John Saunders’s Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope

Hello, Loyal Readers! On TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, at 7 p.m. at University of Michigan’s Rackham Auditorium, we will launch my next book THE GREAT HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism. The great Cynthia Canty, host of Michigan Radio’s Stateside program, will introduce me. Admission is free, and Literati Bookstore will […]

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Don’t Like Night Games? TV Can Only Offer the Money. Schools Take It.

For the first time in their 119-year year rivalry, which stretches all the way back to 1898, Michigan and Michigan State will play at night this Saturday. The 7:30 kick-off time excites the recruits, the players, and the students. In other words, young people. The night game bothers many older fans, and worries store owners, […]

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FBI Exposes NCAA’s Willful Ignorance

You can listen to the Podcast here:   We learned this week that FBI undercover agents have been investigating college basketball for two years, and they found everything the NCAA has largely failed to find for decades: coaches paying top recruits through shoe companies. The investigation is ongoing, and the results are only now starting […]

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The Hardest Job in the State

(You can listen to the audio version here by clicking “Play.”) I’ve always said the two toughest jobs in this state are not governor, mayor of Detroit, or CEO of General Motors, but goalie for the Red Wings and quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines, because you can never do enough. But now I think I’ll […]

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College Football is Back — and So Are the Wolverines

Hello, Loyal Readers! Having just finished my next book, The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism, on Wednesday morning, I am back, and so is the Bacon Blog! Thanks for your patience. More good news: My most recent book, Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope, […]

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John Saunders “Playing Hurt”: excerpts, interviews, and more

Hello, Loyal Readers, from outside Gate A27 at Newark International Airport. This is how I’m rollin’ these days. Just finished a full week of interviews for the book I coauthored with my good friend John Saunders, “Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope.” It debuted Tuesday to very good reviews and sales, and naturally […]

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