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Interview with Director Paul Feig: Part II

Kick Me Book Cover | © Paul Feig

Kick Me Book Cover | © Paul Feig

By Jeffrey Buck

This is Part II of the interview with Michigan native Paul Feig. Be sure to read Part I if you have not already.

Jeffrey Buck: Did you watch a lot of movies as a kid?

Paul Feig: I definitely watched movies but I wasn’t a Quentin Tarantino where I saw every movie that was ever made, that kind of thing. I liked the movies that I liked. I was way into science fiction. My best friend, the one who drove out to California with me, Mike, he and I were way into SciFi so we would see every single science fiction movie that came out. And comedies, I would go see those. Woody Allen, [too.] I loved ‘What’s up Doc?’ When old black and white comedies would come on TV or be in the movie theaters I would always go and see those. But I didn’t like drama. I would try and do everything I could to not see any dramatic films until I got to college. At Wayne State, the first kind of dramatic film I saw and really fell in love with was this Francis Ford Coppola film called ‘The Conversation.’ And that’s the moment I was like maybe I do like dramas and [it] put me on the road to liking to do stuff that was both comedic and dramatic. Because it’s really the most honest way of storytelling. Anything that’s so dramatic with no laughs in it is almost as dishonest as a comedy where everything is funny and there’s no kind of heart to it because life is very much your laughing one minute, you’re crying the next, and something terrible happens and somebody tries to make a joke to try to pretend it’s not happening and cheer themselves up. And that’s the tone I like. The whole creative [thing] I do now is to try and create what’s the most honest, hopefully the most funniest thing but also what’s the most kind of emotionally honest thing, the kind of thing where you don’t go as an audience member , ‘Well that’s stupid’ or ‘That wouldn’t happen.’ Because that to me is when you fail as a filmmaker, [and] the audience doesn’t believe something; I think you’re kind of dead in the water. Continue reading

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Tiger Watch: Drew Smyly

As Opening Day quickly approaches, April 4th, we’ve turned to our sports contributors to get their insight on just who we should keep an eye on in what we are dubbing “Tiger Watch.”

Drew Smyly

By Collin Porteus

Odds are that at this time last week the average Detroit Tigers fan didn’t even know who Drew Smyly was. Less than 24 hours away from the Tigers regular season opener, odds are that Tigers fans now know him as the fifth starter of this uber-hyped 2012 ball club, they still don’t know much about the young southpaw. Going into this past offseason, it was assumed that the Tigers would sign a free agent to fill out their rotation, in what has become the teams annual search for a lefty starter. As the offseason came to a close and spring training began, it was expected that Tigers top overall prospect, Jacob Turner, would eventually beat out a field of Andy Oliver and Duane Below, another top five prospect and a lefty who performed well while with the team last year respectively, to assume the role of fifth starter. Alas, as the dust settled in Lakeland, Drew Smyly stood alone.

It is with all of that in mind that The Woodward Spine would like to shed some light on the latest edition to the Tigers rotation. Just two years removed from coming within two outs of throwing the first no-hitter in NCAA Division 1 championship tournament history as a redshirt freshman at the University of Arkansas, Smyly will make his first appearance in “The Show” on Wednesday, April 11th at home against the Tampa Bay Rays. Over the span of those two years, Smyly, enjoyed success in the Tigers minor league system to the tune of an 11-6 record, a 2.07 ERA (earned run average), a 9.3 K/9 (strikeouts per nine innings) ratio and a 3.61 SO/BB (strikeouts per walks) ratio. He pitched brilliantly in this past offseasons Pan American games, posting a 2-0 record with 17 strikeouts in 17 innings of scoreless work for Team USA. These experiences translated into a productive, composed, 2012 spring training. “I took the guy that I thought had good stuff, a good delivery and threw strikes. How that plays up here, we’ll wait and see. That usually plays pretty good anywhere.” said Manager Jim Leyland.

Now, it remains to be seen if any of these statistics translate to the major league level, but that at least seemed to be the case through spring training. It would be unfair to expect Smyly to perform on the same level as Justin Verlander, or even Doug Fister and Max Scherzer for that matter, but the Tigers don’t need him to. Stability is what’s needed most at the back end of this years rotation. The 2012 Tigers lineup should provide no shortage of run support, which Smyly will be able to take advantage of if he can control his pitches and limit mistakes. This is going to be an exciting summer of baseball in the Motor City and as of Opening Day it looks like Drew Smyly’s coming along for the ride.

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Smyly's (@SmylyD) twitter response to receiving the news that he was the Tigers fifth starter

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Tiger Watch: Delmon Young

As Opening Day quickly approaches, April 4th, we’ve turned to our sports contributors to get their insight on just who we should keep an eye on in what we are dubbing “Tiger Watch.”

Delmon Young

By Patrick Smith

The Tigers two best hitters are well known, and they’re going to power the offense. Whether you believe in the value of protection that Fielder and Cabrera will supposedly provide one another, the two big boys can mash and they’re going to be great. But in order for the Tigers offense to score enough to be an elite team (and make up for their sure-to-be terrible team defense) they are going to need a lot of special hitters. Delmon Young has the potential to be that.

He is of course also a main reason the Tigers will be terrible defensively, and not having Delmon DH makes absolutely zero sense, but if Leyland has struck some sort of a deal with the devil that DY can play the field as long as he keeps mashing I’m ok with it. Spring training stats don’t mean very much, but Young’s .436 average is eye-popping and eyewitness accounts have him hitting the ball better than ever.  While he still can’t field, it is promising he came into the spring noticeably slimmer. He looks at least a little quicker.

Skeptics of spring training studs can look to Delmon’s .131 drop in OPS last year as a good indicator of a bounce back year. And for every pundit predicting the demise of Alex Avila because of his high BABiP (Batting Average on Balls in Play) last year, the reverse should be noted for Young, whose career-low BABiP of .286 with the Tigers last year should move closer to his .328 career average, and bring his batting average up to his typical .280 or .290. And for those skeptics of statistics, how about the power of a new environment, if Delmon can keep up the .458 slugging percentage he held as a member of the Tigers at the end of last season he’ll provide just the power the Tigers need at the fifth spot.

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Grand slam grants to help local schools & community

By Mike Fossano

Comerica Bank is offering two $10,000 grants to help local schools and the community by cultivating baseball and softball teams in southeast Michigan.

The grants – one in metro Detroit and one in the Central/Western Michigan region – are a part of the Grand Slam Program, which sets out to create, expand or improve area high school baseball or softball programs.

“As many school districts continue to face budget cuts, the Grand Slam Grant helps ensure our future all-stars have the resources they need to experience the game of baseball,” said Thomas D. Ogden, president, Comerica Bank-Michigan. “After 162 years in Michigan, Comerica remains committed to supporting its hometown teams.”

Applications will be reviewed for a variety of criteria including overall need, creativity and school and community impact. The grant recipient will be selected by the Comerica Bank Grand Slam Grant Selection Committee, consisting of representatives from Comerica Bank and Detroit Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch.

Grant recipients will be recognized on the field during the Detroit Tigers’ 2012 opening weekend game on April 7 vs. the Boston Red Sox. Each winning school will also receive 60 tickets to the opening weekend game.

The funds can be used for field improvements, equipment, training camps, or other baseball or softball-related expenses.

Last year the Grand Slam Grant Program awarded a $10,000 grant to Renaissance High School in Detroit.  The school used the funds for equipment, a new scoreboard and a travel showcase youth clinic.

Eligible schools can complete the grant application online at www.comerica.com/grandslamgrant. Once complete, the application, along with supporting materials such as photos or videos must be submitted via email to grandslamgrant@comerica.com by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012.

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Comerica Park beginning to show age but still shines

By Jeffrey Buck

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Comerica Park opened its doors in April 2000. It was a visual masterpiece with a touch of Tiger charm from its unobstructed views to the large tiger head lights surrounding the outer perimeter of the park. As the years have ticked away, season after season, the park has slowly transformed. Seats in certain sections have been replaced, outfield walls brought in, bullpens relocated, LED boards added and restaurants swapped. Mike Ilitch has done a decent job of keeping the stadium feeling fresh for a fan experience one won’t forget.

However, these changes have only been a few of what overall needs to be changed. After recently visiting the homes of the San Francisco Giants and the Baltimore Orioles I’ve come up with a list of the top five things that the Detroit Tigers front office needs to address regarding Comerica Park. Continue reading

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Roaring Back, Tigers lowdown

It’s Spring time in Michigan and we’re only a few days from Opening Day down at Comerica Park. As southeast Michigan and the rest of the state eagerly get ready for this special day a few of our go-too-sports-gents talk Tigers, Cabrera, World Series and more.

With such high expectations, how can the Tigers avoid a high-priced collapse similar to 2008?

Jason Scott: The Tigers need their pitching staff to produce. I mean DJ Premier/Dr. Dre produced Justin Verlander is one of the five best pitchers in the Majors. He cannot come out and have another brutal April. He has 20-win stuff, but he can’t get caught up in trying to throw the ball through every batter he faces. Max Scherzer is a strong No. 2 who pitched like an ace last season after he was shipped to Toledo in May. Rick Porcello is the wildcard in all of this. If we see the Porcello that we saw two years ago, this team will be a force. If not, they could just narrowly miss (again) on the AL Central title. Brad Penny and Phil Coke are upgrades over the departed Jeremy Bonderman and Armando Galarraga, but who know what you can get. Penny, much like Edgar Renteria, flamed out in his one season in the AL (ironically with the Red Sox like Renteria), while Phil Coke goes from set-up man to starter. The bullpen (barring injuries) could be a problem. Jose Valverde was a beast in the first half last year prior getting hurt after the All-Star Break. The newly-signed Joaquin Benoit is one of the highest paid set-up man in the game and he needs to give the Tigers what he gave Tampa last year. The middle relief (Daniel Schlereth, Ryan Perry, Enrique Gonzalez, Bryan Villarreal, Brad Thomas) is mostly young and could be shaky to start the season. But if starters can pitch seven strong innings, it could be lights out.

Offensively, this team (on paper) should cash out. The top of the order is solid with Austin Jackson, who could swipe 30+ bases and be a spark plug. The middle of that lineup will be a monster. Magglio Ordonez, Miguel Cabrera, and Victor Martinez give the Tigers a much more formidable middle than what they were projected to have 3 years ago. The bottom of the order will still be a question mark, but at least it won’t be a black hole. This time last year, the 7-8-9 slots were Gerald Laird, Adam Everett, and Brandon Inge. YIKES! By mid-season Inge was injured, Everett was gone, and Laird’s batting average (.168) was lower than my current weight (175). Alex Avila isn’t exactly much of an upgrade (it took until mid-August for his average to finally crack 2 bills) but he has room to grow and showed signs of being a potential power threat in late 2009.

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Eminem video emerges

By Jeffrey Buck

A new video has emerged featuring Eminem with a focus on this past summer’s “Home & Home” concerts that were held at Comerica Park and the “Recovery” of Detroit. Continue reading

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