The Tigers and Lakeland: A Spring Training Marriage Built to Last

Hello Loyal Readers, Michigan Radio just finished its fund-drive, so no audio today, sports fans. Hope you enjoy this piece — even if you have to read it. -John   If you think the divorce rate among U.S. couples is high, check out the recent rash of break-ups between major league baseball teams and their […]

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And Now for Something Completely Different

Dear Loyal Readers, Michigan Radio finished their fund-drive this week, and pretty much everyone over there was exhausted and/or sick by the end of it, so we’re taking another week off from recording the weekly piece.  (Good news: They reached their goals, so Michigan Radio will continue in all its glory.  For the many of […]

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Yost’s Changes of Heart

[Sorry, Loyal Readers and Listeners: Michigan Radio is fund driving this week, so there’s no audio.] Two weeks ago, I wrote about one of the University of Michigan’s lowest moments, when athletic director Fielding H. Yost scheduled Georgia Tech for a football game in 1934, which required Michigan to sit out its star player, Willis […]

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A Matter of Perspective

[Listen to the audio by clicking here: Bacon_final_3-8-2012] The Big Ten basketball experts knew exactly what was going to happen this season before it even started.  Michigan State would battle for another title, while Michigan would be stuck in the middle, fighting for a tournament bid. And that’s exactly how it started.  The Spartans jumped […]

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Update on Writer’s Conference in FLA this weekend

Dear Loyal Readers, I am officially Out of Africa — but loved it.  Plenty of stories to come, both serious and, well, less so.  You’ll see them in next week’s blogs. Now in Paris, then DC, then home, then Ft. Lauderdale’s Hyatt Regency for a writer’s conference. The schedule: -Saturday cocktail party, 5 p.m. (about […]

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Two Profiles in Courage

[Listen to audio version here: Willis Ward] The University of Michigan can boast 19 highly ranked schools and colleges, a couple dozen nationally recognized teams and countless famous graduates.  And on matters of social justice, Michigan has usually led the nation, not followed it. But one Saturday, 78 years ago, Michigan took a sad step […]

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