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Every Friday, author and sports commentator John U. Bacon offers up his thoughts and views on the sports stories going on around our region.

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Every Friday, author and sports commentator John U. Bacon offers up his thoughts and views on the sports stories going on around our region.

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Every Friday, author and sports commentator John U. Bacon offers up his thoughts and views on the sports stories going on around our region.

Rank #1: From out of the sewers, Michigan finds its man in John Beilein

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It wasn’t that long ago that Michigan’s basketball program was not merely unsuccessful, but the shame of the athletic department. Bo Schembechler fired basketball coach Bill Frieder on the eve of the 1989 NCAA tournament, famously barking, “A Michigan Man will coach Michigan.” Assistant Coach Steve Fisher filled in, and the team “shocked the world” by winning Michigan’s first-ever national title in basketball. But on the eve of Fisher’s ninth season, he too was fired in disgrace, because some players had been paid by a booster. Another assistant coach, Brian Ellerbe, was named the interim coach, which usually is a mistake -- and this proved no exception. At the 1998 Big Ten tournament, the Wolverines pulled a rabbit out of a hat to win it, and Ellerbe was named the permanent head coach – until he was fired three years later because of a bad record -- and players being paid by the same booster. The NCAA launched an investigation that lasted years. Tommy Amaker, the next coach, had to

Apr 12 2013

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Rank #2: Why hockey fans should still savor the Red Wings' season

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Wednesday night the Detroit Red Wings lost their final playoff game of the season to the Chicago Blackhawks, breaking the hearts of hockey fans across Michigan. But according to Michigan Radio Sports Commentator John U. Bacon, it was still a series to savor. Most sports fans are happy just to see their team make the playoffs. But Detroit Red Wings fans have been able to take that for granted for a record 22 straight seasons. The last time the Red Wings didn’t make the playoffs, 1990, not one current NHL player was in the league. Some of the current Red Wings weren’t born. Nine current franchises weren’t yet created. But the record seemed doomed to be broken this season.

May 31 2013

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Rank #3: Students aren’t leaving Michigan football - Michigan football is leaving them

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For decades, students at Michigan games were assigned seats, with the seniors getting the best ones. But for some games last year, a quarter of the 20,000 or so people in the student section were no-shows. So, athletic director Dave Brandon decided to switch them to general admission – first come, first seated -- to get them to show up on time -or, at all. The students went ballistic. Yes, some can display a breathtaking sense of entitlement, and they won’t get much sympathy from the average fan, who has to pay three or four-times more. But before we bash the students too much, perhaps we should ask why they’re not showing up. Punishing your paying customers for not liking your product enough is probably not something they teach at Michigan’s Ross School of Business. The athletic department hasn’t asked them, but I have a few hunches. Because tickets are so expensive now, and games take so long, the current students didn’t go when they were kids – which is when you get hooked on the

May 03 2013

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Rank #4: Bacon: For Michigan football's behind-the-scenes staffers, there is no off-season

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Everyone sees the football coaches and the players when they go to a game at the Big House . What we don’t see are the 67 full-time staffers that support them, almost around the clock. These include everyone from athletic trainers to strength coaches to nutritionists, videographers, and academic advisors, just for starters.

Oct 04 2019

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Rank #5: Bacon: A tale of two Michigan football teams

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Both the Michigan State and Michigan football teams entered last weekend with something to prove – and one of them proved it.

Sep 27 2019

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