Major League Baseball's All-Star Game overkill with Derek Jeter is etched into the history books. It's over. Now MLB's television commercial hard sell is October. The playoffs.
It is true that ESPN did not discover Babe Ruth. It did not even invent baseball, football, basketball or soccer. It did not invent the photogenic home run, although it might seem so during the variety of sports shows around 10 o'clock every night.
The final score, Brazil 1, USA nil. And in defeat the soccer players of the USA had done our nation proud. Alexi Lalas, from Birmingham, Mich., among them. The face really of that 1994 World Cup American side with his shaggy red hair and red goatee and his engaging personality.
Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter was called the second-best game ever pitches. This was proclaimed in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, by a so-called expert on CBS Sports' website and by a writer with ESPN.
Ice hockey is a game of passion and it is a game of blood. But what makes the sport precious and different is that it is a game of courage and a game of persistence.
There are heroes in sports — but they were the athletes who gave up playing their games after Pearl Harbor was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941 and went to war. Some conscripted. Some volunteering before they were drafted.
'You guys are always comparing us to them,' the athletes grumbled to a posse of sports journalists inside their cramped clubhouse in Boston. 'We're not them. We're our own team. We deserve to have our own identity.' This is how it was 30 years ago.
Sports writer & Columnist
Jerry Green started writing sports for The Detroit News on an ancient Remington typewriter. That was in 1963, after seven years with the Associated Press. As the technology advanced from the typewriter through a variety of gizmos to the computer and the Internet and e-mail, Green advanced with it.
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In 1967, Jerry was assigned to cover a new event called the Super Bowl. He kept covering Super Bowls year after year, never stopping. Even after his quasi-retirement in 2004, he has been recalled to active duty for a week to cover Super Bowls for The News. Now he is one of four sportswriters/survivors who have covered every Super Bowl.
Jerry was on The News' sports staff for 41 years and covered several World Series, major golf tournaments in the USA and overseas, Stanley Cup championships and NBA Finals. When he was the AP, he covered the Lions' championship season in 1957; so he makes a valid claim that he is the last surviving Detroit sportswriter who covered the Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons and Lions championships.
Nowadays in retirement, Jerry writes a Sunday column for The News' Web site. He has also written eight books, the most recent on the history of University of Michigan football.
His credo, as a columnist: "My columns reflect the performances of the teams on the field, the ice or the court."
Jerry won the Dick McCann Memorial Award presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005. He was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. In addition, he was voted Michigan's Sportswriter of the Year 10 times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
And, "Oh yes," he says, "I have been criticized for being old-fashioned and a curmudgeon, and I confess all of that is true. I happen to love sports history."
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