fair point that
A boy is born with the potential to be everything. He comes out a squealing, reddened, water-logged thing for whom virtually every plot on the vast human distribution chart is plausibly attainable. Whom he's handed to and where will narrow that down some, and within a few years of that handoff a personality will start to emerge that might suggest a direction.
But it takes a lifetime, sometimes many lifetimes, to know what a boy will turn into. There's one boy who two thousand years hence has his name uttered by a third of the world when they want to represent the astounding extent of the human capacity for goodness.
Another boy, 70 years after his initial squall, would in the far smaller world of college football, come to represent the traits of intelligence, integrity, and loyalty. The boy, Lloyd Carr, was born exactly a week before a bomb named "Little Boy" was dropped on Hiroshima. He played a sport where boys flung their bodies at other boys for a kind of fleeting, mostly useless greatness. He began coaching said sport when/because boys of his age and nation were being thrown indiscriminately at a barely understood war.
Through that sport Lloyd got to have a hand in shaping the distribution of hundreds of boys. I know boys born in places that would in most likelihoods see them either destroyed or shaped into destroyers of other boys, to people who didn't care which. Among Lloyd's accomplishments—and this boy's accomplishments an extreme outlier among men—the greatest are these boys he saved, and who now spend their lives affecting more boys than Lloyd or any man could alone.
It is for the things Lloyd did with his 70 years that all Michigan fans, and many non-Michigan fans, today are joining in mourning the loss of one. Chad Carr was born to Lloyd's boy Jason and Jason's wife Tammi, the third of such boys. It was the kind of start and they were the kind of people who open up the best parts of human capacity in a boy.
Chad died today, after more than the year he was expected to have after doctors learned he had brain cancer, less than a few weeks after he began hospice care, a day after he was no longer able to talk to his parents, and just a few short years after he learned to.
His brothers, his parents, and everyone who loved Lloyd and loved Chad because of it, had to just sit there the whole time, powerlessly, and watch this happen.
— Tammi Carr (@tamcarr21) November 23, 2015
The angels have too many of our boys. I don't know how much more potential the human race will lose, or how much money to research DIPG will be wasted on blind pursuits before a stab in this dark finds a way to stop losing boys this way. It is a certainty that all the money and all the being good and all that you can possibly do and pray for won't prevent this from being the last time a man will have to hold the lifeless body of a boy who'll never become a fireman or a football coach or a father.
But here's the link to ChadTough again if you want to take a shot anyway.
Gave myself arthritis with my incessant refreshing of MGoBlog. Thankfully, the wait is over, and now we celebrate.
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I just wanted to say thank you Brian for all your hard work in adding to our Michigan athletic experience as I look forward to your blog on a daily basis. I hope this post would not be misconstrued in giving the impression that I am ungrateful or trying to excessively burden you.
I want to present some further suggestions and updates that will hopefully help you. Also, I hope that you will address the community for any future plans or changes.
First, this has been discussed but I want to say again that site is virtually unusable during game time. It is also unusable during significant cfb events that affect Michigan. I had to visit 11 Warriors last night to discuss the MSU – OSU final moments as mgoblog errored out. I want to be able to give your site the hits and interact with this community. This is an ongoing problem that I think can be fixed by purchasing more bandwidth from the web hosting company.
Second, coming up with an interactive chat that will incorporate and bring together our community on game day. We are currently splintered (when the site is not overloaded) across two threads and an unofficial live blog. I am certain a solution exists to provide a fully interactive experience that would require minimal administration. The liveblog experience was not ideal because admins had to chose what comments were adequate and deal with complaints from those who simply just wanted to share in the excitement with other Michigan fans. I wouldn’t be surprised if the headaches surrounding the service has made the blog reluctant to continue it. I have recommended irc in the past as a solution. It allows for administration (banning of trolls, etc.) and fluid interaction. I am sure other solutions exist.
Third, the ability for admins to pin certain threads to the front page. This will allow admin content threads (such as gameday snowflakes) to stay at the forefront while user generated content gets pushed down. Forums current have this ability but maybe something can be coded for this feature on the main page.
There other ideas that are of a lesser importance to me such as an improved format. I am sure other posters have better ideas and solutions.
I know all of this means more work for you but if I may suggest that if you willing to employ coders (outsourcing) who can update the website or present the costs of more site bandwidth and submit it to the community then I, along with others, would gladly pay to cover the costs.
Thanks again for your work and how valuable it has been to our lives.
the documents they filed in their lawsuit against New York will put them to rest.
Sort of OT, since Men's Rowing isn't a NCAA sport, but it's still always nice to recognize people on campus who exemplify what it means to be "leadsers and best."
To those who aren't aware, Men's Rowing is a club sport on campus, and so they don't benefit from having full AD support. These student-athletes (many of whom are in the College of Engineering) pay to play; and really play for love of the game (since I doubt many people would willingly pay to work out at 5am everyday unless they really love it). At the head of this machine is a man I have come to know and respect, Gregg Hartsuff, who has really gone above and beyond to create a serious contender despite scholarship and recruiting limitations. He has been awarded USRowing's Man of the Year award for his efforts growing the sport on campus and across the country (playing an instrumental role in founding the Collegiate Club National Championships), coaching the United States to gold in the most recent World Universities Games, and just being a mentor to countless of Michigan men and women who have walked through his boathouse doors.
And to boot, Michigan currently enjoys a 19-regatta winning streak against OSU, including a clean sweep of the Buckeyes this past week.