Good evening, ladies and gentlement of MGoBlog.
As you may or may not have noticed, I have been absent from the wallpaper scene this year for the most part. I've been extremely busy with both work and life and haven't had some of the free-time to do wallpapers like I would like to. Well, this week I was sent to Kentucky for work and so I have had some evening free time - so you get a wallpaper from me for "The Game." Ok, enough stupid filler "me" content, and on to the wallpaper content.
I'm constantly struck by how much of Bo is in Jim Harbaugh. I think some of it is fabricated by my mind and others in the Michigan fanbase, but I also truly believe Bo had such a lasting impression on Jim that he tries hard to emulate Bo in many areas of coaching. For this week's wallpaper, I went with the sentimental approach rather than the "Beat Ohio" chest-pounding. While I love to talk trash about Ohio State, they are not who I am focusing on this week - focusing on your rival is for little brothers. I am focusing on The Game, and on Jim Harbaugh, and on Bo - all things that make Michigan that much more MICHIGAN in my mind.
There's no way I could know this, of course, but I like to think that Jim can hear his old coach giving him advice while he roams the sideline, grinning or growling, teaching or throwing things. I just imagine him hearing Bo curse when a flag is thrown, laugh at the futility of dealing with referees, and encourage his quarterback when he's down on himself - wanting to give in to doubt. I like to think that these things fuel Jim - that they give him some sort of supernatural serenity, an unnatural peace in the midst of the chaos that is gametime. I want so desperately for Bo's words to be prophetic.
"It's gonna be Michigan again...Michigan."
Damn it, Bo. We miss you. Jim misses you. This world took you away too soon. Here's to being "Michigan again." For Bo, for Jim, for the Team, and for all of us fans. I'm thankful to be a Michigan Wolverine. I'm thankful for a forum to express my unhealthy love for this game and for the Team that plays it so well. I hope you enjoy this wallpaper.
Then as it was, then again it will beAnd though the course may change sometimesRivers always reach the seaBlind stars of fortune, each have several raysOn the wings of maybe, down in birds of preyKind of makes me feel sometimes, didn't have to growBut as the eagle leaves the nest, it's got so far to goChanges fill my time, baby, that's alright with meIn the midst I think of you, and how it used to beDid you ever really need somebodyAnd really need 'em badDid you ever really want somebodyThe best love you ever hadDo you ever remember me, babyDid it feel so good'Cause it was just the first timeAnd you knew you wouldThrough the eyes an' I sparkleSenses growing keenTaste your love along the waySee your feathers preenKind of makes makes me feel sometimesDidn't have to growWe are eagles of one nestThe nest is in our soulVixen in my dreams, with great surprise to meNever thought I'd see your faceThe way it used to beOh darlin', oh darlin'I'm never gonna leave youI never gonna leaveHoldin' on, ten years goneTen years gone, holdin' on, ten years goneTen years gone, holdin' on
Decided to upload the Hate Week wallpaper I made. Hopefully some will enjoy.
Direct link: http://i66.tinypic.com/n65ac8.jpg
Wanted to get this in before the end of the OT season. It's my first in a long long time so be gentle. Sorry for the length, and any typos. I had to write this in a hurry during my lunch at work.
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend a private dinner with guest speakers Jarrod Bunch and Raghib “Rocket” Ismail.
For any of the unfamiliar, Jarrod Bunch played fullback for Michigan from 1987-90 and captained the 1990 team. He was drafted 27th overall in the first round to the New York Giants where he had 3 year career due to knee injuries. Bunch is now an actor making appearances in Django Unchained, and Entourage among many others.
Rocket Ismail was a star WR for Notre Dame from 88-91 where he finished runner up in the Heisman voting in 1990 losing to Ty Detmer. Ismail was projected as the top overall pick in the 1991 NFL draft, but decided to forgo the draft and sign with the Toronto Argonauts. He eventually moved back to the NFL playing for the LA(!) Raiders, Panthers, and Cowboys before retiring in 2001.
The dinner was very Michigan – Notre Dame centric obviously (a lot of chanting going on back and forth). The party I wanted to share with you guys however, came when Teddy Greenstein (B1G reporter for the Chicago Tribune) got to interview both Jarrod and Rocket. It was very entertaining to get insight into the rivalry between Bo and Lou Holtz.
The first topic they covered was the 1989 game (which sadly I was too young to see) between #1 ND and #2 Michigan. ND escaped with a win in the Big House by a score of 24-19 thanks to Rocket’s two kickoff returns for touchdowns. Jarrod was the first to speak about the game and just put his head down and smiled. He said that before the game Bo sat the team down and said “We are going to go out there and we are going to give them exactly what they want, and still stick it in their face be WE ARE MICHIGAN. We are going to kick it straight to this Rocket Ismail, and then we are going to run down the field and tackle him harder then he has ever been tackled because this is Michigan. This is our field. We aren’t afraid of them, or any player that they have. Nobody can come in here and be a star against us.” Jarrod then smiled and looked at the crowd and said “I think you know what happened after the first kickoff.” Bo then told the team to kick off to him again because there is no way somebody can do that to Michigan again. Jarrod then laughed and looked at Ismail and said “He did it again”. He then explained the reason that he isn’t mad about telling this story, is because it showed how much love and confidence Bo had for Michigan. He truly thought that every team he had was the best team he had ever coached, and had the best players in the nation. He then went on to say that his most memorable game in college was the 1990 loss to USC, as before the game Bo announced his retirement. He said it was the first and only time he will ever see Bo on the brink of tears. He said that game sticks with him still today because at the end of the game it started to get out of hand, and Jarrod and the offense were sitting on the sidelines watching the game and feeling worse ‘than he ever has in his life because they felt like they wanted to do something and would give anything to do something but couldn’t. They all loved Bo so much, and Bo loved them, and it killed them to not be able to send him out with a win.
I wont get into Rocket’s side of the story as this is already way to long of a post, but I will share some brief notes and comments that stuck out to me.
· When Jarrod was asked about Dave Brandon, he simply responded “WHO???”
· Jarrod thinks the reason Michigan has been down is the mis-interpretation of the ‘Michigan Man’.
o He said a Michigan Man is “a person who wants to win, but not by any means necessary. A person that wants to win on the field and in life. A develop men to have the same mentality.
o He said Harbaugh is a Michigan Man. He hold all of Bo’s principals but to a more modern standpoint. His father was a Bo coach and raised him under the same principals, which Bo then instilled in him during his time at Michigan.
· Bo was a Michigan man to the max. Bo never let past players come back to practice, because he only concentrated on current team. Only concentrated on the players that he was molding into Michigan men, not the ones that already were.
· Rocket mentioned that Holtz always said that Notre Dame wins the Big 10 every year.
· Jarrod and Rocket both think players should be compensated, but they didn’t when they played. But now with the longer practices
· and season they think they should. They said it used to be a sport but now it is a full-time job in college.
o Now coaches get paid more.
o Huge apparel contracts.
§ Not fair to players.
· Rocket said that ND is a CFB Playoff team this year, and if the QB play is good can win it all.
· Jarrod said that Harbaugh will bring this team to the top, but we have to be patient, as it won’t happen overnight but this team will be TOUGH.
· Rocket liked playing Miami the most because his freshmen year their was full team brawl between the teams that almost led to Holtz cancelling the game.
Elliot Uzelac was the Michigan OL Coach when Harbaugh was playing. He also did stints at Western and Navy.
He's out of retirement at 74 to help turn around Benton Harbor, a team that hasn't won a game in two years. Their last winning season was in 1989.
He's pretty fired up about the Harbaugh hire too.
"Jimmy will do great at Michigan," Uzelac said. "He was a great player and fierce competitor. Michigan needs physical toughness and mental discipline, and Jimmy will make sure they get it."
MGoBloggers -- Just FYSA, I received an update from Amazon referencing Jon Falk's new book, "Forty Years.."
The new expected delivery date is now Wednesday, 29 July!
This should help subside the offseason blues, albeit briefly. I'm really looking forward to his first-hand stories and will probably fly through this by Friday the 31st. Jon Falk is a living legend.