football en Advisers aren't 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 Advisers aren't doing Michael Sam any favors 'The time is now,' says Detroit Lions' new head coach <p>The Detroit Lions introduced the team's new head coach today.</p><p><a href="">Jim Caldwell</a> comes to the Lions after being part of two Super Bowl-winning teams. He also led the Indianapolis Colts to the Super Bowl in 2010, only to lose to the New Orleans Saints.</p><p>Caldwell says he’s already talked with Lions players about winning a National Football League championship.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:24:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 16045 at 'The time is now,' says Detroit Lions' new head coach Spartans rally early, then rally late, to win the Big 10 title game <p>INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Michigan State shook up the BCS title chase again Saturday night.<br /><br />The No. 10 Spartans regained the lead on Connor Cook's 9-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Price with 11:41 left and upset No. 2 Ohio State 34-24 to take the Big Ten title and put Auburn back in the national title hunt.<br /><br />Ohio State (12-1) had the nation's longest active winning streak end at 24 as coach Urban Meyer suffered his first loss since taking over in Columbus.<br /><br />It was a game that almost defied logic.<br /> Sun, 08 Dec 2013 05:11:18 +0000 The Associated Press 15595 at Spartans rally early, then rally late, to win the Big 10 title game When football players boycott <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>Grambling<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> State University football team plays in the unheralded Southwestern Athletic Conference, in the division beneath the big boys. They had an 11-game losing streak, stretching back into the 2012 season.</span></p><p>In short, this was not a team that warranted national attention.</p><p>But the Tigers finally got some last month. No, they didn’t notch their first win that day – or even another loss. They didn’t play – and it wasn’t due to bad weather or a bye week. The players simply refused to take the field.</p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 06:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 15375 at When football players boycott Jim Leyland and Jim Schwartz display two ways to celebrate a win for Detroit <p>It&#39;s not exactly an apples to apples comparison.</p><p>The Detroit Tigers had just clinched a division title after a long season, and the Detroit Lions had simply won a game, b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut&nbsp;the two different ways the head coaches of Detroit&#39;s major sports teams celebrate a win does show something about their personalities.</span></p><p>Here&#39;s the &quot;Jim Leyland moonwalk&quot; making the rounds online (You can scroll to 1:25 to see the moonwalk, but his heartfelt &#39;thank you&#39; to his players, staff, and fans is worth watching. - you can follow this <a href=";src=v5:share:sharepermalink:&amp;from=sharepermalink">link </a>if the video doesn&#39;t load below):</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="270" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="" width="480">&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;A data-cke-saved-href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;;amp;amp;amp;amp;src=v5:embed:syndication:&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;from=shareembed-syndication&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;;amp;amp;amp;amp;src=v5:embed:syndication:&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;from=shareembed-syndication&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; target=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;_new&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; title=&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;Tigers clinch AL Central - Part 1&amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Video: Tigers clinch AL Central - Part 1&amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/A&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And here&#39;s the &quot;Jim Schwartz headset throw&quot; going around the net (the Lions had just beaten the Washington Redskins - follow this <a href="">link </a>if the video doesn&#39;t load below):</span></p><p><a href=""></a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maybe it&#39;s just <a href="">the difference between baseball and football</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">H/T to Tony Brown.</span></p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:27:26 +0000 Mark Brush 14618 at Jim Leyland and Jim Schwartz display two ways to celebrate a win for Detroit Fighting for football: one Down Syndrome athlete's story <p></p><p>Football practice starts up at high schools across the state this week. But for one athlete&#39;s family, the biggest day of the season is tomorrow.</p><p>That&#39;s when the Michigan High School Athletic Association will decide whether Eric Dompierre can play football his senior year. Dompierre has Down Syndrome, but that hasn&#39;t kept him from playing with Ishpeming High&#39;s team the last three years. Now nineteen, Dompierre is too old to be eligible for the team.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 20:58:52 +0000 Kate Wells 8582 at Fighting for football: one Down Syndrome athlete's story Former Wolverine sues NFL, others over head injuries <p>A former National Football League player from Michigan filed a lawsuit yesterday against the league and four others for failing to warn him of football-related head injuries, reports the Associated Press.</p><p>Derrick Walker lives in West Bloomfield, and he began his football career playing for the University of Michigan Wolverines where he served as co-captain in the &#39;80s.&nbsp; Since then, the plaintiff went on to play tight end professionally for the San Diego Chargers, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders.&nbsp;</p><p>Over that time period, Walker&#39;s lawsuit says he was concussed multiple times which led to memory loss, difficulty concentrating, headaches and difficulty sleeping.&nbsp; Now he&#39;s seeking at least $500,000 in damages, reports the <a href="|head">Detroit Free Press</a>.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:10:22 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8414 at Former Wolverine sues NFL, others over head injuries Penn State's penalties may help MSU and U of M this fall (and into the future) <p>Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon says the University of Michigan and Michigan State University are inadvertently benefiting from sanctions handed down against Penn State today.&nbsp;&nbsp; Mon, 23 Jul 2012 19:11:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 8400 at Penn State's penalties may help MSU and U of M this fall (and into the future) Howell Schools plan end of pay-to-play policy <p>HOWELL, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan public school district plans to do away with fees parents pay to allow their children to participate in sports. Sun, 24 Jun 2012 17:44:59 +0000 The Associated Press 8002 at Howell Schools plan end of pay-to-play policy Shh! The Super Bowl commercials are on. <p>&nbsp;A group of Michigan State University professors will get together to watch the&nbsp;Super Bowl on Sunday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;But unlike most people, they won&rsquo;t be watching the&nbsp;game,&nbsp;they&rsquo;re more interested in <a href="">the commercials.</a></p> Sat, 04 Feb 2012 21:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6084 at Shh! The Super Bowl commercials are on. New Orleans Saints overpower Detroit Lions to win NFL wildcard playoff <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">For three quarters, the Detroit Lions performed like playoff veterans.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">They led Drew Brees and the mighty New Orleans Saints at halftime. They were still right in the game heading to the fourth quarter.</span></p> Sun, 08 Jan 2012 04:37:43 +0000 The Associated Press 5689 at New Orleans Saints overpower Detroit Lions to win NFL wildcard playoff Wolverines win Sugar Bowl in overtime <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">Brendan Gibbons drilled a 37-yard field goal down the middle in overtime to lift Michigan to a 23-20 victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday night.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">The victory capped an impressive debut season for head coach Brady Hoke, who has led the Wolverines (11-2) back to prominence with a BCS bowl victory. Denard Robinson highlighted an otherwise unspectacular night with touchdown passes of 45 and 18 yards to Junior Hemingway.</span></p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 05:43:44 +0000 The Associated Press 5625 at Wolverines win Sugar Bowl in overtime UM vs OSU game not the best, but one of the most important <p>Last week, the Michigan football team beat Ohio State for the first time since 2003. While it wasn&rsquo;t anything like the half-dozen &ldquo;Games of the Century&rdquo; these two rivals have played, I believe it might be one of the most important.</p><p>Just a few years ago, ESPN&rsquo;s viewers called the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry the best. Not just in college football, or all football, but in all sports. Period.&nbsp;</p><p>But this year&rsquo;s game won&rsquo;t go down as one of the best. Michigan entered the game ranked 17th, but the Buckeyes hobbled into their annual finale dragging a 6 and 5 record behind them, their worst team since the 1990s.</p><p>But all that just made the stakes for Michigan that much higher. Fri, 02 Dec 2011 12:00:06 +0000 John U. Bacon 5220 at UM vs OSU game not the best, but one of the most important UM's Brady Hoke named Big Ten "Coach of the Year" <p>The University of Michigan&#39;s first-year head football coach was given Big Ten &quot;Coach of the Year&quot; honors by other conference coaches and by members of the media.</p><p>Hoke led the Wolverines to a 10-2 season overall, including a win against rival Ohio State.</p><p>From <a href=""></a>:</p><blockquote><p>The Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday (Nov. 30) that University of Michigan head football coach <strong><a href="">Brady Hoke</a></strong> was chosen as the Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year, as selected by conference coaches, and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year, as picked by the media.</p><p>Hoke is the sixth first-year coach to earn the McClain Coach of the Year award, which dates back to 1972 and is named for the former Wisconsin coach. This is the inaugural awarding of the Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year honor, which pays tribute to Ohio State&#39;s Woody Hayes and Michigan&#39;s Bo Schembechler.</p></blockquote><p> reports Hoke joins former Michigan coach Fielding Yost as the only coaches in Michigan&#39;s history to win at least 10 games in their first season as head coach. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 19:32:31 +0000 Mark Brush 5195 at UM's Brady Hoke named Big Ten "Coach of the Year" Michigan Governor Snyder cooks turkeys, roots for Lions <p>Governor Rick Snyder says he&rsquo;s responsible for his family&rsquo;s Thanksgiving feast this year. But he says working in the kitchen is a lower priority than another holiday tradition &ndash; the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day football game.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m cooking. I&rsquo;m doing two turkeys. Actually, we&rsquo;re cooking them on Friday, though, because I&rsquo;m hoping &ndash; the family&rsquo;s all going to the Lions game. So, go Lions &ndash; We&rsquo;ve got a great chance to beat those Packers,&rdquo; said Snyder.</p><p>That could cost the governor some support in Michigan&rsquo;s Upper Peninsula, where many sports fans have regional loyalty to Green Bay.</p><p>The governor has predicted the Lions will be in a Super Bowl before he leaves office. Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:40:27 +0000 Rick Pluta 5130 at John U. Bacon: "You can either be a PR man or you can be a journalist... and try to tell the truth" <p><a href=""></a></p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Sports Commentator John U. Bacon has a new book out. It premiered at number six on <em>The</em> <em>New York Times</em> non-fiction best seller list this week. Bacon was already well-known at the University of Michigan for the book he co-wrote with Bo <span class="st">Schembechler</span>. So, it wasn&rsquo;t difficult for him to get access to the Wolverine football program in 2008 when the team got a new head coach Rich Rodriguez, or Rich-Rod.</p><p>Bacon&#39;s <em>plan</em> was to write a story on the spread offense that Rich-Rod had used so successfully at West Virginia. But Bacon quickly found himself in the middle of a new, more complex story.</p><p>&quot;<em>It started out being a very simple story... and, now you realize, of course, three years later, the real story is off the field: it&#39;s what it&#39;s really like to be a player, what it&#39;s really like to be a coach, NCAA investigations, pressure, losing, ultimately getting fired... I don&#39;t think you have to be much of a football fan to follow this,&quot;</em> says Bacon.</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Christina Shockley spoke with Bacon about his new book, <em><a href="" title="Three and Out">Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football</a></em>. Fri, 11 Nov 2011 12:25:12 +0000 Christina Shockley, Vincent Duffy & Zoe Clark 4945 at John U. Bacon: "You can either be a PR man or you can be a journalist... and try to tell the truth" "Three and Out": Rich Rodriguez's tenure at the University of Michigan <p>In the summer of 2008, Rich Rodriguez granted me unfettered access to the Michigan football program so I could write a book.</p><p>Three years later the book is finished, and not with a happy ending.</p><p>Similar to just about everybody else connected to Michigan football these past three years, I had no idea what I was getting into.&nbsp;</p><p>During my three years following the Michigan football team, the working title of the book changed from &ldquo;All or Nothing,&rdquo; to &ldquo;All In,&rdquo; to &ldquo;Third and Long,&rdquo; before Rodriguez&rsquo;s last season, and after he was fired, to &ldquo;Three and Out.&rdquo; Fri, 28 Oct 2011 10:00:46 +0000 John U. Bacon 4726 at "Three and Out": Rich Rodriguez's tenure at the University of Michigan Good times for Detroit's sports teams <p>Once in a while something happens that is so unusual, even those who don&rsquo;t normally pay attention have to stop and take notice.</p><p>Haley&rsquo;s Comet, for example, only comes along once every 75 years.</p><p>A leap year only comes around every four years.&nbsp; And Lindsey Lohan goes to jail &ndash; no, wait, that happens every week.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 10:30:06 +0000 John U. Bacon 4367 at Good times for Detroit's sports teams The greatest finish in Big House history <p>What if you had a night game, and nobody came?</p><p>Well, that wasn&rsquo;t the problem.</p><p>The game attracted more than 114,000 people, an NCAA record.</p><p>To commemorate the event, Michigan wore &ldquo;throwback jerseys&rdquo; &ndash; which went back all the way to September 10, 2011. &nbsp;Michigan&rsquo;s jerseys never had stripes &ndash; and when you saw them Saturday night, you appreciated just how wise Michigan&rsquo;s founders had been. &nbsp;It was less about tradition than trade.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 15:10:58 +0000 John U. Bacon 4180 at The greatest finish in Big House history Record crowd under the lights sees Wolverines win in final seconds <p>Denard Robinson threw a 16-yard pass to Roy Roundtree with 2 seconds left, lifting Michigan to a 35-31 heart-pounding win over Notre Dame on Saturday night.&nbsp;</p><p>The Wolverines took their first lead on Robinson&#39;s 21-yard pass to Vincent Smith with 1:12 left, then lost it. Briefly.&nbsp;</p><p>Tommy Rees threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Theo Riddick with 30 seconds left, but the Fighting Irish left Jeremy Gallon wide open on a pass that let Michigan go from its 20 to the Notre Dame 16.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 11 Sep 2011 03:56:38 +0000 The Associated Press 4107 at