The All-Star Next Door

August 6, 2010 DEAR LOYAL READERS Well, turns out teaching in Chicago on Thursdays can mess up your schedule a little bit — and more so when you throw in the Big Ten media days Monday and Tuesday this week. That means I didn’t go home between Thursdays, and that means Michigan Radio has to […]

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The Wheels of Justice Grind Slowly — But They Do Grind

July 30, 2010 Press play to listen The gears of justice grind slowly, but they do grind, and sometimes they actually get their man– or woman, as the case may be.   The sports world saw its share of slow-moving justice this week, from the global to the local.  New York Yankees’ third basemen Alex […]

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The Camp Director

Dear Loyal Readers, I’m traveling this week so I didn’t get a chance to tape a new commentary, so I hope you will enjoy this updated version of one from last year, about former Camp Director Pat Rode — one of the more popular ones we’ve done.  In the meantime, we are also working to […]

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Goodbye, Mr. Brown

July 16, 2010 Press play to listen It was a beautiful summer morning. I walked from my home in Ann Arbor, down State Street, to St. Thomas Church. A crowd had already gathered outside, waiting to pay respects to our old friend, Mr. Brown.  No one told us to call him that. We just did.    […]

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Where it Started — and Almost Ended

July 9, 2010 Press play to listen Whenever I drive up US-23, I can’t resist gazing at two structures on my right: The Whitmore Lake high school stadium press box, where my writing career started, and the big red ski jump on Whitmore Lake, where it almost ended.   I once volunteered to visit the […]

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World’s Greatest Game?

July 2, 2010 Press play to listen The 2010 World Cup is in full swing – even if the U.S. was eliminated in the second round. I’ve played soccer, coached it and covered it, and there’s a lotto like about the sport.    First, soccer players are great athletes. The pros run about six miles a […]

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