I know there was a previous post about the SEAL training that took place in CA, but this is a pretty cool and in-depth story from ESPN about the lessons learned by Michigan Seniors on the trip. Great to see them growing as men and leaders.
ESPN: SEALs inspire Michigan seniors
Very interesting response from Denard.
My man crush is growing for Hoke & Co. What a great thing to do with seniors. Hopefully that weekend yields results this fall. The season can't get here soon enough.
God damn are we lucky to have a coach like Hoke, makes me proud. It really is amazing how much the players have taken after him. They 100% buy into the idea of being accountable, respectful, and having high expectations. It seems like everything Hoke teaches, they live, which makes it all the more important that Hoke puts a priority on all the right things.
Hoke's messages and way of conducting himself is almost exactly like Bo. I honestly believe he is modeling himself in Bo's image. Still with Hoke's own style and past experiences, but with Bo's spirit.
Hoke has stated that he will never be like Bo, but he is like Bo. He's like one of his sons. I wouldnt trade Brady Hoke for ANY coach in college football and thank the heavens we did not close on Jim or Les. Must be so cool to meet and hang out with Seals in CA. I think we will see a couple of more surprises before the first game kicks off.
Hoke is tough, but apparently WAY more loving as well. The prime example is the Will Hagerup muffed snap where Brady puts him arm around Hagerup and asks him how many he's caught in a row before that drop and how he won't drop one in the next 1,000.
That is not a Bo move right there.
Bo was much more unforgiving, He never liked to concede and inch, point, or play to the other team. He hated it. I'll agree with your there...but their cores are the same.
Brady is WAY more loving...but he HATES giving inches too.
For the record, you usually want to instill confidence in your kicker / punter since a lot of their trade is mental at times. This is more so for this position group. I dont think you've ever seen a coach try to "ice" the opposing teams quarterback or running back in a game deciding situation. Those time outs are usually to scan a formation. Pep talks for your kickers are vital.
And since you mentioned WG, that young man needs to return to his true form....when he was Zoltan-like. We'll need him against Bama's running game.
I hope that they can use this to gain a bit of mental toughness, to grow a little not just in football, but in life. I like this "workshop" it seems pretty cool.
To counter, Dantonio is going to have the MSU seniors train with the Eagle Scouts of Troop 1324 out of Battle Creek.
(in payment for the training, they promised them to help sell cookies)
This is a really telling quote from Kenny Demens, too.
I can't wait to see this dog-ass team on the field! Go blue!
What do we want?
We Want It All!
I could see the Queen song "I want it all" being used for a video with these guys being the focus of it.
I hope this translates into wins on the field, and more importantly, better Men off the field.
will pay divedends tenfold. Hoke is lighting the path for his players, whether or not they choose to lead the way is totally up to them.
I see great things in Team 133's future.
I live next to the SEAL training facility. How did I not hear about this?
/shakes fist at sky
Guess I now have another excuse to stalk these fine pages.
Would they be very good at what they do if you did know about this when it was going on?
I was about to put in some funny retort, but then I read the article, and knew of my failure:
I live next to the SEAL training base in Coronado, California. This was up in LA.
You need excuses to stalk these pages?!
Denard, whether he knew it or not, accurately captured the essence of the famous maxim attributed to George Patton and later Vince Lombardi:
"Fatigue makes cowards of us all."
Oh God, why did I read the comments?
Anyone interested in the Seals should read Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. Great book about Seal training (these players got off easy!) and a mission that went wrong. Highly recommended.
Cosigned. Great book.
Tri-signed. Another book that is worth reading is "In the Company of Heros." It isn't about Seals but is a great read nontheless. Especially if you are into military books.
this makes me feel better about my concern of cocky recruits entering the locker room, this fall and next fall. they'll get that sucked out of them real fast.
"The Wolverines left Ann Arbor, Mich., for Detroit's Metro Airport around 5:15 a.m. CT Wednesday, and then flew through Minneapolis before arriving at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Calif., around 11:20 a.m. PT."
I believe ESPN thinks Michigan is in the central timezone. Nice one, guys.
In other news, this trip seems like it will really give our seniors something to build on going into the year. I'm pumped.
captain of Team 133. His performance is going to take a major leap this year, too.
These seniors are going to find the underclassmen very receptive to a culture of positive reinforcement, communication, and genuine interest in each other.
Bo is watching . . . and he is happy.
Most surprising part of the article to me was where Roh wanted his team to go on without him and Will said no. Shows a lot.
Had they gone on without him, they would have paid dearly. It is all about the teamwork, you don't leave anyone behind. You complete the tasks as a team, or you haven't completed the tasks.
This is learning under pressure. You absolutely learn about yourself and others while you are dead dog tired, stripped of all the other things in life and it is just you and your "team" against the obstacles. You need to reach down deep and find it in you to keep on moving...or as he said embrace the suck.
That Roundtree called him out as the MVP of their time with the seals and the description of his leadership when one of his team tired during the log drill says everything about his change of attitude and in his commitment. I have a hunch that our DL will be plenty tough up the middle this season.
Go get em Will and Go Blue!
It's great to see that BWC is developing into a true leader mentally, but being MVP from a physical standpoint isn't surprising. He has trouble staying low, but all that athleticism didn't just disappear. Dude is still a mamoth mountain that can MOVE.
In the comment section of the ESPN article was a Youtube video with a helmet cam vid along with a video of the SEAL obstacle course, should anyone be interested:
Very interesting leadership training. Believing in each other is huge.
Will have my kids read this article when they get home from school. This really shows that UM is special and more innovative than the other programs out there.
Hoke for President. The only way I could love this man any more is if I were a Hoke myself.
Made my ESPN front page (and my IP is from Miami currently, not sure if that matters).
That's the second time this week a UofM Football article has made the front page. Certainly can't hurt our national exposure.
from one of the instructors, if anyone would like to see them. Not sure how to post them.
I was wondering if they'd have to get wet and sandy, and indeed they did.
yeah - I hadnt read the ESPN article when I got the pics. I was kind of excited until I realized they're 98.3% redundant with what else was published.
1 pic = 1 kword
No need to apologize. I meant when I heard they were doing some SEAL training, I wondered if they'd make the players get wet and sandy, which is classic, from what I've read and seen on TV. Jump in the cold water, then get sandy head to toe - no cheating and keeping your head up - now try to focus on what you're doing while being cold, wet and irritated.
Seems to me that the football boys might have been at a disadvantage. The SEALS, like most other branches, preach true physical fitness. An NCAA S&C program preaches fitness, but with maximized mass. Doing ANYTHING in sand is tougher when you weigh more, muscle or no.