Afternoon Tailgate this Saturday with Marlin Jackson & Friends at Homes Brewery

Afternoon Tailgate this Saturday with Marlin Jackson & Friends at Homes Brewery

Submitted by Seth on October 5th, 2017 at 9:20 AM

[UPDATE: Matt Demorest of HomeSure Lending is going to buy the first 50 drinks or so for everyone. Also moved to diaries to make it easier to find]

So yep as I’ve been hinting at for weeks we’re doing a tailgate this Saturday for Marlin Jackson’s Fight for Life Foundation, and with a chance of showers at 80% we’re going to officially move our tailgate indoors and earlier in the afternoon. At least I can announce it finally:


WHAT: We’re getting together to watch the afternoon games, get some grub before the night game, and drink good beer at…

WHERE: Homes Brewery, 2321 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. That’s on the west side, off Jackson Ave just east of Maple, so skip all the M-14 traffic that’s getting off on Main Street and take Maple in, then turn east onto Jackson at the Walgreens and you’ll see it on the right. Homes is a new bar that makes their own really good brews, and the owner is friends with most of our friends. Also it’s not directly in the path of gameday craziness while still a straight shot back to it. Probably want to get there a little after…


WHEN: 2pm to 5pm is when MGoBlog will be there—Marlin is coming in with Second Hardest Working Man on the Planet™ (Zack Eisendrath)’s Big Game Air trip, which probably can’t get to us until 3:30. If you don’t have a ticket of course you’re welcome to stick around after that—we figured people would want time to get down toward the stadium, and we don’t want to clog up Homes’ parking lot for their game traffic. Until then we’re going to watch football not in the rain and drink beer, because…

WHY: Because being somewhere inside that you can buy beer and food and watch football all Saturday beats standing around in the rain with Spartans? Oh, right, the reason for the event is we love Marlin Jackson’s charity, the Fight for Life Foundation:


Marlin grew up in an awful situation in Sharon, Pa., and wouldn’t have made it out except for sports programs and mentors who cared about his education, and wouldn’t give up on him. He knows from experience and from bringing in experts from the cutting edge of modern teaching techniques what kids in similar situations need to get out of the cycle of poverty and danger. Their programming:

  • Building Dreams/Field of Dreams (elementary/middle), and RAP (high school) are in-school programs that provide crucial educational needs that schools in poverty zones now entirely lack.
  • Seal the Deal is an after-school youth flag football program.
  • Be a Blessing! follows up with the kids who've been in their programs, and provides need-based assistance to their families.

I’d probably already be a big fan of this because I’m a fan of Marlin the football player, but my wife, who’s a child psychologist who works with need-based families, was blown away when I showed her what they do.

DO I GOTTA PAY? It’s polite to give $10 to Marlin’s charity at the door but it’s not obligatory. Bring cash for a raffle. Also a shout-out to Matt Demorest for putting in a ton of legwork to make this happen.

Catching up with Marlin Jackson

Catching up with Marlin Jackson

Submitted by ScruffyTheJanitor on February 2nd, 2016 at 8:40 AM

Don't know if anyone else would want to read this, but it's a nice piece from the Colts website detailing Marlin Jackson's current work with innercity kids


“Not having parents, never knowing my father and my mother having an addiction problem and moving from home to home, those things helped shape and mold me and the game of football was really what stepped in to help give me stability, as far as figuring out who I am and what I stand for as an individual, football and my coaches.”

Marcus Ray, Others Weigh In On Player Pay

Marcus Ray, Others Weigh In On Player Pay

Submitted by Everyone Murders on May 20th, 2014 at 1:14 PM

There's an interesting ARTICLE over at MLive where Marcus Ray, Marlin Jackson and David Cone are interviewed regarding their views on paying players.  The article is hardly in-depth, but it's interesting that (apart from - rightly - noting that players ought to have compensation if their image is appropriated) they tend to view paying players as a Pandora's Box.

They generally support a bigger stipend for living expenses, but all three shy away from full employee status for student athletes for various reasons.  Marlin Jackson notes that increased support for football-related injuries would be a good use of revenue:

"What about the guy who tore an ACL or had a herniated disk in college. Then, a few years down the line, he's ailing or in pain and there's nothing to take care of his surgery or his care down the road. I feel like that's maybe a bigger issue."

It's hardly a deep drill on the topic, but interesting to hear some ex-players' thoughts on a controversial issue.

Text of Go Blue Bowl Kickoff Speech: "Michigan is This'

Text of Go Blue Bowl Kickoff Speech: "Michigan is This'

Submitted by Seth on February 14th, 2014 at 10:32 AM


This April 4 will be the first Go Blue Bowl, an event to benefit Marlin Jackson's Fight for Life Foundation. It's a flag football tournament with teams of 10 sponsored by local businesses and coached by Marlin, Jason Avant, Jerome Jackson, Donovan Warren, Chris Perry, Cato June, Tim Massaquoi, Marcus Ray, Jeremy Gallon, Roy Manning, Brandon Williams, and Jamar Adams (so far).

On Monday Brian and I were invited to attend the kickoff event and I was asked to give a speech to explain why we're behind this. I figured I might as well share that as a diary, where those who care to read it can, and the overwhelming majority who don't need only put up with a handful of picas in the diary bar for a few days.


Michigan is This

I was part of that famous class of 1998. Together we won a BCS bowl, 2 Big Ten championships, and twice beat THE university that thinks you need to put an article before a proper noun. The reason you probably don't remember me is Coach Carr here never offered me a scholarship, on account of the fact I was born without any football talent.

I'm just a big fan. As you have probably realized since graduating, being a fan means you are profoundly affected by things you have no control over whatsoever. And because This is Michigan™ [audience adds the 'forgodsakes'] those things aren't just the football things, but also the scholarship things, and the community things.

As your loved ones have probably, carefully, asked  when the Michigan things have threatened your control of your sanity: "Why does it matter so much?"

It's our particular weirdness to think we need a real answer to this. Everyone who went here, played here, or roots there [points toward a photo of the stadium] believes in this exceptionalism, this idea that being "acceptable" in any of these facets is never good enough. We can't all possibly excel at such a level all the time. It is an ideal, and that ideal is what we espouse when we reverentially say "Michigan."

We're here supporting the Fight for Life Foundation and Marlin Jackson because he is the embodiment of that ideal, excelling as an athlete, as a scholar, and in what he does to give back to his community.

When I was first checking out his foundation I thought "wow, Marlin Jackson, remember his first interception on the 7 yard line against Western when he was still wearing number 20 where he went up and we were all like "finally!"…

Yeah so the second thing was I showed this to my wife does this for a living—she's a child psychologist who works with at-risk children—and she was very impressed, said this is what these kids need and what a lot of their schools have increasingly been unable to provide.

They need access to art, and challenges to their creativity and analysis skills, to develop critical thinking. They need assistance to catch up to classmates in their studies, else all that other school is wasted in futility. They need opportunities to function in a team setting, to develop an appreciation for society and their own value to it.

These aren't just things; the scholars in child psychology say that after food and shelter they're the most important things.

Marlin saw that this is what these kids need to succeed as teammates, in the classroom, and as members of their communities, via his own experiences, and from the expertise of some of the top educational thinkers around Indianapolis whom he's brought in to develop his programming. He was put in a position to provide this because he made himself an exceptional athlete. And he knew he had to, because he went to Michigan, and THIS is what we're all about.

We can't always affect this, that, or the other thing. But with Marlin's leadership we can be contributors to the making-the-world-a-better-place-things, that is, the things that make THIS matter.

MGoEvent a resounding success

MGoEvent a resounding success

Submitted by Jon06 on September 6th, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Tonight's event was a lot of fun, and I got to see some old acquaintances and make some new ones, in some cases even including people to whom I didn't owe any apologies.

Marlin Jackson raised some money for his charity, Jerome Jackson talked about his experiences at Michigan and with Lloyd, and Chris Perry outed himself as Section 1 by asking Marlin and Jerome a question that started out about something important and ended with a Title IX reference.

I think Chris Perry's contributions were probably the highlight of the night. He's clearly a funny guy. But for me, it was Marlin. In addition to being a stand up guy, he picked out the SQuad-West Quad snowball fight as his favorite off-field moment, and later he let me tell him the story of how I totally owned him in one of those fights (by hitting him with a snowball and then ducking behind some girl who absorbed the return fire on my way to celebrate heroically). He even signed a couple of photos of himself as a Colt for my dad, an Indiana native, and father-in-law, still a Colts fan despite having been jilted during his youth in Baltimore.

The beer was good and flowed freely until we drank it all. The food must have been good, because it had been inhaled by the time I arrived just before 8.

Before I shut up and let others fill in the rest, I just want to say thanks to Seth, Brian, and the rest of the MGoStaff for another great event.