Another member of the Michigan football family is stepping up and giving back.  Former U-M quarterback/cornerback Rich Hewlett is holding the second edition of his ‘Swing to Cure Diabetes’ at the Blue Course on Monday, May 17.   The outing benefits both JDRF (The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and the University of Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center (UMCDC). 

Details from the official website:

Date:  Monday, May 17th, 2010
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Format: 11:00 a.m. Shot-gun Start
Location:  University of Michigan Golf Course  500 Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI
Cost:
$250/per golfer
To Register:  Download and complete the Registration Form
Register By: 
May 1, 2010

I was at the last Swing event, held in 2008 at the Blue Course as well.  Many dignitaries were in attendance including honorary chair Kathy Schembechler along with coach Carr:

These are great causes and it’s a wonderful event.  It’s a great chance to play the U-M course and meet some cool folks and help fight this awful disease.  I’ll be out there and hope to see you too.

For more info, to join the outing or to donate or sponsor, check out their website: swingtocurediabetes.com. 

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As for Hewlett, his claim to fame while donning the winged helmet will always be getting the start as a freshman against Art Schlichter and the Buckeyes in Columbus  Ann Arbor in 1979.   Bo along with then-quarterbacks coach Don Nehlen met with Hewlett on Monday of game week and let him know they were thinking of giving him the starting nod (but to keep it quiet).  By Thursday the team was told that it would be Hewlett getting the snaps. 

On gameday Hewlett threw an early interception but recovered and starting moving the ball, building confidence with each drive.  In the 2nd quarter he was sacked & his shoe caught up in the artificial turf.  The result was a few torn ligaments and he didn’t return in the 18-15 loss.  Sports Illustrated captured the hit (thanks to the SI Vault):

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For more info, to join the outing or to donate or sponsor, check out their website: swingtocurediabetes.com.

Word is out that in a couple weeks uber popular sports radio host Jim Rome will be making a rare visit to affiliate station 1130AM WDFN.   On March 19th, Rome will do his show from the WDFN studios in Farmington Hills then bolt over to Northville Downs to meet listeners, advertisers, a few celebs and media titans.

This won’t be Rome’s first visit to Motown.  I know he stopped in for Super XL and local fans might recall one of his (now defunct) ‘Tour Stops’, held at the Palace back in 2003:

imageRome working the crowd at The Palace in 2003

I dropped into the Tour Stop event with my wife (bad idea).  I’ll always remember when Ernie Harwell came out on stage, the interview and the rabid fan reaction, and all that….but I also recall that Rome spent a good portion of the show apologizing for dropping an f-bomb before Ernie came on and felt horrible after he realized the old legend probably heard it.

The March 19 event should make for an interesting afternoon given that the beer flows cheaply and in bucket-sized cups at the Downs & the first round of the NCAA tournament will be in full swing.   Toss in Rome along with a few thousand 25-45 year-olds lead by ‘Emilio Textavez’ and you can bet it’s going to get rowdy. 

Rome airs weekdays noon-3 on WDFN 1130AM and I understand the station will be giving away some opportunities to meet Rome at the Northville event.  More details to come.

charles woodson heisman pose

Here:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Charles Woodson wants to be known as more than a football player.

Donating $2 million to the new University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital gives him a chance to do that.

The school announced Woodson’s gift on Thanksgiving before he played for the Green Bay Packers against the Detroit Lions. The money will support pediatric research by The Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund in the $754-million, 1.1-million square foot hospital scheduled to open in 2012.

And there:

@MVictors  Woodson: 1 TD, 2 INT, 7 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 sack, 1 Heisman Pose, whilst covering Calvin Johnson- 2 catches, 10 yards

 

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What a shocker!  Thanks to BiggieMunn for the scoop – word is out that WDFN 1130AM, the leading voice for Detroit sports radio, cut most or all of its local talent including the prolific drive-time standby, the Stoney and Wojo Show.

Obviously I’m stunned.   The show, which features Mike “Stoney” Stone and Detroit News columnist Bob “Wojo” Wojnowski, had been the go-to show in Detroit since its debut in April 1995.   Wojo’s paper got the scoop and quotes from the hosts:

“It’s a really sad day because I loved working at that station,” Wojnowski said. “And I know a lot of Detroiters have loved listening to the station for the past 14-15 years. It’s just another sign of the times, a very sad sign.”

Said Stone: “I will miss it terribly. People tell me the show meant something to (them). That’s amazing. Hopefully, somebody will want to pick up ‘Stoney and Wojo.”

This site has (had?) a relationship with WDFN on its Michigan football page and I’ve swapped emails with WDFN program director Rona Danziger in the past.   I sent her an email tonight hoping for some reaction.

Included in the cuts was solid mid-morning man Sean Baligian (of ‘It is what it is‘) who apparently didn’t learn of the cuts until after this morning’s broadcast.  Said Baligian, “..we’ve all been hearing rumors for a while that something big was going to happen. I didn’t think it would be like this, but I’m not surprised. Radio is a tough business, and we know things can end quickly.”

Update:  If all the local staff is let go, that would include relatively new morning host and Michigan basketball radio play-by-play voice Matt Shepard, who’s wonderfully titled morning show ‘Shep, Shave and Shower‘.

So what happens from here?  It’s not clear. WDFN’s website says “We’re remodeling..”.