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Michigan linebacker applying to be a military pilot

Noah Furbush is not like most football players, or most people for that matter. The Michigan linebacker earned his degree in aerospace engineering and is now working towards a master’s in space engineering (a natural progression, I suppose, but still darn impressive). Furbush wants to use his education and his love of flying to become a military pilot.

Check out my story on Furbush at MLive: https://www.mlive.com/expo/sports/erry-2018/09/ca4b27a39a3632/michigan-linebacker-noah-furbu.html#incart_river_index

The Wearable Device Helping the Michigan Basketball Team

I wrote about the small wearable device from Catapult Sports that the Michigan men’s basketball team is using to monitor fatigue, with the hope of boosting in-game performance and reducing injuries.

http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2018/01/a_tiny_wearable_device_is_a_ga.html

Women in Sports: Lauren Holtkamp

How does a basketball referee make it to the NBA? How do refs work together on the court and what do they do to improve? As part of espnW’s “Women with Cool Sports Jobs” series, I spoke with the NBA’s only female referee, Lauren Holtkamp, to find out. More goes into the job than you probably realize.

espnW: Lauren Holtkamp’s Cool Sports Job

Book Review: John Saunders’ Autobiography

If you knew John Saunders, it was likely from his 30-year career with ESPN/ABC, during which he served as a play-by-play broadcaster and studio host. What you didn’t know is that he suffered from depression. He kept it a secret from most people until writing all about it in his autobiography, Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope. I wrote about the book, published recently, a year after his death, for the Dana Foundation website.

Dana Foundation: John Saunders Sheds Light on Mental Health

Women in Sports: Leila Dunbar

As part of espnW’s “Women with Cool Sports Jobs” series, I spoke with Leila Dunbar, who appraises sports memorabilia for a living. If you have a sports, pop culture, or entertainment item, Dunbar can probably tell you how much it’s worth. Perhaps you’ve seen her on “Antiques Roadshow,” as she’s been a part of the show since its first episode in 1997. Click below to learn more about the famous, infamous, and quirky items she’s come across over the years.

espnW: Leila Dunbar’s Cool Sports Job

Midland Softball Update

You may recall the story I wrote in June about the lawsuit involving the Midland College softball program. A lot has happened since, and I have an update for Excelle Sports.

Excelle Sports: Midland Softball Lawsuit Update

WNBA Rising Star Erica Wheeler

Erica Wheeler path from a dangerous neighborhood in Miami all the way to the WNBA was atypical. From losing her mother unexpectedly to dealing with the realities of lower-level international hoops, her positive attitude is inspiring.

espnW: Erica Wheeler’s Circuitous Road to the WNBA