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Does anyone know where the love of God goes
When the waves turn the minutes to hours

— Gordon Lightfoot, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”


At about 1915 EST, on Nov. 10, 1975, the Great Lakes bulk cargo vessel SS Edmund Fitzgerald, fully loaded with taconite pellets, sank in eastern Lake Superior in position 46 59.9’N, 85 06.6’W, approximately 17 miles from the entrance to Whitefish Bay, Mich. The ship was en route from Superior, Wis., to Detroit and had been proceeding at a reduced speed in a severe storm. All the vessel’s 29 officers and crew members were presumed dead. No distress call was heard by vessels or shore stations.

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the probable cause of this accident was the sudden massive flooding of the cargo hold due to the collapse of one or more hatch covers. Before the hatch covers collapsed, flooding into the ballast tanks and tunnel through topside damage and flooding into the cargo hold through non-weathertight hatch covers caused a reduction of freeboard and a list. The hydrostatic and hydrodynamic forces imposed on the hatch covers by heavy boarding seas at this reduced freeboard and with the list caused the hatch covers to collapse.

In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed
In the Maritime Sailors’ Cathedral
The church bell chimed, ’til it rang 29 times
For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald

— Gordan Lightfoot, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”.


Last, First Position Age Hometown

1. Armagost, Michael E., Third Mate, 37, Iron River, Wis.
2. Beetcher, Fred J., Porter, 56, Superior, Wis.
3. Bentsen, Thomas D., Oiler, 23, St. Joseph, Mich.
4. Bindon, Edward F., First Assistant Engineer, 47, Fairport Harbor, Ohio
5. Borgeson, Thomas D., Maintenance Man, 41, Duluth, Minn.
6. Champeau, Oliver J., Third Assistant Engineer, 41, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
7. Church, Nolan S., Porter, 55, Silver Bay, Minn.
8. Cundy, Ransom E., Watchman, 53, Superior, Wis.
9. Edwards, Thomas E., Second Assistant Engineer, 50, Oregon, Ohio
10. Haskell, Russell G., Second Assistant Engineer, 40, Millbury, Ohio
11. Holl, George J., Chief Engineer, 60, Cabot, Penn.
12. Hudson, Bruce L., Deck Hand, 22, North Olmsted, Ohio
13. Kalmon, Allen G., Second Cook, 43, Washburn, Wis.
14. MacLellan, Gordon F., Wiper, 30, Clearwater, Fla.
15. Mazes, Joseph W., Special Maintenance Man, 59, Ashland, Wis.
16. McCarthy, John H., First Mate, 62, Bay Village, Ohio
17. McSorley, Ernest M., Captain, 63, Toledo, Ohio
18. O’Brien, Eugene W., Wheelsman, 50, Toledo, Ohio
19. Peckol, Karl A., Watchman, 20, Ashtabula, Ohio
20. Poviach, John J., Wheelsman, 59, Bradenton, Fla.
21. Pratt, James A., Second Mate, 44, Lakewood, Ohio
22. Rafferty, Robert C., Steward, 62, Toledo, Ohio
23. Rippa, Paul M., Deck Hand, 22, Ashtabula, Ohio
24. Simmons, John D., Wheelsman, 62, Ashland, Wis.
25. Spengler, William J., Watchman, 59, Toledo, Ohio
26. Thomas, Mark A., Deck Hand, 21, Richmond Heights, Ohio
27. Walton, Ralph G., Oiler, 58, Fremont, Ohio
28. Weiss, David E., Cadet, 22 Agoura, Calif.
29. Wilhelm, Blaine H., Oiler, 52, Moquah, Wis.

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
Superior, they say, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early

— Gordan Lightfoot, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”


“To be able to ask a question clearly is two-thirds of the way to getting it answered.” — John Ruskin

1. Given the sensational play of New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper, you have to wonder how good the Vikings would be had they kept him. I know he’s not always the fastest and can’t cover man to man, but Sharper makes plays in the red zone that are critical to good defense in the NFL.

2. Bears head coach Lovie Smith is now in charge of the defense, and last week they made some very elementary mistakes with their alignments and fundamentals. They must get this fixed or the heat will be on in Chicago — really high.

3. Expect Larry Johnson to file a grievance against the Chiefs over his suspension. If they really want him off the team, they might have to just waive him.

4. The three teams that fired their offensive coordinators this summer are currently ranked 27th (Buffalo), 28th (Tampa Bay) and 30th (Kansas City) in the NFL in offense. Changing coaches that late never seems to work.

5. Redskins head coach Jim Zorn was prepared to turn down the idea of letting someone else call plays until he was reminded to read his contract and consult with his lawyers. That changed his mind.


“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.” — Author unknown

Miami Dolphins (2-4) at New York Jets (4-2)

Partly cloudy, 56 degrees.

Wind is not supposed to be a factor, but the reality is that Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will have to prove he can make throws at home.

Last game, the Jets had 138 yards rushing, but 38 came on two fake punts. So in essence they had 28 carries for 100 yards. Leon Washington was their most productive runner.

The Dolphins must control Mark Sanchez in the pocket and force him to move side to side, not up into the pocket, where he can drive the ball. The key for the Fins will be to force Sanchez to throw the ball off balance. Sanchez has struggled when teams have blitzed him and forced him to throw in tight spots. He’s ranked 30th in the NFL when teams blitz him.

Last game, the Dolphins gave away 112 yards in penalties. The Jets needed help from the kicking game and penalties to keep the game close. Miami is the most penalized defense in the NFL, so look for a few P.I. penalties today.

Miami scored touchdowns three of the last four times it touched the ball. It had three drives in the game of over 12 plays.

The Jets had the ball nine times in the last game and scored points on five of them. They must move the ball with their passing game; the past two weeks it’s been all run.

As the game went along, the Dolphins dominated. The Jets had the ball for only 10 minutes, 15 seconds in the second half. What saved the Jets was their 3-of-3 performance in the red zone. This game will be a fourth-quarter game. The Jets are 3-0 this season when they have a longer time of possession than their opponent.

Losing Washington, the Jets lose vertical field position, they lose a nickel playmaker and their best screen runner. His loss will be hard to overcome; Shonn Greene is more Thomas Jones than Leon Washington.

Only four teams in the NFL run the ball more in the first half than throw it, and the Jets and Dolphins both do. The Giants and Browns are the other two.

Miami is sixth in the NFL in sacks but fourth in sacks on first down. It must pressure Sanchez on first down and win the down-and-distance battle.

Denver Broncos (6-0) at Baltimore Ravens (3-3)

Partly cloudy, light wind, 56 degrees.

Baltimore’s defense has been victimized by the big play but also can’t get off the field on third and less than four yards. It has to find a way to make plays on third down.

Baltimore has lost three games by an average of 3.67 points, ranking second in the NFL. Denver has averaged an 11-point differential in its six wins. The Broncos are risking their season with an inexperienced field-goal kicker.

Baltimore is a very good third-down team, and the Broncos’ success on defense comes from being sensational on third down. Baltimore’s ability to run the ball on third down will stress the Broncos’ defense.

The Ravens’ big plays come on first down, and they love to work the ball upfield on that down. They must be ahead of the count and keep the Broncos off balance.

Who guards Brandon Marshall is a concern, but who can tackle him is a bigger concern. Domonique Foxworth will struggle to cover him, which he knows from practicing against Marshall.

Quarterback Kyle Orton is best when he can throw the ball in the weak areas of the coverage, and the Broncos show him these areas with their formations. He’s 7 of 23 on throws of over 20 yards. He’s best working the short throws outside.

Orton leads the NFL with a fourth-quarter passer rating of 142.1.

Highest Fourth-Quarter Passer Rating

DEN Kyle Orton

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