"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
Asked by a judge for whom I intern to assemble a collection of newspaper clippings from the early 1940s pertaining to Detroit councilmen who were bribed and ultimately imprisoned [Edit - this project was solely for the judge's amusement, the idea was NOT to inform any current proceedings. This was NOT legal research.], I happened to notice the name "Harmon" on a 1941 Detroit Free Press paper:
The main article reads:
"Harmon Saves Press Agents; Meets Actress at Deadline
The Detroit Free Press - Friday, September 19, 1941
A motion picture actress arrived at City Airport Friday and --
surprise! Tom Harmon was there to greet her.
Harmon, an obliging fellow who seldom tells a press agent where to
head in, has in recent months been photographed meeting (1) Anita
Louise, who accompanied him to the U. of M. senior ball; (2) Elyse
Knox, a move starlet in whom he declared he really had a romantic
interest; (3) Miss Everlyn Keyes, Thursday's arrival.
Miss Keyes, a brown-eyed blond who will join Harmon Friday in a
personal appearance in connection with their current films, almost
arrived without benefit of the All-American halfback.
Ten minutes before plane time, a cordon of press agents was combing
the airport station for Harmon.
"I told him to be here," one of them said distractedly between the
search of the airport restaurant and the men's lounge. "Besides, he
got a wire from the coast.
Harmon arrived as the orchid-bedecked Miss Keyes alighted from the plain.
"Is it romance this time?" a newly arrived reported asked hopefully.
Both principals shook their heads.
"She probably has 5,000 fellows on the coast," Harmon said.
"There's no romantic content in our relationship at all," Miss Keyes said.
The press agents began a hunt for the limousine, complete with driver,
which had been ordered for the occasion. It was missing, so Miss
Keyes went to the Hotel Book-Cadillac in Harmon's roadster."
Good for him, eh? Oddly placed in the midst of this article, however, is another about Harmon:
"Draft Deferment Denied
GARY, Ind., Sept. 18 -- (UP) -- Tom Harmon, Michigan's football hero,
tonight was denied a request for a 3-A draft deferment and was subject
to immediate call to service provided he pass his physical
examination, local Draft Board officials announced."
Beyond Harmon himself, there's an interesting link between the two articles that I stumbled upon by chance when I Googled the three young ladies mentioned in the main article.
As far as I can tell, a 3-A draft deferment is contingent upon "hardship to dependents." Who might those dependents have been?
Well, when Harmon entered the military, it was at the expense of his engagement to Elyse Knox, the second woman mentioned in the main article; they called off their engagement upon his draft. Might Harmon have sought the deferment in order to maintain this engagement?
In any case, there's a happy ending: During Harmon's stint in the military, Elyse married and divorced. Upon Harmon's return, the two rekindled their engagement, and were wed. Her wedding dress was made out of the silk from the parachute Harmon used as he famously bailed out of his crippled plane. The pair stayed together until his death in 1990.
Anyway, I thought it was pretty cool.
I also liked when Harmon called Miss Keyes a slut.
Presser. Note the Minnesota replay on Saturday.
The following is a list of Michigan programming on the Big Ten Network for the week of July 20 – July 26. Please add these to your TV listings/website. This schedule can also be found at:
Tuesday, July 21
11:00 a.m. Women’s Gymnastics: Big Ten Championships (3/21/09)
2:00 p.m. Men’s Swimming & Diving: 2008 Big Ten Championship (2/28/08)
4:00 p.m. Men’s Swimming & Diving: 2009 Big Ten Championship (3/7/09)
6:00 p.m. Campus Programming: Out of the Blue – The Michigan Difference #107
Thursday, July 23
5:30 p.m. Campus Programming: Out of the Blue – The Michigan Difference #107
6:30 p.m. Conversations with Dave Revsine: Janet Guthrie
Friday, July 24
8:00 a.m. Campus Programming: Out of the Blue – The Michigan Difference #107
Saturday, July 25 – FOOTBALL REPLAYS: RIVALRIES / TROPHY GAMES
12:30 p.m. Big Ten Football Replay: Michigan @ Ohio State (11/22/08)
5:00 p.m. Big Ten Football Replay: Michigan @ Minnesota (11/8/08)
7:00 p.m. Big Ten Football Replay: Michigan State @ Michigan (10/25/08)
9:00 p.m. Big Ten Legends: Jim Abbott
All times Eastern
Even when the defense was able to make a stop, I have to lay a bit of the impetus of our statistical suckitude on the fact that Martavius Maximus Rex (or anyone else, for that matter) was unable to hold on to that damn porcine hide long enough to give our John Thompsons enough time to catch some oxygen. What do you think?
I simply have a hard time believing that it was all the fault of the bumbling Shafer or our bad secondary that led to the third and long conversions by the other offense; it seems much more plausible that our players were simply going on fumes. But, I'm still a weanling babe, with nary a hint of the experience of you mighty minds.
"Former Michigan offensive lineman Kurt Wermers was academically ineligible when he announced his transfer to Ball State last week, sources told ESPN.com.
Wermers cited disagreements with head coach Rich Rodriguez and Michigan's assistant coaches as the primary reason for his decision to transfer. In an interview with The Times of Northwest Indiana, Wermers said he didn't get along with Rodriguez's staff or the types of players they were recruiting.
He even echoed former Michigan offensive lineman Justin Boren, who cited eroding family values as a reason for his transfer to Ohio State.
"Coach Carr's staff was a whole different ballgame," Wermers told the newspaper, referring to former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr. "It was like a family. But when Rodriguez came in it was a whole different feeling. It was more of a business.
"I figured I'd get out while I could."
But according to sources with knowledge of the situation, Wermers was already out.
His academic struggles would have prevented him from suiting up with the Wolverines. Wermers wasn't even enrolled in summer school at the time of his departure.
The 6-foot-5, 289-pound Wermers did not see action in any games for Michigan in 2008."
I would've put this on the board if I could and I don't see it on their yet, so I thought I might as well make a diary post of this.
Family Values, Bad Crowd, and Different Feelings my ass
UPDATE: Round 2 voting has now closed. Stand by for the Sweet 16!
First Round Recap
The ladies' first round bracket had a bit rougher time generating interest than the fellas' (what else is new). But that doesn't mean it was any less exciting. The girls averaged much fewer votes. I blame myself, not the girls or the MGoBlogosphere, since that bracket kind of went overkill on the pre-text, which included such superfluous items of non-interest as a photo of seven hot women in Michigan bikinis.
I know you're not here for that. You're here for Womens' Varsity and Club Varsity Athletics at the University of Michigan. Well, there's plenty where that came from.
I seriously wish I could have done this bracket over again, and not just because volleyball's excellent unis only got one representative (and that in the toughest region). I tried to do my research beforehand, but somehow it escaped the OP that the dance and cheer teams wore completely different unis (in all fairness, the spirit squad has by far the least helpful website at mgoblue). Apologies to the dance team -- if I could do it all over again, I would have ignored the somewhat redundant old hoops maize and the short-sleeve version of the cheerleaders' maize thing to get you some representation. As it stands, I've made an executive decision to replace the kind-of-similar white version of the cheer outfit, with the dance team's iconic, block M whites for the duration of this event.
Not so many upsets in the first round, but some really close votes in one bracket, and another 1-vote victory, that of the hoops pink-striped alts versus the tennis blues. Also, the Diane Deitz-era basketball white throwbacks, a 2 seed, got whupped by the soccer whites, most likely because the only color photo I could get of those unis was this. Considering the men's awesome soccer unis, which are almost the same exact thing (the men have the University's logo on the left breast), are going up against the football homies this week, I'm glad to see European football still doubly represented on the ladies' side.
So without further ado, unless you count a line break and a headline as "ado," here's the fairer side of the 2nd Round.
Women's Bracket, True to Blue Region:
Not every women's team needs 15 different outfits, especially when one has already found the perfect look, which is, of course, navy and maize. Oh, some girls may have a maize alternate to spice things up, or a pleasant white for after Memorial Day (again, this is a myth), but for at least half of the ladies' teams, whether it's evening wear or beating the ever-living crap out of Ohio State, when the going gets tough, they reach for the tried-and-true navy blues.
Last round: Not a lot of surprises in this bracket last week, with all higher seeds moving on. To abuse a few metaphors, Rowing pushed past the Water Polo team; Track&Field couldn't keep pace with the Swimmers and Divers; Cross Country far outdistanced Syncro Swimming; and the Gymnastics unis did flips over Syncro Skating.
Preview: The OP expected the rowers to dominate Water Polo, but the 41-22 result, while not close, was not the kind of unanimity one would expect from an untouchable, and Gymnastics' impressive 40-25 victory over the pleasing-to-the-eye Syncro Skating team could spell upset. Swimming&Diving and Cross Country are a question mark. Neither faced stiff competition in the last round, with CC fairing slightly better. And don't expect the swimmers to get a break for being, you know, women in swimsuits, seeing as both of their underwater sistren went down in the first round with little fight.
Game 1: Rowing (1) v. Gynmastics (4)
Game 2: Swimming&Diving (2) v. Cross Country (3)
Women's Bracket, Something Fresh Region:
Sometimes a girl can't get by these days with just one outfit, especially when Adidas is willing to provide a second (or third, or thirtieth) for free. You don't have to be classic to be classy, and the following alternates have it all, from throwbacks, to global consciousness.
Last round: The maize cheerleading unis dominated their 1-8 matchup, but the 2 seed, the hoops team's twice-worn breast cancer awareness alts, scraped by with one lousy vote. The soccer blues advanced with little trouble over the lacrosse team's blue tanktops. The softball regular blues and the blue softball alts were neck and neck all week, with the regulars pulling away by 4 votes (the biggest lead all week) at the very end.
Preview: Again, I've given the regional front-runner a fan favorite for a second round matchup, as the softball blues move on to face the lovely maize longsleeve cheer unis. This one could come down to which team can smile more. Meanwhile, things get serious in the second game, as the pink and white basketball unis face those beautiful blue soccer uniforms.
Game 1: Cheerleading - maize longsleeves (1) v. Softball - regular blues (4)
Game 2: Basketball - breast cancer awareness (2) v. Soccer - blue alts (3)
Women's Bracket, Daisy Looks Crazy in Maize-y Region:
Why wait for summer to let the sun shine? For an afternoon of making everyone around you smile (except your Big Ten opponents that is), maize is all the rage. Try a tasteful two-piece jersey and shorts combo like that favored by the Hoops team, or maybe mix it up with whites and blues to refine or bring out your shine. Comes in t-shirt, tank-top, jersey, or vest, sometimes all for the same squad.
Last round: The basketball maize jerseys (both the current Adidas and old Nike versions) both survived the first round, with the currents taking out the golf alts (who didn't put up much of a fight), and with the old Nikes knocking off 3-seed Rowing. The cheerleaders' warm-weather tanks had no trouble with the maize tennis alts. And though they may have only been worn once (after arriving with just four weeks left in the season, it seems) the maize field hockey unis shined against their t-shirt stand-ins.
Preview: The current maize basketball unis have a tough matchup against the tight field hockey tanks (yes, I give myself points for alliteration -- don't you?). The other hoops unis will have a tougher time, it seems, in toppling the triumphant, teetoling, tennis-defeating cheerleading maize tank-tops.
Game 1: Hoops - maize regulars (1) v. Field Hockey - maize vests (4)
Game 2: Cheerleading - maize tanks (2) v. Hoops - maize Nike-era (6)
Women's Bracket: I'm Wearing White Because Me and that Big Ten Trophy are About to be Wed Region
White has a lot of symbolism behind it. There's the purity thing, although many cultures have different ideas of that, and it's by far the least interesting. In literature, white is associated with horror, kind of like the face opposing batters make when a white blur is tossing a neon yellow blur at 100 mph. In Asian cultures, it is associated with death, kind of like how once you saw Diane Deitz step on the court in her whites, it was death to your season's hopes.
Last round: Except Diane Deitz went down, and handily too, against the 7-seed soccer whites (okay, that was a totally accidental alliteration, as was "accidental alliteration.") The volleyball whites, surely the find of this whole project, narrowly beat out the golf whites 56-9 (ever since golf got its own channel, nothing surprises me). The softball gals, a favorite 3-seed, took out lacrosse while saving their big arms for later rounds. And in the game that no longer matters because I swapped out the winning uniform, the cheerleader whites made it possible for me give the dance team some credit before bowing out gracefully.
Preview: We'll see what moves the dance team's got right away, as they go up against the heretofore OP's favorite, perfectly balanced volleyball whites. The soccer whites took out the powerful retro '80s hoops unis, but it'll be a tough time taking on the softball team's best.
Game 1: Volleyball - white (1) v. Dance team - white (4)
Game 2: Soccer - white (7) v. Softball - white (3)
When Jimmy Hoffa took over the Teamsters he made a list of those who he would keep, and those who he was going to dump. He told his confidants that it is better to make this decision right away rather than do it piece meal over time. It was Jimmy’s belief that doing it this way would inspire loyalty and confidence from those he kept while leaving him less vulnerable to damage from those who he did not have faith in.
“When you take over a new operation, some people will tell you that you ought to lie low, and look around before you do anything. But that’s not me--because I just don’t think that works.”
The above is of course a quote from Bo, taken from John Bacon’s book, Bo’s Lasting Lessons. If you read chapter 4, you will get an idea of how Bo went about taking over a new operation. He did not pull any punches. He put it all on the line right away and let the chips fall where they may. Bo even risked losing very important players including Thom Darden, Reggie McKenzie, Glenn Doughty, Billy Taylor and Mike Taylor. (Yeah, any of you remember those guys?) Bo wasn’t going to play favorites. He was going to treat them all like dogs.
You have to remember at that time that Bo was basically a nobody. There were numerous influential people who didn’t like or want Bo. He as really sticking his neck out.
Of course, this was a different era. Political correctness hadn’t yet reared its ugly head. Yet, it was still a big chance Bo was taking. Alienating star plays and boosters would not seem to be an exceptionally bright move on his part. It was a risk. In the end, it worked out rather well.
So, that got me to thinking. Rich Rod’s entry and Bo’s entry were under quite similar circumstances. Both came in when the team was down. Both were outsiders. And, from what we hear from former players, both are disciplinarians and believe in hard work. And, both favored a run based offense.
What if Rich Rod had come in the same way as Bo? What if he had worked to eliminate the malcontents and slackers in his first few weeks? What if he had just slammed his darn fist down and said this is how it is going to be--take it or leave it? Could Rich Rod have gotten away with this? And, would it have been better for him over time? Did Rich Rod compromise himself just to get along in Ann Arbor?
I happen to like the hire. I think RR and Michigan are going to be just fine over time. It is a different world now in college football. There is much more competition and a whole lot more money involved. There are more politics than you can shake a stick at. Personally, I would have supported RR had he come in with guns blazing. Perhaps I am in the minority. Maybe I am totally wrong. But, as Shakespeare said, a coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man only one.
Bo was very hard on that 1969 team. Very hard indeed. I am pretty sure he had many people wondering if he wasn’t just some maniac coach who was going to destroy the program. However, things did work out okay. Very okay.
I leave you with this quote, again from Bacon’s book:
“The funny thing is, the guys on the 1969 team probably stay in touch better than any team I coached. As much as they hated the workouts then, they all brag about it now.
They stayed. They were champions. And I kept my promise.
And we have kept that promise ever since.”
I can’t help but think how much differently Rich Rod may have comported himself had Bo been there to mentor and support him. Maybe he would have just pulled that trigger on day one, and maybe he’d been much better off. Maybe.