Yes, it is as deep as you would expect an article written by Jon Horford to be...
Yes, it is as deep as you would expect an article written by Jon Horford to be...
Almost created a double post, good thing I double checked before I hit save on my post.
Can we get him an extra year or two of eligibility after next year??? I want him to appeal to the NCAA just to see what kind of argument he could make. Dude makes Phil Jackson sound like Dick Vitale.
and oh by the way . . . did anyone catch him hug the ref during the B1G Championship game??? I swear I saw him leaning over and do this right after chatting the ref up while waiting for someone to shoot free thows
Yes, he did. I laughed, it was good.
the back of his jersey should have this article instead of his name and number.
I have to disagree. The back of his jersey should have the Sanskrit for "Om".
I want to drop acid with Phil Jackson and Jon Horford
Gives a whole new meaning to Bacari's "U Conscious?"
One of those articles that takes twice as long to read in half the length. Wonderful to see that depth of thought in one of our players. He, and all of us, have been well-served by his education.
That's great stuff, Mr. Horford. Or rather, they are illuminated musings which deliver an enlightened theme of team.
... that's about what I expected. The man is a revelation.
Someone threw the link out on Twitter earlier and I read this. Given what we know of Jon Horford, this blog entry is about as Jon Horford as it gets and it was a very nice, insightful read. Michigan is probably one of the relatively few schools out there that could have players currently involved in the NCAA Tournament also showing up on sites like Huffington Post and I don't think we'd have it any other way. Well done, Jon.
I'm trying to understand how one can see Horford as this enlightened being and where this all came to pass. The words he's written are nothing new to those who seek some sort of truth through what others see as the mundane. Although he seems to be in a state that moves more towards reflection and peaceful thought he is but a young man in a country whose values and way of thinking is contradictory to his own and that's probably why all of you see him in this psuedo enlightened framework.
Or, the last time I heard someone actually talk like that I was so eff'd out of my mind I can't remember what he was saying. It's rare for people, especially young people, to have that deep an understanding of the World around them. Most of the interviews you see are something along the lines of "well, coach said that we needed to play as a team, so we worked all week on playing as a team."
I don't deny that he stands out amongst his peers but if you look at the societal influences of this country it's easy to see why his peers are the way they are. The reason why I don't view it in the light that most of you do is because it's the way I think and feel along with many of the people I live with and around. If you were to turn off the tv, computer, cell phone, and all other devices sit and meditate you would be astonished at who you would become. I have seen it in others and myself. As a wise man once said, "create your own NPR."
But thinking does not require turning off anything. Thinking, pondering, meditating, or however you want to put it, comes naturally. It can be catching a glimpse of something on television or reading an article that sparks the mind to question or examine closely life, the world, or the universe.
Horford's piece is a bit too abstract for my taste, but I appreciate his eloquence as a writer. The man is no dummy.
Jesus, get over yourself. You're not half as enlightened as you obviously think you are.
I'm humbled that you would call me Jesus and I thank you for that. Why are you so angry? Being judgemental is not the way to happiness. As the animal is controlled by baser instincts so too is man. They are called emotions. : )
Judgment means Jealousy Under Disguise Gratifying Mean Egos' Needs Temporarily.
but Horford is closer than most.
with a miniature kite - genius!
I googled your comment and I still have no clue where it comes from, although I have seen the odd Gary Busey movie. I have to conclude your comment is a work of genius.
I'm a Celebrity Apprentice fan. Gary created the strangest pitch for Omaha Steaks that had a whole, convoluted story with it about having steaks with Dad and flying kites. He didn't win and was eliminated, but the company followed up by creating a Gary Busey package that included a miniature kite. Summary of episode at http://blogs.newsobserver.com/tv/celebrity-apprentice-gary-buseys-kaboy-....
a surf'n'turf with a T-bone and maybe a 3-lb blackened Manta Ray on the side.
I meditate too, but I don't then use that experience to complain about people praising Horford because he's not even as enlightened as me and my friends. With the wrong mindset, meditation can do little more than stroke your own ego. "Ah, I'm so wonderful. If only everyone else would be more like me, the world would be a better place. Look at those plebes complimenting this lesser mortal Horford." Not saying that's really what you think, but that's how your posts come off. I don't think anyone here actually believes he's a Buddhist monk (yet?). Of course there's a little hyperbole with the Horford Zen theme, but it's called having fun.
"perfessor." More ironic than anything else.
I like to gratify my ego by acting more humble and more tolerant of human weakness than anybody else. Consequently, the only way to really one-up me is with something like "I'm not as smart or enlightened as you are, but . . . ." This makes even getting thoroughly pwned somewhat agreeable.
The fact that your username and pic are Gary Busey made this post
I read this while listening to Red Mosquito by Pearl Jam...... Needless to say it blew my mind.
While the writing style is a bit dense, the overall theme is an interesting and refreshing perspective from a student athlete. It certianly makes me proud that Michigan is producing students that are capable of this type of reflection.
Now all that being said I can only reflect on all the Zen Master posts recently and think damn I just assumed there was hyberbole, and man I was way off.
The old selfish self interest argument. I find my view on this matter evolving as I get older. Let's just say that I don't think Jon will ever win a MVP award.
However it is
Good to see a young man use his brain like this in an arena not noted for deep thinkers.
Who is John Galt?
That is all.
Thoughtful and well-written article. A true Michigan Man.
Great young man...great mind...great Wolverine.
If we beat Tennessee, we may play UK, that glorified AAU team, on Sunday. How ironic...
Horford: "...We all have goals and ambitions that we believe will bring us a sense of everlasting satisfaction and purpose, but it is the people and memories that occupy the space between that make the struggle bearable."
James Young: "Just give me the damn ball, bitch."
So...does he skip his fifth year?
(Because he could as well.)
Well it would be nice but how do we know it is not a deliberate pseudonym?
But I'm just going to go ahead and assume that the article references Sartre.
So, Sparty has criminals and couch-burners; Ohio State has kids who "ain't come to play school." Meanwhile, Michigan has Jon Horford, who can obviously write well, and Jordan Morgan, who is going to have a master's degree in engineering, sharing the center position.
Advantage: Universtity of Michigan.
Writing is clear enough but the style is unsophisticated and the central theme isn't particularly original or insightful. B-
The comment is clear enough, but the sentence is incomplete and the main point douchey and pretentious. C+
+1 to you, sir. (I am on my phone right now but I promise I will log in tomorrow to do it. Pinky swear!)
I wasn't blown away so much by what was written. I agree that the theme isn't original or insightful. He's got some sentence structure problems. it's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, BUT, let's be clear that this is a very young, articulate and mature man who operates in a realm in which people are mostly physical geniuses and intellectual vegetables at the same time. that's what blows me away. He's better written than 7/8 of all people you'll meet already. I'd grade him at a solid A, but I'd give him an A+ after a rewrite. at the end of the day, he's on the Huffington post. we're on mgoblog, as commenters. I'd say he's the winner for the month and there are some days left still...
We tend to drastically lower our expectations for athletes here (on this blog). I don't know whether to attribute that to maize tinted glasses/ hero worship or to a wider tendency to lower standards for athletes in general. Either way it's not a trend I'm very fond of. There really wasn't anything remarkable about the content of this article. The writing was clunky and the message was a fairly standard one. Any yet (as you note) it made it to the Huffington Post.
I don't mean this as a criticism of Horford personally- plenty of people at this University have poor writing skills. I just mean to say that I find the reaction this is getting a bit out of place. We can and should expect better from what are supposed to be students at a well-respected institution (EDIT: better than we do, not necessarily better than this article).
I like to think I've been in the deep waters, and this, while a bit melodramatic, is an excellent piece of expository writing for most college students, let alone a D1 athlete. Well done Jon. You represent your teammates and university well.
This whole Horford/McGary = odd couple routine was a coincidence of perfect timing. Every time a gif was posted or a pic with an existentialist quote was posted, I though you guys were just cashing in on an easy joke. I never knew Horford was this introspective. I love it! You can really tell the UM difference!
People really thought that was a good read?
Yeah. Enough said.
"or so we think" (paraphrase) in regards to the you vs me paradigm is the tightest. Solid edited freewrite. Thank you, Jon. You are cool.
Hug in the championship game might have been the quintessential non-dunk related horford moment.
Thank you, Jon and the rest of the real recognizin real '13-'14 Cagers!