Three years ago today:
EDIT: H/T to VB for the reminder via Twitter:
Can't believe its been three years already...RIP Bo, and Go Blue.
Suddenly, the wins and losses don't seem to matter so much. I was surprised how much his death affected me. He retired when I was 8 years old, I was too young to really know much about him when he was coaching but I certainly knew his name and knew he led the program whose colors adorned every sweat shirt and t-shirt I owned and wore every day to elementary school. As I grew older I saw him as a fixture of the department someone who was always there, a watchful guardian. It really shook me when he died and still does to this day.
Go Blue and Bless You Bo.
I was 30 when the announcement came that Bo had passed. I then immediately called my Dad (who I knew thought the world of Bo) and for one of the few times in my life I heard my Dad sound genuinely distraught as his voice wobbled while he shared his memories.
It really took me aback as my Dad is a pretty old school guy and showing his softer side is rare if ever done. So to hear the emotion in his voice in remembering Bo really helped me to appreciate all the more what Bo meant to the University and its supporters.
Go Blue and RIP Bo, could really use some of your magic this week.
I was 8 years old when I was becoming a big UM fan in 1972...and he was the coach when I went to school there in the mid 80s...my favorite team was '85 (my senior year) the year after his worse season. Everyone thought they wouldn't be that good in '85 but that defense was awesome!
at a restaurant before lunch when I heard Colin Cowherd (of all people) tell me that Bo had passed away that morning over ESPN radio. I was stunned although certainly all of us knew it was coming. I went into the restaurant and met my friend but did not say or eat much as I remember.
When our guys line up to play our hated rivals on Saturday I hope the last three words muttered as the team leaves the locker room are "the team...the team...the team." I think somewhere that message has been lost.
I was sitting in my room at my house getting my stuff packed for the trip to Columbus, listening to a WJR highlights record from the early 1970's, and just happened to flip on the TV, which also just happened to be on channel 7, right when they announced he had been taken to the hospital. :\
That was a bad day.
M was 11-0, #2 in the country, preparing for the trip to C-bus to meet the top-ranked buckeyes. My wife and I had flown a red-eye and arrived in Ann Arbor on Friday morning; we were shopping for M gear on State Street when we heard the news.
Of all the losses, that first was the worst.
I was at work across the parking lot from the stadium when a co-worker who had the radio on informed us of the news. I had a hard time concentrating on work after that.
I remember hearing that news like it was yesterday. I had just left a meeting at the Sheraton Detroit Novi (8 mile and I-275) and sat in the car, radio comes on and....
Having grown up in the Detroit area, being a life long M fan and later an alum, having Bo's personality coming from my TV or radio on a regular basis, made it feel like a death in the family. Damn, just thinking about it now is getting to me.
When I was young, the magic of Bo was about winning football games. Now that I'm older and a father, the winning is so much less important. That man demanded a lot out of his players, he pushed them, but he enabled them to achieve so much more than they would have on their own. And while it seemed that it was a difficult process at time, in the end it was plainly evident that Bo LOVED his players. The way they would come back to visit, the glowing stories they told about him, and his involvement in their lives well after they had left Ann Arbor.
Sure as hell could use a whole lot of Bo right now. No one has ever lived the motto of the Victors more than Bo. He was in every facet "a leader and best". Miss you Bo, god bless.
Go Bo, Go Blue!
Wow, three years. RIP Bo.
haven't beaten the Buckeyes since Bo passed. That's unacceptable! Win one for Bo this Saturday.
I went in my room and shed a few tears... Never more did I think that we would for sure win a football game that very next day. Let us make amends this weekend and honor Bo's start to his legacy and play like it's 1969, Go Blue!!!
I had the day off to get ready for the trip to Columbus...just went down to the Hall...feel the campus, the people...I can realize why we couldn't win the next day...if i was in shock, how must they have felt?