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Holding court: A pick-up poem and photo essay on B-ball

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 7/14/2010

Types: Culture, Sports

Holding Court  pivot sweat  pick set  on blacktop plateau no script give  and go run 'em back a mid-summer's pickup  play stretched out  laced up one-on-one  win by two run 'em back bound to the key turn to the wing swing bottom block drop step  head fake who's g...[MORE]

Demolition derby: Can Detroit Derby Girls put 3,000 asses in Cobo?

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 5/19/2010

Types: Culture, Sports

A few Saturdays ago, we watched two teenage girls skip through the crowd on Second Avenue, round the corner at Temple Street, and float up the steps of the monstrous Masonic Temple. They looked punkish, in hues of tested teen rebellion, but somehow naïve to the neighborhood's fringe culture. Both sl...[MORE]

Fly ball: One writer learns the power of the baseball diamond

By Brian Smith

Published: 4/7/2010

Types: Culture, Sports

I love how the baseball diamond is basically a vagina. An aerial view of a major ball field clearly shows how it is as anatomically correct as man-carved acreage can be.  Not even "bat" and "ball" metaphors and schoolyard schemes of getting to first, second and third base, and n...[MORE]

Strong-armed: Ace pitcher Rick Porcello throws the Tigers into the future

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 4/7/2010

Types: Culture, Sports

On Opening Day last year, the youngest player in the Major League was the $11.5 million kid Rick Porcello. When the ink from Porcello's pen hit the paper, his contract with the Detroit Tigers became the most expensive a high school baseball player had signed in league history. Yes, high school. ...[MORE]

Getting off base: On linking the national pastime with the broader culture

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 4/7/2010

Types: Culture, Sports

Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball. —French-born historian Jacques Barzun  Baseball has the most intense historical consciousness and historical pretension of any sport ... yet it readily abandons tradition for commercial advantage. —Gerald Ear...[MORE]

Super fan: Here's a guy who stuck with the Tigers through famine and feast, and his blog and podcast prove it

By Curt Guyette

Published: 4/7/2010

Types: Culture, Sports

A native of St. Clair Shores, Mike McClary has never stopped following the team that he fell in love with as a kid. Even after moving to Colorado and then Scottsdale, Ariz., he continued to keep close tabs on the Tigers from afar, sticking with them through a string of miserable seasons that reached...[MORE]

Play ball! — and an outpouring of memories: We put out the word we were looking for Tiger memories — and you had a lot of them

By Metro Times readers

Published: 4/7/2010

Types: Culture, Sports

One of the most famous days in Tiger history was June 28, 1976, when phenom Mark Fidrych (who would go on to be the first athlete ever to grace the cover of Rolling Stone) outdueled the Yankees on ABC's Monday Night Baseball. It also happened to be my 11th birthday, and my gift just happened to be t...[MORE]

The first pitch: The power and the glory of an Opening Day in Detroit

By Harry Atkins

Published: 4/7/2010

Types: Culture, Sports

Detroit was already trailing the Texas Rangers 1-0 when Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammel drew first-inning walks. Many in the Tiger Stadium crowd of 51,238 were still looking for their seats. That's the way it goes on Opening Day. There are lots of folks — frequently a lot of suits — who d...[MORE]

'let's call this': Baseball beautitude from days gone by

By John Sinclair

Published: 4/7/2010

Types: Culture, Sports

"let's call this" for Jayne Cortez baseball, poetry, & rhythm & blues— & all three in one most glorious day, april 15, 1982— let's call this opening day, like the sky opened up & grinned all over detroit & at the shrine of truth & be...[MORE]

Getting up to speed: Ten easy, how-to queries for a café racer

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 7/29/2009

Types: Culture, Sports

A handful of young café racer devotees are spearheading a movement in Michigan. It was only a matter of time. And the wrenches at Café Racer in Ypsi — set to open its doors on Aug. 15, with a Rockers vs. Mods throwdown this Friday, July 30, at Ann Arbor's historic Heidelberg bar — have...[MORE]

Highway stars: These bikes are fast, crude, DIY-styled and often beautiful. It's no wonder they're getting huge.

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 7/29/2009

Types: Culture, Sports

Bikers. To some that's still a dirty word. Do you picture a grizzled, unrepentant badass in black on his ferocious Harley, some sort of sleazy-rider Peter Fonda, one etched in prison tats and concealing bathtub meth in his gas tank instead of weed? Do you hear the subsonic growl of his hog?  Or may...[MORE]

Kung fu fighting: Detroit karate school mixes street smarts and martial arts

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 4/22/2009

Types: Culture, Sports

Clara Bradley's ex once punched her face so hard he cracked her cheekbone. Then he broke a couple ribs. A good relationship went bad because of booze, and the whiskey made him violent. She escaped to a safe house and eventually moved on, but the assaults led her to take self-defense classes a...[MORE]

4 Play: The not-complete-idiot's guide to surviving the Final Four

By Metro Times staff

Published: 4/1/2009

Types: Culture, Sports

An idiotic guide to basketball by Michael Jackman A completely stupid guide for the ignorant! In courts divine by Bill Wylie-Kellermann My life in the game Four myths about Detroit by Metro Times staff Danger, mayhem, borders and more What to see by Metro Times staff Metr...[MORE]

In courts divine: My life in the game

By Bill Wylie-Kellermann

Published: 4/1/2009

Types: Culture, Sports

The only record of Michael Jordan's that I've ever broken is the number of times I've come out of basketball retirement. About to turn 60, I'm yet again back at a weekly game running full court, at least till I feel a hamstring twinge and have the wisdom to step off for the night. Years ago, wh...[MORE]

An idiotic guide to basketball: A completely stupid guide for the ignorant!

By Michael Jackman

Published: 4/1/2009

Types: Culture, Sports

Every spring, millions of Americans start obsessing over March Madness, two weeks with more than 60 different games between the very best college basketball teams. And if you know nothing about the sport at all, you may be in for culture shock this week, as the NCAA Final Four descends upon De...[MORE]

Tour de Xmas : Sometimes it's the season of complications

By Brian Smith

Published: 12/17/2008

Types: Culture, Sports

My facial features felt like frozen protrusions, as if stung by bees. Toes were beyond any description of pain; I imagined them plum-colored and shriveled-up like dead baby birds, inside those cleated shoes, affixed to those pedals. Lungs were numbed and throat was blocked by a petal of icy phlegm. ...[MORE]

Tumbling into town

By Sandra Svoboda

Published: 10/29/2008

Types: Culture, Sports

Loosen your grip on the twisted stereotype of Olympic gymnasts. They're not just bitch-faced robots who can't crack a smile unless absolute perfection is reached. No, the troupe that's flipping into town this week with the 2008 Tour of Gymnastics Superstars is a new post-Olympic generation that...[MORE]

Tiger Stadium: A love story: Ballpark's final chapter is uncertain; one man's nostalgia isn't

By William R. Boyer

Published: 10/15/2008

Types: Culture, Sports

Henry asks determinedly, "Dad, why is Tiger Stadium damaged?" Our heads twist back, as the car banks slowly on the exit ramp toward his Indian Village preschool. A faint blur of green grass flashes beneath the tangled gray, blue and remaining upper-deck orange. My almost-4-year-old has been ask...[MORE]

Old-school pool: Table talk with the old-timers

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 9/3/2008

Types: Culture, Sports

It's a hot and sunny recent Friday afternoon, and a few men hide from the heat inside Bill's Recreation, a pool room just south of Wayne State University's campus. They're playing a game called "Bank." "Go on!" yells Bill King to the ball he just shot at. "Get in there!" It stops at the lip of ...[MORE]

Game not over: Demolition begins, but efforts to save parts of Tiger Stadium continue

By Kelli B. Kavanaugh

Published: 7/9/2008

Types: Culture, Sports

It's hard to believe that it's been almost 10 years since the last game was played at Tiger Stadium. It's even harder to believe that its fate is not yet set in stone. While selective dismantling has begun on the building's northeast corner, the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy (OTSC) is still wor...[MORE]

Fighting for life: They lost their gym, but Kronk Boxing Team's fighters haven't lost their nerve

By Michael Jackman

Published: 7/2/2008

Types: Culture, Sports

Javan "Sugar" Hill loves a good fight. At 38 years old, the native Detroiter is a retired crime fighter from the Detroit Police Department. He's now devoting his energy to his biggest battle of all — heading up Detroit's historic Kronk Boxing Team. It's the kind of thing nobody does unle...[MORE]

Down the lazy river: Kayaking in St. Clair County

By Curt Guyette

Published: 6/11/2008

Types: Culture, Sports

Man, it's sure nice to get away, even if away is not that far, and the time gone isn't all that long. I'm thinking this as I paddle a rented kayak along the languid Pine River, which runs through the little town of St. Clair and into the much bigger St. Clair River connecting Lake Huron and Lak...[MORE]

Take the bait: Fishing for those great hole-in-the-wall supply shops

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 6/11/2008

Types: Culture, Sports

Detroit has several small, home-grown shops selling everything needed to fish. Though many bait shops have closed in recent years, including longstanding ones like Fisherman's Marina near Harbor Island and newer ones like Detroit Bait & Tackle on Bagley in Corktown, a handful are still out there...[MORE]

Hooking up: Detroiters return to the river for the reel thing

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 6/11/2008

Types: Culture, Sports

As spring turns to summer in Detroit, the riverfront becomes lined with anglers, their baited hooks sunk into the water, trying to fool fish into taking their last bite. Fishing's always been a popular warm-weather pastime in the city. The Detroit River snakes for miles along the city's edge, a...[MORE]

Look, up in the sky ...

By Maria Stella

Published: 5/28/2008

Types: Culture, Sports

The loud hum of the World War II cargo plane's engine as it warmed — the vibrations shaking through my feet up through my head — was more than enough to make my palms sweat. But when the gigantic lumbering plane made it to the Detroit River, one of the crewmembers threw open the a...[MORE]

Tragedy and litigation: 1997 crash left Wings star, staffer disabled; lawsuit goes to trial here later this month

By Sandra Svoboda

Published: 4/16/2008

Types: Culture, Sports

More than a decade has passed since a limousine crash in Birmingham ended the careers of Red Wings star Vladimir Konstantinov and team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov, but the complicated legal battles could just be nearing a conclusion.The final lawsuit stemming from the crash goes to trial later th...[MORE]

On guard: Stuckey and Afflalo are the new players who fit the mold of Pistons past — and they're key to the Pistons' future

By Larry Gabriel

Published: 3/12/2008

Types: Culture, Sports

Arron Afflalo steps quickly backward, shifting side to side as his opponent dribbles up court. As he senses the ball handler gearing up to make his move, Afflalo's hand snakes out and strikes the ball away to his teammate Rodney Stuckey. Stuckey dribbles on the run as he scans the defense. He ...[MORE]

Across the board: A Brazilian chess master finds his match in Detroit

By Samantha Cleaver

Published: 3/12/2008

Types: Culture, Sports

Silvio Cunha Pereira rests his forearms on the wobbly brown table and squints at the plastic blue-and-white chessboard in front of him. The clock is ticking. Five seconds. Four. Three. Whiffs of fresh McDonald's french fries float through the Wayne State University Student Center. Behind Pereir...[MORE]

Winter's here — surf's up!: But watch out when your buddy's lips turn blue

By Kelli B. Kavanaugh

Published: 1/23/2008

Types: Culture, Sports

Surfing, that sexy sport of washboard abs and bleach-blond hair, sunny blue skies and palm trees, has gotten the proverbial makeunder.     Picture instead a head-to-toe Neoprene wetsuit and cloudy gray skies, and you've got the picture of Great Lakes surfing. Michigan, ...[MORE]

The chill of the game: One man's search for cool leads to insights about pro basketball.

By Timothy Dugdale

Published: 11/24/1999

Types: Culture, Sports

Contrary to what Nike would like us to believe, far more people watch rather than actually play sports. So what exactly are we armchair superstars watching? David Shields has a pretty good idea, at least when it comes to basketball. In his new b...[MORE]

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