John U. Bacon http://michiganradio.org en Michigan athletics loses magic and fans thanks to Brandon's policies http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-athletics-loses-magic-and-fans-thanks-brandons-policies <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">L</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ast week, Michigan Athletics admitted student football ticket sales are down —from about 21,000 two years ago to just 13,000 this fall. &nbsp;</span></p><p>How’d Michigan lose so many students so fast?</p><p>A lot of hard work.</p><p>Athletic Director Dave Brandon has often cited the difficulty of using cell phones at Michigan Stadium as "the biggest challenge we have."&nbsp; But when Michigan students ranked seven factors for buying season tickets, they ranked cell phones dead last.&nbsp;</p><p>What did they rank first?&nbsp; Being able to sit with their friends.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 17878 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan athletics loses magic and fans thanks to Brandon's policies Advisers aren't doing Michael Sam any favors http://michiganradio.org/post/advisers-arent-doing-michael-sam-any-favors <p></p><div><p>When Michael Sam told his University of Missouri teammates he was gay before last season, it wasn’t a big deal. It’s a safe bet that NFL teams – who know what kind of gum their prospects chew – already knew this, too. But when Sam came out publicly, it changed the equation.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The NFL has already had gay players, so that’s not new. But publicly declaring you’re gay is new – and so is the onslaught of media attention.</p><p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 17715 at http://michiganradio.org Advisers aren't doing Michael Sam any favors A history of unfortunate remarks, courtesy of OSU President Gordon Gee http://michiganradio.org/post/history-unfortunate-remarks-courtesy-osu-president-gordon-gee <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Ohio State University president Gordon Gee’s ability to put money in the bank was equaled only by his ability to put his foot in his mouth. &nbsp;Well, this week he was finally fired – </span>er<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">, retired, entirely voluntarily, of course, not pushed at all. &nbsp;</span>Nooo<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">. &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Gee has delivered a seemingly endless stream of gaffes, slanders and just plain stupid comments, which culminated in his unexpected departure. &nbsp;In politics, they say, when a man is shooting himself in the foot, don’t grab the gun. &nbsp;In that spirit, I’ll let the man’s words speak for themselves.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 05:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 12927 at http://michiganradio.org A history of unfortunate remarks, courtesy of OSU President Gordon Gee Why hockey fans should still savor the Red Wings' season http://michiganradio.org/post/why-hockey-fans-should-still-savor-red-wings-season <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">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. &nbsp;But according to Michigan Radio Sports Commentator John U. Bacon, it was still a series to savor.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">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. &nbsp;The last time the Red Wings didn’t make the playoffs, 1990, not one current NHL player was in the league. &nbsp;Some of the current Red Wings weren’t born. &nbsp;Nine current franchises weren’t yet created. &nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But the record seemed doomed to be broken this season.</span></p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 12818 at http://michiganradio.org Why hockey fans should still savor the Red Wings' season Students aren’t leaving Michigan football - Michigan football is leaving them http://michiganradio.org/post/students-aren-t-leaving-michigan-football-michigan-football-leaving-them <p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>The students went ballistic.</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 13:59:23 +0000 John U. Bacon 12386 at http://michiganradio.org Students aren’t leaving Michigan football - Michigan football is leaving them Find the work you love and forget the rest http://michiganradio.org/post/find-work-you-love-and-forget-rest <p><a href="http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/best-worst-jobs-2013">CareerCast.com ranked more than 1,000 American jobs</a>, and determined that the worst job isn’t garbage collector, animal cage cleaner or Lindsey Lohan’s sobriety tester &nbsp;– but journalist.</p><p>Yes!&nbsp; Score!&nbsp; Booyah!</p><p>They based their rankings on four criteria:</p><ul><li>the workplace environment,</li><li>the industry’s future,</li><li>the job’s average income,</li><li>and stress.</li></ul><p>Okay, it’s true: newsrooms aren’t pretty places.&nbsp; The future looks bleak for newspapers.&nbsp; You can make more money doing a lot of other things.&nbsp; And, yes, the stress is very real. &nbsp;The hours are bad and many of our customers think they can do it better – and often take the time to tell us that.</p><p>But journalists themselves have reacted to this ranking with all the cool, collected calm of Geraldo Rivera, or Nancy Grace.</p><p>But here’s why: newsrooms aren’t for everybody, but we <em>like</em> them – the hustle and bustle and energy and urgency.&nbsp; We like the stress, too – no matter how much we complain about it – because it comes with doing work we think actually matters. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 05:11:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 12288 at http://michiganradio.org Find the work you love and forget the rest From out of the sewers, Michigan finds its man in John Beilein http://michiganradio.org/post/out-sewers-michigan-finds-its-man-john-beilein <p>It wasn’t that long ago that Michigan’s basketball program was not merely unsuccessful, but the shame of the athletic department.</p><p>Bo Schembechler fired basketball coach Bill Frieder on the eve of the 1989 NCAA tournament, famously barking, “A Michigan Man will coach Michigan.”</p><p>Assistant Coach Steve Fisher filled in, and the team “shocked the world” by winning Michigan’s first-ever national title in basketball.</p><p>But on the eve of Fisher’s ninth season, he too was fired in disgrace, because some players had been paid by a booster.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 05:32:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 12108 at http://michiganradio.org From out of the sewers, Michigan finds its man in John Beilein