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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

After playing in an opulent dome, Michigan comes home to the Big House

Hang around the Midwest long enough and you’ll hear just about every Big Ten fan say, “I love fall!” It makes a lot of sense when you experience our famously frigid, gray winters, our non-existent springs, and our surprisingly steamy summers. But in Big Ten towns, life begins anew not in spring, but in fall— when the students and professors return right on schedule, concerts and shows pack the calendar again, and the whole cycle starts over. On a cool, crisp fall day, with the colors just...

Duration: 00:03:08

Could rule changes and safer equipment save football from itself?

The Next Idea I confess that I love football. I played it in high school. Some of my teammates went on to the college gridiron, and one of them even had a long career in the NFL. That’s the dream, isn’t it? Big plays and big money on Sunday. Well apparently things are changing these days, and with good reason.

Duration: 00:04:58

Bacon: MSU needs to “stay out of trouble” off the field, Western is “a porcupine in a balloon”

Just in time for college football's kickoff, Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon returns to Stateside today to give us his first predictions of the season. To start, the big game happening this Saturday in Arlington, Texas will pit the Michigan Wolverines (ranked 11th) against the Florida Gators (ranked 16th). Bacon said the tea leaves tell him to expect a “wild, gun-slinging, crazy game.”

Duration: 00:06:54

Expert says something about Major League Soccer business model doesn’t add up

Dan Gilbert and Tom Gores want to build a soccer stadium in downtown Detroit and then become owners of a Major League Soccer (MLS) Team. Gilbert is founder and chairman of Quicken Loans and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Tom Gores owns the Detroit Pistons with his private equity firm. Gilbert wants to build this new soccer stadium on the unfinished Wayne County jail site, which stopped construction due to cost overruns. He wants the stadium so badly that he’s offering to build a new...

Duration: 00:08:26

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