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I am an Olympian – Not…

  Bike riding and swimming – stuff we all did as kids and many continue to do. I had an early 1970s, yellow, Schwinn Manta Ray. At least I think it was a Manta Ray. In researching photos from that era, it’s the closest I’ve found. I don’t remember ever reading what was written on […]

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Around the Horn of Sports….Well, at least basketball and tennis…

  So the “little king” got his ring. LeBron and company found a way and got their NBA championship over the Oklahoma City Thunder/Seattle Supersonics. Ok, that’s enough of that. It’s time for Wimbledon, you know that time every summer when the Brits get together, mow their favorite tennis court and serve a bunch of […]

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Sports Daddy

Sports Daddy   We met Gordie Howe one Saturday morning while eating breakfast. (Gordie Howe, Alexandra, Me, Anna…i forgot his dog’s name, i think it was named after one of his hockey nemesises)   With Father’s Day just having been celebrated, who’s the greatest dad in sports? Now we’ve all seen the horror of those […]

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The Dream Team – 20 years later. It was true. Jordan Dissed Isaiah. And I’m glad he did…

  Basketball was invented and perfected in America. And when the world came together for the highest level of amateur competition, America’s trophy cabinet was all Gold. Except for 1972 when the Russians “stole” the Gold medal in a farce of a game that is still hotly disputed. Our team never accepted their Silver Medals […]

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NFL Needs You — to Ref

  Do you look good in stripes? How about a white hat? Do you have Thursday nights, Monday nights and Sunday afternoons free? Great, the NFL is looking for you. It seems the NFL referees haven’t come to an agreement with the league on a contract. Wow, labor problems in a professional sport. How quaint. […]

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Would Today’s Athlete Cut it in Today’s Military?

Would Today’s Athlete Cut it in Today’s Military?   Ted Williams gave up five years of his Major League Baseball career to serve two different tours of service. Not in the beginning, not in the twilight of his career, but right when he at his peak. There are scores of others who served in the […]

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Detroit City of Champions

(photo courtesy of Charles C. Avison) A lot of cities and states lay claim to being the best sports town. LA on the West Coast with its riches of baseball and basketball mastery but it lacks hockey and has non-existent professional football. Boston has the Celtics and Bruins and can lay claim to the Red […]

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Moms and Sports – Happy Mother’s Day

I can’t recall any actual sports conversation I’ve ever had with my mother – Mollie Stowers. As the last of four kids (brothers John and Paul and sister Beth) she was always around sports though. She drove us to baseball practice and games in the summers, picked us up from football, basketball and track practice. […]

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From Berwanger to Luck – Evolution of the draft

  Jay Berwanger gave a former president a nasty scar under his left eye in a college football game. Then he was the number one draft pick in the NFL but his rights were traded to Chicago from Philly and they couldn’t agree on a deal. So he started a career for a rubber company. […]

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Sometimes the Path isn’t Chosen, It’s Given…

  His rookie year he won 21 games for the Boston Red Sox. He won 13 straight at Fenway Park on his way to winning 25 games and losing only six in his second year in the league. He had 26 complete games, six shutouts, helped lead the team to the World Series where he […]

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