Mideast Meets Midwest

TLC's All-American Muslim makes Islam homey

When I was growing up in Monroe, Mich., one of our biggest football games each season was against the Fordson High Tractors, from the Detroit suburb of Dearborn--a perennially tough team and Monroe's rival since 1928. I knew, vaguely, that Dearborn had the largest Arab-American population in the U.S., but all I saw were beefy guys in football helmets. It's not as if they called themselves the Fordson Crescents.

What never occurred to me until I watched All-American Muslim (debuting Nov. 13 on TLC) was that the Tractors face a training challenge unlike most schools in the football-loving Midwest. Those years...

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