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Michigan Hockey’s Greatest Generation

During World War II, the fortunes of a college hockey team didn’t amount to a hill of beans. The able-bodied were fighting in Europe and Asia, so Michigan’s roster shrunk. So did the schedule, from 20 games to eight. From 1940 to 1943, the Wolverines won exactly five games – total. The next year, a local newspaper warned, “Michigan May Remove Hockey From Athletic Program.” Enter Vic...

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For Michigan Athletics, Listening Might Be the Best Place to Start

HELLO LOYAL READERS, This week’s piece has run on Michigan Radio, as usual, but a much longer, more thorough version will appear on thepostgame.com (part of yahoosports.com), either this weekend or Monday.  I’ll let you know. Now, back to our commentary.   On November 17, 2006, Bo Schembechler died. He was 77. For Michigan fans, the bad news hasn’t stopped. Second-ranked...

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An Appreciation of Mister Hockey, Gordie Howe

You don’t have to know much about hockey to know about Mister Hockey, Gordie Howe.  If Michigan had a Mount Rushmore of athletes, Howe would be on it.  Heck, if we had to pick only one athlete for a Lincoln Memorial, it would be Howe.  Bobby Layne and Al Kaline were great, but Gordie Howe was it.  Like Babe Ruth, many of Howe’s records have been broken, but he was his sport’s first...

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Michigan Will Make a Decision – Even If It Doesn’t

Hello, Loyal Readers, Today I’m providing the short version of my commentary, which appears on Michigan Radio, and the link to the Yahoosport.com’s Postgame page, where the much longer version will appear some time Friday morning.  (Follow me on Twitter to get the exact link when it pops.) http://www.thepostgame.com/ Hope you like it. See you next...

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Michigan Football: From sell-outs to hand outs in just four years

Hello, Loyal Readers, Today I’m providing the link to my feature story in Yahoosport.com’s Postgame page, where many of my longer stories have appeared. This one is about Michigan athletics.  To wit: This week, the Michigan football program suffered a national embarrassment when a Michigan Daily reporter tweeted Coca-Cola’s offer of two free tickets to this weekend’s game...

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