Barry Sanders is best athlete I ever covered

Sanders_Barry101_LionsFIVE BEST ATHLETES I COVERED IN DETROIT

  1. Barry Sanders: Even rooms full of professional writers could not describe his runs.
  2. Isiah Thomas: He was all about bringing championships to Detroit.
  3. Steve Yzerman: Low key and unspectacular, but he got the job done.
  4. Justin Verlander: A no-hitter waiting to happen.
  5. Nick Lidstrom: You really had to watch closely to appreciate his greatness.

FIVE SCOOPS

  1. Mexican Olympic Basketball team: Former Piston Mark Aguirre was invited to play for Mexico but decline.
  2. Calvin Johnson to retire: Others want to take credit.
  3. Dennis Rodman demands a trade: The former Piston told me over Coney dogs and fries at the Birmingham Leo’s.
  4. White teammate calls former Lion Louis Delmas the N-word: I caught hell for this one.
  5. Romanian soccer player Gheorghe Hagi has no toe nails: Broke that one during the 1994 World Cup.

 

FIVE BEST ENCOUNTERS WITH NON DETROIT SPORTS FIGURES

  1. Charles Barkley: We had a long conversation about race and America. It was fun.
  2. Shaquille O’Neal: He was the only athlete who asked about my family and how work was treating me.
  3. Brett Farve: We drank beers and chatted for a couple hours prior to Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego.
  4. Donald Sterling: Court side chat at the LA Coliseum before finding out the old Clippers owner was scum
  5. Rickey Williams: Owner of a New York night club said to keep his shy buddy company.

 

FIVE FAVORITE NBA STOPS

  1. New York: A great walking city. The only bad part was the Knicks.
  2. Chicago: The Miracle Mile and Gino’s Pizza were must stops.
  3. Los Angeles: I hated the traffic but loved staying in Marina Del Rey.
  4. Seattle: Public Market, great sea food and a beautiful city.
  5. Portland: A surprise. Loved the food and people.

 

FIVE FAVORITE DETROIT AREA RESTAURANTS

  1. Prime and Proper (Detroit): My steak melted in my mouth and was filled with flavor.
  2. Bravos! Italian Kitchen: My kids love the place. So I love it.
  3. Buddy’s Pizza: A great spot to socialize. And I like the pizza.
  4. Slow’s Barbeque: The Yard Bird is my sandwich of choice.
  5. Side Track: The burgers and onion rings are beyond great.

 

FIVE FAVORITE BIG TEN STOPS

  1. Wisconsin: On game day people place beers in your hand whether you want it or not.
  2. Ohio State: Buckeyes don’t know how to act but High Street is cool.
  3. Penn State: We used to meet with Joe Paterno over drinks Friday nights.
  4. Minnesota: It is a lively campus inside a lively town.
  5. Nebraska: Cornhuskers are party animals.

 

FIVE REASONS WHY MIGHIGAN IS BETTER THAN MICHIGAN STATE

  1. The winged helmets: The best helmet design in college football
  2. Zingerman’s Deli: Great sandwiches. Love the outdoor patio.
  3. Bo Schembechler: He’s gone, but his legend will never die.
  4. Michigan Stadium: Any place that seats 100,000 people is fine by me.
  5. The Victors: Might be the best fight song in America.

 

FIVE REASONS WHY MICHIGAN STATE IS BETTER THAN MICHIGAN

  1. Tom Izzo: A fighter who keeps MSU basketball on the map.
  2. The Izzone: Students stand up for what they believe in
  3. Mark Dantonio: He brought intensity to an already tense rivalry.
  4. Magic Johnson: He gives the school street cred.
  5. The fans: They are often paranoid but they sure know how to party.

 

FIVE THINGS I DON’T MISS DURING MY CHILDHOOD

  1. Caster Oil: I’d rather eat mud. But I was never constipated.
  2. Cod liver oil: Now this bad tasting oil comes in pills. I was not so lucky.
  3. Liver and onions: I hate liver, but granny was nice and let me put ketchup on it.
  4. The switch: Why do you have to pick out your own stick for an ass whuppin?
  5. Getting robbed: Damn. I worked hard for my 50 cent pocket change.

 

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I am a 58 year old retired sports journalist, husband and father of two living outside of Detroit in search of his next big adventure in life.

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