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Fanatic

Now that I live in a college town, when a restaurant has a 20-minute wait or my wife and I are strolling through campus, I can pop in a merchandise store and check out all the officially-licensed items my heart desires. I’d been in these stores plenty before, but visiting several times over the last few weeks, I realized how devoted a University of Michigan sports fan could be.* You could…

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I Pledge Allegiance

Part of what makes the Olympics fun is that if someone from your country is competing, you know who to root for. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never heard of the athlete. It doesn’t matter if you’re not really sure how the event works (do shot putters have to hold the shot put against their neck?). If, in my case, I see someone representing the US of A, that’s my guy/girl.

Simple, right?

To use a phrase never applied to the subject of this story: Not so fast.

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Scoop and Score: College Football Sleepers, Olympics

Which teams outside the top 15 have a shot at the playoff? Steve and I discuss some sleeper picks for the upcoming college football season. We also talk Olympics: Is there a not-yet-Olympic-sanctioned sport for which we could medal? Send questions for next pod!

What Are Those Spots on Michael Phelps’ Back?

I always hope my articles, in some way, inform readers. But this post in particular serves no other purpose. If you’ve been watching the Olympics — and since these are the Summer (and not Winter) Games, I sure hope you are — you might have seen some dark red splotches on Michael Phelps’ back last night. I’ve noticed them on other athletes, including gymnasts. They are the result of “cupping,” a post-exercise process that involves sticking plastic suction cups on sore muscles.

I know this because my wife “cups,” so I’d seen the softball-sized circles on her back and shoulders before. She convinced me to try it once, but the cups wouldn’t stick to my Lebanese skin. We’ve debated the effectiveness of cupping , but now that Olympic athletes are using them, my wife has been proven “right.”

Anyway, I hadn’t heard an announcer mention them, but I have to imagine people are wondering if Phelps had been repeatedly hit with a mallet or something. Now you know he’s just a cupping addict.

The Team That Launched the WNBA

The 1996 women’s Olympic basketball team didn’t lose a single game during its year-long tour, which culminated in a gold medal at the Summer Games in Atlanta. But its lasting legacy is the WNBA, which launched largely because of the success of the ’96 team. For a story published in Excelle Sports, I interviewed some of the team’s players and coaches, as well as other key figures, for their recollections of that incredible team.

Former Michigan Football Player Volunteering Across America

Former Michigan football player Jibreel Black gave the NFL a try after graduating. He moved to the corporate world and tried acting before jumping at the opportunity of a lifetime — traveling across the country in a bus to inspire volunteerism. As part of a U.S. Bank initiative, Black is building homes, cleaning parks, and working with children. Read about his journey in my story for Michigan Today.

Michigan Softball Coach Carol Hutchins

Carol Hutchins has Michigan softball on the brink of another College World Series appearance. In this, her 32nd season, she became the winningest coach in NCAA history. How does she recruit in a sport typically dominated by warm weather schools? How does she mold that talent into perennial champions? Find out in my profile for Excelle Sports, a website dedicated to women’s sports.