One of the things about living in Shanghai is I can blame my watery eyes on pollution. Very impressive behavior by that young man for sure. I hope I successfully raise my kids to have that kind of outlook toward others.
OT: Great Yahoo article on Te'o off the field
I have an extreme hatred for ND, but I can't help to love Te'o. He took it upon himself to write an email to a 12 year old girl that was a huge ND fan and was dying of cancer. It's a good read and really tells about who Te'o is, especially going through everything he has this season. I hope he continues to have a very successful career.
I am friends with the family of the little girl and I can tell you from having talked with them that this meant the world to Bridget on her last day here on earth...Hate ND, but have an incredible amount of respect for Teo
Hate ND, but have an incredible amount of respect for Teo
I think that sums it up very nicely. Being the father of two fine Michigan alums, stories like this really get to you.
Very, very nice article. Thank you for posting but maybe it's just me around here but I really don't "hate ND". I want to beat them every time we play them in football (while we still can), I want them to lose when they're playing somebody else (like Oklahoma perhaps?) and think a large contingent of their fan base are douche bags but every fan base has those.
FWIW I've been to to two ND games (06 & 10) and was treated nicely, fans were respectful, knowledgable and friendly. And frankly kinda reminded me a lot of our fan base in their overall socio-economic demographic. I had a great time.
I save my "hate" for the schools and the fans who are ignorant, crass and violent. PLaces where you can't wear a MIchigan shirt without fear of getting a beer thrown at you, swore at and maybe even punched. Places that can't stand us - not because of anything Michigan has done to them but rather simply because they arent Michigan academically or athletically and know they never, ever will be. Those are the schools and the fans I "hate". And yes OSU & MSU I'm looking at you.
Many athletes are aware of how they can have a positive impact on the community and I expected T'eo would be included in that group. Hopefully his leadership in this area will be infectious. I believe that Brady Hoke and his staff work hard to make sure every player they have at Michigan, and will bring to Michigan, fit that profile.
As far as hate and ignorant fans, I haven't experienced that here in Alabama. In fact, after the game this year, I usually get looks of pity when I wear my Michigan gear. I just smile, say Alabama beat the pants off of us this year and tell them that Alabama showed us where we need to be.
Seconded on the looks of pity from Alabama fans (at least in Dallas the Sunday after the curb-stompling).. Bama fans were arrogant (had a right to be it seems) but cool.
You want to experinence hate wear your Michigan gear in Columbus sometime and see how it goes for you.
It is much more impressive given what he was going through. If my girlfriend and grandmother had just died, I would be too busy feeling sorry for myself to care about anyone else.
If I had a heisman vote I'd vote Teo.
He's an outstanding person, and an outstanding football player. Deserving of a great many defensive awards.
Who here, if they got a letter from a twelve year old cancer patient, wouldn't write back? No diss on Te'o but showing common human kindness doesn't make someone a great human being... it makes them common.
I know a sibling of another Irish defensive player, who shall remain anonymous. Anyway, according to his sibling, the player says T'eo is a total doucher, and very few on the team like him. FWIW.
You're not very familiar with how most people really act are you? If your post was true the world would be a better place.
It was a nice thing to do that he didn't have to do. Go Blue!