WHAT A NIGHT COMING FOR RON MASON!

     The local tuxedo store in Okemos was busy Thursday-- 15 tuxedoes picked up by those on the program for the Ron Mason Tribute Dinner Thursday night at Kellogg Center.  In nearly 40 years of attending dinners in the Big Ten room, I've never worn a tuxedo-- until Thursday night.  Live music is part of the program and a champagne toast early on from long time assistant coach Tom Newton who served both Ron and current head hockey coach Rick Comley.

     All of the MSU luminaries, including President Lou Anna Simon, are on the program along with CCHA commissioner Tom Anastos, and Boston College coach Jerry York to go with Denver's George Gwozdecky, a former MSU assistant.

     I'm surprised at the salary given to Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his new three year deal-- he gets an average of $1.5 million per year for that time period after winning the Stanley Cup.  Clearly NHL coaches, even the most successful ones, don't make the salaries their counterparts do in other pro sports, let alone the big time college coaches.

     Two greater Lansing high school teams still playing-- Portland softball at the state semi-finals tomorrow at 1pm in Battle Creek;  and Williamston soccer, noon Saturday at East Kentwood's middle school in the division three state title game against rugged Hudsonville Unity Christian.  The school year otherwise, is over.

     Tigers sweep Chicago.  They won 2-1 Thursday and now sit eight games back of the White Sox with a 30-38 record.  Another good outing from Kenny Rogers, who went eight innings.  Miguel Cabrera hit his ninth homer, a walk off job in the bottom of the ninth inning to break a 1-1 tie.  The Tigers can stay in the race because no other team anywhere looks particularly dominant.  Next up-- a week end visit from the Los Angeles Dodgers and they aren't very good for first year manager Joe Torre either.

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