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Ask anyone who knows me, and they will tell you I am a sports freak. I love my baseball, my golf, hockey, and basketball. If the Lions didn't stink so bad, I might go back to loving football too.
Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that I actually think I know what I am talking about.
I am right more often than not. That puts me somewhere between 51% and 99% accurate. I can live with those margins.
When I was in university in Georgia, I used to read a sports columnist in the Atlanta Journal Constitution named Lewis Grizzard.
Although he was a sports columnist, he was more of a general humorist. I would buy the whole paper just to read his column. I loved the guy so much that I switched my major to be a journalism major and a poli-sci minor.
Why political science?
It seemed to me that joking about politicians would be funnier than sports. Perhaps - but sports are much more "real". And politicians are too easy to make fun of.
Mr. Grizzard died some time ago. Some would say his lifestyle kIlled him.
I write this blog in the memory of Mr. Grizzard.
I even try to emulate his style.
In Detroit, the best sports columnist is Pat Caputo. He writes for the Oakland Press and has a radio show -The Book on Sports - on 1270 AM.
I have a link to his blog site 'Open Book' on the left sidebar. I post comments quite often to his blog - pretending to be a knowledgeable sports fan, and Pat is very generous in his replies.
In one post, I was actually referred to as one of the great Canadians. Unfortunately he was kidding.
But I am enjoying this blog very much. To all who have been reading, thank you. I will try to do a better and more consistent job.
Below is a Lewis Grizzard Column from the Spring of 1992 - after his beloved Atlanta Braves lost the 1991 World Series to the Minnesota Twins. This is pure Grizzard: