Arizona Cardinals come to grips with upset loss to Detroit Lions ‘Love Really’-style

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  • Kelly CohenESPN

On the holidays: you have to be honest.

Well, if you stick to the standards of the 2003 Christmas movie “Love Actually”. In one of the scenes towards the end of the film, Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his wife Juliet (Keira Knightley) are watching TV when someone knocks on the door.

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Juliet responds to find Mark (Andrew Lincoln), Peter’s best friend. Mark has a boombox and giant note cards in his hand. On these greeting cards, Mark Juliet says that “The truth is told at Christmas” and that the truth is “For me you are perfect”.

So in the spirit of Christmas, the 10-4 Arizona Cardinals decided to tell their own harsh truth: they actually lost to that Detroit Lions last Sunday. Despite finishing under 13 points, according to Caesars Sportsbook, the previously 11-11-1 Lions beat the Cardinals in Detroit 30-12.

Obviously, the Cardinals wanted to quickly forget about the angry loss as they didn’t tweet the bottom line from their official Twitter account.

Now, just days before Christmas, Arizona is ready to be honest about Love Reality-style game.

A message for all of our new Twitter followers as a tribute to a classic Christmas movie scene. pic.twitter.com/rhlrjgSZeM

– Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 23, 2021

In an ode to romantic comedy, the Cardinals mascot Big Red admits the defeat of the past week with large cue cards.

For Arizona at least, love is actually omnipresent.

Grosse Pointe Park man steals cash from Metro Detroit charity for private use, feds say

DETROIT – A Big Pointe Park Mann is accused of stealing money from a charity that benefits disadvantaged children in Detroit and using it for his own personal expenses. Federal officials said.

John R. Lynch, 56, from Grosse Pointe Park, was arrested on Thursday, April 8th Connection with the case.

According to official information, Lynch became CFO of the Holy Cross organization in March 2012 and later its CEO in 2015.

Holy Cross was founded in 1948 when Boysville of Michigan was incorporated under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. Boysville of Michigan later became Holy Cross Children’s Services, federal officials said.

The organization provides social benefits to disadvantaged children and adolescents and behavioral health services to adolescents and adults. It also supports the homeless.

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While he was CEO of Holy Cross, Lynch used the organization’s funds to pay for repairs to his own cars, install a new roof on his house, repay his personal mortgage balance, and make payments on a personal American Express account, so the authorities.

He used Holy Cross funds to pay for his own consulting firm and hired another company to provide security services at the Holy Cross Samaritan Center, the government said. This security company was controlled by officers from Lynch, according to information.

The complaint alleges that Lynch used his Holy Cross American Express corporate card to purchase goods and services for personal use.

Lynch tried to justify some of the payments with fake invoices, authorities said.

Officials said Holy Cross receives federal funding through the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. She also receives federal funding under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, which funds foster families and provides adoption and guardianship support, they said.

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Lynch faces charges of wire fraud, postal fraud, and embezzlement and theft of funds under the care, custody and control of an organization that receives federal funding.

Officials said a decision should be made on whether to bring a crime charge when the investigation is complete. FBI officers are conducting the investigation.

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Detroit Jazz Fest publicizes 2021 lineup | Arts & Leisure

Herbie Hancock, Kenny Garrett, Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 as well as Omar Sosa and the Havana-Detroit Jazz Project plan to play this year’s Detroit Jazz Festival one way or another.

The annual Labor Day Weekend event announced a 27-act cast in 2021 during a streaming event from the future home of the Gretchen Valade Jazz Center at Wayne State University’s old Hillberry Theater on Wednesday evening, April 7th. What is not yet clear is where the show will be; The intent is to return to a live presentation at the city’s Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park pending the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and local and state protocols.

Last year’s festival was broadcast live, but without an audience, from Soundstages at the Detroit Marriott in the Renaissance Center Hotel. Organizers say a decision on this year’s event will be made at a later date, most likely in early summer.

But they’re preparing for the show, with this year’s artist-in-residence singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, slated to open and close the festival on September 3rd and 6th, and perform on September 5th. Hancock will also perform on the opening night.

It was also announced that the club on the ground floor of the Valade Jazz Center is named in honor of the Flint-raised singer Dee Dee Bridgewater’s.

Other highlights include all-star centenary celebrations for Dave Brubeck (September 5) and Charlie Parker (September 6), “The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6” (September 4), a “Jazz and the Birth of Hip “Hop” Collaboration (September 4th), Kurt Ellings All-Star “Big Blind”, in two sets (September 4th) and two appearances by pianist Abdullah Ibrahim – with the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra on September 4th and the piece “Ekaya” on September 6th.

More acts will be announced closer to the event, the largest free jazz festival in the world. For updates and other information, see detroitjazzfest.org.

The festival will also continue its Detroit JAZZ Fest LIVE! App that gives users access to all performances, as well as other exclusive content, for $ 20.

Wednesday’s announcement was accompanied by live performances by Bridgewater and Sosa without an audience with the Havana-Detroit jazz project. The latter’s set included a piece dedicated to Detroit pianist Gary Shunk, who passed away on Tuesday, April 6th.

The entire festival program includes:

Friday 3rd September

2021 Artist-in-Residence Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Ladies of the Woodshed Network

Herbie Hancock

Saturday 4th September

Matthew Whitaker Quartet

Kenny Barron

Jerry Bergonzi Quintet

Alicia Olatuja – “Intuition: Songs from the heads of women”

Etienne Charles – Creole soul

David Binney Angeleno Quartet

Omar Sosa and the Havana-Detroit Jazz Project

Keyon Harrold presents jazz and the birth of hip hop with special guests “Elzhi”, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Chris “Daddy” Dave

The summit: the Manhattan transfer meets with Take 6

Kurt Ellings Big Blind

Sunday 5th September

Michael May

Roberto Fonseca

Dee Dee Bridgewater Bill Charlap Duo

Abdullah Ibrahim and the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra (Big Band)

Anat Cohen Tentet / Musical Director, Oded Lev-Ari

Sean Jones: “Dizzy Spellz”

Kenny Garrett

Tribute to Dave Brubeck @ 100: Brubeck Brothers Quartet – with Jerry Bergonzi, the Detroit Jazz Festival Choir and the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra

AZIZA with Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland

Gregory Porter

Monday, September 6th

Abdullah Ibrahim: Ekaya

Jimmy Greene Quintet

Eddie Daniels and Bob James; Explore new worlds

Flying Higher: Charlie Parker @ 100 Co Music Directors: Rudresh Mahanthappa and Terri Lyne Carrington, Charenee Wade, Adam O’Farrill, Kris Davis, Larry Grenadier and Kassa Overall

Dee Dee Bridgewater Female Big Band

Detroit Jazz Fest announcement set for public streaming occasion | Arts & Leisure

The Detroit Jazz Festival will make its 2021 lineup announcement a public event this year.

The Livestream Preview Event will take place on April 7th at 6.30 p.m. detroitjazzfest.org, the festival’s YouTube page and the Detroit Jazz Fest LIVE! App. The show will be streamed from the future home of the Gretchen Valade Jazz Center at Wayne State University without a live audience. In addition to the unveiling of the lineup, the three-hour show also features performances by artist-in-residence Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and jazz students from Wayne State University.

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 edition of the festival took place virtually. Live performances were broadcast in real time online and via broadcasters. The streamcast is nominated for a Detroit Music Award in the Outstanding Live Performance, Virtual category. The organizers hope this year’s festival will return in person on Labor Day weekend in downtown Detroit.

Detroit mayor rejects preliminary J&J vaccine cargo, calls Pfizer, Moderna ‘one of the best’

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan turned down an initial allocation of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 single vaccine this week, according to the Michigan State Department of Health.

At a news conference Thursday, Duggan confirmed that he had refused to grant J&J vaccines from the state this week, citing sufficient supply of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to meet demand from eligible residents.

“Johnson & Johnson is a very good vaccine. Moderna and Pfizer are the best. And I’ll do everything I can to make sure the Detroit city residents get the best,” Duggan said at a news conference Thursday.

The FDA on Saturday authorized J & J’s Covid-19 emergency vaccine is the third vaccine approved for distribution in the United States and the only one that requires only one dose.

Clinical trial data shows that J & J’s vaccine provides 66% overall protection against Covid, compared to around 95% for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. While some have raised concerns about the lower rate of effectiveness of the J&J vaccine, the J&J vaccine is concerned has proven Prevent 100% of virus-related hospitalizations and deaths according to its clinical trial data.

“All vaccines are safe and effective, and I recommend that all vaccines be offered in all communities,” said Dr. Michigan chief medical executive Joneigh Khaldun in a statement to CNBC.

“Also, the Johnson and Johnson vaccine has been studied in a more recent period of time with more easily transmissible variants, so I would not recommend comparing the Pfizer and Moderna studies directly with the Johnson and Johnson studies,” Khaldun said.

At a news conference on Friday, Andy Slavitt, Senior White House Covid Advisor, said Duggan’s comments on the J&J vaccine had been misunderstood.

“We have had a constant dialogue with Mayor Duggan … He is very excited about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. And I think we want to reiterate the message that the very first vaccine we can take makes perfect sense for all of us is take, “said Slavitt.

In a statement later Friday, Duggan reiterated the effectiveness of the J&J shot in preventing hospitalizations and Covid-related deaths.

“The only reason we decided not to take the first shipment from Johnson & Johnson was because we had the capacity with Moderna and Pfizer to handle the 29,000 first and second dose appointments planned for the coming week which has already brought us very close to our capacity at our current locations, “Duggan said in a statement on Friday.

The J&J allotment, rejected by Duggan, comprised 6,200 doses that were distributed to other local Michigan health departments, according to Bob Wheaton, spokesman for the state health department.

Wheaton said the state doesn’t expect to receive any more J&J vaccines “for a few weeks.”

Duggan said the city will open a new vaccination site for J&J shots if demand from eligible residents exceeds supply of Moderna and Pfizer cans.

“We always planned to distribute Johnson & Johnson as soon as demand warranted it, and we had our distribution plan so we could make it available to our residents as much as Moderna and Pfizer,” Duggan said in Friday’s statement. “By the time the next J&J broadcast arrives, we’ll have our plan to make it available.”

WRIF celebrates exceptional 50 years on Detroit airwaves | Arts & Leisure

When you talk to veteran radio people around the country, they’ll tell you the same thing about Detroit: It is an amazingly competitive market.

Many iconic personalities and stations have graced its airwaves — J.P. McCarthy and Dick Purtan on the one hand, Steve Dahl and Howard Stern on the other.

Since FM radio first got a foothold in the late ’60s, scores of stations have come and gone, call letters have been created, swapped and dropped, and formats have been tried and failed — and sometimes tried again.

That’s why the celebration WRIF’s 50th anniversary on Feb. 14 was noteworthy. In one of America’s most dog-eat-dog radio landscapes, RIFF stands out for a whole slew of reasons. Only a handful of rock stations around the country have reached this pinnacle.

Committed to the same format through its five decades, the station once owned by ABC has been the most successful FM in the history of the market. In two areas for which stations are measured by their ownership — ratings and revenue — WRIF has been a mainstay in both, sporting some of its best numbers in the last few years.

Since those wild and woolly days when FM was an afterthought, Detroit radio owners have come and gone. ABC sold its entire group of 14 radio stations to Capital Cities Communications in 1985, followed by a number of other transactions, where WRIF was sold like a Monopoly property.

It wasn’t until Greater Media bought the station in 1993, and later sold it to Beasley Media Group five years ago, that WRIF enjoyed another long period of dominance.



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Mike Clark (left) and Drew Lane (right) with Kid Rock some time in the 2000s at the WRIF studio. Photo courtesy Beasley Media Group

The Drew & Mike show, featuring Drew Lane, Mike Clark and Trudi Daniels ruled the morning FM airwaves, 1991-2013. And in the past few years, the reign of Dave & Chuck the Freak took hold when Beasley acquired WRIF and sister station Classic Rock-formatted WCSX. Both of these morning shows helped the station recapture its glory days, cementing its legacy as Detroit’s rock station of record.

Holding stations together during ownership transitions is arduous, especially when new management takes over with little knowledge of the market.

As former WRIF program director and general manager Tom Bender once explained to me, “Working for a great radio station means a commitment to the call letters, not necessarily to the station’s owner at that moment in time.”

Loyalty to this storied rock radio brand by its staffers — on and off the air — its millions of listeners over the years and its advertisers speaks volumes about the respect WRIF has earned in its five decades of service.

Humble beginnings

There is much urban legend associated with radio stations endure this long — some stories true, some exaggerated and some just made up. But the story of the station’s call letters is one that many don’t know.



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A flier explains the name change at WRIF-FM. Beasley Media Group image

When ABC stations were first licensed, their call letters were the same as their heritage AM sister stations. Here in Detroit, that station was WXYZ. In 1971, ABC decided its FM armada needed their own unique identities, and applications were filed for new call letters for its seven FM radio stations.

The WRIF call letters — nicknamed RIFF from day one — almost ended up in Chicago. That’s because the name chosen for 101.1 FM in Detroit was actually WDAI — an abbreviation for Detroit Automotive Industry.

WRIF was reserved for ABC’s Chicago station — as in the wind riffing across Lake Michigan. Somehow in the filing process with the Federal Communications Commission, the applications were flipped, and the stations got each other’s call letters.

And so, WRIF ended up right here in Detroit. That was the last time there would be confusion about the station’s identify and its mission.



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In the 1971, WRIF was established in the “back 40” of the WXYZ-Channel 7 property, where ABC added three trailers onto a small house in Detroit. The man on the far right with glasses and moustache is Tom Bender, who was a program director at WRIF and also the general manager for a number of years into the 2000s. (Courtesy Beasley Media Group)

WRIF’s beginnings were beyond humble. ABC added three trailers onto a small house on the “back 40” of the Channel 7 property. Soon after, afternoon drive institution Arthur Penhallow would be hired out of Ann Arbor by WXYZ-FM’s first programmer, Dick Kernen. It was a job Penhallow — the “Mayor of Riffville” and the “Grand Poobah of Rock ’n’ Roll” — turned into a career lasting more than 35 years on WRIF, bellowing his signature “BABY!” and holding court for Detroit rockers on the drive home from work.



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WRIF DJ Arthur Penhallow in the studio, circa 1970s, is about to have water poured over his head by Nick Lowe. The man at left unidentified. Photo courtesy Beasley Media Group



Arthur Penhallow with Bob Seger

Bob Seger (left) with Arthur Penhallow, drive-time DJ at WRIF, at an event in the 1990s. Photo by Steve Galli

Those who labored in those trailers for more than a decade now look back at the experience fondly. But at the time, those rustic conditions proved less than ideal. The facility was difficult to heat and cool. And walking across the floor of the air studio in the second trailer was like tiptoeing through a mine field. A wrong step could trigger the tone arm bouncing around a vinyl record being played over the air. In the winters, ice falling off the nearby 880 foot tower often caused a hazard to employees — and their cars.

Yet, under those less than ideal conditions, the station thrived, making its presence known in Detroit. In the early years, the trailers were kept secret. But when J.J. & the Morning Crew joined the station, the staff leaned into their surroundings.

Inspired by the Flamingo Mobile Home Park in nearby Farmington Hills, the station’s bowling and softball teams became known as the RIFF Flamingoes. Capacity games were played on Lawrence Institute of Technology’s small baseball diamond across the street from the ABC complex.

Over the years, the WRIF air staff delighted thousands of rock fans when the Doobie Brothers, Journey, and the J. Geils Band among others took to the diamond.

Plastic pink flamingoes began to adorn the lawn around WRIF.

But in 1980, the staff left the trailers and move a stone’s throw east from Channel 7’s main building. The new WRIF facility was state of the art — one of the most modern, best-equipped, and beautiful radio facilities of its era.

In tune with history

When WRIF first launched in 1971, it hit the airwaves during the radical John Sinclair-infused era of protest in Detroit. Yet, progressive rock music discovery was never a huge part of the WRIF brand. That reputation was held by the wild and woolier WABX, and later, W4 — two stations that competed hard, but eventually fell victim to the competitive pressures of the Detroit radio marketplace.

WRIF was — and to this day, still is — true to its original mission: a mainstream rock station that deftly walks the line between leading and following its audience. Many observers of the Detroit radio market have likened its embrace of rock ’n’ roll to the hard cadence of the factory assembly line. As Bob Segeer sang in “Making Thunderbirds,” great rock on the radio often provided the soundtrack to the market’s industrial roots.

The WRIF “formula” transcended music. It always included having some of the market’s best and most dynamic personalities on staff. When the station’s management team of Jay Hoker and Tom Bender brought J.J. & the Morning Crew over from arch-rival W4 (WWWW) in 1979, WRIF’s reputation for stellar, dominant morning shows was set.

Not long after moving to the WRIF trailers, the Morning Crew launched their anti-disco statement in the form of the soon-ubiquitous DREAD card, issued to Detroit Rockers Engaged in the Abolition of Disco. To this day, these paper and plastic cards are in the wallets and sock drawers of thousands of Metro Detroiters.

Along with Ken Calvert, Karen Savelly, Steve Kostan, Carl Coffey and Penhallow, the WRIF team featuring Johnson and Baier’s character voices very much echoed the philosophy of its next door neighbor, Channel 7: “We got who you wanted.”

WXYZ-TV had recently amassed the best talent in the market in Bill Bonds, John Kelly, Marilyn Turner and a high-profile cast of weather and sports stars to lead the television market for years. Across the parking lot at WRIF, that same strategy was being employed, bringing together the best rock air staff in town.

But how to market it? Enter the “Remarkable Mouth.”

Hoker was looking for just the right television commercial to sum up the new spirit of WRIF. Working with a Los Angeles production crew, Hoker went with a TV spot that became the most famous of them all.

The concept featured an attractive model lip-syncing a fast-moving 20-second montage of the station, its music, and its personalities. Hoker chose a young up-and-comer, Hollywood ingenue Kelly Harmon, to star in the spot.

After the commercial was shot and “in the can,” Hoker and the RIFF team discovered Kelly Harmon had a Detroit connection. She was the daughter of University of Michigan football star Tom Harmon, and the sister of actor Mark Harmon. Kelly was also the ex-wife of auto magnate John DeLorean, who was making waves during these years.

Harmon’s serendipitous connection to Detroit helped turn WRIF’s “Remarkable Mouth” into a much buzzed-about commercial, leading to in-market appearances and posters that ended up in gas stations and bedrooms all over the metro area, similar to the ubiquitous Farah Fawcett posters of that era.

The punchline on the commercial was Kelly’s perfect lip-synch of Arthur Penhallow’s exuberant signature, “BABY!” — the perfect stinger for the spot.


WRIF “Remarkable Mouth” Commercial with Karen Newman (1998)

Into the future

In later years, new generations of WRIF personalities and stellar morning shows would grace the Detroit airwaves at 101.1 FM. For WRIF, it’s always been about consistency — staying true to its mission. As Detroit radio personalities and shows have come and gone, as rock music has bobbed and weaved through its many phases, WRIF remains essentially the same station it was back when Jerry Cavanaugh was mayor and Al Kaline roamed right field at Tiger Stadium.

In the Motor City, radio isn’t just another medium. For many, your favorite radio station was a reflection of your personality — who you are (or were). From free concerts featuring local bands at Hart Plaza to RIFF Fest to “Maul Time,” WRIF has been a lifestyle as much as it has been a musical beacon.



WRIF shopping at Vault of Midnight

At Vault of Midnight in Ann Arbor, two WRIF listeners (from left), Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, WRIF afternoon host Meltdown, a WRIF winner, Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, and another WRIF winner got to go music and comic book shopping with Corey and Lzzy prior to their concert at the EMU Convocation Center on Feb. 10, 2018. Beasley Media Group

During a focus group of young 25-34 year-olds I conducted a few years back, I asked how an old-guard radio station could maintain its relevance in their entertainment hierarchies. As a guy from Downriver explained to me, “WRIF’s been around as long as I have. My dad listened to it. I respect they’ve always stood for rock.”

For Detroit rockers of all ages, the station has always been there, dependably playing Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Pearl Jam, White Stripes, Metallica and the music of Michigan rockers of all generations. While the current playlist remains a reflection of what is popular in rock ’n’ roll today, WRIF still manages to feature “Everything that rocks” — its slogan and it philosophy.

Back in the day, Metro Detroiters displayed their radio loyalties by sporting station bumper stickers slapped on the backs of their precious cars and trucks. The competition for bumper exposure especially among the city’s rock stations was fierce.



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A WRIF rolling billboard passes Tiger Stadium in Detroit. Photo by Steve Galli

WRIF’s iconic “racetrack” oval shape became ubiquitous with the station, with or without the call letters and frequency. Over the years, rock bands, area sports teams, local concert venues, and celebratory slogans have occupied those RIFF stickers, becoming collectors’ items still on sale on online sight like eBay.

Last weekend, COVID and all, generations of WRIF alumni descended on the building to reminisce and reconnect with one another, and to get behind the mic again. Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, Kid Rock, and other rock luminaries called in to share their RIFF stories. And for weeks, loyal listeners have been sending in their personal photos of station events, concerts, and ticket stubs, all celebrating the rock ’n’ roll experience in Detroit.

As veteran Ken Calvert joined his current counterpart in middays, Jade Springart, he intoned those famous call letters for the first time in decades, and declared, “It feels so good to say that again.”



Meltown with Kiss WRIF

WRIF afternoon drive host Meltdown with the rock band Kiss in the 2000s. Beasley Media Group

The station’s “new guard” — Springart, Meltdown, and Screamin’ Scott Randal — along with Dave & Chuck the Freak — not only welcomed the celebration — they were part of it. The melding of these disparate generations of RIFF rockers only served to reinforce the connection they all have — entertaining Detroiters with rock and personality on 101 FM WRIF.

Today, FM radio is but one of many audio entertainment outlets accessible to consumers on their phones, their tablets, and their smart speakers. Streaming playlist platforms, satellite radio and podcasts are all part of most consumers’ menus.

As WRIF celebrates its golden anniversary during this transitionary time in our world, it’s a reminder about the power of consistency, personality, a local compass, and commitment.

As a wizened local philosopher reminds us, “Rock ’n’ roll never forgets.”

BABY!



Fred Jacobs

Fred Jacobs worked at WRIF during the 1970s and ’80s, first as research director and later program director. (Photo courtesy Fred Jacobs)

Fred Jacobs worked at WRIF during the 1970s and ’80s, first as research director and later program director. He launched his own radio consulting company, Jacobs Media, in 1983, and happily counts WRIF as a client today. Jacobs was inducted in the national Radio Hall of Fame in 2018.

Nashville Predators 3, Detroit Crimson Wings 2: Two Factors, None for Fashion

After two painful games on the Tampa Bay Lightningwhich resulted in days of Predators fans asking for mercy from the hockey gods Nashville Predators took the ice tonight against the 3-9-2 Detroit Red Wings.

Action of the first period

Pekka Rinne started in the network for the Predators. Fillip Forsberg got hungry but couldn’t get two great shots on the net early. Detroit’s Bobby Ryan took a great step toward goal, but Rinne refused to comply. The Predators had some expanded chances offensive – some even exciting ones – but exciting opportunities weren’t converted into goals. It was encouraging to see that the Predators looked at least offensive, even when it was against a fighting Red Wings team.

Photo by John Russell / NHLI via Getty Images

And then it happened.

A trip penalty against Dante Fabbro brought the Red Wings into the power game. Every Predators fan shuddered together as the Preds prepared for the penalty kick. The game against the Red Wings’ lousy power play was a good chance to build confidence, and the Predators killed the penalty kick without allowing a single shot on goal. Immediately following that special team opportunity, Matt Duchene took advantage of his violation voodoo and drew a penalty to bring the Predators into the power game.

With the man advantage, Filip Forsberg sent a beautiful cross-ice pass to a waiting Ryan Ellis, who buried the puck at 2:58 pm with one of the better looking goals of the season.

The Red Wings ended the period with their first really extended game in their offensive zone. Although the Predators finally cleared the puck, Colton Sissons slipped and Robby Fabbri, with the assistance of Anthony Mantha, found the back of the net at 7:25 pm.

The first period ended 1: 1.

Action of the second period

How would the Predators react if they gave up a goal less than a minute from time in the first half? Mental toughness under pressure was a focus for head coach John Hynes, and this was an opportunity to measure growth.

Forsberg and Arvidsson had an early two-on-one chance, but Forsberg’s pass to Arvy was interrupted and the only thing that landed in goal was # 33.

And then it happened … again.

Tinordi went to the sin container with a trip-call, and the Predators played down a man again. Rinne saved two shots and the penalty units clogged the neutral zone, won a defensive zone and made several good clearings. Aided by the Red Wings’ offside and poor pass tendency, the Predators recorded a second successful (and statistically useful) penalty.

The second half saw no offensive chances in the first half, but the Predators received a gift from above when Givani Smith caught Matt Benning with a high stick. The Preds’ first unit was set up early in the offensive zone but could not find the net. The second power play unit could not be set up and the power play ended with a better rested Red Wing and no change in score.

The Predators struggled to play clean hockey but were rescued by Rinne more than once.

Detroit Red Wings versus Nashville Predators

Photo by John Russell / NHLI via Getty Images

The game wasn’t pretty, but luckily Detroit’s game was just a little uglier. The Predators struggled to generate a meaningful, sustained offensive, and at times appeared to be arbitrary on defense. The hockey gods smiled at the boys in gold after a bad pass from Yakov Trenin landed on Frans Nielsen’s stick in the slot, but a ricochet off the crossbar spared the Predators.

Finally, after what the Preds described as anemic offensive phase, Calle Jarnkrok made a sharp pass to Matt Duchene, who knocked the puck through Greiss’ five-hole at 19:19.

But to prevent any dynamism or confidence from growing in Smashville, Marc Staal shot the puck past RInne only thirteen seconds later. Again, the Predators ended a period in which the Red Wings were able to level the game 2-2.

Third period action

And then it happened … again.

Less than a minute into the third half, Mikael Granlund walked to the penalty area after lifting the puck and taking it out of play, and the Predators had to kill another penalty kick. One chance for the Red Wings was answered by a shorthanded chance for the Preds, but unsurprisingly neither team managed to score.

Granlund was barely back on the ice from sin and this time took a penalty. Both power play units had positioned themselves in the offensive zone, but neither group could find the back of the net with the man advantage.

Just three minutes later, the Predators were given another chance at the power play when Ryan Ellis drew a penalty. Again, the Predators spent part of the time in the offensive zone, but no target.

Detroit Red Wings versus Nashville Predators

Photo by John Russell / NHLI via Getty Images

The hockey gods dozed off in the middle of the third period (as did the Predators and Red Wings, and possibly some fans too). While the Predators sought control of routes, they failed to capitalize on possession and did not play defensively with confidence.

And then it happened. You know what i’m talking about.

Yakov Trenin was told to hook six minutes before the end of the game. The Predators had a good chance but couldn’t finish. Rinne held the puck out of the net and the Predators survived another penalty.

Three minutes before the end of the game, Rinne halted an attack on Mantha with a giant save, but Greiss returned the favor with a direct slot shot from Matt Duchene. This game would get down to earth.

Dante Fabbro became the hero the predators needed. A shot from the blue line sailed past Greiss at 19:01.

The Red Wings immediately took time out and went online but failed to tie that game and the Predators won 3-2.

Three takeaways:

  1. Do you like bacon? Apparently, Pekka Rinne too, for saving the Predators’ Bacon the whole game. It was vintage pekka. Without his key rescues, the Predators could have dropped this game on the Red Wings.
  2. If the Predators want to spend time in the offensive zone, they have to score. Even though the Predators spent a lot of time in the O-Zone, they only scored 3 goals. This is not a production that this team will put in the overall standings.
  3. To measure how good you are, play against the best. To measure how bad you are, you play against the worst. The Tampa Bay game revealed a lot about this team. The game against Detroit was good too. While the Predators run away by two points, this game was played at the end of the division. The team has to rise if it is to be taken seriously.

The Predators are taking their two points and perhaps a touch of momentum in their rematch with Detroit on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

Jerry Lubin, Detroit radio “Air Ace,” dies at 80 | Arts & Leisure

One of Detroit’s beloved Radio Air Aces came to rest this week.

Jerry Lubin, who was a pioneering aerialist on the city’s burgeoning FM radio scene in the late 60s and 70s, passed away on Thursday, February 4th, aged 80 in La Quinta, California of COVID-19.

“Jerry was one of the original pilots,” said Kim Sulek, who was working on a documentary on Detroit radio at the time. “Detroit has a handful of legendary underground disc jockeys, and Jerry is one of them. He had a different way of talking to people and he knew his music.”

Long-time friend and colleague Harvey Ovshinsky added, “Of all the Assen, I was impressed that Jerry was such a family man – very rare in our circles. He will forever remain a legend in Detroit radio history. When we worked together I’ve always envied how relaxed and comfortable Jerry was in the air … “Try to smile as you read the copy,” Jerry taught me. “You won’t see the smile, but it will help the medicine go under. “

Commented his brother-in-law, Mark Beltzman, a fan of Lubin’s radio work before he married the disc jockey’s younger sister Beverley, “He had a tremendous ability to be 100 percent honest and honest and real and as authentic as you can possibly be Man. I loved that about him and learned so much from him. “

He was born in Detroit and graduated from Mumford High School. He briefly attended Wayne State University before joining the U.S. Army. He began his radio career as Jerry O’Neal in Rogers City, Michigan, where he also played, before joining Flint and then WABX when it launched as Detroit’s first “progressive” FM radio station. There he was one of the Air Aces, a corps that included aerial personalities such as Larry Miller, Dan Carlisle (the only surviving member of the station’s original list), Dennis Frawley, Jerry Goodwin, and others.

Lubin later moved to WXYZ-FM, which became WRIF, and then to WWWW-FM, where he spent time as the station’s program director. “Jerry has been a mentor to me,” said John O’Leary, a veteran of Detroit radio who started his career at WWWW over the weekend. “I was really raw, damn nervous, and one day Jerry took me to a meeting – that was ‘John, let’s get in your car and go to Belle Isle.’ And he said to me, “When you’re on the radio, just be yourself. And remember, you are only talking to one person, not a large group of people.”

“That was the best advice I’ve ever received on the radio.”

Lubin’s path took him to the West Coast for a while, working in San Diego and spending time with his young family in a Washington State community. He returned to Detroit for a second stint at WABX, where he hosted the popular Lunch With Lubin, and then spent time in Toledo and at WLLZ-FM in Detroit. He also worked for Sam’s Jam’s record store in Ferndale.

“Jerry was just the nicest guy, never said a bad word about anyone,” recalled owner Steve “Sam” Milgrom. “And he helped the bands. He had relationships with record labels and he told them, ‘You have to sign this band. These guys are great!'”

After leaving the radio, Lubin, who was married to his late wife Rosalie for 45 years, worked for the United States Postal Service for many years before moving to California to be closer to his sons Adam and Ethan. Lubin is also survived by her spouses Lauren and Erika – four grandchildren, his sister Beverley and his younger brother Vincent.

The family hopes to hold a memorial service sometime in the future when such gatherings are possible.