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Hammerin’ Hank Aaron’s record – and what makes it great

[To listen to the audio version, please click here: Bacon Final 4.11.14 for Web] This week marks the 40th anniversary of one of baseball’s signature moments: Hank Aaron hitting his record 715th home run, to surpass Babe Ruth’s 39-year old record.  But to appreciate how special that was, you have to understand who Hank Aaron is – and what he faced. You’ve heard of Babe Ruth, who might be...

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The Northwestern players union: What it means, and what it doesn’t

[To listen to the audio version, please click here: Northwestern Union 2014] Last week, in a surprising decision, the National Labor Relations Board granted the Northwestern University football players the right to unionize, if they want. But what does that mean?  What doesn’t it mean?  And how might this change the future of college football? The NLRB’s ruling made a big splash, but it’s...

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Who’s a Real Michigan Fan – and Who Isn’t?

To listen to the audio version, click here: Bacon_final_Big_House_3-28-14 One debate I could do without is the question of who is a real Michigan fan, and who isn’t? On the face of it, the question is pretty stupid.  A Michigan fan is a fan of Michigan.  And beyond the surface, it’s still pretty stupid.  But let’s play it out. The argument goes that only those who attended Michigan can...

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Revving up the rivalry, while boosting basketball

[To listen to the audio version, please click here: Bacon Final 3.21.14 for web] On Sunday, the Michigan Wolverines faced the Michigan State Spartans in the final of the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament.  After a decade of domination by the Spartans, John Beilein’s Wolverines held the upper hand the past four years.  After losing two stars to the NBA and one to back surgery, they...

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An Appreciation of William Clay Ford, Sr.

[To listen to the audio version, click here: Ford 3.14.14] In the course of his 88 years, William Clay Ford, who died Sunday, captained Yale’s tennis team, earned an engineering degree and chaired Ford Motor Co.’s finance committee, which is enough for any lifetime. But he will likely be remembered mainly as the owner of the Detroit Lions, during five woefully unsuccessful decades. Since he...

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