OT: Arsene Wenger set to retire from Arsenal FC

OT: Arsene Wenger set to retire from Arsenal FC

Submitted by Salinger on April 20th, 2018 at 9:33 AM

I know this is completely off topic for the board, but Arsene Wenger, long-standing manager of Arsenal FC, announced that he would step down at the end of the season. Thus ends his 22 years of service to the club (a club I do NOT support fwiw). Many speculate whether he will be the last premier league manager to hold down a post for so long.

Relative to Michigan, do we think that there still remains a space in big-time college sports (basketball, football) where a coach could stay at a single destination for anything remotely close to that amount of time? Or has the landscape changed so much that the "destination job" is no longer a thing? By this I mean for a coach to have started in the last 3-5 years and stay at a school for the duration of his long career?

Lastly, congrats to Arsene for an outstanding career. I know lots of Arsenal fans are tired of his penny pinching and poor results, but he really is a fantastic mind and a good steward of the club.

Thank you Frank Beckmann

Thank you Frank Beckmann

Submitted by ziggolfer on November 30th, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Thank you Frank Beckmann. Great tribute to the radio great during the Game today. 

 

Really classy move on his part to give away his hat to the fans today also. I never really had a reason to listen to him on the radio, but I went back and checked out some old recordings and wish I had experiened some of it live. 

http://http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2013/11/frank_beckmann_contemplates_la.html

OT - Report: Osgood to Retire...Let the Hall of Fame Debate Begin

OT - Report: Osgood to Retire...Let the Hall of Fame Debate Begin

Submitted by hockeyguy9125 on July 19th, 2011 at 5:29 AM

http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2011/07/source_red_wings_goalie…

Despite a freep report saying yesterday saying Chris Osgood and Ken Holland will be holding a teleconference to announce the goalie has signed another one year contract...sources are now saying he will announce his retirement at this press conference and take a developmental job with the organization.

It is expected the Wings will sign Ty Conklin as their backup for this upcoming season...

But now, to the more interesting aspect of this announcement: the Hall of Fame Debate. I am not sure that there is another HOF debate that gets more heated. On one hand you have a 400 win, three time Stanley Cup Champion, two as a starter (another all the way to game 7 where he would have won the conn smyth...but I choose not to remember that due to painful memories)...on the other hand, those who say he was never that good, but was supported by the best franchise in the past 20 years in the NHL (which I find to be a stupid argument...by that logic, Grant Fhur was not HOF worthy either since he played on arguably the most talented teams ever...). I think with over 400 wins, Osgood deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. I think a less obvious question is if the Wings will ever retire his jersey...

What do you think?

Lidstrom to return for 20th season

Lidstrom to return for 20th season

Submitted by Mr Mackey on June 20th, 2011 at 10:20 AM

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=6680212 

Lidstrom has agreed to a 1-year deal to return for his 20th NHL season for the Red Wings.

Great news for Red Wings fans and hockey fans in general. He's still got it, and it's good to see that he'll be back. Now we just need another good defenseman to play with him and replace Rafalski.

EDIT: Better and more indepth article - http://redwings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=566355&navid=DL|DET|home 

OT - Report: Brian Rafalski Set to Retire Wednesday

OT - Report: Brian Rafalski Set to Retire Wednesday

Submitted by hockeyguy9125 on May 23rd, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Reports going around the news that Red Wings D-Man Brian Rafalski will retire on Wednesday...

http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2011/05/report_red_wings_brian_…

Probably because of the knee and back problems that have really hurt him the past few years. I did not see this coming, but this will probably be a better situation than a not healthy Rafalski for the future. The ultimate positive spin to this: That is $6 million more for Ken Holland to play with/make some magic happen.