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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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End of an era for the Red Wings

George Foster - June 1st, 2009
End of an era for the Red Wings
George Foster 6/1/09

End of an era for the Red Wings

What do we have to do in order to get respect around here? The Detroit Red Wings have now played in 6 of the last 15 Stanley Cup Finals, a virtual dynasty in the modern era of hockey.
Yet, outside the good state of Michigan, the Red Wings are a decided underdog to the Pittsburgh Penguins in these Finals. Why? Because in a league dominated by celebrated players with matinee idol looks in their early 20’s, Detroit is old school, literally.
For starters, 36 year-old Chris Osgood has played goalie for what seems like an eternity. Ossie tended the nets in Detroit’s first Stanley Cup Final of this era when he was a lad in his early 20s. Supporting Osgood, at 39, Nicklas Lidstrom may still be the best defenseman in the league and captains the Wings.
Detroit’s regular lineup includes a host of grizzled veterans such Kris Draper, the team’s best face-off performer and a ripe 38 years old. Brian Rafalski at 35 is the Wing’s second best defenseman. Ten players 30 and older make up the core of Detroit’s best players – certainly the oldest squad in the league.
Quickly now - who is the oldest Red Wings player of all-time? The answer is current defenseman Chris Chelios, of course. Chelios is an amazing 47 years old, the second oldest player of all time in the National Hockey League (NHL) and still feisty.
If you guessed Gordie Howe as the oldest Wing, you are so wrong. It is true that Howe was the Methuselah of the professional hockey, still productive at 52, the oldest player ever to lace up a pair of skates in the NHL. Howe left the Red Wings earlier in his career at 42, though, making Chelios technically the oldest Wings player ever.
The upstart Penguins have been on a roll since the end of the regular season and have probably played the best hockey of any team in the NHL since then. Pittsburgh comes into the Finals with arguably the two most talented and hyped players in the sport. Sidney Crosby at 21 and Evgeni Malkin at 22 are considered cinch hockey Hall-of-Famers and play on a rising team.
Of course, Pittsburgh is the same team that gave the Red Wings fits in last year’s Finals before succumbing to the greybeards of Detroit. This season the Red Wings are a year older and dinged up physically. Key performers Pavel Datsyuk, Jonathan Ericksson, Lidstrom, and Draper have all missed the last several playoff games.
The Penguins should be licking their chops to take on the short-handed Red Wings, right? Not so fast. Sidney Crosby (know as “Cindy Crybaby” in some circles) and Evgeni “Stop-Talkin’” Malkin have a lot to prove. Both disappeared at times during last years’ Finals in a losing cause against the Red Wings.
Malkin’s excuse for his subpar play last year was that he was tired from all of the season’s practices and playoff games. Poor baby… does he really think no one else had to deal with fatigue in a hockey playoff schedule that extends well into June? Buck up man, you are only 22 years old. You should be able to skate all day, every day.
On the other hand, you will hear no excuses from Motown. The Red Wings may be old, undersized, injured, and physically tired, but what sets them apart is their mental toughness. The Detroit hockey team plays its best with their backs to the wall - when they are expected to lose. In Game Four at Chicago, with their injured, inactive list at its peak, the Wings played their best game of the playoffs, beating the Black Hawks 6-1.
Say good-bye now because many of the current Red Wings players that we have grown to admire will be gone by next season. A combination of advanced ages and salary cap considerations will force Red Wings management to cut loose the core group of players that have served this team well since the mid-1990s. Such stalwarts as Osgood, Draper, Kirk Maltby, and even Lidstrom may never wear the red wheel on their jerseys again. Stars Marian Hossa and Chelios could also being playing their last games for Detroit in this series.
We are getting ahead of ourselves, though. As we go to press before the start of the finals, it is time for a fearless prediction. Before this chapter is completely closed on the Red Wings, get ready to anoint Detroit as the NHL champs one more time.
In these finals, expect the Red Wings to lose the first two games at home and be given up for dead. By winning the next four, a resilient Detroit squad will again prevail over the Penguins in six games.
Though this season marks the end of a Red Wings era, it will be a memorable Stanley Cup victory for Detroit hockey fans.

 
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