bread. He is the absentee owner to complete the sandwich. Right now, the only real difference between Gores, the Pistons’ owner, and Fred Zollner, is that Gores lives in California while The Z lived in Florida. Zollner was the rumpled man who brought [...]

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He was wearing a smart leather jacket, hair still damp from a post-practice shower. It was one of the last team workouts before the playoffs began. Spring hockey, the best kind of hockey, was on the horizon. But first, there was the matter of a nod to history. Nicklas Lidstrom and I stood as spectators [...]

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Mar
06

Get Yer Red Hots On!

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Tonight we’re having hot dogs. This is a good thing. My mom used to call it tube steak. Funny. I love a good hot dog now and again. There’s so much you can do with one. Before I married my bride, we took a trip to Chicago for a long weekend. That’s when I rediscovered [...]

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The Hockey Hall of Fame is located in Toronto. But for years, the Hall had a satellite office in Detroit. If you didn’t feel like jumping on Highway 401 or the train in Windsor, and you wanted to see hockey relics, you just needed to venture to Joe Louis Arena—specifically the Red Wings dressing room. [...]

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Feb
28

Oscar’s Weiners

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The distinctly debonair, razor-thin, legendary British actor was in the middle of his scripted bit of monologue when suddenly the crowd was in an uproar. It was 1974, in the middle of an American craze that inexplicably had caught on ever-so-briefly, as so many other American crazes seem to do—-inexplicably. This particular craze was called [...]

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Feb
25

Second City’s First Man of Comedy

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There’s a certain delicate symmetry when a person’s birth city and death city are the same. Harold Ramis has such a line on his biography. Born: November 21, 1944; Chicago, IL. Died: February 24, 2014; Chicago, IL. Ramis, the comedic actor/director who passed away Monday from a rare and painful vascular disease, was as Chicago [...]

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