This past Monday Brian, Seth and John U Bacon traveled to Cleveland to speak to the Northern Ohio Alumni Association about the coaching change and all things Harbaugh. The event was a sell-out with over 120 people in attendance despite our fair city getting three inches of snow that day. The MGoBlog team + John U were joined by ex -Michigan All American "Big Ed" Muransky and a surprise guest the immortal (and he is immortal if half the stories told about him that night were true) Team Captain Andy Cannavino.
Brian kicked off the program with an excellent summary of what we can expect from the team offensively next year (power, more power and hopelessly confused opponent safety's) as he showed us what Stanford did and why it worked so well. John U Bacon gave his insight on the coaching change and they dynamics that led up to us getting Harbaugh and had the room laughing hysterically with the best Bo impersonation I've ever seen. Ed Muransky & Andy Cannavino told "back in the day" stories that were classic Bo and compared the teams they played on (mucho successful) to last year's (not so much) and gave their insight as to why things turned out the way they did. Seth did an excellent job moderating the panel and keeping both the presentations and questions from the audience moving along.
For me the biggest scoop of the evening was the general revelation on the part of Muransky and I think John U (sorry I don't have this down exactly - by then I was several Dogfish 60's into the evening) that Harbaugh actually DID have a verbal agreement to coach here back in 2011 but a series of screw-ups and missed opportunities led him to taking the 49ers job and that Hoke was somewhat of a desperation "oh shit.....now what do we do" hire.
After the panel was done with their presentations the guys hung around and watched the first half of the National Championship game with everyone. For those of you concerned about potential for problems with the Buckeye faithful - we were in a separate room quite apart from everyone else so all was peaceful on that front.
I know the group down here was thrilled with the presentations and turn-out and wants to make this an annual event - either at the beginning or end of the season. Thanks again guys for making the trip! And lastly I got a chance to meet several of my fellow posters (Magnum PI, Wave and others) which was really fun.
Here are some pictures from the event:
Brian & the panel
Me, Brian, Andy, Big Ed, John, Rick (President of Alumni Association), Leslie (Alumni Association executive who did a ton of work down here for this event amoung others) and Seth
Brian, John U, Me and my better half. FWIW - if you ever get a chance to have a beer with John U Bacon you need to do it. He is one of the nicest, funniest and all around good guys I've ever met.
Me and a guy who doesn't lurk OR post on the blog yet has this license plate. Don't ask me why.....