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Two Profiles in Courage

[Listen to audio version here: Willis Ward] The University of Michigan can boast 19 highly ranked schools and colleges, a couple dozen nationally recognized teams and countless famous graduates.  And on matters of social justice, Michigan has usually led the nation, not followed it. But one Saturday, 78 years ago, Michigan took a sad step […]

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Boys’ hockey, women’s hockey, and the differences thereof

[Listen to the audio version by clicking here: TheBacon_final_2-17-2012] The Michigan women’s club hockey team beat the #1 ranked Michigan State women’s team twice down the stretch to finish second in the league, and earn a spot in the national tournament.  Hats off to them. Although I’ve coached high school boy’s hockey teams for almost […]

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Super Bowl Silliness and Sincerity

[Listen to the audio version by clicking here: Bacon_final_2-10-2012_web] It’s been five days since the Super Bowl, just enough time to give us a little perspective on the whole thing.  Was it a football game?  A concert?  A competition for the Clio Award?  Or some bizarrely American combination of all three? Let’s start with the […]

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The Nuttiness of National Signing Day

[Listen to the audio by clicking here.] The most important day of the year for a college football coach is not the home opener, the big rivalry game or even a bowl game.  It’s national signing day, which falls on the first Wednesday in February. On signing day, the end zone is not grass or […]

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Irreconcilable Truths

[Listen to the audio version here: Paterno Obit 1-12] When an 85-year old man dies, you cannot call it a tragedy.  Sad, yes, but tragic, no. But Joe Paterno’s passing might be an exception.  Born in Brooklyn in 1926, he enrolled at Brown University, where he played quarterback. He still holds a school record — […]

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The Beginning of a Great Rivalry

[ Listen to the audio version here: Michigan-Michigan State basketball rivalry] The rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State in football is one of the best in the country.  But it obscures the fact that, in just about every other sport, Michigan’s main rival is Michigan State. In men’s basketball, there’s no team either school would […]

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