The Man Behind Jackie Robinson

April 16, 2010 Press play to listen The first quarter of this year has been filled with endless sports stories about salaries and steroids and sex – and pretty much everything but sports.  So I welcome a look back at a time the stakes were real, and the men were equal to the moment. Well, we’re […]

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NCAA Threatens to Trade March Madness Perfection… for Just a Little More

April 9, 2010 Press play to listen March Madness is one of the best sporting events of the year, every year, on a very short list with the Super Bowl, the World Series and the Olympics.  But March Madness is the most inclusive – and, in some ways, the purest. The tournament’s 65 teams came […]

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Finding What They Were Missing

April 2, 2010 Press play to listen Tom Izzo’s best coaching job From the outside, it looked like a typically dominant Michigan State basketball team.  By the end of January, the Spartans were undefeated in the Big Ten, and ranked fifth in the nation.  That record hid some problems the public couldn’t see, but Coach […]

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Little Man Comes Up Big

March 26, 2010 Press play to listen It’s been a dismal year for Michigan fans. The football team and the men’s basketball team both failed to make it to the post-season, and together they lost to Michigan State three times. The men’s hockey team was supposed to be the saving grace. Entering this season, the Wolverines had […]

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Spring Training’s Longest Marriage

March 19, 2010 Dear Loyal Readers, Thanks once again for your continued, well, loyalty.  First, a correction: I cited 33,000 subscribers last week, but in fact, we’re well over 38,000, because the stats I looked at only covered the past12 months, and we’re in month thirteen now of the Bacon Blog. Second, as I wrote […]

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How to Talk Sports, the Coach Bacon Way

March 13, 2010 Press play to listen In America, you’re “behind the eight ball,” if you will, if you can’t “Talk Sports.”  Jay McInerny once wrote that sports fans constitute the largest fraternity in America, and not knowing how to talk about them will put you on the outside of every airport and elevator conversation […]

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