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Golfing with Don.

Ever have one of those “full-circle moments”? Mine came on the golf course today. So …… an 87-year-old, a 69-year-old, and a sub-40-year-old went golfing together….. I know. Sounds like the start of a joke. We were at Marshall Country Club in Michigan. I was the sub-40-year-old (worded tenderly). I played with my 69-year-old dad, and Don VanderGeest. Don is 87. You wouldn’t know it. Or guess it. He’s as sharp as a tack, has a biting sense …

Rounding the bases with Michigan Softball…

It was mid-April. The reaction I got initially was a perplexed, head-cocked-to-the-side look. “They do this pizza thing,” I explained to Bill Friedman, BTN’s Coordinating Producer for Original Productions. “It works for them. It’s fun.” He laughed. It really only took about a minute to convince him that this was a feature worth doing. So we did. Michigan Softball Pizza Feature.  Pizza. And Michigan Softball. They both caught fire in April, May, and carried over to June — so …

“Badgered” Buckeye Injury Update

Fresh off taking a trip to Columbus, I wanted to share some of the info I got on a few of the key injured players. In the pregame, I chatted with Doug Calland, OSU's Head Athletic Trainer, who is always good about his time and the information he shares. Thanks again, Doug! About Braxton Miller... He should be going through full progression throws by June. Calland reiterated to me the uniqueness of Miller's …

Thank you, Stuart

I never met Stuart Scott. But he made me feel like I knew him. And that was his gift. He had the courage to take chances on the air, to be himself, even when some thought it was too much. He. Never. Gave. In. In anything. His job. Fatherhood. His fight against cancer. What was he? He was a sports broadcaster who was entertaining. He was a guy who came up with cool catchphrases, to entertain us at 11 PM …

Beyond the Badger football title …

I have a lasting memory from covering the Minnesota-Wisconsin football game in Madison Saturday night. It has nothing to do with a play, with the celebration, really, even with football. It had everything to do with the pregame Senior Day ceremony. Like his other senior teammates and managers, Wisconsin's right guard, Kyle Costigan, was honored on the field before the game started. His family was there, except for one - his Mother, Sandy.   …
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