mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!
The Red Wings need to win another game in Tampa Bay. Game 5 on.
TV: FSD, CBC, NBCS
LET'S GO RED WINGS!
This is definitely off topic and an obscure MGoBlog reference. Back when Bo died, Brian wrote an epic black post entitled "Eleven Swans."
The backtrack to this is a song entitled "Seven Swans," from an album entitled the same by Sufjan Stevens.
It happens that Sufjan Stevens is playing in Chicago tonight, Detroit on Monday, and Grand Rapids on Tuesday. I love the song, and the music, and for those of you into this, enjoy. For those of you interested in board history, read Brian's post and listen to the song. Kind of a black, emo period for Michigan football, but also part of our history.
Softball team on the road against Maryland today, up 2-0 in the 2nd after a 2-run single from Tera Blanco. I'm going to have to head out in a bit, but I wanted to open the conversation here since there was some good news. Game is on BTN.
This post is meant in all sincerity and is not about football. Maybe no one cares. Maybe it's a "too long, didn't read," but I don't care; I'm going to post it.
There are many ways people define success in life and there are many different people who may serve as role models for different aspects of life, whether those be humility, integrity, parenting, professional sucess, etc. I will not claim that Coach Harbaugh is the embodiment of all aspects in life, although he does appear to be particularly well-rounded, instead I'd like to focus on Coach as a role model for professional sucess. Ultimately, professional success is measured in achievements, but I want to put those aside and focus on the characteristics that I believe lead to greatness. So rather than discuss Coach's sucesses as a quarterback at the University of Michigan and in the NFL and as a coach at each and every stop, I'd rather focus on what makes him what he is.
The first thing that people love to say about him, which is already getting over-played, is his competitiveness. I do believe that this is a key component of what makes him great, but I think it is often misconstrued as him wanting to beat everyone else. This approach only gets you as far as everyone else or negligibly further. I believe Coach wants simply to be great and treats every day not only "with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind" but as a chance to be better than he was the day before. He does not ask, "what is Urban Meyer doing and how can I beat him?," he asks, "how can I be better than yesterday?"
Now, what I really think has led to his professional success, however, is an absolute refusal to be apologetic about who he is and what he wants to accomplish. Most fail to be great because they are afraid to be great. Coach believes in himself, he believes in his foundations and his principles. As his recent comments regarding over-staying his welcome show, he is also not simply ignorant, he is in fact well aware of his interactions with others. Fully aware. He simply will not let others dictate how he lives his life. He lives his life without fear of what others think, and while this often ruffles feathers, they are often feathers that could probably use ruffling. Maybe someday Coach will get burned by this philosophy. Some might say his stint with 49ers is an example. But here he is at the greatest public university in the world and he hasn't scaled back one iota. Do you doubt him?
All this being said, do not emulate Coach Harbaugh. Be yourself, do what you believe in and do not fear greatness. It is obtainable to all who wish it. The University and this community supports you. Go blue!
Sincerley yours in football and the University of Michigan,
So posts on another thread inspired me to post this as I have wondered about it for a while. To be considere a UM Alumni, do you have to have graduated from UM? I myself had about 50% of my undergraduate credits from UM, but I graduated from another school (grew up in Ann Arbor, had to leave). I have never been comfortable saying I am an alumni from UM. We certainly consider athletes who don't graduate alumni. The UM Alumni Association will take anyone who wants to write a check as a member.