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Why do so many international Olympic figure skaters train in Michigan?

Today's MI Curious question is especially timely with given that the South Korea winter Olympics are right around the corner. Why do so many international Olympic figure skaters train in Metro Detroit? The question came from listener Dan Major of Clinton Township. To find the answer, Stateside went to the Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills.

Duration: 00:08:17

Soccer analyst Alexi Lalas doesn’t see Detroit winning bid for MLS team… yet

This is the day Detroit makes its pitch for one of two Major League Soccer franchises. The Motor City bid is led by Dan Gilbert, Tom Gores, and Martha Firestone Ford, who know a thing or two about owning pro sports teams with the Cavaliers, Pistons, and Lions, respectively. And they're proposing Ford Field as the site for the new MLS team. How strong is Detroit's bid?

Duration: 00:08:21

Bacon: MSU’s recovery from 3-9 to 9-3 not so surprising with a coach like Dantonio

John U. Bacon , Michigan Radio’s sports commentator, joined Stateside today for a roundup of the week’s sports news.

Duration: 00:05:54

112,000 fans gave this Vietnam vet and Michigan football alum a much overdue "thank you" Saturday

During every University of Michigan football game for the past few years, they’ve honored a veteran, some going back to World War II. But even by those standards, Saturday’s was special.

Duration: 00:03:33

How Michigan made a tradition out of football and turkey

When the Detroit Lions host the Minnesota Vikings tomorrow, they’re continuing a Michigan tradition that goes back further than many of us can remember. How and when did this tradition of Thanksgiving football get started? Mark Harvey , the state archivist at the Michigan History Center , joined Stateside to recount the history of the Thanksgiving game.

Duration: 00:08:00

Protests, profits, and health problems: When sports and society collide

Monday night’s Issues & Ale event dove into the complicated world of sports – where players kneel during the national anthem, college students get payoffs, and misinformation swells around concussions and other injuries.

Duration: 01:27:53

Bacon: To beat Ohio State, Michigan must "pull about five rabbits out of a hat"

John U. Bacon , Michigan Radio’s sports commentator, joined Stateside today for a roundup of the week’s sports news.

Duration: 00:03:53

Football is becoming safer, but perception of danger remains.

Americans have become obsessed with concussions, and with good reason. But for medical professionals, it’s a double-edged sword: people are interested, but they also have more misinformation. For example, concussions last only a week or two, while smaller, more frequent hits can result in chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE – but the two are often lumped together.

Duration: 00:03:28

Bacon: Winning streak puts Pistons under pressure, Lions on “cusp of mediocrity”

John U. Bacon , Michigan Radio sports commentator, joined Stateside today for a sports roundup.

Duration: 00:04:41

Bacon: Verlander deserves his World Series ring, and he wasn’t going to get it in Detroit

He was one of the most beloved of Detroit's pro athletes before he left. Now, Justin Verlander is going to be sporting a World Series ring thanks to that trade a couple months ago that sent him to the Houston Astros. The team beat LA in game seven last night to win the series.

Duration: 00:02:04

Bacon: Harbaugh considers QB change, calls for higher medical standards in Big Ten

Today is the day for Stateside ’s weekly sports roundup with John U. Bacon , Michigan Radio’s sports commentator.

Duration: 00:08:11

Michigan fans need to be more patient with Jim Harbaugh

After the Michigan Wolverines lost to Michigan State, they traveled to Happy Valley to take on Penn State, looking for a little redemption. What a difference a year makes.

Duration: 00:03:15

UM Dearborn woman wrestler fights for chance to compete against men

She wants to wrestle with the University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s team, but the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) says its rules are clear: “Women wrestle women, men wrestle men in practice and competition. Period.” Now wrestler Marina Goocher has the ACLU on her side in her fight to compete against the men. That includes staff attorney Bonsitu Kitaba with the ACLU of Michigan .

Duration: 00:07:22

Bacon on Verlander: “I have never seen any man so happy not to be a Tiger”

It's time to talk some sports. The Lions had a bye week. That means we'll dive straight into college football, and the fact that Michigan State has moved up two places, to Number 16, in the AP Poll, while Michigan dropped out of the AP rankings for the first time since 2015.

Duration: 00:05:19

BACON: Not everyone is a fan of these night games

For the first time in their 119-year football rivalry, Michigan and Michigan State football will play at night this Saturday. The 7:30 kick-off time excites the recruits, the players, and the students. In other words, young people. The night game bothers many older fans, and worries store owners, university officials, and the police. True, the late starts can bring a new energy to the game, which it did when Michigan hosted Notre Dame in Michigan’s first ever night game, in 2011. After the...

Duration: 00:03:16

Bacon: Thank “TV money” for late MSU, UM kickoff. Expect more parties, more headaches.

At 7:30 on Saturday night, plenty of folks in the state will be fixed on the annual clash between Michigan and Michigan State during the first-ever night game between the two.

Duration: 00:04:11

Bacon: With scandal, MSU, UM basketball fans should look at second-place trophies more fondly

The FBI calls it a "scheme involving bribery, corruption and fraud.” That's how agents describe the alleged scheme uncovered by their investigation into NCAA men's college basketball.

Duration: 00:03:10

Bacon: How Trump divided football fans, and how the Lions “got screwed yet again”

Sports and politics entered a tense situation this weekend as the president denounced athletes who take a knee during the National Anthem to protest racial injustice. At a rally in Alabama, the president said this to the crowd: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!”

Duration: 00:07:55

Bacon: As is tradition, Michigan fans are frustrated with their quarterback

I’ve always said the two toughest jobs in this state are not governor, mayor of Detroit, or CEO of General Motors, but goalie for the Red Wings and quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines, because you can never do enough.

Duration: 00:02:55

Bacon: Why the red zone was kryptonite for the Wolverine offense this weekend

The Lions will play under the Monday night spotlight this evening as they face off against the Giants. Last week, fans watched the team start the season with a win – amidst errors all over the place.

Duration: 00:05:47

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