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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Four Michigan Teams Going Bowling

It’s college bowl season, and around these parts, that can only mean one thing: Rumors of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh going to the NFL! Of course, that seasonal rumor comes with many other traditions, including ridiculously irresponsible click-bait stories based on absolutely nothing, everyone freaking out because of it, and the whole thing amounting […]

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The Game is back – and so is controversy

Dear Loyal Readers, This piece is also running on Yahoosports.com’s Postgame long-form website. You can check it out there, if you like. http://www.thepostgame.com/ohio-state-michigan-rivalry-college-football-playoff Now, back to our show! -JUB   The Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is one of the nation’s best. In fact, in 2000, ESPN viewers voted Michigan-Ohio State the best rivalry in the country […]

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The Decade Between Michigan’s Peaks – and the Unsung Heroes Who Brought it Back

Dear Loyal Readers, Hope you all had a very Happy Thanksgiving — one of my all-time favorite holidays. No, you’ve not been dropped from our subscription list! I failed to get this out by 9 a.m. Friday, which is when the program automatically sends it. So you should get this Saturday 9 a.m., latest. Also, […]

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Big Ten Battle in a Blender

It was supposed to be simple. Before the college football season started, Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State were all ranked in the top twelve. The three teams were expected to battle all fall, with the Big Ten East Division title coming down to the Michigan-Ohio State game, and the winner going to the four-team […]

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Harbaugh’s Four Hour Practices Built Up Michigan’s “Football Callous”

Hello, Loyal Readers! This coming Wednesday morning, you might hear my commentary on NPR on the madness of travel teams. As a result, no commentary this week for Michigan Radio, and no new Bacon Blog. But I do have an excerpt from the Afterword of Endzone, which ran previously in MGoBlog. Seems particularly apropos now, […]

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