Tradition For Fun, But Mostly Profit

[To listen to the audio version, click here: Bacon_final_seat_license_for_web_12-14-12] This week, the University of Michigan announced an increase in the cost of ‘seat licenses’ for football season ticket holders. Before I dive into what all this means, let me explain what a ‘seat license’ is, because, if you’re a normal person, it won’t make much […]

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‘Tis the Season for Bowl Scams – Ho Ho Ho

[To listen to the audio version, click here: Bacon_final_bowl_sham_w_web_open_12-7-12] College football’s regular season ended Saturday, with the various conference championship games closing out a 14-week season. The next day, Sunday, the 35 bowl games sent out their invitations to 70 lucky teams. But when you look a little closer at their bowl offers, you have […]

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It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s — oh, wait. It is.

[To listen to the audio version, click here: Bacon_Final_Hoke_11-30-12] Exactly one year ago, Brady Hoke was the darling of Michigan football fans. He’d charmed even the doubters at his first press conference – where he coined his now famous phrase, “This is Michigan, for God’s sake!” — then led a team that had averaged just […]

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Athletics Without Anthems?

[To listen to the audio version, click here: Veterans Day:Anthem] On Veterans Day, we generally honor our Veterans.  It’s a good idea, for lots of reasons: they served our country, often in unpleasant places, and in great danger, to keep the worst of the world away from our homeland. My grandfather was a New York […]

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Playing Politics or Playing Sports: Which is Sillier?

[For the audio version, click here: Bacon_Politics2012_w-webopen-11-9-2012] Whether your candidates won or lost this week, we can all rejoice that it’s finally over.  Or, we think it is.  We can’t be sure anymore, can we? Watching the political contests and the sporting contests this week, I got to thinking: Which is sillier: playing politics, or […]

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A Sibling Rivalry Turned Ridiculous

[To listen to the audio version, click here: Huron-Pioneer 10-12] Last week, the Ann Arbor Pioneer High School football team went across town to play long-time rival Ann Arbor Huron.  It wasn’t the players’ performance during the game that made news, however, but the coaches’ behavior afterward.  And the news wasn’t good. Pioneer came into […]

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