-- Six inductees were honored as the 2015 class of the
Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Thursday evening at MotorCity Casino’s
Sound Board. The inductees were as followed: Red Wings forward
Sergei Fedorov, MSU Head Coach Tom Izzo, Cincinnati Reds HOFer/U-M
alumni Barry Larkin, Olympian Sheila Taormina, Lions D-line great
Doug English, and bowling legend Aleta Sill.
began with an air of misfortune. Plane issues left Derek Jeter
grounded on the East Coast and thus was announced as a guarantee
for next year to those who arrived in Yankee apparel and otherwise.
He is the second inductee to have his induction postponed until
next year, after Mike Modano whose absence was confirmed long
before the day of the event.
the 2015 Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony proceeded positively
because of the rapport among the honorees themselves. A mix of
prior inductees and new additions established the atmosphere with
light ribbing and a reflective gratefulness to those who got them
to this point. The first inductee honored, former Lions Defensive
Lineman Doug English, noted that “Coaches make great athletes…
it’s not all polyester shorts and whistles.”
next honored inductee, Sheila Taormina, commented on her lifelong
training from Coach Greg Phil through a recollected piece of advice
concerning challenges: “’Look at what you do have…
we have water.”
Fedorov, it came down to once again being teamed with several
Soviet hockey legends like Igor Larionov that he continued to
learn from in his transition to North America. “It wasn’t
easy, but after I started speaking English, it was all downhill,”
he quipped to many laughs.
to the impact of enshrinement and working towards impacting themselves
and others, Larkin put it best: “As an athlete, everyone
looks for validation.” The MSHOF is likely one such validation
for all of them, since it was within the state that crucial parts
of their lives and athletic careers played out.
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