Author: Mike McClary

1989 WMU Football Coulda Been

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Apropos of nothing, I found this ticket stub from the Sept. 2 1989 Western Michigan vs. Temple game (WMU won, 31 – 24.) I leaned on College Football Reference for help in finding the score. In looking at Western’s 5-6 record that season, I noticed the Broncos lost four of those six games each by just a point: 21-20 home loss to Eastern Michigan 14-13 road loss to Central Michigan 19-18 road loss to Toledo […]

30 Years Later, Baseball Card Collection Still Treasured

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Shortly before Thanksgiving I was re-reading* Peter Walsh’s book “It’s All Too Much“, a treatise on de-cluttering home, office and life. (*Actually, I was re-listening to it as an audiobook. Nevertheless…) Walsh, who is a regular on Oprah, TLC and other TV shows, made one particular point in this reading that hit home: If something is valuable and cherished, why is it in a box in your garage?After hearing this I immediately glanced over at […]

My Favorite Author Dies

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David Halberstam was killed Monday morning in San Francisco and I’m more than a little bummed. For a fuller obit, read the one from his former paper, The New York Times.Halberstam was my favorite writer and I suppose he still is. The first book of his that I read was “The Summer of ’49” a wonderfully researched and written tale of an epic battle for the American League title. “The Breaks of the Game” about […]

Getting Real About, and Ready for, NE Valley Wildfire Threat

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By Mike McClaryThe Arizona Republic Like many Arizonans, I’m not originally from here. I hail from Michigan and have spent time in Colorado and Texas, places that have distinctive summertime threats. Whether it’s a tornado, severe thunderstorm or a Houston chemical plant explosion, you eventually learn how to prepare and respond. When I was living in those other states, I’d see footage on television of raging Arizona wildfires and think “Wow, that’s scary.” Then I’d […]

Everywhere You Look, NE Valley is Going to the Dogs

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By Mike McClaryThe Arizona Republic Note: This is an updated version of this column. Orginally the paper rejected it claiming it didn’t have a news angle. Recently, in response to a heroin bust, the Scottsdale school district voted to allow drug-sniffing dogs in the high schools next fall. I had found my news peg and here’s what they ran. Also, the column ran alongside an AP photo with the caption: “A Rottweiler sits in the […]

Led by the Comish, NHL Owners Living in Denial

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My gut feeling since the NHL lockout began on Sept. 16 was that the season would get canned and commissioner Gary Bettman himself would suffer the same fate shortly thereafter. As our friend Jack Walsh told The Duke in the film “Midnight Run“: “John, you’re in this mess because you’re in this mess. I didn’t put you in this mess.” In the 1990s, Bettman expanded wildly without any concern for the fact that while these […]