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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Boys’ hockey, women’s hockey, and the differences thereof

[Listen to the audio version by clicking here: TheBacon_final_2-17-2012] The Michigan women’s club hockey team beat the #1 ranked Michigan State women’s team twice down the stretch to finish second in the league, and earn a spot in the national tournament.  Hats off to them. Although I’ve coached high school boy’s hockey teams for almost […]

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Super Bowl Silliness and Sincerity

[Listen to the audio version by clicking here: Bacon_final_2-10-2012_web] It’s been five days since the Super Bowl, just enough time to give us a little perspective on the whole thing.  Was it a football game?  A concert?  A competition for the Clio Award?  Or some bizarrely American combination of all three? Let’s start with the […]

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The Nuttiness of National Signing Day

[Listen to the audio by clicking here.] The most important day of the year for a college football coach is not the home opener, the big rivalry game or even a bowl game.  It’s national signing day, which falls on the first Wednesday in February. On signing day, the end zone is not grass or […]

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