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Stateside: Big Ten football returns; where "86" came from; pre-Civil War Michigan history

10/23/2020
Today on Stateside , Big Ten football returns this weekend. A sports columnist talks us through what collegiate football games will be like in a pandemic year. Also, a look at what life was like for African American people in Michigan prior to the Civil War. Plus, a Black family wonders whether they’re still welcome in their home in Cadillac.

Duration:00:05:14

Bacon: As Big Ten football begins, COVID-19 looms large

10/23/2020
The Big Ten Conference opens its 2020 football season Friday night, but the games people care about in these parts are happening Saturday. Michigan State will host Rutgers in East Lansing in the afternoon. Michigan will visit Minnesota Saturday night. Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon joined Morning Edition to discuss a season altered dramatically by COVID-19 before it even begins.

Duration:00:04:58

Varsity video games: Why Michigan universities are investing in the growing world of esports

10/1/2020
Remember the first time you outraced your sibling in Mario Kart? Or, back in the heyday of arcades, the rush of seeing your name pop up on the high score board for Pac-Man? Well, the thrill of competitive video gaming isn't limited to living rooms and arcades anymore as esports teams take their place among traditional college athletics.

Duration:00:18:07

Restoration of Hamtramck's Negro Leagues stadium shines up a historic baseball diamond

9/23/2020
It’s been a long time since the historic Hamtramck Stadium has heard the roar of a crowd. One of the few Negro Leagues ballparks left in the nation, it’s stood empty and neglected for years. But in its heyday, back before professional baseball was integrated, it was home to the Detroit Stars. Legendary Black ballplayers like Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson played there. Now, a local nonprofit wants to honor the stadium’s history and restore it to its former glory.

Duration:00:19:37

Big Ten reverses course, decides to start football next month

9/16/2020
The Big Ten has reversed course. There will be college football this fall. The Big Ten announced Wednesday that the fall football season will begin October 23 . The conference has not said when or if other fall sports will also get the go ahead.

Duration:00:07:44

Bacon: As Big Ten football considers start dates, serious COVID-19 questions remain

9/4/2020
Pop-up tents, coolers, and cornhole sets will be sitting, unused, in sheds and garages across the state of Michigan Saturday morning.

Duration:00:04:57

Stateside: Trump’s NCAA ask; presidential racism; thawing of the Great Lakes; nursing homes report

9/2/2020
Today on Stateside , President Donald Trump placed a phone call to the Big Ten commissioner to discuss what might expedite the start of the season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A Sports Illustrated writer weighs in on the politicization of sports in 2020. Also, how U.S. presidents’ historical treatment of Black Americans informs the present moment. Plus, the thawing of the Great Lakes, as seen through the lens of a National Geographic photojournalist.

Duration:00:49:25

"Athletes have really found their voice": pros push dialogue on racism

8/27/2020
The sports world almost stopped on a dime as NBA teams, and even some baseball teams, followed the lead of the Milwaukee Bucks and declined to play in recognition of the shooting of Jacob Blake, the Black man shot and paralyzed August, 23 by Kenosha, Wisconsin police. The players have agreed to resume play tonight. But, it is an extraordinary moment in sports that brought attention to racial injustices and police brutality in America.

Duration:00:08:29

Stateside: Sports and racial injustice; future of mobility; MI’s first Black secretary of state

8/27/2020
Today on Stateside, we talk to Detroit News sports columnist John Niyo about how professional athletes found their voice and their power as teams in Michigan and across the country protest racial injustice. Plus, Michigan's chief mobility officer joins us to talk about the changes coming to the way we get around.

Duration:00:49:47

54 miles, 21 hours, 6 friends, and an “epic swim” across Lake Michigan

8/25/2020
On August 12, six swimmers emerged from Lake Michigan in Ludington in wetsuits, goggles, and swim caps — the whole shebang. As onlookers cheered, they walked up onto shore, arm-in-arm, after swimming through the night and day to make it across the lake. Jon Ornée, his brother Dave Ornée, and friends Nick Hobson, Matt Smith, Todd Suttor, and Jeremy Sall had departed from Two Rivers, Wisconsin the day before. They completed the 54-mile swim relay-style and in record time with the entire...

Duration:00:13:33

The Big Ten is reportedly canceling fall football. What does that mean for athletes and fans?

8/10/2020
It’s looking like this fall will be a quiet one at the Big House in Ann Arbor. The Big Ten Conference, which includes the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, has reportedly decided not to move forward with college football this season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While a formal announcement from the conference is not expected until Tuesday, Stateside spoke with Detroit Free Press sports reporter Chris Solari about what we know about the decision so far.

Duration:00:11:08

Michigan sports teams from pros to JV face rocky restarts

7/30/2020
The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) has given the green light for some fall sports to get underway. Golf, tennis and cross country can begin competition August 19 and 21. The decision for football, volleyball and soccer isn't expected until August 20. The experiences of professional and collegiate athletes bring up more questions about resuming competition than answers. John U. Bacon is Michigan Radio's sports commentator. He has been keeping an eye on professional and...

Duration:00:10:45

Stateside: Reopening schools debate; systemic racism in the arts; UM athlete sexual abuse claims

7/27/2020
Today on Stateside, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been vocal about her decision to only reopen schools if public health officials agree it is safe. What are the discussions happening between the Governor and the Republican led legislature regarding schools and education funding? Plus a conversation with former Detroit Institute of Arts and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit employees about systemic racism in art institutions. Also, we spoke with the reporter who wrote about University of...

Duration:00:49:47

Empty stands and no high-fives: Tigers, MLB open 2020 season with new rules and risks

7/24/2020
One prediction about the Tigers' 2020 season is a sure thing. It will be like no other season baseball fans have ever seen. Detroit will play its first game of the shortened campaign Friday night in Cincinnati against the Reds. In addition to a schedule cut from 162 games to 60, the Tigers will be playing under a host of new rules designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 . They include limited seating in the dugouts, and a ban on spitting and high-fives. Michigan radio sports commentator...

Duration:00:04:39

Bacon: Big Ten football could be "knocked out" by COVID-19 crisis in 2020

6/26/2020
For a time with very few sporting events, it's been a very busy week for sports news. Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon shared his thoughts on bringing back sports during the COVID-19 crisis and the Detroit Lions' ownership change.

Duration:00:04:17

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

4/21/2020
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.

Duration:00:05:06

How the desolation of Detroit sports venues could impact the city’s downtown economy

4/7/2020
Comerica Park sat silent and Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers passed un-celebrated as the city grapples with the COVID-19 crisis. Major League Baseball postponed the start of its season, following the cues of several other pro sports leagues. Detroit-based reporter Bill Shea covers the business of sports for The Athletic . He talked to Stateside about the ripple effects empty sports venues could have on Detroit's downdown economy.

Duration:00:12:05

"Mr. Tiger" Al Kaline dies at 85

4/6/2020
Detroit Tiger great Al Kaline has died. He was 85. In the pantheon of great Detroit baseball players, only one is known as “Mr. Tiger.”

Duration:00:02:36

With sports schedules slashed over Coronavirus concerns, ripple effects expected

3/13/2020
The domino effect of the novel coronavirus has been on full display in the world of sports in past couple of days. After an NBA player tested positive for COVID-19 , the league suspended its season. Since then, the NCAA has called off its men's and women's basketball tournaments. The NHL suspended its season. And Major League Baseball canceled the rest of spring training and has delayed Opening Day by at least two weeks. Michigan Radio Morning Edition host Doug Tribou spoke with Jon Morosi...

Duration:00:04:46

Grand Rapids resident Minnie Forbes is part of Negro Leagues baseball history

2/24/2020
Grand Rapids isn't a big-league baseball town, but a living part of baseball history calls it home. Minnie Forbes is the last surviving owner of a Negro Leagues baseball team. She owned the Detroit Stars from 1956 to 1958. She was also one of just a handful of female owners.

Duration:00:06:59