Detroit Free Press

CAN MAN FROM ‘A-TEAM’ HELP RESCUE OUR TEAM?

CAN MAN FROM ‘A-TEAM’ HELP RESCUE OUR TEAM?

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Which is why I was on the phone all day Friday, frantically calling Los Angeles. I was searching for the one man who could turn the tide in these American League playoffs, the one man who could give the edge back to the Detroit Tigers.I was searching for . . . George Peppard.But wait. Let me explain. It all began with today's starting pitcher, Walt Terrell, a man I admire for his strength, guts, and the way he balances a chicken wing and a beer while reading the newspaper.
CLIMBING ON A RAINBOW, TIGERS SHOW TRUE COLORS

CLIMBING ON A RAINBOW, TIGERS SHOW TRUE COLORS

That's it. The other teams can turn in their uniforms. The Tigers are a mortal lock now.I am not talking about talent. I am not talking about stats. I am not talking about base running, power hitting, relief pitching, ball scuffing, or any such part of the national pastime. I am talking about rainbows."Did you see that thing?" someone asked."How could you miss it?" someone answered.
RED WINGS’ ‘UNCLE MEL’ HELPS TO BRIDGE THE GAP

RED WINGS’ ‘UNCLE MEL’ HELPS TO BRIDGE THE GAP

EDMONTON -- The word we are looking for is not "experienced," although he is experienced. It is not "veteran," although, in hockey, you are a veteran at 32. If you can still walk. But no. The word we are looking for is neither "veteran" nor "experienced," nor "ripe," nor "graybeard," nor "grandpappy" . . . Uncle?Well. Yes. That word fits him nicely. If the Detroit Red Wings -- in the Stanley Cup semifinals and suddenly the hottest story in sports -- were cast as a big, happy, gap-toothed family, then Mel Bridgman would be the uncle.Uncle Mel.
CHAMP, CHUMP90-METER JUMP PITS OPPOSITES

CHAMP, CHUMP90-METER JUMP PITS OPPOSITES

CALGARY, Alberta -- Finally, ladies and gentlemen, we bring you the Olympic 90-meter ski jump, where the burning question remains: Can a man they call "The Flying Finn" be upstaged by a clumsy, bespectacled Brit who once bit off his tongue?Strange but true. Remember, this is an event where grown men ski off a huge ramp and fly into the wild blue yonder -- without a pole, much less a parachute. No wonder the Canadian winds kept postponing this thing: Chinooks are attracted to shnooks.
CHAMP, CHUMP90-METER JUMP PITS OPPOSITES

CHAMP, CHUMP90-METER JUMP PITS OPPOSITES

CALGARY, Alberta -- Finally, ladies and gentlemen, we bring you the Olympic 90-meter ski jump, where the burning question remains: Can a man they call "The Flying Finn" be upstaged by a clumsy, bespectacled Brit who once bit off his tongue?Strange but true. Remember, this is an event where grown men ski off a huge ramp and fly into the wild blue yonder -- without a pole, much less a parachute. No wonder the Canadian winds kept postponing this thing: Chinooks are attracted to shnooks.
TARP TELLS ALL: ‘WHY I ROLLED OVER COLEMAN’

TARP TELLS ALL: ‘WHY I ROLLED OVER COLEMAN’

ST. LOUIS -- At first, the tarp wasn't talking."Get away from me," it mumbled. "I don't need no cheesehead reporters around me now."Hours earlier, the tarp had committed the most heinous crime of this NL playoff. During batting practice, it had rolled up the leg of an unsuspecting Vince Coleman, the Cardinals' prize rookie, trapping him under the weight of its 1,200 pounds until teammates could pull him free.

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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