There is a story in a wonderful book (The Prizefighter and The Playwright) that represents all that has happened recently with Michigan Football. It is a story of the friendship between Gene Tunney (former heavyweight champ, beat Jack Dempsey, the Long Count, etc) and George Bernard Shaw (some consider the best literary mind outside of Shakespeare). The story is as follows:
The author (Jay Tunney, Gene’s son) recounts how Tunney and Shaw visit Russia in the 30’s and arrive at a factory where thousands of church bells, many of them beautiful works of art, were being melted down to make armaments. Jay remembers this story as he visits Russia in 1990, where he visits several villages. During one stop, several Russians in his party suddenly stop. “Listen, listen”, they said. Jay couldn’t hear anything unusual. “Bells” said the Russians. “Bells.” The lost sound of the Russian soul. We haven’t heard bells for sixty years.”
After hearing Coach Hoke at the press conference and Mattison speak of Michigan, I feel that we are hearing the sound of the Michigan again. Their words about what Michigan football means to them are just wonderful! We are getting our soul back. The bells are ringing again and they sound so damm beautiful.