Detroit sports questions: You provide the answers

WHO IS THE TIGERS BEST MODERN DAY POSITION PLAYER? Al Kaline? Miguel Cabrera? I WANT TO WATCH A NO-HITTER. WHO DO I PUT ON THE MOUND DURING THEIR PRIME? Jack Morris? Justin Verlander? OPPS. ONE OF THESE MEN MUST BUILD YOUR FRANCHISE FROM THE GROUND UP. WHO ARE YOU PICKING? Al Avila? Randy Smith? MATTHEWContinue reading “Detroit sports questions: You provide the answers”

Big John Thompson took command of any room

My annual round table discussions with former Georgetown coach John Thompson began with an invitation slipped under my hotel room prior to a Final Four showdown. Thompson wanted to meet with select sports writers to discuss the state of college basketball, his role in it and how the media could better promote and understand theContinue reading “Big John Thompson took command of any room”

Former Piston Thomas was about winning titles: not stats

Pistons Hall of Fame guard Isiah Thomas averaged 19.2 points a game for his career and is considered by many to be the second greatest point guard in NBA history behind Magic Johnson. People who never saw him play often ask me why he did not average 25 or 2 6 points a game likeContinue reading “Former Piston Thomas was about winning titles: not stats”

Chadwick Boseman death brings tears to our home

I woke up the sound of sobs the other night and brushed it off as 2020 biting us in the ass again. I was right. The sobs came from my daughter Celine’s bedroom as she mourned the death of actor Chadwick Boseman. Down goes the Black Panther and that was terrible news in our household.Continue reading “Chadwick Boseman death brings tears to our home”

Miracle at the Macker

During a break in action during the 1994 Gus Macker 3 v 3 basketball tournament at Eastern Michigan University I glanced at the scoreboard and my Detroit News team trailed the Free Press 18-10. Our rivals were three points from victory and advancing to the championship game of the toilet bowl media division. Things lookedContinue reading “Miracle at the Macker”

Shut down all of sports for social justice

I am going to put a lot on LeBron James’ plate today. It might be unfair and it might be a burden too heavy for him to carry. But he is the king of sports, the king of the hill. James is highly respected in every league and in every dressing room across sports. HeContinue reading “Shut down all of sports for social justice”

Rule one of police engagement: Treat it like a job interview

My Aunt Margo pulled out a pack of the worst tasting cinnamon rolls and poured a glass of milk inside her second story kitchen on Detroit’s west side. Then she called me to meet her. During big moments in my life Aunt Margo called me up to her kitchen to lecture me. Sometimes it wasContinue reading “Rule one of police engagement: Treat it like a job interview”