A decade has come and gone and it’s goodbye to another 10 years! I look around and I’m climbing the fifties ladder. I’m looking 60 dead in the eyeballs and squinting at 70. Well, I’ll just stop right here, but I’m sure of you most get the picture.
It seems like it took four decades for me to turn 18 and it was at least another three decades before I saw 21. I was counting down the days trying hard to get to be a teen. Now the days and decades are flying by like geese heading south for the winter.So, at this point I should not let a chance to recount history go by. The past 10 years in the Detroit sports community has been electric, surprising, painful and joyful.
The past decade for this writer in conjunction with the Michigan Chronicle has been a roller coaster ride that has seen way more ups than downs.
When I moved back to the Motor City from my over 20-year sojourn in Los Angeles, most of my friends thought I was crazy for leaving California, but I told them the only thing I really missed was covering the Lakers and the Rose Bowl.
So what happens? Promptly, Michigan State University, of which I’m an alumnus, gets the decade out the starting blocks by winning its second NCAA Men’s Basketball title in 2000.
The thing I remember most about that day in Indianapolis was standing on the playing floor of the Dome after MSU’s victory, sandwiched between Magic Johnson and Steve Smith. I was supposed to be writing, but the hugs and smiles just overtook all of us.
The Spartans closed out the decade, making it the NCAA title game as Detroit hosted its first Final Four. The Motor City showed all it should be in the basketball Finals rotation as it established Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Championship Game (72,922) and total attendance records.