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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Remembering Budd Lynch

[Listen to the audio version by clicking here: Budd Lynch 10-11-12] His parents named him Frank Joseph James Lynch – but everybody knew him as Budd. He passed away this week, at the age of 95.  No, you can’t call that a tragedy, but you can call it a loss – one that thousands are […]

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Losing A Little More of College Football’s Soul

[To listen to the audio version, click here: Michigan-NotreDame Rivalry Ending 9-28-12] The only constant is change. Yeah, yeah.  We know that – and in case we didn’t, there’s always some office blowhard too eager to say it, as if he just came up with it, and it’s the most profound truth of the universe. […]

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In Appreciation of Denard Robinson

[To listen to the audio version, click here: Bacon_Final_for_air_9-21] Last week, the University of Michigan football team beat up University of Massachusetts, 63-13.  Okay, U-Mass was pretty bad.  Even the lowly Indiana Hoosiers crushed them the week before.  But the Wolverines did exactly what they were supposed to do, and they did it very well. […]

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