Teddy’s Excellent Adventure

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 31 comments

Ten years ago, a friend of mine said, “Bacon, one day, you’re going to be a father. And it’s gonna kick you right where it hurts – and you’re gonna deserve it.” I finally got married at 49, and last week, at 51, we had our first child – which my wife assures me is also our last. His name is Theodore Richard Bacon, but his friends and associates all call him “Teddy.” He’s healthy, happy most of the time, and looks like a cross between me and Mr. Magoo – heavy on the Magoo. Even when Christie was pregnant, the idea of being...

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The Harbaugh Era Finally Begins

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 17 comments

Even before Jim Harbaugh accepted Michigan’s offer to become the Wolverine’s 19th head coach last December, the buzz was deafening. It was the Saturday after Christmas, and I spent the afternoon on the phone with insiders about the search for a coach. Once I heard the Harbaughs had a flight scheduled for Monday, and a hotel reservation, I was done wondering if the deal was for real. But it was 10:30 at night, so I thought there was no point in tweeting the news at that hour. My wife told me I might as well, so she could stop hearing me...

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ENDZONE: Excerpts, Interviews and Reviews

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | 16 comments

Hello, Loyal Readers, from Chicago! As you probably know by now, ENDZONE: The Rise, Fall and Return of Michigan Football is set to launch on Tuesday, September 1. You can pre-order your copy on,, or local stores like Literati and Nicola’s. Thanks to you guys, it is already the #1 selling football book on amazon. Meantime, here are a few excerpts and interviews you might enjoy. EXCERPTS: Wall Street Journal, on Harbaugh: MGoBlog on...

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Northwestern players’ unionization falls short, but NCAA wakes up

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Last year, in a surprising decision, the National Labor Relations Board granted the Northwestern University football players the right to unionize, if they wanted to. This made a big splash, but the ruling was actually very narrow. The NLRB made it clear its decision applied only to private schools in general – and to Northwestern in particular. Further, the players still had to vote to unionize, and that was hardly automatic. But the players were very shrewd, starting with their leader, former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter. They...

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First Excerpt of “ENDZONE”: Why Jim Harbaugh Came Back

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Hello, Loyal Readers! Today we bring you the first excerpt of “Endzone: The Rise, Fall and Return of Michigan Football,” due out by St. Martin’s Press September 1. It ran in today’s online Wall Street Journal, and will run in the paper version Saturday. More excerpts coming in a week. * * * * * Please join the conversation, but remember: I run only those letters from those who are not profane or insane, and who include their FULL...

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Big Ten Media Days: The Harbaugh Effect Raises All Boats

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 12 comments

The Big Ten held its media days last week. Fourteen coaches told a few hundred reporters that their team chemistry has never been better, their senior leadership is outstanding, they had a great off-season in the weight room, and they can’t wait to get back on the field – but one man stole the show. Michigan’s new head coach Jim Harbaugh charmed the reporters with stories about everything from his daily commute to the office to his lifelong respect for Woody Hayes – yes, Ohio State’s Woody Hayes, Michigan’s sworn enemy. Yes,...

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ENDZONE sneak preview and more

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 15 comments

Hello, Loyal Readers! Good news — at least for me: rumors of my death have been exaggerated, though only slightly. From December 23 to July 19, I worked every day, usually about 16-20 hours a day the last three months, to finish ENDZONE: The Rise, Fall and Return of Michigan Football. Better news: Thanks to the amazing folks at St. Martin’s Press, it will come out September 1, as scheduled. On Tuesday, we posted a sneak preview of “ENDZONE” on MGoBlog. Full...

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The Final Four Misfit: How Michigan State Did It

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 16 comments

Tomorrow night, March Madness resumes – even though it’s April. Why? Because there’s just too much madness for March alone. And it’s going go get madder. Of the Final Four teams, three are number one seeds. There’s Wisconsin, which won the Big Ten regular season title and conference tournament en route to a sterling 35-3 record. There’s Duke, led by the legendary Coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils won the Coaches versus Cancer Classic, the State Farm Champions Classic, and the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. And there’s the Kentucky...

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Izzo, Calipari and Knight: One of these coaches keeps getting caught

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Hello, Loyal Readers: As most of you probably know, I’m working hard to finish my latest book, “Endzone: The Rise, Fall and Return of Michigan Football,” which will be published by St. Martin’s Press on Sept. 1 — if I get it done soon enough!  (You can pre-order it on the front page of my website, if you are so inclined.) As a result, I’m writing fewer weekly commentaries during this final stretch, but I still appear on Cynthia Canty’s Stateside show on Michigan Radio on Thursdays, usually between 3-4...

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Jim Harbaugh is Back in Town – and so is Weapons-Grade Intensity

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 16 comments

[Author’s Note: This piece is the longer version of my story that ran in the Wall Street Journal, on line Thursday, and in the paper Friday.]   When Jim Harbaugh was growing up in Ann Arbor, his father Jack, coached the defensive backs for Bo Schembechler at the University of Michigan. When Jack handed his kids their lunches each morning, he’d tell them to “attack this day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind!” It’s fair to say, Jim...

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