The Red Wings’ Record Deserves A Little Recognition

March 14, 2010 Press play to listen The Red Wings bowed out of the Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday, in just the second round. It was disappointing for Red Wings’ fans – okay, crushing. But it’s worth remembering the Red Wings have made the playoffs for 20 consecutive years – the longest active run of any team […]

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Ernie Harwell: 1918-2010

May 5, 2010 Press play to listen This past September, the Detroit Tigers’ beloved broadcaster, Ernie Harwell, announced that he had contracted an incurable form of cancer, and would not seek treatment. For everybody who knew him, or felt like they did – which, really, is just about all of us – it hit hard. We […]

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Only in America A Draft Story

April 30, 2010 Press play to listen The wonderfully named Zoltan Mesko was born and raised in Timisoara, Romania, right on the Hungarian border.  Like his parents, Mihai and Elizabeta, Zoltan speaks both languages fluently. When the Berlin Wall came downin 1989, life improved dramatically for most people living behind the Iron Curtain – but […]

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Taking Money from Students for Sports Stars

April 23, 2010 Press play to listen With tax day just past, it’s a good time to ask where our money should go – and where it shouldn’t.  I don’t have all the answers, of course – but I’m convinced one expenditure should end immediately: stadium subsidies. Two years ago, the New York Yankees signed […]

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The Man Behind Jackie Robinson

April 16, 2010 Press play to listen The first quarter of this year has been filled with endless sports stories about salaries and steroids and sex – and pretty much everything but sports.  So I welcome a look back at a time the stakes were real, and the men were equal to the moment. Well, we’re […]

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NCAA Threatens to Trade March Madness Perfection… for Just a Little More

April 9, 2010 Press play to listen March Madness is one of the best sporting events of the year, every year, on a very short list with the Super Bowl, the World Series and the Olympics.  But March Madness is the most inclusive – and, in some ways, the purest. The tournament’s 65 teams came […]

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