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Has anyone noticed he looks EXACTLY like Harpo Marx? What are his mental faculties like? When he accepted the pennant trophy for the Tigers last fall, he didn't seem to know where he was, as if he is going senile.

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He's old and possibly senile, and he drinks too much.

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He's old and possibly senile, and he drinks too much.

Always debatable

I don't at his age there is a drinks to much. I'd imagine being his age and accomplishing what he has he doesn't give a f***

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You hit Harpo Marx on the nose haha. I've always thought the same thing. Plus, his hairpiece should've retired a long time ago :D

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Really, people? This is how you show gratitude and respect for the guy who took a heartbreak of wreckage, turned it around, and gave us four more Stanley Cups and made us the envy of the league?

Not to mention whatever he's done with the Tigers and for the city of Detroit and his charitable contributions.

I hope some day you get old and see how you like it.

Kids these days.

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Really, people? This is how you show gratitude and respect for the guy who took a heartbreak of wreckage, turned it around, and gave us four more Stanley Cups and made us the envy of the league?

Not to mention whatever he's done with the Tigers and for the city of Detroit and his charitable contributions.

I hope some day you get old and see how you like it.

Kids these days. Sucks already :) and yeah there family has been great to us, and i hope they continue to be after m&m are gone.

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Let's lighten up a bit here. Poking fun at the guy must mean we hate everything he's ever done and think he's a bum.

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whoa,does he dye his hair or is he wearing a wig? whatever it is its god awful. Just go grey, you're an old man. sheesh.

Maybe there is something to the senile thing. I can't imagine a man with all his faculties doing that to himself lol

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I don't really know much about his kids, but I know a couple of people who have met or worked with them briefly and they all say the Ilitches are down to earth people. Now, that doesn't necessarily equate to competent ownership, but it seems like they will continue the style of ownership Mike Ilitch has used, which is good.

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Really, people? This is how you show gratitude and respect for the guy who took a heartbreak of wreckage, turned it around, and gave us four more Stanley Cups and made us the envy of the league?

Not to mention whatever he's done with the Tigers and for the city of Detroit and his charitable contributions.

I hope some day you get old and see how you like it.

Kids these days.

You make it sound like he just gave everyone that out of the good of his heart. I'm pretty sure he made a hefty profit on all of those things.

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You make it sound like he just gave everyone that out of the good of his heart. I'm pretty sure he made a hefty profit on all of those things.

What he did, he may have gained some profit on yes. More improratantly it helped somewhat revive a dying city of Detroit year after year, which eventually grew more into shambles, which could not have been solved by a superbowl, stanley cup and whatever else

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You make it sound like he just gave everyone that out of the good of his heart. I'm pretty sure he made a hefty profit on all of those things.

He's old and possibly senile, and he drinks too much.

Let's lighten up a bit here. Poking fun at the guy must mean we hate everything he's ever done and think he's a bum.

That's the American Dream, isn't it? I agree with 55fan - this forum in general has gotten a lot more whiny and a TON more disrespectful since I joined back in '07. The man single-handedly put Detroit back on the map as a sports town. He has provided most of us (including me) a hockey team that has made the playoffs in almost every year I've followed them with his own money... and don't think he was making wild profits back in the lean years when he was giving away a car every game to get people in the seats. I think he deserves a reward - both in money and *RESPECT* - for bringing sports, fans and jobs to my favorite city in the world.

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That's the American Dream, isn't it? I agree with 55fan - this forum in general has gotten a lot more whiny and a TON more disrespectful since I joined back in '07. The man single-handedly put Detroit back on the map as a sports town. He has provided most of us (including me) a hockey team that has made the playoffs in almost every year I've followed them with his own money... and don't think he was making wild profits back in the lean years when he was giving away a car every game to get people in the seats. I think he deserves a reward - both in money and *RESPECT* - for bringing sports, fans and jobs to my favorite city in the world.

Ya I remember that, all you had to do was shoot a puck in the net from center ice, and you won a car. I never got my chance, I assure you unlike most of the people who attempted it I would have scored!

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whoa,does he dye his hair or is he wearing a wig? whatever it is its god awful. Just go grey, you're an old man. sheesh.

Maybe there is something to the senile thing. I can't imagine a man with all his faculties doing that to himself lol

Not nearly as awful as girls that get huge fake boobs and the guys like them and they're not usually old.

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Not nearly as awful as girls that get huge fake boobs and the guys like them and they're not usually old.

I'm not even a fan of big boobs, real or fake

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Really, people? This is how you show gratitude and respect for the guy who took a heartbreak of wreckage, turned it around, and gave us four more Stanley Cups and made us the envy of the league?

Not to mention whatever he's done with the Tigers and for the city of Detroit and his charitable contributions.

I hope some day you get old and see how you like it.

Kids these days.

Presumably by "what he's done for the city of Detroit" you mean not paying any taxes, rents, etc. while at the same time asking actual taxpayers to heavily subsidize his "redevelopment projects"? If so, then yes, he's done a lot for the city of Detroit haha.

But yes, he has spent a lot of money to make the Tigers a contender thank God. I wouldn't know what to do if I couldn't go straight from watching the Wings dominate to watching the Tigers do the same.

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Presumably by "what he's done for the city of Detroit" you mean not paying any taxes, rents, etc. while at the same time asking actual taxpayers to heavily subsidize his "redevelopment projects"? If so, then yes, he's done a lot for the city of Detroit haha.

But yes, he has spent a lot of money to make the Tigers a contender thank God. I wouldn't know what to do if I couldn't go straight from watching the Wings dominate to watching the Tigers do the same.

I know there's some dispute about taxes he owes and whatnot, but that doesn't erase the good that he's done for the city. Of course he wants to make money off it but he's carved out an area of Detroit people can go to sporting events, concerts, eat, drink, etc. And dealing with the city of Detroit and the city council in particular cannot be an enjoyable or easy task.

Point being, Ilitch has done a lot of good for Detroit and certainly deserves praise for buying the Dead Things and restoring the Wings to their former glory. It's one thing to poke fun at that awful rug on his head, but implying he's some senile drunk is pretty classless.

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When the Tigers won the ALCS, it was the first time I truly noticed how far Mr. I has slipped. Even earlier in the year, he seemed better at varying PC's like for the Fielder signing and Nick's retirement.

I just really hope the Tigers can finish it off this season and get him a World Series title. He wants that more than anything.

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When the Tigers won the ALCS, it was the first time I truly noticed how far Mr. I has slipped. Even earlier in the year, he seemed better at varying PC's like for the Fielder signing and Nick's retirement.

I just really hope the Tigers can finish it off this season and get him a World Series title. He wants that more than anything.

I for one am rooting for my team, GO JAYS!

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Any Wings fan who can tell you with a straight face that they don't have respect for Illitch is absolutely nuts. He's the definition of a "fan-owner" and his businesses have been extremely important in providing jobs, interest, and morale to a city that is about as dysfunctional as it gets, as anyone who's ever lived anywhere else would tell you. He basically spent the Tigers out of the cellar. Four Cups, Six SCF appearances, and two decades of consecutive Playoff appearance for a team that doesn't have a single draft pick higher than #19 overall (IIRC) on its roster. I'm 31 now, and if you take the Tigers, the Red Wings, and even friggin Little Caesar's Pizza away, I'm not even sure I recognize my childhood.

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I know there's some dispute about taxes he owes and whatnot, but that doesn't erase the good that he's done for the city. Of course he wants to make money off it but he's carved out an area of Detroit people can go to sporting events, concerts, eat, drink, etc. And dealing with the city of Detroit and the city council in particular cannot be an enjoyable or easy task.

Point being, Ilitch has done a lot of good for Detroit and certainly deserves praise for buying the Dead Things and restoring the Wings to their former glory. It's one thing to poke fun at that awful rug on his head, but implying he's some senile drunk is pretty classless.

I agree, many of the things that Illitch has done have benefited the city. He pursued projects which made him rich AND which tangentially helped the city. I never followed the logic that you have to show some sort of reverence to Illitch because he's done so much for Detroit, and by "done so much" we mean "built himself a casino". I'm glad he doesn't mind spending money on his sports teams, I love watching them win. But he's as susceptible to ribbing as anyone else and perhaps more so, when he does things like announce a new arena with all it's fanfare, buy up all the property around the new arena which will skyrocket in value after the arena is built, and then ask the public to pay for the arena. What a charitable soul!

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