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

John U. Bacon Podcast

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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.

Most Recent Episodes

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.

With Boston Marathon postponed because of COVID-19, John U. Bacon runs 'Baco-thon'

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: Instead of worrying about damage control, Michigan leaders need to "start with the truth"

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: Bowl bids offer final twist in roller coaster seasons for Michigan, MSU

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.

Bacon: The UM-MSU football rivalry has a long history, both on and off the field

Bacon: A man with a weight-loss plan

On my 55th birthday this summer, I stepped on the scale and watched it top out at 205 pounds. Since I'm just 5'8", the Body-Mass Index scale put me in the "obese" category. Awesome.

Bacon: Michigan, MSU football paths diverge midseason

Michigan and Michigan State both entered this season ranked in the top twenty. Both have struggled on offense, and lost some games along the way. But by the end of October, their paths seemed to have diverged. Michigan State has lost three straight, while Michigan finally found its way with a big win over Notre Dame. The Spartans started the season ranked 20th , and were expected to compete for the Big Ten East Division title. But it was quickly apparent the 2019 offense wasn't any better than

Bacon: It's anyone's guess which Michigan team will show up against Notre Dame

The Michigan football team entered this season ranked 7th nationwide, and were picked to win the Big Ten title. With a lot of good players and coaches coming back from a 10-win team the year before, it made sense. But on the season's first play, senior quarterback Shea Patterson injured his oblique muscles, and took weeks to fully recover. The offense, and the team's new offensive coordinator, Josh Gattis, struggled along with him.

Bacon: It's anyone's guess which Michigan team will show up against Notre Dame

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

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.

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