Whiffle Ball Afternoons

“Hot fun in the summertime. That’s when I had most of my fun.” For me, the summer of ’76 stands out. I was 12. It was the bicentennial, my family went to the Montreal Olympics, and everyone cheered for Detroit pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, the happiest ballplayer I’ve ever seen. It was also the […]

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Vincent Smith, Jadeveon Clowney, The Hit, and What Followed

If you’re a casual football fan, or even if you’re not, you’ve probably seen The Hit – one of the most famous tackles in the history of the game. It was January 1, 2013, when Michigan played South Carolina in the Outback Bowl. In the fourth quarter, with the Wolverines hanging on to a 22-21 […]

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My Third Father’s Day

Sunday marks my third father’s day. I had no idea what I was doing for the first two and, it seems, little more this time around. But the kid keeps growing anyway. I don’t care what anyone says. The first three months are hard. You’re not getting any sleep, and the kid isn’t walking, talking, […]

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Those Who Stay: John Beilein Edition

Hello, Loyal Readers! Before we get to this week’s Bacon Blog, I’ll be making my last stop of our mini-book tour for Best of Bacon: Select Cuts, 40 of my favorite stories from my first quarter-century of writing, on Tuesday, June 12, at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor. We’ve had great turn-outs at our first three […]

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“Best of Bacon” in Chicago May 23, TC May 29, AA June 12. Be there!

Hello, Loyal Readers! Been a fun month with the launch of Best of Bacon: Select Cuts, including a great launch at the Ann Arbor District Library on Friday, May 11. Despite a monsoon that evening, we still drew 150 hearty souls to the event, and had fun telling new stories about Bo Schembechler, Ernie Harwell, […]

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Best of Bacon: Excerpts, interviews, and events

Hello, Loyal Readers! This week we released The Best of Bacon: Select Cuts, which is now available wherever you buy books, including the link above, which gives you the option of going local, national, or online. Here are a few excerpts that ran this week:   -The first on MGoBlog, about my first week following […]

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