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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Son of a Bitch Is Krazy

Part two

Recently I was interviewing Thom Darden for my next book focusing on mental toughness, bonding, the University of Michigan versus Ohio State rivalry, and coaches Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes. In thinking about a book title, I came up with one possibility “the son of a bitch is krazy.”  Thom agreed and said that could be a title. I’m sure every Michigan player on that 1969 team would likely agree and know who I was referring to.

Thom told me the following story. As a terrific  Sandusky, Ohio high school football player, he was recruited by many schools, including Miami of Ohio. At that time, Bo Schembechler was head coach. During  Thom’s  visit , he met another outstanding recruit one Billy Taylor from Barberton, Ohio. Thom was expecting the red carpet and a steak dinner. Instead, Coach Schembechler told the young boys to put on their shorts, and running shoes. After their work out, they said were not coming here “This coach is crazy.”

Both boys were also recruited by Bump Elliott, the University Michigan head coach. They enrolled and played freshman football at Michigan. In late December 1969, Bump was fired  and Bo Schembechler hired.

When Thom went to meet coach Schembechler, the first words coming out of coach Schembechler “ close the door; you thought you could  get rid of me.” You’ll have to read the book to find out their other conversations.

Both Thom and Billy became football All-Americans at Michigan, while Thom became all Pro for two seasons with the Cleveland Browns. While with the Browns and while Bo was coach and athletic director, Thom frequently visited Coach Schembechler. And on one visit, Bo broke down telling Thom about the death of his son in an automobile accident. Thom also broke down. Thom feels very close to Bo and loves him dearly , to this day, as he matured.

If I interviewed Thom as a  20 or 21-year-old, I doubt Thom would’ve said that I love him. As I said in a previous blog, we generally don’t love someone 24/7. Our feelings change rapidly, but the overall ratio(love, hate, disappointment, etc.) tells the story.

The relationships of this coach with  his young  men tell a very powerful story.

On another note, keep moving, laughing, smiling, deep breathing, bonding, and loving.


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