Bob Chappuis (1923-2012)

[You can listen to the audio by clicking here: Bacon-Chappuis_recorded_open_for_web__final-6-29-12] You can read about Bob Chappuis’s heroics as a World War II tailgunner, or as a Michigan Wolverines tailback, just about anywhere — from his Time magazine cover story back in 1947, right up to his obituary in the New York Times last week.  But […]

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Happy Father’s Day to an unusual father

[Author’s note: I’ve been traveling the past two weeks, so I haven’t been in town to record any new commentaries.  However, with Father’s Day upon us, I decided to re-run this from last year. – JUB] My dad grew up in Scarsdale, NY – but, as he’s quick to point out, before it became “Scahsdahle.”  […]

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The Winningest Coach on Campus

[Listen to the audio by clicking here: Hutchins, 6-1-1] This spring, the University of Michigan women’s softball team won its fifteenth Big Ten title, and fifth in a row.  It went to the NCAA tournament – for the 18th straight season – and won its 14th NCAA regional crown, before losing on Friday in the […]

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Let ’em play

[Listen to the audio hear: Field Day 5-12]   Remember Field Day?   For most of us, it was a hallowed year-end school tradition, right up there with ice cream socials, and signing yearbooks.  The kids loved it, of course, and looked forward to it every year. But, for a couple years, not at Burns Park, […]

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Learning How to Lose — and Bounce Back

[Listen to the audio by clicking here: Sports Parents 5-12] Teresa Bloodman’s son was thrilled to pass the first two tryouts for his Maumelle, Arkansas, high school freshman basketball team, which allowed him to play on the team for the first two months of the fall.  But, when the football season ended, the coach held […]

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The Most Powerful Sentence of the Century

[Listen to the audio by clicking here: Title IX 5-11-12] This week, the University of Michigan celebrated the 40th anniversary of Title IX, with a host of speakers and panels discussing the historic legislation and its impact on girls, women and the United States itself. It all started pretty quietly.  Just a sentence buried in […]

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