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The Difference Coach Mack Made

[To listen to the audio version, click here: Bacon final Coach Mack with intro for web- AIRS - 8-2-13] I loved baseball from the start –but it didn’t love me. When I started in tee-ball, I was so short that if the catcher put the tallest tee on the farthest corner of...

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Bo Schembechler’s Right-Hand Man Retires

[To listen to the audio, click here: Falk retirement 7-26-13] Jon Falk first met football coach Bo Schembechler in 1967.  Falk was a freshman working in the equipment room at Miami of Ohio, and Schembechler was the head coach. Schembechler seemed pretty gruff to Falk,...

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Coach Lapper’s Legacy

[To listen to the audio version, click here: Lapper 6-21-2013] An important tenth year anniversary is coming up, but it’s not one I’ve been looking forward to. I first met Mike Lapprich when I was an assistant hockey coach at Ann Arbor Huron High School, and he was...

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A Father’s Day “Encore Selection”

Sorry, folks: No Bacon Blog today. Off to Columbus to give a speech to the great UM Club there about my upcoming book, "Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football" -- and even get a round in on Jack's course prior. I believe the Bear will be clawing...

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A Series to Savor

[To listen to the audio, click here: Bacon_Final_RedWings_Playoff_2013_web5-3-13] Most sports fans are happy just to see their team make the playoffs. But Detroit Red Wings fans have been able to take that for granted for a record 22 straight seasons.  The last time...

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