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The Buckeyes win – and the Big Ten benefits

The Big Ten entered the bowl season battered from a brutal decade. How bad was it? Michigan’s sworn enemies, Michigan State and Ohio State, had given up hating the Wolverines. What was the point? The Spartans and the Buckeyes could barely remember the last time the Wolverines had the upper hand. They no longer felt animosity toward Michigan, but pity – and frustration that the Wolverines...

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Lions and Browns and A Lot of Losing – Oh My!

The Lions have lost to the Cowboys 13 times – so that’s not unusual. There are 31 other teams in the NFL, and 27 of them have winning records against the Lions. That leaves those pesky cats to feed on the likes of the Cleveland Browns, whose only fan in Michigan is our news director, Vince Duffy, from Ohio. When you root for the Lions, it’s nice to know someone out there has it worse than...

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Why Jim Harbaugh defied the experts, and followed his heart back home

[This blog comes from my feature this week in The Wall Street Journal, linked here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-michigan-landed-jim-harbaugh-1419958985?tesla=y&mg=reno64-wsj]   The private jet cut through the clouds and eased onto the airstrip at Detroit Metro Airport, just a few miles from where Charles Lindbergh once tested World War II bombers. This plane’s mission wasn’t...

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The End of the Hoke Era – and the Start of a Crucial One

  http://www.johnubacon.com/wp-content/uploads/Bacon_Final_Hoke_11-30-12_with_web_open.mp3 Brady Hoke grew up in Ohio, graduated from Ball State, and started his coaching career as an assistant at Yorktown High in Indiana. He is a football man, through and through. In 1995, Hoke began an eight-year stint assisting Michigan, a run that included the Wolverines’ first national title...

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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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