navy seals http://michiganradio.org en SEAL from Mich. among dead in chopper crash http://michiganradio.org/post/seal-mich-among-dead-chopper-crash <p>The military says a 34-year-old Navy SEAL from Michigan was one of 30 American military personnel killed when their Chinook helicopter was shot down by insurgents in Afghanistan.</p><p>The Defense Department released Heath Robinson&#39;s name Thursday, listing his hometown as Detroit.</p><p>The special warfare operator chief petty officer and others aboard the helicopter died Saturday in Wardak Province while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. He is the only Michigan resident listed among the fatalities.</p><p>Of those killed 17 were SEALs and five were Navy special operations troops supporting them. Three Air Force airmen, a five-member Army air crew, seven Afghan commandos and an Afghan interpreter also were killed.</p><p>The crash, about 60 miles southwest of Kabul, was the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the nearly 10-year Afghan war. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 17:04:21 +0000 The Associated Press 3706 at http://michiganradio.org A sports lesson: "We don't need to spike the football" http://michiganradio.org/post/sports-lesson-we-dont-need-spike-football <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-967295.mp3</p><p>Sometimes the real world is so overwhelming it sneaks into sports.&nbsp; One of those times occurred after 9/11, when the crowd at Yankee Stadium sang &ldquo;God Bless America.&rdquo;</p><p>I&rsquo;m not very religious, but it sounded right to me.&nbsp;</p><p>It seemed appropriate that that signature moment, when we needed to be together, occurred in our country&rsquo;s most hallowed arena, the nation&rsquo;s front porch.</p><p>We are probably the most sports-soaked culture in the world. We&rsquo;re the ones who pay for the Olympics, after all &ndash; and I believe our code of conduct when we&rsquo;re competing often represents our values at their best.&nbsp;</p><p>People like to say sports teaches us how to be aggressive.</p><p>But you can learn that through alley fighting.&nbsp; Any jerk with no regard for others can be aggressive.&nbsp; Prisons are filled with them.&nbsp; 9/11 was conceived by them.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>So I disagree. Fri, 06 May 2011 10:00:48 +0000 John U. Bacon 2371 at http://michiganradio.org A sports lesson: "We don't need to spike the football"