A lot of amateur athletes think they’re not that far from the people who play their sports for a living.
Well, when Michigan Radio Sports commentator John U. Bacon tried out for Detroit’s minor league hockey team, he found out that just isn’t so – and he found out the hard way.
A few years ago – okay, a bunch of years ago – I bit on a bet I never should have touched.
I was writing for the Detroit News, and a top minor league hockey team called the Detroit Vipers played at the Palace.
So, I got to thinking: just how big is the gap, really, between the pros, and beer league players like me?
Good question. And even better if I didn’t try to answer it. But, being the hard-hitting investigative journalist that I am, I had to go down to the Palace, and find out.