Monday, February 24, 2014

Detroit's Mt. Rushmore

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH
PHOTOS BY CANDICE EBLING

During the past 10 days, I've heard numerous debates in the NBA about what players would be on a Mt. Rushmore.

Have to admit these debates have been interesting and stimulating.

So I've decided to have two blogs.

The first will focus on Detroit Sports then the second will be a National Version. To have four great individuals in a category will definitely make one think especially since we were all brought up in different eras.

It's so easy to get in a debate and I welcome this because it certainly keeps the Wheels Turning. There are no wrong answers.

Sometimes opinions are made just not through history but who we've seen perform.

So lets get started.

DETROIT TEAMS:

1. Gordie Howe
2. Al Kaline
3. Barry Sanders
4. Isiah Thomas

DETROIT TIGERS:

1. Al Kaline
2. Ty Cobb
3. Hank Greenberg
4. Mickey Lolich

DETROIT RED WINGS

1. Gordie Howe
2. Steve Yzerman
3. Terry Sawchuk
4. Nicklas Lidstrom

DETROIT LIONS:

1. Bobby Layne
2. Barry Sanders
3. Lem Barney
4. Dick "Night Train" Lane

DETROIT PISTONS:

1. Dave Bing
2. Bob Lanier
3. Isiah Thomas
4. Joe Dumars

DETROIT COACHES/MANAGERS

1. Scotty Bowman
2. Sparky Anderson
3. Chuck Daly
4. Jim Leyland

DETROIT FRONT OFFICE EXECUTIVES:

1. Bill Lajoie
2. Ken Holland
3. Dave Dombrowski
4. Jack McCloskey

DETROIT BROADCASTERS:

1. Ernie Harwell
2. George Kell

3. Bruce Martyn
4. Bob Ufer

DETROIT TV COLOR ANALYSTS:

1. Mickey Redmond
2. Greg Kelser
3. Syd Abel
4. Al Kaline

DETROIT RADIO COLOR ANALYSTS

1. Jim Brandstatter
2. Charlie Sanders
3. Paul Carey
4. Paul Woods

PRINT MEDIA:

1. Joe Falls
2. Charlie Vincent
3. Mitch Albom
4. Tom Gage

As I said earlier, this is an easy group to omit people, but when the time comes that Mt. Rushmore has five presidents instead of four, then it will make it a tad easier to add another name.

Some names that could have been added to these lists include the likes of Jim Campbell (Tigers) George Blaha (Pistons/MSU), Jim Devellano (Red Wings), Ken Kal (Red Wings) and Bo Schembechler from the Michigan Wolverines.

But oh well, it is what it is.

Scott Morganroth can be reached at scottsports33@aol.com.


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