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

Two Japanese figure skaters who train in Metro Detroit have had their Olympic moment. Japan's Miu Suzaki and Ryuichi Kihara finished 21st in the pair skating short program – unfortunately not good enough for them to make the finals. They also competed in the team event, where Japan finished fifth overall.


Bacon: With Patricia and Quinn reunited, Lions have a bright future ahead

Between a wild weekend with the Red Wings and coaching change-ups at the Lions, there’s a lot going on in the world of Michigan sports. John U. Bacon , Michigan Radio’s sports commentator, joined Stateside to talk about the week’s news.


Brandon Graham, hero of the Eagles, had to fight for success

In Sunday’s Super Bowl, most fans figured the New England Patriots would beat the Philadelphia Eagles, led by the heroics of quarterback Tom Brady, who had already won a record five Super Bowls. But in the waning minutes, with Brady poised to lead another game-winning drive, a lesser-known Philadelphia player named Brandon Graham broke through the line, trying to get to Brady before he threw the ball.


Michigan skier paves road to Olympic podium with wax

Eli Brown spent years training for the Winter Olympics, and now he’s finally going. But Brown isn’t competing as an athlete. Instead, he’s making sure the U.S. cross-country ski team has the fastest skis possible.


Bacon: In crucial moment of Super Bowl LII, two former Wolverines mattered most

With Super Bowl LII officially in the books, former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady is still at just five Super Bowl wins. John U. Bacon , Michigan Radio’s sports commentator, joined Stateside today to discuss the big game and the week’s other news.


Investigation into Michigan State a “watershed moment” for NCAA

The NCAA has opened an investigation into Michigan State University's role in the Larry Nassar scandal. This comes as the number of accusers is up to 265. At the same time, ESPN reports allegations of a pattern of mishandled sexual assault cases involving Spartan football and basketball players – allegations that football coach Mark Dantonio and basketball coach Tom Izzo are still struggling to clearly address.


Bacon: Izzo, Dantonio need to be ready for some tough (and necessary) questions

An ESPN report over the weekend reveals a long-time pattern of denial, lack of action, and allegations of incidents involving Spartan football and basketball players.


MSU made tragic mistakes in a story that needs no more tragedy

I’ve been wondering aloud for more than a year why the Larry Nassar case was not getting national attention. Well, it finally did, and it wasn’t pretty. Dr. Nassar pled guilty to sexually assaulting ten girls and young women. But his victims numbered more than 100, many of them athletes at Michigan State University. Let’s be clear: Michigan State is not merely a good school. It is a world-class research university. Everyone I know who went there loved it.


There’s more to ice fishing than freezing out on a lake

Michigan is filled with winter enthusiasts, including people who ice fish. Despite being a winter enthusiast himself, Stateside host Lester Graham has never sat out on the ice to catch fish. Evidently, he’s not alone.


Legal expert examines MSU’s potential civil and criminal liabilities in Nassar scandal

USA Gymnastics’ top board members have resigned. Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon is being pressured to resign. And there are calls for reviews and investigations into how a sports doctor could sexually abuse girls and women for so long, while no one was aware or willing to speak up. How could these adults and these institutions fail so many children?


Bacon: Inept NCAA should not get involved with Nassar scandal at MSU

While the sentencing hearing of Larry Nassar continues, the top leadership of the board of directors at USA Gymnastics resigned today. The chair, vice chair, and treasurer are all out. And there are more demands for the resignation of Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon. While the MSU Board of Trustees last Friday again stated support for Simon, one trustee, Mitch Lyons, has broken w ith the rest of the board. He says Simon has lost the confidence of the public. John U....


The Michigan-Michigan State basketball rivalry deserves the Big Ten's attention

College basketball is so corrupt, the FBI itself felt it had to investigate it, busting a bunch of coaches this past fall. But that’s not the case here in Michigan, where two of the sport’s greatest leaders happen to work. It’s also home to one of the game’s most underrated rivalries. Entering Saturday’s game between Michigan and Michigan State, the Spartans had just snapped their 14-game winning streak -- and lost their number-one ranking with it -- by losing to Ohio State. But they were...


Muskegon “snurfers” plowed the way for snowboarding’s popularity

Some hate the snow, others love it, but there is no arguing that snow has been the mother of invention for many a Michigander. Case in point: Snurfing .


Bacon: “Mediocrity will perpetuate mediocrity,” so how do the Red Wings break free?

We’ve had some listeners reach out on twitter to put in a request: talk some hockey! We aim to please, and the timing is perfect — i t’s the mid-season mark. John U. Bacon, Michigan Radio sports commentator, joined Stateside to give us an update on all things hockey, with a side of basketball and football.


Will rare indoor velodrome become Detroit's newest Olympic breeding ground?

Take one impossible dream, and a dd an angel donor with deep pockets. What do you get? An impossible dream that comes true – i n this case, a new indoor velodrome that's just opened up in Detroit's Midtown area. It makes Detroit one of only three U.S. cities to have a specially-designed facility for indoor bicycle racing, and its designer believes this velodrome could put Detroit racers in future Olympics. Dale Hughes, e xecutive director of the Detroit Fitness Foundation and the designer...


To turn around the Wolverines, Harbaugh should look to his own past

This year, for the first time, the Big Ten failed to place a team in the four-team College Football Playoff. But the league redeemed itself by winning its first seven bowl games – an amazing run. The Big Ten was just one win away from an unprecedented 8-0 bowl record: Michigan versus South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.


Bacon: Blame head coaches for UM bowl “disaster” and Lions’ lack of success

John U. Bacon, Michigan Radio sports commentator, joined Stateside today to bring us our first sports update of the new year.


Michigan sports year in review for 2017

Time to look back on 2017 – but we’ll spare you the serious stuff and stick to sports. Even in sports, alas, Michiganders waded through a lot of bad news, starting with the passing of Mike Ilitch. He and his wife Marion opened their first Little Caesar’s Pizza Treat in Garden City, Michigan, in 1959. Twenty years later they had built an empire big enough to support a kid’s hockey league that produced NHL players. By 1982, they bought the long-dormant Detroit Red Wings, drafted a kid named...


Bacon: If you like mediocrity in sports, Detroit was your city in 2017

To sum up the year in sports, Michigan Radio’s sports commentator John U. Bacon said this: “If you like mediocrity, I mean really like it, Motown is the place for you.” He sat down with Stateside host Cynthia Canty to explain.


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.


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