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    Default Iffy the Dopester




    What the hell is with this guy? Why does he write anonymously? What's with him refering to himself in the third person constantly? Am I the only one who finds his articles virtually unreadable?

    Surprised I haven't heard too many opinions on this guy considering he writes fairly frequently on the Tigers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparks4Ever
    What the hell is with this guy? Why does he write anonymously? What's with him refering to himself in the third person constantly? Am I the only one who finds his articles virtually unreadable?

    Surprised I haven't heard too many opinions on this guy considering he writes fairly frequently on the Tigers.
    I actually like the guy, he's a columnist that regular goes to Tiger games, Lion games etc but nobody knows who he is. The guy has a very good sense of humor and I enjoy his work.

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    Iffy is simply a pen name for one of the other staff writers. Mike E Monster, for one, greatly enjoys his columns.

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    Iffy has been a regular contributor to the Detroit papers since the 30's/40's (maybe before).

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    He has outdated thinking. He's one of those "good ol' days" kind of guys. I don't read it.
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    I even heard that Iffy knows exactly where Hoffa is buried.

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    Sparks4Ever rarely makes it through more than a paragraph of Iffy's columns even if it's on a topic Sparks4Ever is interested in. Sparks4Ever thinks it's the refering to himself in third person thing.

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    My theory is that Tyrus is actually Iffy the Dopester.

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    Iffy the Dopester first appeared in 1934 when the Tigers were heading towards the pennant. He has appeared on and off over the years since. Malcolm Bingay was the first Iffy. Bingay is famous for writing the book "Detroit is My Own Home Town" which was a compilation of Bingay’s humorous reminisces about Detroit.

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    Thanks, I was not up-to-speed on the history of Iffy.

    He still sucks though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparks4Ever
    Thanks, I was not up-to-speed on the history of Iffy.

    He still sucks though.
    Mike E Monster thinks these posts about Iffy by Sparks4Ever suck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike E Monster
    Mike E Monster thinks these posts about Iffy by Sparks4Ever suck.
    Oh zing

    Nice one.

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    It's gotta be several writers taking turns--or easily could be. It wouldn't be hard to affect that writing style for any number of competent journalists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoBert
    It's gotta be several writers taking turns--or easily could be. It wouldn't be hard to affect that writing style for any number of competent journalists.
    which paper does Rob Parker write for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparks4Ever
    Oh zing

    Nice one.
    Mike E Monster could get used to referring to himself in third person very easily. It makes Mike E Monster feel important, more like Bo Jackson when he used to do it all the time, or, like Jimmy from the famous Seifeld episode. Yep, Mike E Monster likes this. Mike E likes it a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike E Monster
    Mike E Monster could get used to referring to himself in third person very easily. It makes Mike E Monster feel important, more like Bo Jackson when he used to do it all the time, or, like Jimmy from the famous Seifeld episode. Yep, Mike E Monster likes this. Mike E likes it a lot.
    How about trying the third person passive voice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euphdude
    How about trying the third person passive voice?
    Mike E Monster is now being attacked for his stance on referring to himself in third person. Mike E Monster is worried that anyone will take him seriously on this. Mike E Monster has been misunderstood on other matters in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euphdude
    My theory is that Tyrus is actually Iffy the Dopester.
    My thinking exactly. Waaaaaay too many similarities in attitude and style.


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ronz
    Iffy the Dopester first appeared in 1934 when the Tigers were heading towards the pennant. He has appeared on and off over the years since. Malcolm Bingay was the first Iffy. Bingay is famous for writing the book "Detroit is My Own Home Town" which was a compilation of Bingay’s humorous reminisces about Detroit.

    Wasn't the name a veiled (lightly) reference to Bingay's famous drug addiction?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Corky
    My thinking exactly. Waaaaaay too many similarities in attitude and style.
    He also said he's a writer for the Detroit News...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euphdude
    My theory is that Tyrus is actually Iffy the Dopester.

    Dude, you outed me. Actually, my moniker on the Detroit News Tiger Forum is Spiffy the Poopster, in homage to Iffy.

    I have an autographed copy of the original Iffy's autobiography, "Detroit is My Hometown." It's a fascinating read.

    I think the modern-day incarnation is actually several reporters, whereas the original was Detroit journalism legend Malcom Bingay.

    Actually, I'm not Iffy; I'm really Grapes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euphdude
    He also said he's a writer for the Detroit News...

    Yeah, but Iffy's at the Freep. We're enemies now, since Gannett dropped us and bought the Free Press.

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    So you're Tyrus the NoLikieIlitchster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrus
    Dude, you outed me. Actually, my moniker on the Detroit News Tiger Forum is Spiffy the Poopster, in homage to Iffy.

    I have an autographed copy of the original Iffy's autobiography, "Detroit is My Hometown." It's a fascinating read.

    I think the modern-day incarnation is actually several reporters, whereas the original was Detroit journalism legend Malcom Bingay.

    Actually, I'm not Iffy; I'm really Grapes.
    OK, prove it. write something in Grapespeak.

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    Actually the guy ghosting as "Iffy" is brand new this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrus
    I have an autographed copy of the original Iffy's autobiography, "Detroit is My Hometown."
    Do you really? So do I. I guess there must be a bunch of them still floating around.

    As far as "Iffy the Dopester" being some type of drug reference - I don't think so but that is just my opinion. A dopester in modern language is "someone that knows their stuff." As a matter of fact, I think Bingay's original column was titled "Tiger Stuff" by Iffy The Dopester. Hence, Iffy was a "dopester" because he knew all the "stuff" about the Tigers. Iffy got to be very popular in the 1930's and you could actually join the Iffy Tigers Club. You would receive a pin that said "Iffy's Tigers Club" among your membership goodies.

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    Iffy is garbage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidsb
    Iffy has been a regular contributor to the Detroit papers since the 30's/40's (maybe before).
    I did not know that. That makes me respect the concept of Iffy a little bit. His columns are usually pretty stupid but I like the idea that there is some mystery
    and tradition surrounding them. I still probably won't read many of them though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparks4Ever
    Am I the only one who finds his articles virtually unreadable?
    I'm with ya on this one. Its Unreadable.
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