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Finally…Digging Into The Chelios Regimen

Two guys we mentioned here fairly often during the season were the Detroit News’ David Guralnick and John Niyo.  Guralnick’s the all-world photographer who made an A2Y name for himself for shooting Tuesday games in January the way most photographers only shoot Game 7’s in May.  Niyo is the hungry young understudy to former Digger captain Ted Kulfan.  They both hit homeruns today for the feature they’ve written and shot on Chris Chelios’ Malibu torture sessions.

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David Guralnick, Detroit News

...but it’s the circuit training—a nonstop, 60-minute succession of exercises that Chelios swears by and others swear at. (The first time ex-teammate Mathieu Schneider tried it, he vomited.) Even in his mid-40s, Chelios still powers through it like “a machine,” Goodman says, adding, “It’s his competitiveness: That’s the reason he’s still willing to do the work that you have to do to sustain yourself.”

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Sunday Questions

Just a few thoughts running through my little mind today.  Questions I demand you consider as you finish your weekend.  Ready?  Great.

Does Little Gary have any clue about the opportunity dropped in his lap?  The other “big three” sports are all mired in controversy and the NHL, if marketed, could come out smelling like a pretty little rose. A rose perched on the sill of your kitchen.  Yes, surrounded by empty beer bottles and crusted mac and cheese bowls, but a rose nonetheless.

Baseball’s lead story:  the dirtbag that is Barry Bonds.  Football:  the absolute dirtbag that is Michael Vick.  Basketball: a gambling controversy that’s going to spread to every corner of that league of thugs.

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Khan(!) Answers The Mail…Maybe

I love the “ask the beat writer a question and have your answers published” features.  But, I’m always just a little skeptical.  Did “Judy” really script a grammatically perfect question regarding the salary cap and its ramifications on the Wings’ custodial crew?

Whatever. Maybe I’m just overly cynical today.  Maybe Ansar Khan is really monitoring his email and maybe Wing fans are really writing him consistently.  Maybe they’re sad and lonely and Khan(!) is their cyber soulmate, there to answer those Wing-related questions that keep them tossing and turning.  This week?  Jack, Cam, Chris, Dan, S.J., Steve and Pat (no hometowns listed) put our Deep Digger Captain on the spot.

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Michigan Sports Blog of the Week: Out of Bounds

Last year we decided to pass the uneventful days that made up much of the Summer of Ken with a few new features.  One was highlighting a Michigan sports blog every week that wasn’t necessarily hockey-specific.  One of the early sites we focused on was Where Have You Gone, Johnny Grubb?  Greg Eno, one of Michigan’s true sports historians and that blog’s creator, has another one we’ll look at today. 

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Bowman: “When the Red Wings need me, they call me.”

The Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James had the opportunity to speak with Scotty Bowman earlier this week. 

Q: The Wings weren’t able to re-sign Mathieu Schneider and Todd Bertuzzi, but kept Dominik Hasek and signed Brian Rafalski. How do you like the team’s outlook?

A: They got a good defenseman to replace Schneider. I think they’d like to get another forward. It’s just a matter of filling the spots.

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And Your Vote Would Be For…

ESPN SportsNation is asking you which Detroit pro sports team “matters the most”.  Pretty overwhelming results so far. Check them out here.

If I had to rank them, I’d say (1) Wings (2) Tigers (3) Lions (4) Pistons.

Edited 21 July:  that’s my personal ranking.  If I had to guess what the rest of the state feels, I’d probably rank them this way:  (1) Tigers, (2) Wings, (3) Lions, (4) Pistons

I’ll always believe that the Tigers have a certain place in the heart of all Michigan sports fans.  As someone said below, ‘68 was an amazing year and it affected much more than the Detroit hardcore baseball fan.

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Friday Odds and Ends

An amazingly eventful week, considering there’s been no hockey news to speak of.  We kicked off the “Re-design the Wings Logo Because Fire On Ice Appears To Be The Work of a Crossdressing Dive Fan” contest on Monday

That thrilling competition will last through September 14th when training camp opens in Traverse City.  Once the votes are tallied and all 9 A2Y readers have been heard from in choosing the new logo, we’ll present the winner with a gift certificate from Ice Jerseys.  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your artistry.

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WDFN Tuning Out Leukemia and Lymphoma

WDFN has been very good to all of us this year as they gave us exclusive first rights to their weekly interviews with Chris Chelios.  Here’s your chance to return the favor and help out a great cause.  Listen in the next two days as they conduct their 9th annual Radiothon to stop Leukemia and Lymphoma.  Click here to find out more, listen or—even better—donate.

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Effective Message Management

Sergei Fedorov isn’t speaking to the Russian media.  How do I know that?  Because in an interview with the Russian media he told them he’s no longer speaking to them.  Got it? 

“37 year old center of the Columbus Blue Jackets Sergei Fedorov, who according to rumors was going to get his contract bought out by his club to be then traded to the Detroit Red Wings declined to comment the situation. 

—I just flew in to LA from Detroit, Fedorov yesterday told Igor Larin of Sport-Express.  In California I am planning to undergo the treatment for elbow and groin injuries.  Regarding possibilities of any moves to another club, I will not discuss this subject.  Besides, in the middle of the last season before the start of the World Championship in Moscow I decided not to talk to Russian reporters.”

Good point Sergei.

I don’t have the link, but will post it for all the Russian linguists out there as soon as I get it.

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Grigorenko On Second Line With Datsyuk?

That appears to be what an optimistic organ-I-zation would like to see this fall.  Jim Nill spoke with nhl.com’s John McGourty about Grigorenko and a few other prospects.

“We think he’ll be a really good second-line guy that might suit Datsyuk. He has the potential to be a star, but it’s one day at a time to start. For instance, if we want him to go to the minors to catch up with the speed, how does he accept that? It won’t do him any good to struggle up here and not play much. A lot of Europeans don’t respect the AHL, but four weeks in the minors might be the best way to get up to NHL speed.”

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