Every Friday, author and sports commentator John U. Bacon offers up his thoughts and views on the sports stories going on around our region.
With Boston Marathon postponed because of COVID-19, John U. Bacon runs 'Baco-thon'
Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon had Monday April 20, circled on his calendar for a long, long time. Before COVID-19 hit, that was the date of the Boston Marathon, and John was supposed to be in it. The marathon is on hold, so John came up with an alternative: he drew up his own 26.2 mile course in Ann Arbor and invited people to cheer him on – at a distance – over the weekend.
Bacon: Instead of worrying about damage control, Michigan leaders need to "start with the truth"
This month we’ve learned the University of Michigan is facing a version of the same problem that has recently beset Penn State, Ohio State, and Michigan State: A former staff member has been accused of sexually abusing students .
Bacon: Losing the weight but gaining momentum
Last time I checked in with you , I made a few confessions: I turned 55 this past summer. That same day I tipped the scale at a staggering 205 pounds – a full 40 pounds over my, um, “Coaching Weight.” And I stand only 5-foot-8. According to the Body Mass Index, I was technically obese.
Bacon: Root, root, rooting for the worst teams in sports history
In 1935 Detroit earned the title, “City of Champions” — and for good reason. That year the Tigers won the World Series, the Lions were NFL champions, and the following spring the Red Wings claimed their first Stanley Cup.
Bacon: Bowl bids offer final twist in roller coaster seasons for Michigan, MSU
In the preseason college football coaches poll , Michigan started the season ranked 7th, with Michigan State ranked 20th. Since then they’ve both gone through plenty of ups and downs , with Michigan falling to 17th, and Michigan State falling out of the rankings altogether. But there’s one final twist left: their bowl games.
Bacon: The UM-MSU football rivalry has a long history, both on and off the field
This Saturday, for the 112th time, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University will fight over a football for 60 minutes. During the year’s other 364 days, the two schools’ coaches, players, and fan bases produce enough adolescent sniping and sophomoric stunts to fill a book— in fact, several.