Michigan’s “Secret Weapon”

November 6, 2009 Press play to listen Fifty years ago, Michigan football looked a lot different from what you see today.  Most Saturdays, the stadium was half-empty.  Freshmen were not allowed to play, and sophomores rarely did.  The starting players on offense also served as the back-ups on defense, and vice versa.  So, most of […]

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Bill Martin Legacy

October 30, 2009 Press play to listen     Last week, Bill Martin announced he would step down as Michigan’s athletic director, effective right before next fall’s first football game.   I was a little surprised Martin announced his retirement in the middle of the day, in the middle of the week, in the middle […]

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Gone Fishin’. Back Next Week.

October 23, 2009 Dear Loyal Readers, Thanks to the Michigan Radio pledge week, and slightly more than theusual amount of madness in my own schedule — augmented by MichiganAthletic Director Bill Martin’s announcement that he’d be stepping downby September 4, 2010 — I did not write a commentary this week, butwill have plenty to write […]

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Some May Hate The Luxury Boxes, But Yost Would Have Loved Them

October 16, 2009 Dear Loyal Readers, This week Michigan Radio is running their fund-raiser, so I didn’t tape this piece this week.  Instead, you’ll have to be content with the text, which is how most of you digest these weekly commentaries.  As always, great thanks for reading, and responding. -John Some May Hate The Luxury […]

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2009 A Long Way from 1968 – For Better and Worse

October 9, 2009Press play to listenAnd so, it’s done.  The Detroit Tigers’ once promising season ended Tuesday in a cataclysmic collapse.  In the American League’s Central Division, Sports Illustrated had picked the Tigers to finish next to last.  But by September, they had built a seemingly insurmountable seven-game lead.  The team was a tonic for […]

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Sibling Rivalry-Arguably the most emotional rivalry in the game

October 2, 2009 Press play to listen In their century-old rivalry, Michigan holds a commanding advantage over Michigan State. But since 1950, the margin is much closer.  Michigan has won 34 games, and the Spartans 23.  The rivalry is special not just because of the many Big Ten titles it’s determined or the national coverage […]

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