Division III National Championship tonight, featuring the epic matchup of Mount Union vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater.
On at 8 PM: Montana vs. Sam Houston State, one of the semifinal matches for the FCS NC playoff.
I was on my way to a conference out West Tuesday and was skimming the chapter in Jim Collins' modern business classic, "Good to Great" on Level 5 leadership. Collins' team of "blue chip" graduate students invested on the order of 15,000 hours of research identifying and examining 11 companies out of the Fortune 500 which demonstrated exceptional performance (3x the market average sustained over a 15 year period). The data showed empirically 6 common characteristics that operated in all the great companies, one of which being "Level 5 Leadership".
Level 5 leaders are unique in that they combine extreme humility with tremendous, even fierce, passion for their company (team).
When I got off the plane, who did I see on the shuttle but none other than Coach Funk. I got behind him on the escalator and congratulated him on a great season, exceeding all expectations.
He immediately corrected me, "Well, we had a couple weeks there when we should have played better and we didn't accomplish our main goal...but recruiting is going well and we still have Virginia Tech..."
These guys are Level 5 to the bone.
A quote about the new S&C coach coming from Florida:
"Marotti is known for having players haul rocks, flip tires and work out at midnight."
I hope someone is filling out CARA forms properly, don't want to be a repeat offender. MSU should try this since it would cut down on the midnight beatings of fellow students. Isn't that annual event coming up soon?
That MAN, who is over 40, won the Eddie Robinson award. Yes, but can he poop gold, and point or double-point?
Slow day on the Board. Looking for something good to set as my computer/phone backdrop leading up to the Sugar Bowl. Found a few passable screenshots, some plain, one funny, one in honor of the recent Virginia Tech tragedy. Wondered if the MGoCommunity had any of their own to share. Enjoy!
Over at WN, Rothstein says that Martin and Molk have been invited to play in this year's Senior Bowl. Just another feather in the cap for a couple of great seniors, and it looks like they've got their priorities right:
"I know Dave's going so that'll be cool to go with a guy, a teammate," Martin said. "It's a big opportunity and first thing is first, the Sugar Bowl. After that, I'll dive right in."
I am confident they will represent Michigan with class.