Barwis appreciates unique quality of Michigan

Submitted by michfan4borw on May 25th, 2011 at 6:01 AM…

M-wolverine posted a few days ago an interview--from which this quote probably originated--about Barwis and his new venture in Plymouth, MI.  True, there's a chance he's trying to make for good P.R. in the state, but I believe, based on his history, that his quotes are sincere and genuine. He certainly conducts himself like a Michigan Man would.  I leave it to the mgoblog community though to determine if he actually is a Michigan Man (no RR-flame wars wanted.  thanks).


"It definitely exposed me to connections with some really good people in a community that was not within my field — that's something that's really blossomed," Barwis said. "It was a neat experience to be able to meet good people who are great Michigan supporters and ended up becoming really good friends. Those relationships are something I've never had a lot of because I was always so involved with the athletes, but Michigan is really unique that way."


Hoken's Heroes

May 25th, 2011 at 7:23 AM ^

....I think they should hire Barwis to be one. He's seems to be a very genuine guy and good hearted. Michigan could still use a man like him in the locker room.

STW P. Brabbs

May 25th, 2011 at 7:44 AM ^

Seriously, though, Barwis has turned out to be a great deal more than a gravelly-voiced maniac who seemingly doesn't need to breathe to talk about biomechanics.

He's really a great man, and I'm glad Michigan had the chance to cross paths with him for a while.  

King Douche Ornery

May 25th, 2011 at 8:12 AM ^

Isn't the Unibomber a "Michigan Man"?

How does a "Michigan Man" conduct himself?

Let's have this self pro oting, pompous community define this bullshit term once and for all, get the definitions published, and remove all doubt as to what a "Michigan Man" really is.

of course it's out there, probably ripe for someone who wants to put out a comic book featuring the newest super hero "Michigan Man"

But what would his super power(s) be, besides an offensive self righteous indignation that could probably kill a normal human being at 50 paces?

Or, super gleaming perfection that could blind all infidels or lower life forms at same 50 paces?


May 25th, 2011 at 9:26 AM ^

always get connected to only Michigan?  The absolute shortest period of his life was at Michigan.  He had more time at Harvard for school and taught for longer at UCLA.  He didn't live in Michigan, he wasn't born there... I just don't get it, but he will forever be named a Michigan grad when someone talks about him.


May 25th, 2011 at 10:13 AM ^

Ornery, I actually agree with you.  I neg people on sight who seriously use the term "Michigan Man."  Just for reference, I attended Michigan, but I think it's arrogant and stupid to think that there is something intrinic in men of the university which makes them better people.  Honestly, Rodriguez needed to go but I'm always irritated that the "NOT A MICHIGAN MAN" crowd thinks they won.

Feat of Clay

May 25th, 2011 at 2:10 PM ^

I don't think it's as arrogant as that.  It's a term, it's alliterative shorthand.  It's just a compliment; see also:

  • "Steely-eyed missile man"
  • "He's good people"
  • "Harvard Material"
  • "true patriot" (gag) 

Sure, it's vague; It's not like "Eagle Scout" where one fulfills a series of requirements and someone officially signs off on it and we all agree what it is and whether he IS one.   It's a loose concept and hard to pin down, but that doesn't mean we can't nod and get what a speaker means when he uses it.


State and SouthU

May 25th, 2011 at 9:33 AM ^

If Michigan Man were, in fact, a comic book character, who would he fight? Every good comic book has an eternal struggle against a primary villain or a clan of evil doers. Would it be The Golden Domers? Perhaps simply, The Vest? Or since The Vest may be vanquished soon, they might turn their attention to a new plot arc, the newly introduced Children of the Corn?


May 26th, 2011 at 2:14 PM ^

throw a dedicated, albeit odd, fan under the bus like that. But yes, I'd rather have "Michigan Man" look like wolverine than the other guy ...

I still wish the notion of a Michigan man would be explored and remember it had everything to do with a guy who didn't want to coach at Michigan anymore, but took the money and ran to the desert. That's all. A Michigan man was someone employed by the U that wasn't looking at other jobs. No more, no less.