A TRIBUTE TO RON

Ron Mason's Father's Day week end got off to a good start Thursday night. Michigan State pulled out all the stops for his Tribute dinner and nothing was left to chance. Some 600 guests dined on steak and champagne and the four and a half hour evening flowed with live music during dinner and an appearance by the MSU Marching Band as Ron approached the podium to speak. Bobbleheads of the former MSU coach and athletic director were given away and everyone received a ceramic tile with Ron's likeness on it. All of the speakers wore tuxedos and there were video tributes shown as well. At $100 a ticket it was a big deal and three MSU presidents were on hand along with the wife of a fourth. I nearly 40 years of attending such events at the Kellogg Center's Big Ten room I have never seen anything so lavish, save perhaps for the scene during Magic Johnson's wedding reception in 1990. But it was well done, it was elegant so to speak. Ron is 68 and will relax all summer with his family. If something part time comes along from the NHL, he'll check it out. But he is in no hurry to go find employment anywhere. ##### Also from Friday, Portland's softball team lost 5-4 to Wyoming Rogers in the division three semi-finals of the state high school softball tournament in Battle Creek. That leaves the Williamston girls soccer team as the only mid Michigan team still playing this school year. The Hornets meet rugged Hudsonville Unity Christian at noon Saturday in East Kentwood at the middle school for the division three state title. ##### Qualifying at Michigan International Speedway on Friday for Sunday's NASCAR Lifelock 400 has been rained out. The drivers will line up for Sunday's 2pm race by points in the standings instead. #####
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