Detroit Free Press

PLAY IT SMART, GRANT, AND STICK WITH DETROIT

PLAY IT SMART, GRANT, AND STICK WITH DETROIT

TO: Grant Hill The Deliberating Superstar c/o The Detroit PistonsDear Grant,I trust this letter finds you well, at least as well as a man can be three days after ankle surgery. While you were in the hospital, did you remember to avoid the Jell-O? I'm sure you did. You've always been smart.Which brings me to your future, where you must also be smart. It is not my place, as an aging sportswriter who can barely make a lay-up, to advise a sleek young NBA superstar about his prospects.But I'll do it anyhow.
I AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUND DOG, RIGHT?

I AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUND DOG, RIGHT?

For years, I tried to hide it. If people asked, I denied the rumors. But sooner or later, like a moon through the clouds, your secrets emerge from darkness. And in a few days, mine will be exposed.So I conferred with my people, my handlers, and they suggested, like Bill O'Reilly, it was best if I got out in front of this nasty business. So I will. Right here. I will confess it now.I do Elvis.
BETTER TO SIT IN JAIL THAN MISS THE GAME

BETTER TO SIT IN JAIL THAN MISS THE GAME

The judge called it "the most unusual request I've ever had."The defense attorney said, "I've never heard anything like it."Even the crook admits he never tried anything this brazen.Then again, it is Michigan-Ohio State weekend."The first thing he wanted me to do," said defense attorney Tully Rogers, "was to get him out on bond so he could watch the game. He promised to come right back. I said, 'I don't think the judge is gonna go for that. Maybe we can come up with something else.' "
WARNER, MCNAIR THROW CAUTION TO THE WIND

WARNER, MCNAIR THROW CAUTION TO THE WIND

JUST OVER two minutes left in the Super Bowl. The score is tied. You are the quarterback. The ball is yours. What swirls inside your brain? Nerves? Hesitation? Does the inner voice say, "Be careful"? Does the inner voice say, "No mistakes"? Does the inner voice say, "The whole world is watching. Take it easy. Small steps"?Or does it say, "Aw, heck, go for the whole thing"?
PARENTS, CHILDLESS NEED NEW ATTITUDE

PARENTS, CHILDLESS NEED NEW ATTITUDE

Afriend of mine has no children. She hears about it all the time."Why not?" they ask."How could you not want them?""Is there something wrong between you and your husband?"Another friend has three children. She also hears about it all the time."Don't you want a career?" they ask."Are you really taking those kids into that restaurant?"Once upon a time, having children was a given. Those who didn't couldn't. They were to be pitied.
AN AWKWARD REUNION IN INDY

AN AWKWARD REUNION IN INDY

A few weeks ago, Rick Carlisle was in the delivery room, witnessing the birth of his first child. The doctor liked to hear music while he worked, and the song playing as the baby girl emerged was "Rocket Man" by Elton John, which includes the line, "It's lonely out in space."
GIANTS WILL SAVE LEAGUE FROM DILFER

GIANTS WILL SAVE LEAGUE FROM DILFER

Good news, Curt. This year, in deference to the grueling presidential election we just endured, I will not engage in the politics of personal destruction -- even though you personally have been referred to as a Swinging Chad.No, sir. I will not tell people that your Super Bowl predictions are normally as reliable as airport soup.Or that your idea of research during Super Bowl week is seeing just how carefully that "six-foot" rule is enforced in Tampa.
AFTER BITTERNESS: WILL WE LET WINNER ACTUALLY LEAD US?

AFTER BITTERNESS: WILL WE LET WINNER ACTUALLY LEAD US?

Take your sign down.Pull up the stakes. Rip up the cardboard. Throw the whole thing in the trash.We are no longer Bush or Kerry this morning, we are no longer right or left. Our reds and blues need to be united now, by the pure and neutral white that completes the American flag. We have the next president, somewhere in the numbers, and his biggest challenge, when he is sworn in, will be getting this entire country behind him.And our biggest challenge will be allowing that to happen.This is now the question: Will we be led?

Mitch Albom writes about running an orphanage in impoverished Port-au-Prince, Haiti, his kids, their hardships, laughs and challenges, and the life lessons he’s learned there every day.

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