MSU rivalry with Michigan is personal

Two things struck me in the aftermath of Michigan State’s prime time 14-10 victory over Michigan Saturday night at Michigan Stadium. I thought of all the emails and tweets my former broadcast partner Mike Valenti used to receive from Wolverine fans saying “How does it feel to have your Sparty run over now that Jim HarbaughContinue reading “MSU rivalry with Michigan is personal”

I refuse to wear square parents gear

I own one baseball cap that says “Stanford dad” on it. I wore it once and I will never wear it again. The hat seems dorky to me. It is something someone old and square would wear. I might be old but I am trying not to be too much of a square. As manyContinue reading “I refuse to wear square parents gear”

Power shopping for college is a drag

PALO ALTO — Sunday night Celine, my wife Abs and I enjoyed a relaxing conversation on an outdoor patio at the Stanford Garden Hotel with new friends. It is the first time we got to relax during a grueling four day power shopping expedition at Kohl’s, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Wal-Mart and Target as weContinue reading “Power shopping for college is a drag”

Sports media remains a people business

In this age of the Internet, fast paced news and anonymous sources we must not forget that sports media remains a people business. We forget that sometimes. Some reporters become walking note pads. In other words every conversation is on the record and they do not get to know athletes and coaches as people. WeContinue reading “Sports media remains a people business”

Soul brother: A Detroit business ruined during 1967 riots

I’d never seen Mr. Smitherman look this sad as we unpacked boxes in his new store front on Grand River in Detroit a few buildings west of the old Riviera Theater. Basil Smitherman was a business man, the uncle of Marla Gibson who played Florence the maid on the Jeffersons and the best dressed guyContinue reading “Soul brother: A Detroit business ruined during 1967 riots”