Mike Lantry, 1972
The game from this past weekend is being replayed on ESPN right now (4:40 AM). It's playing until 6 AM so if any of you are like me and don't sleep at normal hours or if any of you are looking for something to brighten your day as soon as you wake up, tune in to watch.
I'm going to be out of pocket for the first half. To this day, I still don't have a radio stream I'm confident in using on my phone. I've tried WTKA but it's very spotty for whatever reason. Tune in radio is a good app but has its share of issues as well.
Okay, now that I've got your attention... this really isn't just about a tee shirt, and it's certainly not about me.
Cancer fighter. Source of inspiration. Devoted Father. Wolverine.
Most of you all know his story by now. Diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma at a very rare early age, Phil has made a choice to aggressively fight this thing with a pride and passion only a former Wolverine could muster. Spend some time on his blog, and I'm sure you'll be more appreciative of your own family and life this weekend.
Some of you may already know that Phil is an honorary captain for tomorrow's game. Look for him to be featured in the first quarter, and I almost dare you not to stand at your feet for this courageous guy. But, perhaps you feel compelled to help, and would like to do more. Well, you can!
Phil and his foundation CancerKicker.org/DomiNATION are hosting a TAILGATE event tomorrow morning/afternoon to raise awareness and (hopefully) funds to help fight Multiple Myeloma at UM. There'll be balloons, bracelets and other items there, including a t-shirt I designed in Phil's honor:
To my knowledge these shirts will be available for purchase, although they're sure to go quickly. If you want one stop by, or if you just want to help, Phil's team, led by his sister Brooke, are always looking for more volunteers to pitch a hand. If you'd like to get involved, the team offered this information:
They're meeting at 6am on the north end of the golf course, and hopefully looking to get a prime spot in the first row. Their spot will feature maroon balloons with 'MM' on them. And their itinerary is as follows:
- :: Cold Breakfast & Hot Coffee (you do not need to show up at )
- :: MM domiNATION Outreach Instructions (Teams pick up maps, bracelets and shirts)
- :: Pep talk from Phil Brabbs
- 11:00-1:00/30 :: MM domiNATION Outreach
- :: Tailgate (food and drinks provided)
- * :: MSU vs UM Game (Phil will be honored as the Honorary Captain in the 1st Quarter)
- :: Post-game Tailgate (food and drinks provided)
- *if you aren't going to the game, you are welcome to hang out and watch the game from the tailgate
My only wish is that I could be there!! But I hope to hear that you all stop by, and do your part in helping Phil fight the good fight not only for himself, but for all of the other patients sharing his diagnosis at UM and across the globe. Do your part to help KICK CANCER!
As we all know, it's true. No one knows when exactly, 1year...3? or under whose leadership (RR hopefully, otherwise make that 3-5 years). People will dispute and debate the when and under whom, but no one is suggesting that it won't happen, that we won't be back. Back again as a dangerous power to be feared, coast to coast. We will again have a record string of uninterrupted bowl games. records of PPG, YAPG, total offence, top 5 recruiting classes, top 5 team in the polls, bcs bowl games habitually,top yards gains on the ground, in the air, etc.
And remember we are returning to the days of Bo and Mo and early Carr, (of Yost, Kipke, Oosterbaan, and Crisler), of championships, of beating osu, of obliterating our OOC opponents, and dominating our Big Ten brothers. Not just back to the days of recent Carr, of routine osu losses, bowl losses, 9-3, 8-4 seasons, of Appalachian St. of no safety stars or yearly lb excellence; years of poor summer "voluntary " workouts. I don't want to return to those later Carr years. They were good, and fun, (and many now only dream of one of those "disappointing" seasons for us this year). But none of us could put up with the osu bullshit, and the less than stellar ( but more than mediocre) Michigan performance.
Now we begin the beginning. We had to fall so low, so that now we may soar so high.
We are about to make history and we are all here to witness it, and be a part of it. Here we go!
GO BLUE ! !