“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 10, 2014
Players Mental Toughness with Bo Schembechler
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?