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My Q&A on “ENDZONE: The Rise, Fall and Return of Michigan Football.”

NOTE: This week, Brian Cook of MGoBlog asked me a bunch of questions about my upcoming book, “Endzone: The Rise, Fall and Return of Michigan Football,” which is due out September 1.  The publisher posted it on Amazon and B&N on Monday, and it’s been the #1 football book all week.  You can pre-order it on either of those sites, listed below, or my website.  And we’ll...

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Beilein at his best when conditions at their worst

Under head coach Tom Izzo, the Spartans have been to 17 straight NCAA tournaments, made it to 6 final fours and won it all in 2000 – while graduating 81 percent of his players.  Not too shabby. Thanks partly to the tough schedule Izzo puts together, his teams tend to start slowly and then build up steam as March Madness approaches.  Despite losing Gary Harris and Adreian Payne to the NBA, and...

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Brady’s Balls, Left Sharks, and the Story We Missed

Everyone has been calling Super Bowl Sunday a national holiday for so long, it’s almost true.  It’s great because everyone can play, no matter your religion, or even if you don’t like football. So, it’s time to break it all down, Coach Bacon style, starting with the most important element: The ads.  This year broke another record: $4.5 million for a single spot. For that kinda dough,...

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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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