A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

[Click here for the audio version: Bacon_Parthenon] Ann Arbor’s Parthenon Restaurant closed last week after almost forty years at the corner of Main and Liberty.  For me and my friends, it marked more than the passing of a favorite spot, but the end of a time-honored ritual. On our last visit, we filed in, and […]

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Michigan Hockey’s Little Big Man

[Click here for the audio version: Hunwick 3-30-12] Two years ago, Michigan’s hockey team was in danger of snapping its record 19-straight NCAA tournament bids.  They finished seventh in their league – unheard of, for Michigan – so the only way to keep the streak alive was to win six straight league playoff games to […]

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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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