and looking to escape...
Then...late last night...the Spirit of Bo came to Rich in a dream:
"Rich, if you ever get out of here,
do me a favor. There's this big
hayfield up near Saline. You know
where Saline is?"
"Sure Bo, lots of hayfields out there."
"One in particular. Got a long rock
wall with a big oak at the North
end. Like something out of a Robert
Frost poem. It's where I asked Rick Leach
to commit to Michigan...I asked and he said yes.
Promise me, Rich. If you ever get
out, find that spot. In the base of
that wall you'll find a rock that
has no earthly business in a Saline
hayfield. A piece of black volcanic
glass. You'll find something buried
under it I want you to have. "
"What Bo? What's buried there?" - asked Rich
"You'll just have to pry it up and see..." said the Spirit of Bo
as his vision faded away in Rich Rod's dream.
The Next Morning, before the team meal... Rich Rod woke up and thumbed a ride on an old fruit truck, out to Saline. After searching for miles and miles..., he finally found the spot that The Spirit of Bo was referring to.
There it sits, the mystery solved at last...Rich stares at the object buried under the rock. Stunned. It's an old cigar box..
Rich slowly opens the box and inside is a dusty old book:
"Michigan Defensive Playbook 1976".
He just stares at the book for a while, almost afraid to open it. But open it he does. Inside the book is a smaller envelope and a letter. Rich begins to read:
"Dear Rich. If you're reading this,
you've gotten out. And if you've
come this far, maybe you're willing
to come a little further. You
remember the name of the town,
Rich Rod thinks for a while and then it comes to him:
"I could use a good Michigan Man
to help me get my project on
wheels. I'll keep an eye out for
you and the Playbook ready.
Remember, Rich. Hope is a good
thing, maybe the best of things,
and no good thing ever dies. I will
be hoping that this letter finds
you, and finds you well. Your
friend. Bo. "