Rod Beard: One year later, Kobe Bryant's wide-ranging influence still resonates

Maybe more than other industries, sports provide a litany of unforgettable mental connections of where you were when a major event happened. Magglio Ordonez’s home run to send the Tigers to the World Series in 2006. Barry Sanders surpassing 2,000 yards in 1997. The Red Wings ending their Stanley Cup drought in 1997. Kobe Bryant’s tragic death last year is a little fresher in my mind, both because of recency but also because of the jarring nature. I had just settled into a Dunkin’ Donuts in Novi after dropping off my son at baseball practice. As was my routine, I was going to pass the time writ…

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