good luck with that
Great story I came across on MGoBlue today about how Jim Tressel sent a hand-written note to Mealer's aunt following Brock's Walk to touch the banner.
Elliott Mealer, a Michigan offensive lineman who graduated in 2012, said there is something special -- a human connection he cherishes -- that he's never spoken about before. It deals with a card his family received after his brother, Brock, learned to walk again after being paralyzed from the waist down and touched the "M Club" banner to rousing applause at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 4, 2010.
The card came from Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who had recruited him to play for the Buckeyes during his standout career at Wauseon (Ohio) High. It was sent to Sandy Mealer Barber, the aunt of Brock and Elliott, who lives in Wauseon, and it read:
No doubt, the greatest cheer a Buckeye ever received at the Big House!
You must be so proud of those Mealer Boys!
God bless! Go Bucks! Go Blue!
P.S. Thanks for the awesome photo!"
In light of the JUB release, I thought I'd use this forum to ping the MGoReadership for more investigative reporting-style books on college athletics you've enjoyed.
- Has to be investigative-style - no biographies or opinion pieces.
- Has to be about Michigan (preferred) or college sports - no professional athletics
I'm currently reading "Billion-Dollar Ball" by Gilbert Gaul and it takes a deeper look into the monetization and "big-money culture" of college football. The author was an investigative journalist for the Washington Post and Phildelphia Inquirer and it reads in that style. It's pretty good and it's not too pricey on Kindle.
Some highlights: looking into Texas' Athletic Department as a money making machine; chapter three is also on Notre Dame paying Weis $23M not to coach; insight on the influx of cash with TV channels, rights, etc.; and a bunch of stuff about the rabid nature of Alabama fans and the "Sabanization" of the region.
There are some nice charts? CHARTS. showing Michigan's profit prowess, as well.
I had a few minutes to spare at work and saw this when Googling Jim Harbaugh. It's football-related and I'm sure most of you will take anything right now just out of pure excitement for the season, which, again, is just two...freaking...days...away.
I am heading out to Utah tomorrow with my wife on our honeymoon and we will be staying at the St. Regis in Park City/Deer Valley and going to the game.
Trying to start a thread for fellow fans to meet-up. The only other thread I could find on this, was more or less where people were sitting. We are just hoping to bounce into some fellow Michigan fans and hoping to see some maize and blue roaming around our hotel.
Can't wait for the Harbaugh era to start, Go Blue! We will be in Section E32 Row - 51.
Lets get this party started.