mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!
I watched the Real Sports piece on Jim Harbaugh and came away with a couple thoughts:
1. I would never offer JH any 2% candy-ass milk with his cookies.
2. He, like so many other Michigan alumni, has a deep love for our Alma Mater.
Seemingly, so does every other Michigan alumnus, athlete and aficionado. It seems like every interview, soundbite and scrap of Michigan information contains a confirmation of that devotion. (we all know Brady Hoke would have walked to Michigan) Everyone who participates in this epic adventure known as MGoBlog suffers the same addiction. Hell, I bet if Michigan had a checkers team we'd all be "buckled up" and awaiting its next commit too. This brings me to my question:
What other colleges/universities do you feel cultivate that level of enthusiasm, love and support from their alumni/fanbase? For example, I always see Miami guys proudly proclaiming their affiliation with the U, but I don't get that sense of lifelong connectedness that I see or hear when Michigan fathful talk about our school. So again I ask, who's got it better than us?
EDIT: Title changed to be more reflective of post content.
Trevor Sullivan is a 14 year old kid waiting for a heart transplant. Maurice Hurst went to visit him at the hospital and they've become friends.
I know all the players make visits there, but Hurst has really taken it to another level. Hanging out with the kid, having dinner at his house, etc.
Hurst sets an example that everyone should follow. I'm proud to have him representing the University of Michigan.
This has been your feel good story of the week.
P.S. Trevor has a GoFundMe page accepting donations to help out with current and future medical bills. I imagine that a 14 year old with a new heart will be racking up some pretty big bills.
EDIT: Link to his GoFundMe page.
John Harbaugh wrote a piece for the Baltimore Ravens website about why football matters, particularly at the youth and High School level. I think it's well stated and something I very much agree with. Our coach, Jim, also agrees with it, and recently posted it to his twitter account. But I thought it was important enough to bring here.
That, in my opinion, tells an important part of the story, but not the whole story. It tells a fundamental aspect of the player and coach perspective of football. But football means a lot of important things to a lot of people.
One of the things that I have done throughout the past few years is ask people "why is football important to you?" I have my story which has its time and place to tell, about how even the portion when I wasn't playing, profoundly changed and shaped my life. I've talked to pro football players, from the stars to the guys that have hung around the league in special teams roles for a half-dozen years. I've talked to daughters who bonded with their fathers and entire families through tailgating and going to Spartan Stadium (or whichever stadium) ever Fall Saturday when the home team was in town. And I've talked to dozens of coaches and fathers that prove that football is very important in our society. Think of Chris Spielman, a husband that lost his wife to cancer, and ask him what football means to him, and I promise he'll bring up family and support and an avenue to change lives.
That is why football matters. That is why football is important. "The concussion issue is real and we have to face it," as John Harbaugh said. But we shouldn't turn and run from it. Football is too important to do that.
Since Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha offensive guard Terrance Davis has been sending some strong Michigan signals lately, I went ahead and put together an evaluation. It seems like he's the lineman most likely to drop for Michigan right now.
Prepare for 5 years of "lack of respect" and "Michigan didn't want me so I am out to exact revenge" stories by Rexrode & Co. Sets up a fun narrative between DeWeaver and Peters with both being Midwest top 15 type QBs.
Originally a commitment to Michigan, deWeaver re-opened his recruitment after former Wolverines coach Brady Hoke was fired and has made several unofficial visits to Michigan State.
Mississippi State, Penn State, Louisville and Kentucky were the other finalists in deWeaver's recruitment. He's rated the No 1 quarterback in Ohio and No. 12 Pro-Style QB in the nation by 247sports.
According to Rivals.com, deWeaver is rated the No. 8 QB in the nation and No. 232 player overall.
Last season, deWeaver said he was 150-for-210 passing for 1,900 yards, 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
FSU has promised to cooperate in a new investigation, while Florida grocery chain Publix has denied any arrangement with FSU players:
There's a good joke in there somewhere about hook-ups and crab legs but I haven't quite worked it out.