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Ypsilanti’s Superbowl Connection

Posted by ppna on January 30, 2008

mikebass2covinsde.jpgIf you attended East Middle school and had Mrs. Bass as a teacher than you know about her son Mike.   Mrs. Bass would talk about Mike and show video of her son’s Touchdown in Superbowl VII against the Miami Dolphins (a play that is known as one of the strangest plays in Superbowl history). Mike Bass was an Ypsilanti native and a star athlete at Ypsilanti High School.  Mike went on to play college ball at the University of Michigan and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers where he made it to the last cut.   Coach Vince Lombardi encouraged him to continue with professional football so he went to the Detroit Lions and played on the teams taxi squad.   Of course the Lions are the Lions and they only activated Mike Bass for 2 games.  Coach Lombardi had moved to Washington and upon a request from Bass he brought Bass to Washington.  

Where, according to extremeskins.com (a 2005 article) I advise you to read the article its very good. During his career with the Redskins Bass intercepted 30 passes. That makes him fourth all time in interceptions in the team’s history. He gave up only five touchdown receptions. He led the National Football Conference in interceptions with eight in 1972 and was selected first team All-NFC in 1974. And, again, he is one of the 70 Greatest Redskins of all time.


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Did You see an Adams School Grad on NBC on Sunday?

Posted by ppna on January 30, 2008

If you watched the show, “Top 100 Guiness World Records Countdown,” which aired Sunday the 27th of January on NBC then you did.   The stunt coordinator for the grand finally stunt of a motorcycle being driving through the longest fire tube ever was a graduate of Adams School.  

 His name is Mark Chadwick and he has an impressive resume as both a stuntman and stunt coordinator.  Chances are if you have seen an action film,commercial or TV Show he was part of it. 

Watch a video of some of his work Here It’s entertaining stuff.

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