The Malik Report
by George Malik on 10/28/13 at 08:27 PM ET
The Windsor Star's Bob Duff rarely mixes sports metaphors, but he does so this evening as he feels that Metro Detroiters of all nationalities should appreciate a "triple threat's" worth of sublimely-talented athletes (and if you're not from "around here," you might not know that Windsor, Ontario is located due south of Detroit, and tends to be split 50-50 between those who cheer for Detroit sports teams and those who look up the 401 Highway to Toronto's teams):
It was a performance for the ages, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Or maybe not, if you happen to live in the Detroit area.
In terms of the chance of seeing greatness in action, currently no fans in sports are as lucky as those who live around here.
They can go to Ford Field and see the NFL’s best receiver Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions. Up the street at Comerica Park is where during baseball season, the game’s best hitter, Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, sends balls into orbit. Across town at Joe Louis Arena, centre Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings is a dazzling magician with the puck, operating as hockey’s best two-way performer.
If it’s not a first, it’s definitely a rarity, especially in this era of expansion, salary caps and free agency.
Duff's focus involves "Megatron's" 329-yards-gained performance in Sunday's 31-30 Lions win over the Dallas Cowboys--which the Detroit News's John Niyo reports was seven yards short of tying the all-time NFL record--but this is a Wings blog, so I'm going to focus on Datsyuk:
His puck skills are unmatched and yet the aspect of his game that wins him more admirers is Datsyuk’s determined defence. He annually leads the NHL in takeaways.
“Datsyuk is the best in the world at picking your pocket,” San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture said. “You’ve got to take off the first couple of strides. You’ve got to get away from him.”
As for Cabrera, Datsyuk and Johnson, everyone should feel fortunate to live here and be afforded the chance to watch each of these unique stars in action whenever you want. A talented a trio as any town has even seen.
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