At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
Well, since this is kind of my own blog I thought I would share something exciting, challenging, and at times stupid... I am training to run a MARATHON!
I have been training for the Grand Rapids Marathon on October 19th since the beginning of June. Training is going well, and I am getting ready to run 15 miles this weekend. I have been building from 8 miles, and have run a half - marathon, etc... I have been running for the past two years on and off but I have never ran more than a 15.5 mile race in 2007. So I am getting anxious to get my training up to the 20 miles I need in order to be able to run the 26.2 in October!
This morning I was running before work and it was 70 degrees and humid over here on the west side... As I was running I was thinking (as you tend to have a lot of time) about the upcoming training camps - regardless of level - that will be opening in a matter of days. I was thinking holy crap! I can't believe I used to have to wear full pads in this heat and humidity from 2nd grade through college! I am not a small guy (6'2" 210 - have lost just over 40 lbs. since Feb.) so I amout there for a while, and I know I can force my self through it... what I am trying to say is that the game of football to me is much more than x's and o's... it is about life! If you can make it through the camps and the conditioning then can do anything you set your mind to.
I think about the game of football daily, sometimes just remembering the fellas... There are a lot of games that I barely can recall - and this was not that long ago (graduated from college in 2000) - but i remember everything that I did with my boys! The sweating, the pain, the throwing up, the parties, and this is what i miss the most.
I guess what I am trying to communicate is that if I can run a marathon (I hope) and sweat my ass off for a goal (and put up with the aches and pains)... think about the team at M right now... they have been busting their collective asses off and becoming more than just a TEAM, they are becoming a close knit group of FRIENDS (brothers if you will) and proving to themselves what kind of preople they are.
So whenever some critic, fan, etc. worries about or blasts the team for not having a QB, or being young on the line - DO NOT FORGET THAT THERE IS A LOT MORE BEHIND THEM THAN WHAT WE SEE ON THE SURFACE - THEY WILL BE SUCCESFUL IN WAYS WE CANNOT SEE... I believe that this is what will win games this year for the team.
I just think that these are the things that get over looked by the x's and o's the recruiting, the analysis, etc... I leave you with these thoughts:
"Enthusiasm is the force upon which all momentum is created!"
"Anything worthwhile is never easy!"
They messed up the grades!
So I am bored off my ass at work and stumbled to espn.com to see what the "blue ribbon review" said about everyone's favorite football team! Here is the link:
I like the article (but the grades for the O and D should be Swaped. I was impressed that all of these guys are looking good and getting some positive comments from Rich Rod. I believe we go 9-3 this year... i believe that Rich Rod will get the best out of these guys... some of whom were his type of player in HS but then came to M and were molded in the old ways.
My take on what to look for this year (very, very general):
- we will be much faster at all positions, leaving the opposition in the big ten scratching their collective arsses
- a lot of the guys that were over looked under the last regime will really start to show their skill now that they are all on a level playing field
- terrance taylor being the lineman of the year now that he is svelt (sp?)
- the defense will be damn good - we all know this - but I feel that they will look just as overwhelming as the 06 d
- rich rod shutting up his critics... and showing the experts that M has more skill than what is being said
- Mike Barwis submitting a grizzly bear at Half Time with an arm bar at the 15:05 mark, this is after a few elbows and knees to the head (he tries a guiliteen hold that fails - it is a grizzley bear after all)...
Pretty general but hey just because I am bored does not mean I do not have work to do!
Look Brian I used the bulletts! (and some bold!)
As the news from the negotiations came out this morning I felt a great sense of relief... as the next few days pass we will hear all kinds of theories, fantasies and BULL SH*T about what is going on and why it happened and "how come the president and AD did not testify?" Who cares how it went down? IT'S DOWN! It may leave a small pin sized bruise on the program, but come late August the next chapter will be written (and written well I might say). The W's and L's (or just showing that they are improving every week), and the Grady thing are much more crucial to setting the tone of the program as they move forward... as far as I AM CONCERNED this is now water under the bridge. Let us play some BALL!
I am so looking forward to seeing this new program mature this season. I feel that all of this stuff about Rich Rod, and players leaving, and the experts thinking that the cupboard is empty, and on and on... will ultimately fuel these players and coaches! NO ONE CAN MEASURE HEART and DETERMINATION...
I leave you with this - "NOTHING WORTH WHILE IS EVER EASY."
(IN THE LONG RUN WE WILL SEE ALL OF THIS WAS/IS WORTHWHILE)
I hear fans form opposing schools all the time (mainly the sparty grads.) that fans of U of M that did not go to school at Michigan can not be fans. You have to go to or have graduated from Michigan to support or be a huge fan of them. This really pisses me off because I LOVE Mich. Football (and all sports). Not that I care because it has not changed the way I feel... I played football in High School and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend football camp at Michigan (won the tug of war contest in '95 - i know sweet huh?). Anyway, I fell in love with the Michigan Football program. I was able to hear Bo speak, meet players, learn the tradition, etc... Unfortunately, I was not good enough to earn a "ride" to U of M (I played D3), and to lazy to get good enough grades to get accepted. Since then I have been a HUGE fan of the program...
Anyway, I wondered what some of you graduates of Michigan thought about this?
Thansk, Cougar blue
Thanks everyone for commenting on my post! Well, I have to get to Wal-Mart.. need to get my t-shirts and such for the fall... but while I am there I will double check to see if they sell MSU stuff as well... they do it was right next to the t-shirts that my Little brother wears!
Go Blue! Maybe I will see you at the Big House this Fall!