May 30, 2000 |
At times the skyscraper-bounded streets of downtown Detroit can seem strangely unpopulated, like the set of a science-fiction movie where the hero awakens one morning to find himself alone in an empty metropolis. The feeling is not completely an illusion. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, since 1970 Detroit has lost more people than any other American city, falling from 1.5 million to an estimated 970,000, a drop of 35.8 percent. Since 1880, when New York became the first U.S. city with a million people, eight others have joined that select group, Detroit in 1930.
December 30, 1995 |
After a 20-day layoff, the Penn Quakers reacquainted themselves with the basketball last night. They just didn't reacquaint themselves with the basket when they were shooting free throws, and it cost them. Continually missing foul shots by the pair, the Quakers fell to the University of Detroit, 77-65, in the first round of the Arizona State University Tribune Classic. Playing right next door to where the Florida and Nebraska football teams will square off in the Fiesta Bowl on Tuesday, Penn took an early lead but couldn't hold it. The Quakers then got to within five points with more than three minutes left but couldn't get closer.
March 3, 1998 |
After asking and asking, and asking and asking some more, Mayor Rendell finally got the answer he wanted from Carl Greene. Yes. The mayor's dogged seduction of Greene at last paid off. Greene - the man himself, not a statement issued in his name - surfaced yesterday at a City Hall news conference to declare that, yes, he will accept a $160,000-a-year offer to run the Philadelphia Housing Authority. Thus ends one of the oddest courtships in recent municipal history. Greene accepted the PHA job in writing in January.
June 14, 1998 |
The Stanley Cup was taken through the Capitol the other day when the NHL's championship round shifted here from Detroit. It was ogled and photographed by senators and representatives, and its history was recounted in the nation's halls of government. It's good that the politicos enjoyed their day with the dented silver chalice because the Cup is not likely to return. Barring a miracle by the Washington Capitals, it will remain with Detroit, thanks largely to a wealthy and gifted Russian.
April 22, 1998 |
Problems, problems. They were everywhere for the National Hockey League this season. Amid howls that "The Coolest Game on Earth," as the league hypes its sport, had continued to lose its flow and become boring, goal-scoring hit its lowest point (5.1 a game) since the helmet-less days of 1955-56 (5.3). Now the league is mulling major rule changes to put more offense in a game often slowed to a crawl by holding, obstruction and careless stickwork. Television ratings for the Fox network's regional games dipped.
May 1, 1994 |
The Detroit Red Wings had a ton of experience, big-time Stanley Cup aspirations and nearly 20,000 crazy fans who threw seafood on the ice and waved red signs that read Wings Rule, Sharks Bite. The San Jose Sharks had a gritty 5-foot-8 goaltender named Arturs Irbe, one huge chance and some nerve. And that was all they needed last night to post the biggest upset of the NHL season. Late in the third period, the Sharks' Jamie Baker sent a slapshot past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood after Osgood had strayed too far from the net. Then Irbe turned aside every Detroit shot down the stretch to lift the Sharks to an improbable 3-2 victory over the Red Wings.
January 22, 1995 |
From the drained expression on Speedy Morris' face, it was hard to tell what disappointed him more. Yes, the coach was displeased that La Salle's gritty comeback from a 15- point second-half deficit went for naught, as Detroit escaped with a 75-73 upset of the Explorers last night in a Midwestern Collegiate Conference game at the Civic Center. But he had to be more discouraged by the fact that the Explorers (9-6 overall, 3-2 MCC) couldn't stop the Titans (4-10, 2-2) in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, when Detroit hit 11 of its first 14 shots from the field en route to a 55-40 advantage.
June 12, 1995 |
It's over. Hear that sigh from the Midwest? It's the city of Detroit, relieved its Red Wings didn't blow its three-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals. The Red Wings won, 2-1, in double-overtime last night, ending the Chicago Blackhawks' season. When Detroit's Vyacheslav Kozlov took teammate Sergei Fedorov's pass at the blue line, skated across the ice, pulled up short and fired through Chicago goaltender Ed Belfour's legs, it ended all speculation that the outclassed Blackhawks might come back and beat the Wings, hockey's best team in the 1995 regular season.
June 7, 1995 |
The Detroit Red Wings, who haven't won a Stanley Cup since the glory days of Gordie Howe, are on the verge of the finals, a mere 29 years after their last appearance. By winning a 4-3 double-overtime classic against the Chicago Blackhawks last night, the Red Wings took a three-games-to-zero lead in the NHL Western Conference finals. One more victory and the Red Wings will play in their first Cup final since 1966. The Red Wings haven't won the Cup since 1955. Since the Rangers won last season, Detroit is the new standard-bearer for futility.
June 5, 1998 |
First it was Dallas' Guy Carbonneau, beating Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood with a deflected shot from the right circle to send the game to overtime. Then 46 seconds into sudden death, Jamie Langenbrunner fired a hard dump-in from just across the center-ice line - about 85 feet. The puck nicked Osgood's stick and went into the net, giving the Stars a dramatic 3-2 victory that sent the NHL Western Conference finals back here for Game 6 tonight. Detroit leads the series, three games to two. Yesterday at Joe Louis Arena, Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman surveyed the shell-shocked faces in his dressing room and told his players a story from April 1968.