I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. It’s been a while since my last update here, so I’m going to drop a few stories at once.
How to talk to your kids about Michigan’s losing streak to Ohio State
There are kids about to turn 10 who have never seen Michigan beat Ohio State in football. I talked to some, and their parents. Because it wasn’t always like this.
How ‘Mr. Brightside’ by The Killers became a Michigan Stadium tradition
Why is this song played during Michigan football games? I tried to find out.
Hunter Dickinson, Michigan’s Big Man on Campus, ready for role as college basketball villain
College basketball season is underway. Here’s a preseason feature I wrote on Michigan sophomore All-American candidate Hunter Dickinson.
Robert Zavala, a dedicated member of the University of Michigan’s “event team” — the group of people who work the stadiums at Michigan sporting events — caught COVID-19 in November and died. He was just 49 years old.
Through his co-workers and others who knew him well, I tell Robert’s story, linked below.
A beloved usher, and the COVID death that rocked Michigan athletics
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