The Search for Harbaugh Started With a Boat Ride

Today, Jim Harbaugh’s return to Ann Arbor looks like a no-brainer, the most obvious of football marriages. But it didn’t seem that way two years ago, when the odds were very long, indeed. Michigan football coach Brady Hoke seemed poised for a solid season. With eight or nine wins, Hoke’s job would be safe, athletic […]

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What Made Gordie Howe “Mr. Hockey”

Dear Loyal Readers, As you can imagine, with the passing of Muhammad Ali and Gordie Howe, just about all sports writers have been working to give both the obituaries they deserve. Here are mine for Mr. Hockey himself, Gordie Howe. My interview on Michigan Radio’s Stateside program: http://www.npr.org/2016/06/15/482123503/mr-hockey-gordie-howe-to-be-remembered-at-detroit-funeral And here is my commentary on National […]

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How Hutch Built a Program to Last, Not Just a Team

Under coach Carol Hutchins, the Michigan softball team has won 19 Big Ten titles, and nine in a row — more than the rest of the Big Ten combined. She has led her team to 18 regional crowns, and made it to the College World Series 12 times in the past 22 years. Since 1995, […]

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The Stanley Cup has Red Wings’ fingerprints all over it

For a record 25th straight season, the Detroit Red Wings made the playoffs. For the seventh straight season, they didn’t get past the second round. Well, no matter, Wings fans. Because whether the Pittsburgh Penguins or the San Jose Sharks raise the Cup, they will be following in your favorite players’ footsteps. How so? Let’s […]

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Five Myths about the Stanley Cup – Washington Post

Hello, Loyal Readers! It being the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, I won’t be on Michigan Radio, so there will be no Bacon Blog today of the normal sort. But I did write today’s “Five Myths” feature for the Washington Post, one of their most popular sections, on the Stanley Cup. It is now up! […]

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The Next Round of Football Conference Musical Chairs Might Be the Last

Dear Loyal Readers, This week’s Bacon Blog is once again running on ThePostgame.com. You can click the link here, http://www.thepostgame.com/college-conference-consolidation-nears-end-rivals or read below. Thanks again. -John In 1895, seven university presidents created the Big Ten – the world’s first academically-based athletic conference. It was a good idea, on good enough to catch on across the country. […]

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