“It Has Nothing to Do with Age” is a book about individuals who push themselves to physical extremes and who believe they have defied the aging process. If you are at least 30, 40, 50 years of age, join them in such sports as: theTevis Cup, the Dipsea, the Western States 100, the 100 mile ride and tie, the Hawaiian Ironman, the Molokai to Oahu Outrigger canoe race, and national and international rowing.
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.
This read, is about the young men
who played the game of football. The vehicle, in this case, is” the game “and
its consequence. Some, might view this book as a defense for football in spite
of the recent legitimate criticisms made about the game. The impact
(scientifically measurable) of football and one game, in particular, is the
focus here.The explosion has likely
touched millions. In fact, what happened in the fall, between gridiron rivals
the University of Michigan and Ohio State University in 1969, still has
On a Saturday, the 22nd in
November, the University of Michigan hosted the Ohio State University Buckeyes
in Ann Arbor in front of 103,588 fans. At the time, Woody Hayes coached the
nation’s unbeaten (22 games), defending national champions and number one
college football team. This team was called the greatest of all time and
compared to none other than the Minnesota Vikings. This Buckeye juggernaut was
the” Goliath “and the Wolverines the
“David.” Woody Hayes believed this team was one of his best, if not his best.
You know what happened between David and Goliath.
Even though playing at home, the
Wolverines were 17 point underdogs to the monsters of Ohio.Michigan had two early season losses, but
were on a roll and entered the game with a 7-2 record. This Michigan team were
led by a young, first-year coach named Bo Schembechler. Coach Schembechler told
his team that if they couldn’t remember Schembechler, just call me “Bo.” Prior,
Coach Schembechler was a head coach of Miami of Ohio, referred to, and had the
reputation of the “cradle of coaches.” He brought with him young, talented,
energetic and intelligent football minds. Gary Moeller, Jim Young, Chuck
Stabart, Jerry Hanlon, Rick Hunter were some examples. These coaches were also
at one time high school head coaches which some believe contributed to their
understanding of how to better communicate, teach and motivate athletically
gifted young men. And in fact, most became college head coaches.
Bo, was called, by many, a
psychological genius for his ability to understand, teach, motivate, and to
create the importance of” team.” He employed” brain washing” and drilled the
concept of team which resulted in forming and creating “team cohesiveness.” It
was about the team, the team, and the team. These young men became
psychologically part of a group to which they belonged (bonded teammates). For
example, Mike Taylor, a defensive All American specialist, got on Reggie
McKenzie an offensive All American stalwart for dogging it/not blocking him
hard during practice drills. He said to Reggie “come on, their watching you;
don’t go through the motions.”
Within their team practices/drills, the teammates began to identify with
each other, and developed unity; their goals became interdependent, and in the
process they formed aspirations/ expectations which became rewarding. However,
as the teammates began to identify highly with the group and its goals;they gained camaraderie and satisfaction
with the attainment of a goal (not making a mental mistake) or for that matter
dissatisfaction with failure (making a mental mistake) to reach the goal. But
even under certain circumstances, failure to meet a group goal increased group bonding
(like an early-season loss to arch rival Michigan State). When the teammates
easily accepted a common goal (i.e. executing and minimizing mistakes of the”
I” formation) and supported the actions required to reach it (practice,
practice, practice, drill, drill, drill), teammates felt great and thrilled
about the contributions of their teammates (a solid block, a hard hit tackle,
or a key interception) toward the meeting and completion of the many and
In 1935, in Ann Arbor, the Big Ten championship in track and
field was hosted by Michigan. Within 45 minutes(of competition), Jesse Owens
tied the 100 yard world record; and set world records in the long jump, 220
yard sprint and the low hurdles. In the Summer Olympics of 1936, held in
Berlin, Germany with all the Nazi propaganda, in front about of Adolph Hitler,
Jesse Owens won gold medals in the 100 and 200 m dash, the long jump and the 4
x 100 relay. Do not forget that there was racial segregation and discrimination
at that time, even for this celebrated Olympian.
In basketball, Bobby Knight played on the 1960 NCAA
championship winning Buckeye squad. As a head coach, he led his NCAA Division I
teams to 902 victories which is currently third on this prestigious list of
basketball coaches. Coach Knight also was victorious in three NCAA championship
games and won 11 Big Ten titles. Bobby coached the 1984, men’s Olympic
basketball team to gold as well. Currently he is a media basketball analyst.
Jack William Nicholas was born in Columbus, Ohio, on January
21, 1940. I’m sure that “the Golden Bear” remembered that 1969 Ohio State game
with Michigan. This golfing legend has won 18 career major championships and
has a total of 73 PGA tour victories during the process. On a side note, Tiger
is chasing him as far as career majors go. Even if the Golden bear falls to
number two, that doesn’t take away anything from his contribution to the golfing
On the gridiron, some All-Americans from the Buckeyes defeat
in Ann Arbor in 1969 include Jack Tatum(1968, 1970), also known as “the
assassin”; Rex Kern, quarterback(twice finished in the top 5 for Heisman
voting); Jim Otis, fullback(scored four touchdowns in that 1968 blowout against
Michigan); safety Mike Sensibaugh 1970, defensive back who has the most career
interceptions; middle guard Jim Stillwagon 1969, 1970, two-time All-American
defensive lineman, who won both the Outland and the Lombardi trophy; Tim
Anderson defensive back 1970; John Brockington, fullback, 1970; Jan White tight
Two other OSU football-All-American and Heisman winners
include two time winner running back Archie Griffin 1974, 1975 and running back
Eddie George, 1995. NFL Hall of Fame greats include: Howard “Hopalong” Cassidy,
half back 1954-1955; Jim Parker, 1955-1956; wide receiver Cris Carter, 1986;
Chris Spielman, 1986-1987 to name just a few from their impressive list.
Back to the Buckeyes and the Wolverines on the gridiron.
These two colleges have played 108 football games between themselves. Michigan
has been the overall winner 58 times with 6 ties. Ohio State University has 44
victories in the series. Michigan has attained 42 Big Ten championships
compared to Ohio State’s 34. As far as national championships go, Michigan
holds title 11-7. The Wolverines overall record is 903 wins, 315 losses and 36
ties for a .734 winning percentage. Ohio State University has 837 victories for
a .716 winning percentage in their illustrious history. The Buckeyes have 7
Heisman Trophy winners and the Wolverines 3. The Buckeyes have 42 bowl
appearances, while the Wolverines have 41. Yes, Michigan’s “Big House” seats
over 111,000 compared to OSU’s “The Shoe” which seats over 102,000. And in 2010,
the Wolverines averaged 111,823 in attendance, an NCAA record and has the
largest crowd of 113,823 also an NCAA record. The regional and national rivalry
between these two great universities is simply legendary.
On a lighter side, the Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) chapters at
Michigan and Ohio State came up with a creative way to give back during “the
rivalry.” This rivalry has been called the greatest in North American sports
and the fraternity takes advantage in a positive way.
The Ohio State chapter has adopted the Stephanie Spielman (all
American Chris’s wife) fund for breast cancer research, while the Michigan
chapter donates to the American Cancer Society. They decided to run a relay.
One chapter (visiting team) carries an official game ball from their football
Stadium, to the home team Stadium. In essence, both chapters meet in Findlay,
Ohio, and pass (visitors) the ball to the other (home team) chapter to carry
and arrive before Saturday’s kickoff. The distance covered, between the two
stadiums, is roughly 187 miles and takes the students over 30 hours to go from
one Stadium to the other. Way to go fellow Greeks. As an alumni of Sigma Alpha
Mu, I applaud your spirit and you’re giving back to society.
Introduction of “Bo’s Warriors” to be continued (4)
Michael Fred Phelps11, collected 22 Olympic medals, of which
18 are gold. He was a world record holder in the 100 m butterfly; 200 m
butterfly and 400 m individual medley. Michael has attained more Olympic medals
than anyone else, and has doubled the number of the individual second place
record holder. He has also attained 71 international long course competition
medals as well. There is still some mystery as to whether he will compete in
the 2016 Summer Olympics. From 1900-2012, Michigan athletes have attained 149
Olympic medals, of which 72 are gold.
If you are a basketball junkie, you might remember Cazzie
Russell’s exploits and his team’s battle with John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins in the
NCAA championship game in 1965. In 1966, Russell was the college basketball
player of the year and Michigan’s Crisler arena was referred to as “The House
that Cazzie Built.” Mr. Russell was also the number one pick in the NBA draft.
Another Michigan All-American, 1970, Rudy Tomjanovich (Jersey
was retired by Michigan) both played and coached in the NBA. This five time NBA
All-Star coached the Houston Rocket’s to two consecutive NBA titles. He was
also the head coach for the USA men’s gold medal basketball team in the 2000
Michigan great Glenn Rice (Michigan’s leading career and
single-season scorer) led the Wolverines to a national title in 1989. He won an
NBA title in 2000 with the Los Angeles Lakers. In the NCAA tournament, Glenn
was selected and received the tournament’s most outstanding player award. He
was a fourth player selected in the NBA draft, and recently had his Jersey
retired from the University Michigan.
More recently, in the 1990s, “The Fab Five” (Chris Webber,
Juan Howard, Jalen Rose, Ray Jackson and Jimmy King) led the Wolverines to two
consecutive NCAA championship games. Webber, Rose and Howard were All-Americans
and these three had tremendous NBA careers. Currently, Webber and Rose are NBA
TV analysts. In 2012-2013 Trey Burke (NCAA player of the year) and Tim Hardaway
Jr. led the Wolverines to the championship game against Louisville. Both were
drafted in the first round and play in the NBA.
When Wolverine football began in 1879, Rutherford B Hayes,
was the 19th Pres. of the United States. Pres. Hayes served one
term. He was born in Delaware, Ohio; was a Congressman and a two-term Gov. of
Ohio as well. He assumed the presidency, even though we lost the popular vote,
with 20 contested electoral college votes. Several the issues of the day
related to the end of reconstruction; the great railroad strike; the coinage of
silver as it relates to gold; and the Monroe doctrine In reference to the
Panama Canal. And, Michigan is playing football?
In 1925, 26, 27, Michigan’s Benny Oosterbaan was an
All-American during those three years and also had his Jersey retired. Tom
Harmon was an All-American halfback in 1939, and a Heisman winner in 1940. His
Michigan number was also retired. Ron Kramer, was an All-American end in 1955
and 56, and also had his number retired. Our 38th president, Gerald
Ford played center and was an All-American too.
More recently, other Michigan All-Americans, NFL greats, and
Super Bowl champions include Ty Law(1994) of the New England Patriots; Desmond
Howard(1991) of the Green Bay Packers; Charles Woodson(1996, 1997) of the Green
Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders and Jim Harbaugh(1986) who coached the San
Francisco 49ers in the 2013 Super Bowl. And last but not least, Tom Brady three
time winner(New England Patriots) of the Super Bowl.
The Ohio State University Buckeyes aren’t too shabby either.
This great University, located in Columbus, Ohio, was founded in 1870 and
currently ranked 56 among national universities in this country. The Scarlet
and Gray has a third-largest University campus in the United States and the 18th
largest University research library in North America.
Ohio State is one of four universities(the
others-University of Michigan, Stanford and University of California-Berkeley)
to have won national championships in men’s basketball, men’s baseball and
football. Not only that, Ohio State is one of two, the other being, Florida to
win national championships in the same calendar year in men’s football and
I am settled on a title for my manuscript - Bo’s Warriors.
Today’s post continues the introduction to my upcoming soon-to-be published
Was Don Canham that smart or should it be apparent to anyone
about Bo’s potential to teach and motivate young men in this macho sport of
For those of you that do not know the story, Bo became the
winning est coach in Michigan football history with a 194-48-5 record from 1969
through 1985, and at the time, retired as the winning est football head coach in
the nation. Bo was also voted Big Ten coach of the year and national coach of
the year by both the Football Coaches Association and the Football Writers
Association. Bo was now elite and a football legend.
What about and what do we know about the football coaching
genius Wayne Woodrow “Woody” Hayes?” Woody started his coaching career at Miami
of Ohio. Other notables that started their career at this University included
Paul Brown, Pro Football Hall Of Fame; Ara Parseghian, national college
football champion Notre Dame 1966 in 1973 and College Football Hall of Fame
1980; Weeb Ewbank, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1978; Bill Mallory, Indiana Hall
of Fame 1993 and Sid Gillman, Pro Football Hall of Fame 1983 and was ranked by
ESPN, as one of the 20 greatest NFL coaches.
Woody, the legendary genius, was the head coach at Ohio
State University from 1951 through 1978. During that time, Lieutenant Navy
Commander Hayes won five national championships in 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, and
1970. Woody’s teams won 13 Big Ten conference titles and he compiled a
205-61-10 coaching record.
According to Buckeye co-captain Gary Moeller, “Woody, hated
the media.” He told us players “if anyone comes up to you and tells you how
good you are blah blah blah punch them in the nose, unless it’s your parents.”
The blemish on Woody’s resume was his interaction, with Clemson’s Charlie
Bauman. Charlie intercepted an Ohio State pass (thrown by quarterback art
Schlichter) sealing Ohio State’s loss. A physical altercation quickly followed
when Woody assaulted this Clemson middle guard, in 1978, Gator Bowl. Woody
Hayes, the legend was quickly dismissed, lost his coaching position, and never
coached again. I don’t believe that coach Hayes ever apologized to Clemson’s
Bauman. However, I wouldn’t expect that he would. Would you?
During the 10 year rivalry (war) between Ohio State and
Michigan, either Bo Schembechler or Woody Hayes, either won or shared the Big
Ten conference title between themselves. No other Big Ten school would win the
conference title during their decade of battle. Not only that, both Michigan
and Ohio State placed in national rankings every year during this rivalry.
Clearly, the battles between Bo and Woody and Michigan and Ohio State reached
national significance. Their battles became legendary, their teams dominated
and their players became media and household names.
A number of you might be thinking what is so special about
the University of Michigan? And why should we care about the game of football?
And, more specifically, what difference does it make as to the final score on
the football field between the Buckeyes and Wolverines? These are just a few
the questions that you might be thinking at this time.
Did you know, the University of Michigan was founded in
1817? Doing the math, I come up with 197 years as of 2014. That makes my
University older than Ohio State’s. Since its founding, the University of
Michigan is considered one of the top universities of the world. It’s not only
a multi ethnic public institution of higher learning, it also has reached
unequaled achievement in research.
As far as sports are concerned at the University of
Michigan, intercollegiate competition began in 1865-1866. Historically, this
means going back to Abraham Lincoln, the civil war, and the freeing of
African-Americans. For some reason, intercollegiate sports, and fighting for
equal rights and economic interests between the North and South do not seem to
be correlated. In reference to the recent movie “Lincoln,” I’m picturing rugged
living, political shenanigans, manipulation, young men dying and the death of a
great American. Sports do not come to mind, let alone football.
Michigan has more NCAA Division I national titles in both
hockey, in men’s swimming and diving than any other University of Division I
status. Their prize swimmer was Michael Phelps.
Don Canhamhas an
illustrious Michigan athletic and coaching history as well. Don obviously felt
confident that he could weather out the storm he initiated. To ease some
feathers, he offered Bump a position in the athletic department as Assistant
Don Canham lettered in track at the University of Michigan
from 1939-1941. In 1940, he held the NCAA title in high jump and was an
All-American. From 1949-68, he was the track and field coach for the Wolverines.
He led them to 12 Big Ten Conference Championships, of which seven(7) were
indoor and five(5) were outdoor. His Michigan track team also set world records
in both the 4 mile relay and the distance medley relay. Yes, he too was
impressive as an athlete and as a track and field coach .
From 1968-88,Athletic Director Canham rebuilt and solidified
Michigan’s dominance as a sports powerhouse. In fact, under his stewardship,
Michigan’s Wolverines teams amassed 72 Big Ten championships. Behind his
marketing and promotional leadership, the attendance for Michigan football
reached unheard of heights. Since 1975, the average attendance for 186 home
football games averaged more than 100,000. And from 1973 through 2004,
Michigan, led the nation, in football attendance 30 out of 31 times. Throughout
the land, the Michigan Stadium is known as the “Big House.” Canham, used his
business skills as a marketer, promoter and fundraiser talents wisely. In fact,
he was a first-ever to incorporate a direct mail advertising program to solicit
attendees for football and other sports at the University Michigan. This genius
won many awards as an athletic director; his counsel with sought by many; and
his model was imitated throughout NCAA sports. This icon set the bar very high
and redefined the position of athletic director.
Who was this 39-year-old man from Ohio named Bo? What did
Don Canham, realize, at the time, that others did not? Was Don really a genius
or was he just lucky? Maybe the planets were aligned since this was the Age of
Aquarius. Well, Bo was born in Barberton, Ohio. Was there significance in where he was born? Maybe, just
maybe, being from a rural farmland area suggests that Bo knew about the world
of hard, physical work first hand. What about the fact that he played football,
tackle position, in high school and achieved all-state honors? Okay, he was a
very good high school football player and played in one powerful football
milieu within our country. Terrific football and other sports are played, at
exceptional levels, in this state. So far we have a combination of a young man
knowing about hard work, playing a team sport and excelling in the sport of
football. Further, we know, that he attended college at Miami of Ohio, played
offensive tackle in football and lettered in 1949 and 1950. Now we know, that
he can learn, he can follow direction, he likes game of football, he is
teachable, and he made a significant contribution to his teams.
Bo Schembechler was forming and curing the foundation for
what wasto follow. This might interest
you as the dots start to be connected. You might ask, and/or might be curious
as to who coached, Bo in college? If you’re football fan, you certainly know
the name Sid Gilman. Mr. Gilman was considered a football man ahead of his time
as far as offense was concerned, and some will say, was the architect of
today’s West Coast offense. You might be surprised to find out that his other
coach was the one and only Woody Hayes. Really, you might say, this young man
was playing for, and learning from the best of the best and he didn’t have to
travel very far from home to do it. I’ll wager that Bo learned a lot from both
of those men and his impressionable young mind was being shaped and sharpened,
especially offensive football philosophy.
After college, Bo went into the service and learned more
about discipline, giving direction, following direction, order, group cohesion
and working together for a common cause. This young military man also coached
as he was serving his country. Bo was developing even more insight into the
social psychology of human behavior and group dynamics: thank you.
Bo, after service, enrolled at Ohio State to get a Masters
degree in education and became a
graduate assistant under head football coach Woody Hayes. Bo, being
intelligent, reconnected with his mentor. Bo spent the next five years with
Woody learning more under this master coach. Bo Schembechler was paying his
dues. In fact, while being a line position coach, he coached a young man named
Gary Moeller who was a team Captainon
Woody’s undefeated 1963 team. Co-captain Gary later became Coach Gary Moeller.
Bo coached at a number of other colleges(Presbyterian,
Bowling Green, and Northwestern) before becoming the head coach at Miami of
Ohio. At Miami of Ohio University, he compiled a 40-17-3 record from 1963-1968.
During hiscoaching career as an
assistant , coach Schembechler learned from and with another football legend by
the name of Ara Parseghian. Mr. Parseghian reached fame and legendary status as
the head coach at Notre Dame. By now, it must be clear, to you, that Bo was
being trained by not only the best minds in football, he’s been given the
opportunity to implement what he has learned. Up to this point, he’s moving
rapidly up the coaching ladder with determined motivation. Can you predict at
this point, how high he will climb and what he will become?
The following few posts are from my next book “ Players Mental Toughness with Bo Schembechler.”
Was it a tidal wave, a giant tsunami, a nuclear explosion or
earthquake when announced, in 1968, by the media, that Glenn Edward “Bo”
Schembechler was named as the head football coach at the University of Michigan
by first year athletic director Don Canham. And that Chalmers W. “Bump” was not
expelled from the University but was being transferred (booted) from head
football coach to assistant athletic director. Was it true? I can’t believe
what I just heard; it obviously must be a mistake. How could this have happened
to the beloved Bump Elliott? This couldn’t possibly set well with Bump. I’ll
wager that his team, his recruits and his Michigan friends were not happy or
thrilled with this news.
And, all this was going on within the tumultuous uprisings
of the 1960s. There was the pill; Detroit and Watts race riots; the Vietnam
War; the Black Panthers; gay and lesbian rights; ban the bomb; and political
assassinations etc. going on campuses
throughout the United States and especially at the University of Michigan. That
infamous announcement in late December 1968, still resonates and has
implications even today (Michigan football continues to set NCAA attendance
For those of you not cognizant, the well-respected Bump
Elliot was a Michigan football legend. Bump first lettered in football,
baseball and basketball at Big Ten rival Purdue University. He left Purdue,
before graduating, to serve (called up in 1944) his country. Bump became a
Marine Lieut.(saw duty in China) and after his service; instead of going back
to Purdue to finish his studies, he enrolled at the University of Michigan, and
joined his brother Pete in the Michigan football backfield. He was coached by
Mr. Fritz Crisler. Only this time, this handsome Marine became nationally known
as one of the “Mad Magicians” in the Wolverine backfield. He was a spark plug
that propelled the Wolverines to a big nine title in 1947, and also to a Rose
Bowl victory, January 1, 1948, over the USC Trojans 49-0. On top of that, he
received individual honors as he was named All-American (1947) By the American
Football Coaches Association. This Marine Lieut. excelled on the gridiron, just
ask the Trojans.
11 years later, after initially coaching football at other
colleges, coach Elliott was named the Wolverine football head coach in 1959 by
athletic director, Fritz Crisler, his former head coach another Michigan
football legend. And in 1964, the Mad Magician coached his Wolverine squad to a
Big Ten title and to a Rose Bowl victory over Oregon University on January 1,
1965. His overall head coaching record (wins-losses-ties) at the University of
Michigan was 51-42-3 for a .547 winning percentage. Do not lose sight of the
fact or for that matter forget that Bump recruited such players as Jim Mandich,
All-American end in 1969; Tom Curtis, All-American defensive back in 1969;
Henry Hill, All-American guard 1970; Dan Dierdorf, All-American tackle 1970;
Billy Taylor, All-American halfback, 1971; Reggie McKenzie, All-American guard
1971; Thom Darden, All-American defensive back 1971; Mike Taylor, All-American
linebacker 1971; Mike Keller, All-American linebacker 1971; Jim Brandstatter,
all Big Ten tackle 1971; Jim Betts, defensive back 1970; FrankGusich, defensive back 1971; Bruce Elliott,
academic All-American and defensive back 1971 and numerous other notables.
After the 1968 football season, Coach Elliott was removed by
A.D. Don Canham, in spite of leading
hisWolverines to an 8- 2 record.
However, in that final game of his last Michigan coaching assignment, 43 year old
(born 1/30/25 in Detroit), Bump’s Wolverines were pitted against none other
than Woody Hayes’ Ohio State Buckeyes. In that game, the halftime score was
14-14 with the outcome in doubt. However, at the games end, the final score
left no suspense, as the numbers were Ohio State 50-Michigan 14. Before you
ask, how did that happen, there’s more to the story? To make that embarrassment
worse or to rub Michigan’s face in the mud, Coach Woody Hayes went for a
two-point conversion on Ohio State’s last touchdown in the closing minutes of
the game. When sportswriters wondered and asked “Woody, why did you go for two
points on your last touchdown?” Woody’s reply was direct, clear and to the
point, “because I couldn’t go for three.” That reply tells you and suggests all
you need to know about head coach Woody Hayes’ competitive nature. Aside from
Woody’s competitiveness spirit, someone said “Woody just poured gasoline on
that rivalry.” And the match was lit and the flame became hotter and hotter.
During Coach Elliott’s reign, Michigan’s football attendance
was poor by Michigan standards. In fact, their average attendance was roughly
67,000 which was substandard due to the size of their Stadium. Did Bump deserve
to be fired by first year A.D. Don Canham? You be the judge. Just ask, how long
or how much time could pass before Coach Elliott, who viewed his removal as a
slap in the face, work under/or in concert with Don Canham? Well, how about
from 1969-70, when Bump left being assistant A.D. after one year to become the
athletic director at another Big Ten school, the University of Iowa, of course
a Michigan rival.
Not only did A.D. Don Canham, not hesitate to remove
All-American BumpElliott, as football
coach, he made a second decision quickly and hired a young, fiery and spirited
Bo Schembechler (an Ohioan, no less) to replace the Mad Magician. This quick
decision, the story goes, that it took Canham just a 15 minute conversation
between him and Bo Schembechler at a restaurant no less, to offer Bo the prestigious
Michigan head coach position. You might not be surprised that it took Bo less
than 15 minutes to accept the offer. Just how much can you eat (if not in an
eating contest) and/or to discuss the business of the day within just 15
minutes? A fly on the wall could tell who did the majority of the talking. Who
do you think did the majority of the talking? What exactly was Mr. Canham
seeking from this unknown young man? How did Canham envision Michigan football?
"Great minds have
purposes, little minds have wishes." – Washington Irving
On Saturday, February 1, I ran the Jed Smith, 50 km race. My
goal was to run it faster than last year. Chris Turney accompanied me and ran
with me for the first two laps. At the end of the first two laps, I was on pace
to break the US 50 Km race record for my age group. I felt good and was running
strong. Then, starting the third loop, I was joined by Susan Smyth, who was
running the 30 K. I started to feel a little tired and ran a slower third loop.
My fourth loop was a little slower and I was more tired, starting loop five.
Chris joined me again at that point.
As I was tiring, I began to think about shorter-term goals
and re framing. For instance, I thought about the distance to be completed and
said I “ only” have about 10 more miles; I “only” have about five more miles to
go. The keyword here is “ only “ as I wanted to minimize, in my mind, that
distance. Running with a friend (affiliative), also helped as we had a chance
to talk about many different things. I also paid attention to my
body(mindfulness) to determinediscomfort as well as to my breathing and running form.
Having a goal, employing mindfulness, re framing and meeting
affiliative needs is very important and assisted me in running this 31 mile
event faster this year than I did last. These concepts are significant parts of
my definition of mental toughness that I incorporate when needed. My second
book will apply my mental toughnessconcept to those 1969 University of Michigan football players that beat
the Ohio State Buckeyes on that memorable November.
This Jed Smith race was sponsored bythe Buffalo Chips running club. Chris
introduced me to some of hiscompatriotsthat I invited to be guests
on “It Has Nothing to Do with Age or Gender”TV show. Look for these runners down the road.
Tony called from Washington State after he completed his
very difficult 50 Km trail run. He said he ran the first 21 miles well and then
tired, climbing the mountain. He finished and predicted his time accurately.
I’m sure I’ll hear more of his story this week. Well done Tony. I told him that
Chris and I went to Baskin-Robbins for our reward and he told me that he was going for ice cream
From Tony: I decided to do something more adventures and went to Orcas Island to do a 50 K. Had to be the toughest 50 K I have ever done. All I can say is I finished and had a great time. Rain Shadow Running puts on a great party and great run to go with it. For inspiration here is a report from one of the other runnersEdward LychikI think you will find his story quite remarkable.