Never feels so good until you get a day of it in February
A word to recruits worried about coming up north
I've lived all over the country: the West Coast, the East Coast, the South, the Northeast, the Midwest a few times (including my stint in Ann Arbor), so I know about that of which I speak. I've been in Boston for the last 4 years, which has a climate similar to Ann Arbor.
I used to complain about the winters, but not any more. The cold is really not that bad. Get a good coat with a hood. Dress in layers. Get some boots. For lack of a better phrase, be a man about it.
The cold is at most a minor inconvenience when you consider all the upsides of living in the North. Though it's a clique, the change of seasons IS spectacular. There is a rhythm to the dying leaves and then barren trees and then splashes of green returning with spring. Maybe even better than that is the snow. The snow this year has had an other-worldly beauty to it. At night, it sparkles from the street lights as you walk by. I can think of no more peaceful setting than walking through snowflakes quietly drifting down.
I'm sure SEC coaches talk about how miserable the cold can be in the Big Ten. I'm sure Pete Carroll talks about the fun and sun in So Cal. And maybe cruising "the strip" in Gainesville in the middle February is what you seek. But I for one chose Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. I chose the Law Quad in the fall and a jog through the Arb on a crisp winter morning. And I'm better for it.
I grew up in the Middle East and was used to cool night being 20-25C but that one day in February in Ann Arbor when it was 18C I was walking around in shorts and flip flops. Never felt so good
but I doubt many kids who were born and raised in the south give two shits about the law quad, leaves changing colors or splashing through the wet of spring. Are you serious about this? No recruit will ever site any of the reasons you listed as why they chose UM.
and I agree that, at the least, a vast majority of recruits wouldn't care about these things. But that doesn't mean that the things I mentioned don't matter, and I just wanted to say it.
By the way, what inspired what I wrote was hearing a lot of the bitching and moaning people have been doing about the winter. I spent the holidays in California and I found it to be boring. The weather was just like any other day out there. For whatever reason, I've been really into the snow this year. It's been great.
if these guys get drafted by NE, NYG, NYG, Pitt, Philly, green bay after they're done at Michigan, they will be pre-acclimated. Southern Cal and SEC schools turn you into weak, weather fearing p***ies. Very fast weak, weather fearing p***ies, to be sure, but weak, weather fearing p***ies nonetheless. The NFL laughs at your puny overrated sunshine. See Cardinals at NE, 12/21/08
(OTOH, weak, weather fearing p***ies would fit right in with the Cardinals.)
you are just bullshitting and not really the moronic, blabbering asshole you're coming off as.
Are not really all that turned off by the weather. Are we going to conclude that any southern recruit who considers/commits to us than drops us has some sort of beef with how cold it is? Suggesting people should be a "man about it" is pretty dense.
I'm in Gainesville right now. For the better of the last month and a half, you've had to wear layers and a jacket to school. It's been extremely dry and cold around here. It'll be this way for a few more weeks. Winters at places like UF, FSU, UGA, etc are not exactly beach season. Yes, we're smooth sailing in October, November and early December...but we have our own cold spells.
And I'll be honest, your description of the seasons made me laugh hysterically. Jesus Christ. Please repeat that DD Jones or somebody else, verbatim.
And that's why you live in the South. Seasons are wonderful things, and I fully agree that snow at night is just gorgeous.
Two things are true. Sunshine (and temperature, to a point) affects mood. Tempe is a buttload less gloomy than Pittsburgh right now (apart from that whole "super" bowl thing). IMO, it takes more commitment (everything else being equal) for southern athletes to go north than the reverse, because the massive suckage of grey everything (sky, snow, cheerleaders in parkas) from Jan. to March. At ASU as of yesterday, it was sunny and mid 80s and the clothing was, uh, "weather appropriate."
Second, the NFL does not care what its players think of the weather.
So yeah, the rest was BSing.* I actually don't care if high schoolers choose a school in part because of the weather. Unless they go undrafted or have some free agent clout down the road, it's the last time they get to choose where they play.
* except for the jab at the Cards and their irrational organization-level fear of sunshine in December and January in their own stadium specifically designed for it.
I'm not exactly sure of how the change of seasons is a clique.
I grew up on the west coast in a big city but prefer the seasons in the midwest/northeast as well. That being said, Ann Arbor sure does attract a lot of grey skies in the winter which can wear on people. I'm in Chicago now and although the temps are similar, the sky is often clear since it's west of the lake.