Detroit Free Press

THIS ROUND GOES TO YANKS, BUT WHAT OF THE NEXT ONE?

THIS ROUND GOES TO YANKS, BUT WHAT OF THE NEXT ONE?

NEW YORK -- The series was complete, the bus was waiting outside, and the Tigers players, still wet from the showers, dressed quickly, pulling on their socks and shoes. The clubhouse was quiet; it is always quiet after a loss. But no one was sulking. You don't sulk in the middle of the fight.
‘BOBO’ LOSES NAME GAME, WON’T FACE ‘BOOM, BOOM’

‘BOBO’ LOSES NAME GAME, WON’T FACE ‘BOOM, BOOM’

WIMBLEDON -- It was unbelievable.It was unpronounceable."My name," he said, "is Zivojinovic."Huh?He served like a cannon. He moved like a Westinghouse. He was the tall, dark stranger at center court, taking chunks out of Ivan Lendl, the No. 1 player in the world."My name," he said, with every smashing point, "is Zivojinovic!"Huh?Zivojinovic. Slobodan Zivojinovic. Pronounced like it's spelled. I think. Who's to say?
NEW DODGER NOT BLUE ABOUT TIGERS

NEW DODGER NOT BLUE ABOUT TIGERS

LOS ANGELES -- The new blue and white uniform was hanging on the podium, where everyone could see it. The new cap nestled close to the microphones. Kirk Gibson, the guest of honor at this luncheon, had a Dodgers schedule in his pocket, and an appointment with the real estate people, and he leaned back in his chair as the waiter brought the Caesar salad. Glasses clinked. Conversation buzzed."This is a happy day . . . " began Dodgers general manager Fred Claire.
RIGHT OUT OF THE BLUE, GIANTS EMERGE AS BEST

RIGHT OUT OF THE BLUE, GIANTS EMERGE AS BEST

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The truth is, the Chicago Bears were never really eliminated -- they died and came back as the New York Giants.Lock your doors. It's the Blue Meanies this year. The Giants. They've won 10 in a row, and they're one massacre away from the Super Bowl. I don't like to use words such as awesome and destructive, but when the Giants' defense comes off the field, you expect it to burp.
EVEN TIME, THE ENEMY, CAN’T DIM THE DOC’S STAR

EVEN TIME, THE ENEMY, CAN’T DIM THE DOC’S STAR

PHILADELPHIA -- There is no joy in watching great athletes grow old, but some people seem to look forward to it anyhow. Their words hover like vultures. "This team's not what it used to be. . . . This one's over the hill. . . . That one ought to retire. . . . "Sooner or later, time makes prophets out of all of them.
TIGERS PERFORMING LIKE CHEAP IMITATION OF CHAMPS

TIGERS PERFORMING LIKE CHEAP IMITATION OF CHAMPS

Pretty soon, I expect to find the AL East title selling at a garage sale for $1.39.Does anybody want this thing? Detroit loses. Toronto loses. Detroit wins. Toronto loses. Detroit loses. Toronto loses. Are we sure this is the homestretch? Geez. When the going gets tough, the tough wait for the weekend.

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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