Michigan Wolverines http://michiganradio.org en What’s all the fuss about Appalachian State? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-s-all-fuss-about-appalachian-state <p>Well, it goes back to&nbsp;2007, the year the NCAA allowed schools to add a 12th regular season game, for no reason but revenue.</p><p>Yes, another shameless money grab on the backs, knees, and skulls of amateur athletes.&nbsp;</p><p>To find an extra opponent, Michigan had to scramble.</p><p>When a Division I-AA team called Appalachian State agreed to come to Ann Arbor for a flat fee of $400,000, fans wondered&nbsp;<em>why</em>&nbsp;Michigan had scheduled a team from the second tier for the first time – and, where the heck&nbsp;<em>is</em>&nbsp;that place?</p><p>It turns out Appalachian State isn’t even a state.&nbsp;&nbsp;(I looked it up.)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Their fight song didn’t instill much fear, either: “Hi-Hi-yike-us.&nbsp;&nbsp;No-body like us.&nbsp;&nbsp;We are the Mountaineers!&nbsp;&nbsp;Always a-winning.&nbsp;&nbsp;Always a-grinning.&nbsp;&nbsp;Always a-feeling fine.&nbsp;&nbsp;You bet, hey.&nbsp;&nbsp;Go Apps!”</p><p>“The Victors,” it was not.</p><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 18906 at http://michiganradio.org What’s all the fuss about Appalachian State? UM & MSU new season starts Saturday http://michiganradio.org/post/um-msu-new-season-starts-saturday <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Saturday brings the start of a new college football season. Michigan Radio’s sports commentator John U. Bacon joined Stateside to talk about what is in store for the teams.</span></p><p>Bacon discussed the re-match between Michigan Wolverines and Appalachian State, the pending Michigan State against Jacksonville State game, and the Big Ten.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview with John Bacon above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:00:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 18900 at http://michiganradio.org UM & MSU new season starts Saturday Michigan football has sold its soul; here's how to get it back http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-football-has-sold-its-soul-heres-how-get-it-back <p>Last week,<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-athletics-loses-magic-and-fans-thanks-brandons-policies?nopop=1"> I explained why Michigan students are dropping football tickets in record numbers</a>.</p><p>It touched a nerve – actually a few thousand nerves.&nbsp; Not just among Michigan fans, but college football fans nationwide.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s all well and good to criticize Michigan’s athletic administration – and cathartic for the fans, apparently.&nbsp; But it doesn’t solve the central problem: How can they keep fans happy?</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:25:37 +0000 John U. Bacon 17990 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan football has sold its soul; here's how to get it back There's no such thing as a "Walmart Wolverine" http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-no-such-thing-walmart-wolverine <p>One debate I could do without is this: Who are the real Michigan fans?</p><p>I realize that sounds pretty stupid. Anybody who cheers for Michigan is a Michigan fan, right? But we make it harder than it needs to be.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Some folks believe only people who <em>graduated </em>from Michigan can call themselves real Michigan fans.</p><p>The rest? They are mere “Walmart Wolverines” – fans who pick their college teams the way they pick their professional teams: mainly by geography.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:30:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 17009 at http://michiganradio.org There's no such thing as a "Walmart Wolverine" March Madness begins for three Michigan universities today http://michiganradio.org/post/march-madness-begins-three-michigan-universities-today <p>Big Ten tournament champion Michigan State University, runner-up University of Michigan and Mid-American conference champion Western Michigan University all play their first tournament games today.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:50:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16900 at http://michiganradio.org March Madness begins for three Michigan universities today Pressure builds on Michigan Football as Athletic Department's budget grows http://michiganradio.org/post/pressure-builds-michigan-football-athletic-departments-budget-grows <p>I’ve often joked that some Michigan football fans aren’t happy unless they’re not happy.&nbsp; But after 11 games this season, even they could be excused for having plenty to be unhappy about. A week ago, the Wolverines were 3-and-4 in the Big Ten, with undefeated Ohio State coming up next.&nbsp;</p><p>The Wolverines had been surprisingly bad all season -- until the Ohio State game, when they were suddenly, surprisingly good, falling short by just one point in the final minute.&nbsp; It was the first time I have ever seen Michigan fans feeling better after a loss than before it.&nbsp;</p><p>Still, the heroic performance was bittersweet.</p><p>Where was <em>that</em> team all year?&nbsp; Which team will return next year – the one that got crushed by Michigan State, or the one that almost beat the Buckeyes?</p><p>But Michigan’s bigger problems are off the field, not on it. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:42:52 +0000 John U. Bacon 15552 at http://michiganradio.org Pressure builds on Michigan Football as Athletic Department's budget grows 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 Wolverine guard Trey Burke leaving Ann Arbor for the NBA http://michiganradio.org/post/wolverine-guard-trey-burke-leaving-ann-arbor-nba <p>The Michigan Wolverines are losing a key player on their men’s basketball team.</p><p>Sophomore guard Trey Burke led the team to the NCAA championship this month.&nbsp; &nbsp;Along the way, Burke picked up multiple awards, including the Associated Press college player of the year. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;So it’s not really a surprise that he will forego his final years of college eligibility to possibly a big pay day in the NBA.&nbsp;</p><p>Burke considered going pro a year ago, but decided to come back for his sophomore season. He led Michigan to the NCAA title game, where the Wolverines lost to Louisville.</p><p> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 19:29:00 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 12135 at http://michiganradio.org Wolverine guard Trey Burke leaving Ann Arbor for the NBA Michigan falls short in NCAA men's basketball championship game http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-falls-short-ncaa-mens-basketball-championship-game <p>An impressive run through the NCAA tournament came up short for the Michigan Wolverines last night in Atlanta.&nbsp;</p><p>After running up a double digit lead in the first half, the Wolverines succumbed to Louisville’s pressure defense.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Cardinals kept up their hot shooting on offense and did just enough to put away Michigan down the stretch.</p><p>The final score: Louisville 82-Michigan 76.&nbsp;</p><p>The Wolverines did have some standout performances.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 04:06:56 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 12057 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan falls short in NCAA men's basketball championship game Wolverines play for NCAA title tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/wolverines-play-ncaa-title-tonight <p>The Michigan Wolverines will play tonight for what would be the Ann Arbor school’s first NCAA men’s basketball title since 1989.</p><p>It’s been 20 years since the Wolverines last played in a national championship game.&nbsp; They lost that game to North Carolina. The year before the team lost to Duke.</p><p>In the two decades since, U of M has made quick exits from the March Madness tournament.</p><p>The Louisville Cardinals have been more successful lately in the tournament, but their last national title was in 1986.</p><p>Tip off for tonight’s game will be after 9.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 04:44:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12043 at http://michiganradio.org Wolverines play for NCAA title tonight Michigan defeats Syracuse, Wolverines will play Louisville in NCAA title game http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-defeats-syracuse-wolverines-will-play-louisville-ncaa-title-game <p></p><p>Michigan is headed to Monday’s NCAA men’s basketball national championship.</p><p>The Michigan Wolverines survived a late surge by the Syracuse Orange to win Saturday night’s national semi-final .&nbsp;&nbsp; The final score was 61 to 56.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 07 Apr 2013 04:08:01 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 12039 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan defeats Syracuse, Wolverines will play Louisville in NCAA title game Michigan fans scrambling to find tickets and hotel rooms in Atlanta for the Final Four http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-fans-scrambling-find-tickets-and-hotel-rooms-atlanta-final-four <p>The University of Michigan’s allotment of tickets to this weekend’s Final Four basketball games is going quickly.</p><p></p><p>The last of the more than three thousand tickets might be scooped up by season ticket holders and students by the end of today.</p><p></p><p>Wolverine fans are not only scrambling for tickets.&nbsp; They are also looking for places to stay in Atlanta for Saturday’s semi-final game against Syracuse and hopefully Monday’s national championship game.</p><p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 04:22:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11962 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan fans scrambling to find tickets and hotel rooms in Atlanta for the Final Four Wolverines headed to the Final Four http://michiganradio.org/post/wolverines-headed-final-four <p>There will be one Michigan team playing in the Final Four in next weekend’s NCAA’s men’s basketball tournament.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Michigan Wolverines jumped to a double digit lead early in their Elite Eight game against the Florida Gators on Sunday. And they never relinquished their lead. The final score was 79 to 59.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Michigan is the only Big Ten team to reach the Final Four. Michigan State and Ohio State both lost tournament games over the weekend.</p><p></p> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 20:55:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 11948 at http://michiganradio.org Wolverines headed to the Final Four The new year in sports: A good man is hard to find http://michiganradio.org/post/new-year-sports-good-man-hard-find <p>With the college football season finally behind us, I wanted to write a simple college football roundup, ending in a sweet little story about a very good guy.</p><p>But every time I tried, some bad news got in the way.</p><p>The first obstacle was Lance Armstrong.&nbsp; In case you missed it – though I can’t imagine how – it turns out the man who came back from cancer to win a record seven Tours de France and write two best-selling books about his inspirational story, is a fraud.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 06:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 10818 at http://michiganradio.org The new year in sports: A good man is hard to find Big money pushing kids out of the Big House http://michiganradio.org/post/big-money-pushing-kids-out-big-house <p>A 'seat license' is a fee fans pay just to reserve the right to buy the tickets.</p><p>They call it a donation, even though every single one of us apparently decided to donate the exact same amount, or lose our tickets. But that allows us to call it a tax deduction.</p><p>It's hard to call that honest, or cheap.</p><p>In fairness, Michigan was the last of the top 20 programs to adopt a seat license program, in 2005.</p><p>It started gradually, and left endzone fans alone.</p><p>But this week, Michigan pushed the seat license for the best tickets up to $600, and even people in the endzone will have to cough up $150 per ticket, just for the right to buy them.</p><p>In the past decade, the total cost of my two tickets on the ten-yard line has more than tripled, to over $1,700, which makes you wonder just how we got here. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:39:52 +0000 John U. Bacon 10373 at http://michiganradio.org Big money pushing kids out of the Big House Brady Hoke's sophomore slump http://michiganradio.org/post/brady-hokes-sophomore-slump <p>This time last year, Brady Hoke was the darling of Michigan football fans.&nbsp;</p><p>He’d charmed everybody at his first press conference, then led a team that had averaged just five wins a year to a 10-2 regular-season record, with thrilling wins over Notre Dame, Nebraska and arch-rival Ohio State.</p><p>Then he capped it all off with an overtime victory in the Sugar Bowl.&nbsp;</p><p>The man could do no wrong.</p><p>When he referred to injuries as “boo-boos” and Ohio State as “Ohio,” fans did not conclude he was an ignoramus who knew nothing about the greatest rivalry in sports, but a motivational genius, who understood exactly what the duel was all about.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 06:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 10140 at http://michiganradio.org Brady Hoke's sophomore slump Remembering Bob Chappuis, WWII hero and 'Mad Magician' http://michiganradio.org/post/remembering-bob-chappuis-wwii-hero-and-mad-magician <p>One of Michigan Football&#39;s most famous players died earlier this month. Bob&nbsp;Chappuis&nbsp;played for the Wolverines in the &#39;40s. He was a College Football Hall of Famer and a World War II hero. But that&rsquo;s not how&nbsp;Chappuis&nbsp;described himself.</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 30.0px; font: 14.0px 'Times New Roman'">You can read about Bob Chappuis&rsquo;s heroics as a World War II tailgunner, or as a Michigan Wolverines tailback, just about anywhere -- from his Time magazine cover story in 1947, to his obituary in the New York Times last week.&nbsp; But my favorite stories are the ones he told his granddaughters.</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 30.0px; font: 14.0px 'Times New Roman'; min-height: 16.0px">I met Chappuis in 2000, while writing a story about his famous Michigan football team.&nbsp; But I really got to know him when I coached his grandson Bobby&rsquo;s high school hockey team.When Bobby went to Culver Academies for a post-grad year, I joined the family to see him graduate.</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 30.0px; font: 14.0px 'Times New Roman'; min-height: 16.0px">We all relaxed in a hotel suite, eating and drinking, while Chappuis&rsquo;s teenage granddaughters goaded him to tell stories.&nbsp; He could not refuse them, but he shared stories you couldn&#39;t find in magazines -- like when his father told him he could go to any school he wanted -- except Ohio State. &nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 30.0px; font: 14.0px 'Times New Roman'; min-height: 16.0px">Chappuis skipped the part about leaving college to volunteer for the Army, where he served as an aerial gunner on a B-25.&nbsp; But his son interjected to explain how their granddad&rsquo;s plane was shot down over Northern Italy, forcing the crew to parachute behind enemy lines.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 30.0px; font: 14.0px 'Times New Roman'; min-height: 16.0px">Chappuis waved it off.&nbsp; &ldquo;Everybody says we&rsquo;re heroes.&nbsp; But what kind of idiot wouldn&rsquo;t jump from a burning plane?&rdquo; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 30.0px; font: 14.0px 'Times New Roman'; min-height: 16.0px">He told his granddaughters how they hid in a ditch behind some bushes while Italian soldiers marched by. One of his crewmates grabbed a knife, and motioned to attack. Chappuis grabbed his shoulder, pushed him down and whispered, &ldquo;They&rsquo;ve got us outnumbered 30 to 3, and they&rsquo;ve got guns.&nbsp; I think you&rsquo;ve seen too many Hollywood movies.&nbsp; We are staying put.&rdquo;</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 30.0px; font: 14.0px 'Times New Roman'; min-height: 16.0px">Smart move.&nbsp; They were rescued by a family, who hid them in their attic.&nbsp; They buried the Americans&rsquo; identifying clothing &ndash; but Chappuis drew the line at his Michigan ring.&nbsp; &ldquo;This stays with me,&rdquo; he said.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:30:56 +0000 John U. Bacon 8081 at http://michiganradio.org Remembering Bob Chappuis, WWII hero and 'Mad Magician' Going the extra mile to get that interview http://michiganradio.org/post/going-extra-mile-get-interview <p>While I was writing &ldquo;Three and Out,&rdquo; the Michigan football players challenged me to join their workouts in the weight room.</p><p>I did &ndash; and soon discovered it was one of the dumbest decisions of my life &ndash; and one of the best career moves.</p><p>I&rsquo;d heard so much about these modern gladiators and their weight room heroics that I wanted to find out for myself just how much harder it really is compared to what the average weekend warrior puts himself through just to avoid buying &ldquo;relaxed fit&rdquo; jeans.</p><p>The plan was simple: I would work out with these guys three times a week, for six weeks -- &ldquo;if you last that long,&rdquo; said Mike Barwis, Michigan&rsquo;s former strength coach. &nbsp;But there were four signs that I shouldn&rsquo;t be doing this.</p><p>When I asked Barwis if I should prepare by lifting weights, he said, &ldquo;No, it&rsquo;s too late for that!&rdquo;&nbsp; Well, that&rsquo;s one sign. Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:00:45 +0000 John U. Bacon 7121 at http://michiganradio.org Going the extra mile to get that interview A sad step backward in Michigan football history http://michiganradio.org/post/sad-step-backward-michigan-football-history <p>The University of Michigan can boast highly ranked schools and colleges, dozens of nationally recognized sports teams and countless famous graduates.</p> <p>And on matters of social justice, Michigan has often led the nation, not followed it.</p> <p>But one Saturday, 78 years ago, Michigan took a sad step backward.</p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 12:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 6317 at http://michiganradio.org A sad step backward in Michigan football history Insult to (metaphorical) injury: Duke's Smith performs stunning crossover on Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. http://michiganradio.org/post/insult-metaphorical-injury-dukes-smith-performs-stunning-crossover-michigans-tim-hardaway-jr <div><object height="350" width="400"><param name="movie" value="http://d.yimg.com/nl/rivals/site/player.swf" /><param name="flashVars" value="shareUrl=http%3A//rivals.yahoo.com/video/college-basketball/Nolan-Smith-crossover-puts-Tim-Hardaway-Jr-down-1093813&amp;vid=24592776&amp;" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="shareUrl=http%3A//rivals.yahoo.com/video/college-basketball/Nolan-Smith-crossover-puts-Tim-Hardaway-Jr-down-1093813&amp;vid=24592776&amp;" height="350" src="http://d.yimg.com/nl/rivals/site/player.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="400"></embed></object></div><p><em>Above: Duke&#39;s Nolan Smith performs a crossover on Michigan&#39;s Tim Hardaway Jr.</em> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 17:28:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1729 at http://michiganradio.org