Is There Life After High School?

[To hear the audio version, click here: Reunion 2012] I know a lot of people who look forward to their high school reunions, others who dread them, and still others who avoid them like the plague.  My brother falls squarely in the third category.  “If I was that eager to see you,” he says, “why […]

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Olympic Sports — from the Sublime to the Silly

[To listen to the audio, click here: Bacon_final_Olympic_satire_8-3-2012] The London Olympics features 26 summer sports, with 39 disciplines, and 302 separate competitions, in a desperate attempt to get everyone to watch. As a result, the International Olympic Committee feels they now have something for everyone.  So, we’ve got the Ancient Sports, or the Events No […]

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Why Tonight’s U.S. Flagbearer Will Not Dip the Banner

Tonight, the U.S. Olympic team will enter London’s Olympic Stadium, led by Mariel Zagunis, the American flag bearer.  What you probably won’t see, however, is Zagunis dip the American flag, unlike every other nation’s flagbearer. Last week, I mentioned the origins of this unique custom in passing, but it deserves its own story. 104 years […]

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Wolverine Olympians Worth Remembering

[To listen to the audio, click here: UM Olympians 7-19-12] The University of Michigan has sent 226 athletes and coaches to the Olympic Games. Wolverines have competed in every modern Olympics since the first in 1896.  The numbers are impressive, but the individuals in those numbers, past and present, are far more interesting. In the […]

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A Solution to a Problem College Football Doesn’t Have

[To listen to the audio, click here: Bacon_final-__with_intro_-_football_playoff-7-13-12] Well, it’s finally upon us.  No, not the apocalypse – the Mayan calendar be damned – but a bona fide, Division I, college football playoff.   A committee of 12 university presidents – not coaches, or even athletic directors, but presidents — recently approved a plan to create […]

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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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