I stand, put my hand over my heart and sing along. In my monotone. That is when I'm live at the games. My colleagues all know that and OK, I'm a bit eccentric. What they don't know is that when I'm home and TV actually shows the rendering of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' instead of jumping to a big-bucks commercial, I stand up and sing along, too. Hand over heart.
It was time for the wise guy to deliver his annual obituary before the pro football season started. He had a microphone in front of him and a vast audience in radio prime time listening to what had been billed as wisdom.
The words are most valuable player. Simple words. MVP — the annual vote fest that so frequently provides contentiousness, contrariness and controversy on the previously noted media outlets. Some years the speculation approaches bloodshed.
The trips were 142 miles, due east. From Kalamazoo to Tiger Stadium. The kid on board with his dad. But for this kid it became different. He carried his own ambitions to the old ballpark in downtown Detroit — and they came true.
No comfort zone for the Tigers. Not this year. The 2014 Tigers were designed, supposedly, to be reminiscent of the Detroit club of 1984. A 30th anniversary celebration.
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.
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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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