A Series to Savor

[To listen to the audio, click here: Bacon_Final_RedWings_Playoff_2013_web5-3-13] Most sports fans are happy just to see their team make the playoffs. But Detroit Red Wings fans have been able to take that for granted for a record 22 straight seasons.  The last time the Red Wings didn’t make the playoffs, not one current NHL player […]

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TEDxUofM Talk: The Past, the Future, and Why We Need to Be Together

Hello Dear Loyal Readers, This week I am finally finishing the final draft of the next book, “Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football.”  Due Tuesday.  Not even kidding.  So, alas, no Bacon Blog this week. But I can offer a link to my recent TEDxUofM talk on “The Past, the […]

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Blaming the Customer

[For the audio version, click here: Student_Football_Seats_2nd_edit_5-3-2013] For decades, students at Michigan games were assigned seats, with the seniors getting the best ones.  But last year, according to the Michigan athletic department, roughly a quarter of the 22,000 people in the student section were no-shows.  So, athletic director Dave Brandon decided to switch the student […]

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The Worst Job in the World – And Why I Love It

[To listen to the audio version, click here: bacon_0426_web] This week, a company called “CareerCast.com” ranked more than 1,000 American jobs, and determined that the worst job in America isn’t garbage collector, dog cage cleaner or Lindsey Lohan sobriety tester  – but journalist. Yes!  Score!  Booyah! They based their rankings on four criteria: the workplace […]

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The Man Behind Jackie Robinson

Hello Loyal Readers and Listeners, When I’ve not been able to produce a Bacon Blog, I’ve done a poor job of letting you know, instead just going AWOL.  Well, last night, I finished the fourth draft of the upcoming book, “Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football” — which, of course, […]

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Redemption

[Click here for audio version: Bacon_final_Beilein_for_web_with_open_4-12-2013] It wasn’t that long ago that Michigan’s basketball program was not merely unsuccessful, but the shame of the athletic department, if not the university. Bo Schembechler, then Michigan’s athletic director, fired basketball coach Bill Frieder after he found out Frieder had flown out to accept the coaching job at […]

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