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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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The Big Ten’s Blues

In 1895, the presidents of seven Midwestern universities met at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago to form what we now call the Big Ten. They created the world’s first school-based sports organization, predating even the NCAA. Soon the rest of the country’s colleges and high schools followed suit, forming their own leagues based on the Big Ten model. This included the Michigan High School...

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The End of a Great Rivalry

  The rivalry between Michigan and Notre Dame goes back to 1887, when a band of brothers from Michigan took a train to South Bend and literally taught those boys how to play the game. Afterward, Notre Dame served the Wolverines a nice, hot meal.  Then the Notre Dame president, Reverend Thomas Walsh, told the Wolverines a “cordial reception would always await them at Notre...

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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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