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20 August 2007 @ 10:05 pm

I didn't know him, but I knew of him, as did thousands of people... RIP...

I'll write an entry about vacation later, but this is more important
Current Location: McLean, VA
Current Mood: sadsad
02 July 2007 @ 12:21 pm
bored again... one of these days i'll do a real entry, i swear

Current Mood: boredbored
21 June 2007 @ 09:37 pm
i haven't posted in forever
but i am bored
beyond bored

18 November 2006 @ 10:16 am
It won't be the same without him.

Not Saturday. Not ever.

Michigan and Ohio State will play a huge football game Saturday afternoon, but something profound will be missing. Glenn E. "Bo" Schembechler will be missing.

One of the very few events that could mitigate the towering anticipation for this matchup between the Wolverines and Buckeyes has stunningly transpired, on the eve of the game. Bo Schembechler has died. Just when it appeared he might stubbornly live forever.

It's a flabbergasting, karmic coincidence -- the Hall of Fame coach dying the day before the biggest of all 103 games in a rivalry he helped enliven. Emotions will be in powerful conflict in Ohio Stadium on Saturday. The game will still be played at a passionate level that Bo would both demand and applaud, but there will be shadows across many hearts in two states.

It's a terribly sad loss for the winningest football school of all time.
Precious few men in the history of the game have exerted such a dominant influence over a single football program for as long as Schembechler did Michigan's. The only two living icons who come to mind are Joe Paterno at Penn State and Frank Broyles at Arkansas.

It's been Bo's Way at Michigan since he arrived in 1969. His successors have come from his family tree: former assistant Gary Moeller, followed by former assistant Lloyd Carr. The very ethos of the program remains distinctly Schembechlerian in almost every way. It's no coincidence that the man maintained an office in the athletic department to this day.

But it's a sad loss on the other side of the great rivalry, too. Anyone who's ever felt his or her pulse pound faster at the sight of maize and blue or scarlet and gray will mourn today.

Michigan-Ohio State wouldn't be Michigan-Ohio State without Bo. It will forever be a highlight moment of the football calendar, but a flame that helped heat this game like no other has flickered and expired.

The twin titans who transformed a great rivalry into the greatest rivalry both are gone now. Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes defined it, pure and simple.

Bo was the only man in the Midwest tough enough to go jaw-to-jaw with Woody -- Schembechler's coach at Miami (Ohio) in 1949-50 and boss at Ohio State in the early '60s -- and win more than his share.

The head-to-head record is Bo 5, Woody 4, with one unforgettable tie. Before Schembechler arrived, Hayes was 12-6 against Michigan.

But those are mere stats, and their personal rivalry went far beyond stats. You could persuasively argue that the Schembechler-Hayes showdowns during 1969-78 are the apotheosis of college football.

Those games embodied everything that makes the sport so compelling: sky-high stakes, immense pride, intense competition, unwavering will, extreme physical and mental toughness, great athleticism, healthy respect for the opposition and a reverence for tradition.

If you saw them, you know what I'm talking about. If you didn't, I'm sorry. Tune in to ESPN Classic, read a few books and you'll hopefully understand.

"What made the rivalry was Bo taking on his mentor," said former Michigan offensive lineman Doug James, one of the captains on Schembechler's 1984 team. "No disrespect meant to all the great Michigan and Ohio State players who went before that, but what made this rivalry special was Bo Schembechler challenging the Old Man, as Bo used to call him."

Last time I talked to Schembechler it was late August. I was writing a story about mounting pressure on coaches who had won national championships -- current Michigan coach Lloyd Carr among them. Bo was, as usual, passionate. He fiercely defended Carr, one of his former assistants.

"There isn't one [critic] out there with guts enough to come up to me and say we need to change coaches," said Schembechler, who hired Carr decades ago. "I know there's some of that talk out there, but they don't tell me.

"The guy is quite a guy, so I don't mind standing in front of him. I'm not going to let those people do that to him, and I still do have some influence with some people up here. So he'll quit when he wants to."

Schembechler's defense of Carr has been utterly vindicated in Michigan's surprising 11-0 season, though the old coach acknowledged that losing four of five to Ohio State was a mighty unfortunate thing. The mere mention of that rivalry ratcheted up the enthusiasm in Bo's voice. He talked with glee about how fun it was competing against Hayes.

That was his life's passion.

James remembers a day in the spring of 1985 when he was a graduate assistant under Schembechler. His duties included getting Bo's lunch, washing his car and driving him to the airport when needed. On this particular day he was driving Bo to the airport so he could fly to Columbus and visit Woody, who was in failing health.

"Bo was talking about the Old Man," James recalled. "He was so competitive with Woody, even in those days. He said, 'Woody's wife loves me. She always told me I'm one of her three favorite people in the world. Cary Grant is No. 1, Thomas Jefferson is No. 2, and Bo Schembechler is No. 3.'"

Schembechler laughed.

"'Woody didn't even make the top three.'" Schembechler undoubtedly relished the opportunity his old team has Saturday: undefeated but still an underdog against No. 1 Ohio State, which comes in riding an 18-game winning streak.

It's strikingly similar to Bo's first Ohio State-Michigan game as coach of the Wolverines, when the defending national champion Buckeyes were on a 22-game winning streak. Michigan scored a 24-12 upset, and the rivalry was transformed.

"It's disappointing he's not going to be here for the game," James said. "But I guess he's going to have a better seat than all the rest of us."
Current Mood: sadsad
08 October 2006 @ 12:11 am
Detroit Tigers
2006 ALDS Champions

Thanks boys, for one hell of a ride so far and for keeping me sane this summer and into the fall...

on to the A's, and god knows you can't script october
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
18 September 2006 @ 10:41 am
Chose between...
Free movies for a year or free CDS for your life?:cds for life
School or work?:work... i'd say neither but i'm being good and picking
Christmas or birthday?:birthday, hard choice
Peanut Butter M&MS,Regular M&Ms, or Peanut M&MS?:peanut butter...duh
Dozen Roses or 3 boxes of chochlate?:dozen roses
Sandra Bullock or Julia Roberts?:julia roberts
Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise?:brad pitt... actually not a big fan of either
Vanilla Pepsi or Vanilla coke?:vanilla pepsi
American Eagle or Abercromie and Fitch?:AE
Driving or flying?:depends on where, generally flying, but road trips are sweet
Roller skating or ice skating?:ice skating
Apples or oranges?:oranges
Paris, France or Florence, Italy?:paris, france
Punk'D or The Newlyweds?:neither...
Jay Leno or David Letterman?:jay leno. don't like either of them either
New York or LA?:NYC
AOL messenger or MSN messenger?:AOL
Jennifer Aniston/Brad Pitt or J.LO/Ben Affleck?:Jennifer/Brad
Ralph Lauren or Tommy Hilfiger?:Ralph Lauren
leaf raking or snow shoveling?:leaf raking
black pen or blue pen?:black
WalMart or Target?:we don't really have walmarts, so i'll say target
picnic under the stars or horse carriage in the park?:picnic under the stars
chochlate chip cookies or peanut butter cookies?:chocolate chip
Kobe Bryant or Shaq?:shaq
basketball, baseball, or football?:all 3!! but if i had to pick, basketball
Hiliary Duff (Lizzie Mcguire) Or Lindsey Logan(Freaky Friday)?:Lindsay Lohan
French fries,curly fries, or tator tots?:french fries
Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?:matt damon, for sure
Phoebe, Monica, or Rachel(off of FRIENDS)?:rachel
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Current Location: my room
Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: How To Save A Life- The Fray
14 August 2006 @ 10:46 pm
this is random but amused me for some reason.
you guys will get a real entry or two to describe my rather awful summer...

but for now:

Before I lay me down to sleep,
I pray for a man, who's not a creep,
One who's handsome, smart and strong.
One who loves to listen long,
One who thinks before he speaks,
One who'll call, not wait for weeks.
I pray he's gainfully employed,
When I spend his cash, won't be annoyed.
Pulls out my chair and opens my door,
Massages my back and begs to do more.
Oh! Send me a man who'll make love to my mind,
Knows what to answer to "how big is my behind?"
I pray that this man will love me to no end,
And always be my very best friend.


I pray for a deaf-mute nymphomaniac with huge boobs who owns a liquor store
and a golf course. This doesn't rhyme and I don't give a shit .

kind of awful, i know
the slightly scary thing is this is a forward from my grandmother...
Current Mood: blahblah
Current Music: FSN postgame
05 May 2006 @ 01:07 am
meme before i get ready and to keep from packingCollapse )
Current Location: my room. one last night
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: NCAA volleyball, not really listening but its on
02 May 2006 @ 05:11 pm
an excerpt of what jamie and i did for entirely too long...Collapse )
Current Mood: amusedamused/busy/drained
Current Music: I Won't Say- Cheetah Girls