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59 Days to Football and Reasons #80 & #79 to Love Ann Arbor

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There are just 59 Days Left Till Kick-off, but we're running a little behind on the Countdown. So with 59 Days Left, we'll double up the countdown until we get caught up! So, here's #80 and #79 in our continuing Series of 100 Days to Football and 100 Reasons to Love Ann Arbor.

#80 - The Michigan Daily

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First published on September 29, 1890, The Michigan Daily has been a staple in the lives of Michigan students for over century. Read that sentence again. It's pretty amazing to think that a student run anything could survive that long. I couldn't even keep a cactus alive in college. But every Monday through Friday during the fall and winter terms the Daily appears in the morning, brimming with information, commentary and thoughtful analysis. The most amazing thing about the Daily is that it is completely and totally financially independent from the University. Further, the content in the Daily often outshines that of the "professional" work in the Detroit papers. As an added bonus, it's arguably the best Michigan Sports coverage you'll find. Period. Whether you were blowing off class, having breakfast, walking to the library, or having a cup of coffee at one of Ann Arbor's one zillion coffee shops, you probably had a copy of the Daily in your bag or within arms reach. That's why the Daily is #80 in our Countdown and Reason #80 to Love Ann Arbor

#79 - The Blue Nile

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Ok, I have to admit this. I'm not a fan of Ethiopian food. But the Blue Nile is the exception to the rule. Of all the things you try in College, Ethiopian food may well be one of the strangest. Sponge bread. Chickpeas. Something bean-ish. No forks. Everywhere else I've tried it, it's made me ill. But I legitimately enjoy my time at Blue Nile. And so do a lot of other people. The restaurant is consistently voted one of the best in the area, and for good reason. The food is always good and the prices aren't out of this world. The Blue Nile is a staple in the booming vegetarian and vegan population in Ann Arbor. The place is always packed, yet another reason why it's #79 in our Countdown and Reason #79 to Love Ann Arbor.

If you've got suggestions on places you'd like to see, email me with a photo or a description and we'll get your favorite hangouts in the countdown as well. I'll also try to get a link on the sidebar in the coming days that allows you to see all 100 Reasons to Love Ann Arbor.