“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.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Bo's Warriors- Introduction
Introduction to be continued Part 3
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.