TO THE HOT TAKE CANNON
Over the past week during a vacation I re-read "Bo's Lasting Lessons" I hadn't read it in probably 5+ years. If you haven't read it I think I wouldn't be alone in reccomending it. If you have read it, but like me its been years I hope this will encourage you to pick it back up.
I was struck by how certain names that are very relevant today were picked out of a distinguished crowd by Bo almost a decade ago. Below are a couple short clips that stood out:
"Today Brad bates is the athletic director at Miami of Ohio- and they love him, there, too. They love him! He's done a marvelous job, and I'm sure you'l be hearing his name wherever a big job opens up. I would not be surprised if he becomes Michiagan's athletic director down the road. If he doesn't, it'll be our loss."
"Years later, Jimmy told me he leared a lot from that meeting, that you can have a tremendous impact as a leader just by taking a little time. Your people have to know that their value to you and your organization is not determined just by what they do, but by who they are. I cant make it any clearer than that."
"Jim ended up being twice as good, in my book, as the Golden Arm- Harbaugh was the Big Ten MVP his senior year, beating the other guy by a mile- and Jim's teammates liked him. Maybe Harbaugh didn't have half the arm of the Golden Boy, but he had twice the brains and ten times the heart. Give me those specs, anyday."
(Jerry's words in response to a question from Jim Harbaugh "what kind of team will we have next year') "Jim, come back in twenty years, and I'll tell you. Only then will we know how you and your classmates turned out. Did you get good jobs? Are you hardworking and honest? Were you good husbands and fathers? Did you contribute to your community? Did you make the world a better place?"
I couldn't believe how well this book held up in the quick changing sports landscape. It shows how much character Bo saw in these individuals and how much they learned and valued their time at Michigan. (I know cool story bro).
For the second straight day Dylan Larkin was named the player of the game for Team USA. Had an assist on the opening goal by Sonny Milano then added a goal of his own to make the game 2-0.
USA went on to win 3-0 and remain in 2nd place (8 pts) behind Canada (9pts). USA will play Canada in what should be a preview of the finals in Montreal on Dec. 31st at 4:00pm.
Congrats to Dylan on what is quickly becoming a very impressive WJC for him.
SBNation recently published an article on Marcus Mariota (Oregon) who will be taking two classes this fall during his senior football season; Golf and Yoga. This follows the trend of Matt Leinart who during his senior season took Ballroom Dancing, Denis Dixon (Oregon) who took billards, and the best of the bunch Tim Tebow (Florida) who took a single 1 credit Senior Seminar class. Tebow's class happened to conflict with Florida's Tuesday afternoon practice so he never actually attended the class, he simply "worked something out with the professor." Matt Ryan (Boston College) and Colt Brennan (Hawai'i) also had similar senior class loads. Leinart, Dixon,Tebow, Brennan, and Ryan were able to go a combined 56-10 during their senior seasons.
Now it should be pointed out that Mariota, Leinart, and Tebow all worked hard thier first three years and were set to graduate so it was just a matter of staying elgible their final semester. But I don't understand how the NCAA can continue the facade of "student-athlete" when you have some of the most high profile football players barely (if ever) seeing a classroom their final semester.
Finally, it is worth pointing out the opposite side, DEVIN GARDNER! Who completed his bachelors degree in three years, and is on pace to complete his Masters in Social Work in his 5 years at Michigan.
Marcus Mariota article: http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/7/28/5945363/marcus-mariota-oregon-quarterback-graduated-classes
Tim Tebow NYTimes Q&A: http://thequad.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/28/the-quad-qa-tim-tebow-2/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0
Denis Dixon/Ryan/ Brennan Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/01/sports/ncaafootball/01football.html?_r=1&sq=Thamel%20and%20Dixon%20and%20Brennan&st=cse&adxnnl=1&scp=2&adxnnlx=1251633762-Xg6QE2MxpYQ7oG2RvJSp2Q
With the help of a fimilar face to Michigan fans, Matt Sorisho is making real progress after being paralized in mid-October.
If you are unfimilar with the story of Matt's injury it can be found here:
The video of his work was posted to facebook on Barwis Method's page here is the link:
If someone can embed, that would be great.
With next week's game (Jan 23rd) vs MSU at Joe Louis I was wondering if there was a standard "side" of the arena Michigan fans typically are designated? I assumed the band will be on the Upper Level, but haven't been able to locate where.
Looking to take my fiance to her first Michigan hockey game and want her to get a taste for the experience. She hasn't been able to make a game at Yost yet, so thought this would be a good start.
Thanks in advance!
Team USA improved to 3-0 with a win over Germany 8-0 on Sunday, to move 5 points clear of second place Canada in Group A. This all but assures the American's of advancing to the playoff round.
In Michigan news, a scary moment yesterday when Germany's Leon Draisaitl (WHL- Prince Albert) hit Andrew Copp from behind. Draisaitl was given a 5 minute match penalty, and is supended from Germany's game today (12/30) vs. Czech Republic. Copp did return to the game after being on the ice for a few minutes. The video is below, play begins at about 1:44 minute mark.