Former NFL Player Lomas Brown to Speak at Rochester OPC

The Older Persons’ Commission (OPC) Rewired Not Retired program will host Lomas Brown, former National Football League (NFL) player, Detroit Lions Radio Broadcaster, business entrepreneur, and mentor on September 19 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Lomas Brown had a successful career as an NFL player and explored a variety of paths after he retired from the game in 2002. For the past decade Lomas has been helping start-ups, not only become successful, but thrive. Event attendees will enjoy stories … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Are Your Thoughts on the Silverdome Implosion?

Dear Crabby, I know you must have an opinion about the Pontiac Silverdome snafu on Sunday. So, go ahead and lay it on me! Thanks, Stan Safety Dear Mr. Safety, You betcha I have an opinion! The implosion actually reminded me a lot of what it’s like to be a Detroit Lions’ fan: Great expectations with a disappointing payoff. First of all, let me remind those who might not be regular readers that I’m going to miss the Silverdome. That old girl and I have shared a lot of memories … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names?

Dear Crabby, Is it just me or are there more hurricanes than normal lately? It seems like they used to be a rare occurrence, but now I hear about them almost every night on the news. And it got me wondering … how do hurricanes get their names? Thanks. Gail Storm Dear Gail Storm, I have to agree with you. Hurricanes have been relentless this year. The devastation Harvey, Irma, and Maria have caused is just staggering. And then I read some people that were affected by Harvey in Texas … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Does the Super Bowl Use Roman Numerals?

Dear Crabby, Man. I sure thought it was going to be the Detroit Lions year—that we’d finally make a triumphant return to the Super Bowl. I still plan on watching the game, but it won’t be as much fun. Hey. Do you happen to know in why the heck they use Roman numerals? Thanks, Sid Sideline Dear Mr. Sideline, I know what you mean. If the Chicago Cubs can win a World Series after a 108-year drought, why can’t the Detroit Lions win a Super Bowl? Alas, it just wasn’t meant to be. And … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are You Ready for Some Commercials?

Dear Crabby, This past Saturday I settled in to spend a full afternoon and evening watching commercials. Instead, I was occasionally blasted with a few minutes of football. Where do I file a complaint? Thanks, Orville H. Dear Orville, Wait a minute. You mean you don’t want to be bombarded by male enhancement products, along with pizza, beer, and a host of other products every two minutes while watching your favorite football teams? Good thing you don’t work in advertising. But … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is It Too Early for Christmas?

Dear Crabby, I love fall. Living in Michigan, I think it’s the best season to experience and our last hurrah before the dreaded ‘s’ stuff starts falling. But it seems like as soon as Labor Day was over and the school routine started up again, I was hearing whispers of Christmas. Now I’m no Scrooge, but isn’t it too early to be talking about putting up trees and playing holiday music non-stop?  Thanks, Suzie Salem Dear Suzie Salem, Yes! It’s absolutely too soon to be yapping about … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will I-75 Be Finished in Our Lifetime?

Dear Crabby, Just when you think Michigan’s orange barrel season might be tapering off – boom! The big I-75 project starts. Do you really think it will take as long as they’re saying? If so, I may need to move. Thanks, Bob Bitumen Dear Bob Bitumen, First, I think it’s hilarious that you believe orange barrel season ever ends in this state. I’m pretty sure somewhere there is still some road being worked on dating back to when Michigan became a state in 1837. Second, I definitely … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Was Your Favorite Story from 2015?

Dear Crabby, I'm a loyal reader of your column and I was wondering out of all the topics you wrote about this past year, which one was your favorite? Thanks! Dave Devotée Dear Mr. Devotée, First, thanks for reading my column. You have excellent taste in reading material. Of course I think everyone should be reading it because clearly I'm the go-to authority on pretty much everything. My grandkids will tell you that's because I'm older than dirt, but I like to think it's because God … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How do the NFL Teams get their Names?

Dear Crabby, The Detroit Lions have never really been King of the Jungle; And it got me wondering, just how do the NFL teams get their names? Sincerely, Nick Namers   Dear Mr. Namers, Ah, nicknames for the football teams. Well, I"m so old I actually remember how most of the football teams of the NFL (National Football League) got their names. Since many of you will be watching the game on Thanksgiving, let"s start with the Detroit Lions. So, the first part of the name of … [Read more...]

NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski Comes Home for a Spin

In preparation for the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) next weekend, Rochester Hills native and NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski headed to Detroit where he gave Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio a few pointers. Earlier in the day Keslowski dropped by the Lions' workout in Allen Park where he met with Lions coach Jim Caldwell and receiver Golden Tate. Read the full story on The Detroit Free Press. … [Read more...]