Tom Brady: The Ultimate Underdog is Now On Top

New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady just won a record fifth Super Bowl Sunday night. He’s now being called the greatest of all time. But you wouldn’t have guessed that 25 years ago, when Brady had to fight for playing time on his high school junior varsity, a team that had not won a game […]

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Tirrel Burton wasn’t rich or famous — just loyal, respected, and good hearted

Today, big time college football coaches are media stars, with thousands of followers on Twitter. They’re rich and famous, whether they should be or not. Even assistant coaches are millionaires. But it wasn’t always that way. This week in Ann Arbor a few hundred people gathered to remember a college football coach who wasn’t rich […]

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Quote of the Day from Bertrand Russell

Dear Loyal Readers, Thanks for your interest in my last Bacon Blog on Michigan’s Scott Matzka, which has since run on a handful of national websites. No Bacon Blog today, but I can offer a quote of the day. The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of […]

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Best Game of the Week – Hands Down

The most compelling sports story of the week was not in the NFL playoffs, the college football playoffs, the NBA, or the NHL. It wasn’t even televised. On Saturday night, the Red Wing alumni team took on a squad of former University of Michigan players. It was just an exhibition, which only mattered to those […]

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Rust Belt Bowl Blues

First, the good news: A hearty four college football teams from the state of Michigan were invited to play in bowl games this winter: the University of Michigan, plus Eastern, Western and Central Michigan. The only top-tier team not to qualify: Michigan State, which fell all the way from a top-four spot in last year’s […]

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In Memory of Jeff “Tiny” Bourne

Dear Loyal Readers, In late 2003, a good friend of mine, Jeff “Tiny” Bourne, passed away, at the all-too-young age of 47. At his funeral, I was asked by his family to give one of the eulogies. Years later, with their blessings, I wrote a story about him, which you’ll see below. Last night, his […]

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