Michigan starts its 2020 football season tomorrow against Minnesota. Joe Milton figures to take the field as Michigan’s starting quarterback for the first time.
Milton has an interesting backstory, as he comes from a rough town that has produced an incredible amount of football talent.
I spoke to some people from Pahokee, Florida, as well as several Michigan players and coaches to learn more about Milton.
You can find the story here: Out of The Muck, former rabbit chaser Joe Milton ascends to Michigan’s starting QB
(The story is marked as “subscriber exclusive,” though I believe non-subscribers can access a certain number of these stories each month — perhaps just one — without subscribing.)
I spoke to the father of a 19-year-old University of Michigan swimmer who died by suicide earlier this month.
To an outsider, Ian Miskelley had so much going for him. But his father, Steve, wants people to understand that depression is not sadness. It is a disease, and Ian battled demons since he was 11 years old.
Steve wanted as many people to read this story as possible in the hopes of destigmatizing mental health issues.
Here it is: A father speaks out after his son, a Michigan swimmer, takes his own life
While far less important, here are a couple of other stories I’ve written recently:
Duncan Robinson’s remarkable rise from Michigan to NBA continues
No Michigan football this fall ‘devastating’ for Ann Arbor businesses
In a topic that will strike a chord with many of the readers here, I wrote about the fight songs at Michigan and Notre Dame. Determining whether one song is better than another is impossible, but that didn’t stop me from trying.
I also did some digging into the brief acting career of Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard, who appeared on TV shows such as “Hang Time” and “The West Wing.” I spoke to some of the actors on the show to learn more about his time on set.
I had fun writing both of these stories and hope you enjoy reading them!
Michigan vs. Notre Dame: Which school has the better fight song?
A history of Juwan Howard’s acting career