Our National Anthem is Not Our Nation’s Best Tribute

February 19, 2010 Press play to listen The modern Olympics started in 1896, but it took 28 more years before the winners would hear their national anthem during the medal ceremony.   The Vancouver Games will conduct 86 medal ceremonies, during which any of the 82 countries present could be serenaded with their national anthem.  But […]

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Please Show Us The Athletes Competing, Instead Of The Announcers Talking

February 12, 2010 Press play to listen Twelve years ago I covered the Winter Olympics in Nagano.  It was exhausting – and exhilarating.    Every day, right in front of me, I got to savor the skill and the speed of the skiers and the snowboarders, the hockey players and the figure skaters.  But what […]

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Amid Super Bowl Silliness, A Couple Stories Worth Telling

February 5, 2010 Press play to listenIt’s hard to think of too many endeavors that receive more overblown attention than do sports.  And within sports, nothing’s more overblown than the Super Bowl.    This time around, we’re getting endless stories about President Obama picking the New Orleans Saints – because… that matters? – a preview […]

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How Berenson and Beilein Put Values Before Victories

January 29, 2010 Press play to listen The Michigan basketball team recently lost to Michigan State by one point, all but ending the Wolverines’ chances to return to the NCAA tournament.  The Michigan hockey team faces Michigan State this weekend, and they need a sweep to improve their fading chances of getting back to the […]

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Why Pond Hockey Beats Indoor Hockey

January 22, 2010 Hello Loyal Readers,   Thanks for reading, listening (for those of you who prefer the audio version below) and writing in with your comments.   For you Michigan types, you might be interested in my column for Michigan Today, which I write every month, on the Wolverines’ Top Ten Moments of the […]

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McGwire’s Confession Risks Nothing, Gains Nothing

January 15, 2010 Press play to listen On Monday, former home run hitter Mark McGwire talked to sports broadcaster Bob Costas in an attempt to restore his good name.   He had a lot of restoring to do.    McGwire was one of those super-sized sluggers who were knocking out home runs at a record […]

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