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What Michigan Really Lost Against Appalachian State – and What They Need to Reclaim

  http://www.johnubacon.com/wp-content/uploads/Appalachian-State-2014.mp3 What’s all the fuss about Appalachian State? The Michigan Wolverines open their football season tomorrow the way they usually do these days, by playing a team they should easily beat. But that’s what they thought the last time they played Appalachian State. It goes back to 2007, the year the NCAA allowed...

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Fireworks at Michigan — on and off the field

  To listen to the audio version, click below. http://www.johnubacon.com/wp-content/uploads/Brandons-Fireworks-7-25-14.mp3 The University of Michigan’s athletic director sent a proposal to the University’s Regents, requesting permission to set off fireworks during two football games this fall. At first blush, the question of post-game fireworks didn’t seem like a very big deal...

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Revised Coach Mac eulogy runs on Yahoo; UM Regents vote against stadium fireworks

Hello, Loyal Readers! It’s been a busy week at Bacon Blog headquarters — which is to say, these days, usually my car, zipping from Ann Arbor to Chicago to Up North and repeat as needed. Yahoo asked me to combine my pieces on Coach Mac from last year and last week, condense and revise, and I did so to create a eulogy for him currently running in the Yahoosports.com/postgame’s...

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A Letter From Coach Mac – and a Letter Back, a Little Late

  [To listen to the audio, which I recommend for this story, just click here: Coach Mac 2014] The summer before Mac McKenzie became our little league baseball coach, I spent the season picking dandelions in right field, and batting last. But just weeks after Coach Mac took over, I rose to starting catcher, lead-off hitter, and team captain. Trust me, I was no bigger, faster or stronger...

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Jeopardizing Your Ego

Last night, I tried my luck on the NPR game show, “Ask Me Another,” which will run in a few weeks. But it brought back memories – traumatic ones – of my disastrous try out for the Jeopardy game show 24 years ago.  I wrote this in my first year as a writer, as a 25-year old, and sold it to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Sunday magazine, This World.  Hope you enjoy...

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