The Ivy Leagues ban tackling in football practice. Who will follow?

Political writer George Will, an avid baseball fan, once said “Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence, punctuated by committee meetings.” Football isn’t getting rid of the committee meetings, also known as huddles, any time soon. But this week the Ivy League decided to reduce the violence. Starting this season, no […]

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Never Underestimate The Beav — One of Tom Brady’s Best Friends

A little more than a year ago, in the last days of 2014, Jim Harbaugh accepted the University of Michigan’s offer to become the next head coach of the Wolverines. But Harbaugh could have come back four years earlier. In January of 2011, former Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon had offered him the job, but […]

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For NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the Game is Rigged

Two weeks ago, three NFL teams – the San Diego Chargers, the Oakland Raiders and the St. Louis Rams – all bid to move their teams to Los Angeles. The nation’s second biggest city hasn’t had a team since the Rams left for St. Louis in 1995, while Green Bay has supported their team since […]

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The Lessons College Football Should Learn From The Ann Arbor News

Last week, MLive.com, which covers ten cities in Michigan, laid off another 29 employees, which was hardly surprising. On Monday, Alabama beat Clemson to claim college football’s national title. These might seem completely unrelated, but I see a pattern here – and a warning for college football, if it’s smart enough to listen. In 1835, […]

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2015 in Review: Spartans, Wolverines and Lions – Oh My

Hello, Loyal Readers! To quote Monty Python, “I’m not dead yet!” But it might have seemed like it, due to my long absence from The Bacon Blog this fall. Alas, 2015 was a crazy year! Let’s see, we moved an apartment, a condo and a loft into a “new” house (built in 1893), wrote two […]

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The Michigan-Michigan State Game, Its Aftermath, and Keyboard Cowards

Hello, Loyal Readers! This week’s topic is, once again, the Michigan-Michigan State game — this time the aftermath, including the Keyboard Cowards who hammered punter Blake O’Neill with hate mail, tweets and the like. I wrote this for Yahoosports.com’s Postgame, so here’s the link. http://www.thepostgame.com/road-saturday/201510/michigan-wolverines-punter-spartans-fans-social-media-football It actually ran Tuesday morning, and it’s still their top […]

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