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Sonny And His Wings

from Bill Roose at the Wings website,

Before famed writer George Plimpton tightened the chin strap to his helmet to chronicle life as an NFL quarterback in Detroit, there was Sonny Eliot, the acclaimed local weatherman, who already knew what it was like to practice with the pros.

Occasionally invited by GM Jack Adams to suit-up in goalie gear at Red Wings’ practices, Eliot, who was a fixture around Olympia Stadium for decades, died Friday morning at his home in Farmington Hills. He was 91.

Known by the players as a jokester with a quick, corny wit, Eliot was always welcomed around the Wings’ players, coaches and management.

“To me, he just wanted to be around the guys. Period,” legendary Wings forward Gordie Howe said. “He just liked to have fun, and everybody respected him.”


Watch a video below from 1997 which celebrated his at the time, 50 years in the broadcasting industry.

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SYF's avatar

Yet another indelible part of my childhood is gone.

RIP, Sonny.  Thanks for the memories.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 11/16/12 at 06:53 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

How right you are SYF. RIP to the clown prince of Detroit.

Posted by cigar_nurse from On The mend for next season Greenville Pylons on 11/16/12 at 09:15 PM ET

Bugsy's avatar

I have nothing but good memories of the man. Even on a bad day, just listening to him on the radio doing WWJ weather on the drive home brought a smile to my face (just hearing him was enough to restore the childhood memories of him on TV). The best tribute would be to bring a little more of his humor and warmth into the world this weekend (and George, hope you get the anxiety under control).

Posted by Bugsy on 11/16/12 at 10:07 PM ET

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