Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Say goodbye to the Bobbie Layne curse

George Foster - September 13th, 2010
Say goodbye to the Bobby Layne curse
If you have been a die-hard Detroit
Lions football fan over the last 50 years (unbelievably, there are a
few of us), don’t bother reading this column.
As for the rest of the football fans out there, I do understand your
skepticism over any mention that the Lions team will be good in our
lifetime – but you are wrong. Beware: if you read further you risk
joining those of us who see bluer skies ahead for Detroit Lions
football – Honolulu blue.
The reasons outlined below are irrefutable evidence that the Lions and
their fans have finally escaped the futility experienced since
Detroit’s last NFL championship in 1957. Expect the Lions to finish
8-8 in 2010 at worst, followed by a run in the playoffs for the Super
Bowl in 2011 season.
First of all, Detroit finally has an intelligent and hard-working
management team in place. Coach Jim Schwartz has a proven track record
as a defensive coordinator and is considered one of the bright young
coaches in the game. General manager Martin Mayhew has bucked the
dismal pattern of his predecessors after engineering two excellent
drafts in a row, while pulling off several shrewd trades and
free-agent acquisitions to upgrade the Lions’ talent. Good teams start
at the top and, until lately, the Lions’ front office has been a joke
around the rest of the league.
Another reason to be optimistic is that the infamous Bobby Layne curse
is officially over. When the Lions traded their Hall-of-Fame
quarterback Layne in 1958, he reportedly muttered that the team would
“not win for 50 years.” Since then, Detroit has compiled the worst
winning percentage of any NFL franchise. The 50th year of the curse
ended in 2008 with the ultimate humiliation as the Lions became the
first team in pro football history to lose every game in that season.
Injuries are part of the game, but the tragic fate of so many Lions
over the years is downright eerie. Offensive lineman Mike Utley was
paralyzed during a home game in 1991. The following year, another
Lions offensive lineman, Eric Andolsek, was killed by a runaway
semi-truck while working in his front yard. Defensive
tackle Corey Smith was lost at sea in a Gulf of Mexico storm a couple
of years ago. Most telling of all, Detroit is the only team in NFL
history to have a player actually die on the field during a game when
Chuck Hughes suffered a heart attack in 1971 against the Chicago Bears
while trotting back to the huddle.
This is only a partial list of mayhem suffered by
Detroit players during the cursed seasons. Now that the dreaded hex is
over, the
Lions are long overdue for some good luck. They got it when Matthew
Stafford left college early and was drafted last year by Lions as
their quarterback of the future.
The Lions’ new signal-caller should be a great QB well into the next
decade. It is amazing (or cursed?) that Detroit has not had even a
decent QB in the last 50 years. Matthew Stafford is blessed with a
strong arm, smarts, and leadership qualities that have been lacking
since, well... Bobby Layne.
The Lions are back and the curse of Bobby Layne is over. If you are
superstitious and need further proof, I’ll leave you with a final,
curse-busting fact; Matthew Stafford attended the same high school as
Bobby Layne in Highland Park, Texas and was drafted by Detroit 51
years after Bobby Layne put his 50-year-hex on the Lions.

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