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Bo's Warriors Chapter 1 Go Blue Go
Part 3 Continued
Certainly, having the Ohio State
playing date written in red letters on the blackboard was an incentive and was
a clear group goal. No one had to say or even verbalize the importance of that
Ohio State game. It was simply understood. The expectation was great and the
consequences were clear and the outcome could only be provided by this group of
young men/ the team.
Bo understood this concept of
group/team cohesiveness. Bo himself had great teachers and he learned from the
best like Woody. Bo also surrounded himself with smart coaching minds and
valued their input. Serving in the U.S. military no doubt contributed to his
understanding of the dynamics of groups. Some people compare psychologically a
football team’s cohesiveness to being in a foxhole with a buddy, within your
company during battle with the enemy. Woody was a great field general and
understood historical battles and taught his protégé Bo well.
Bo also knew about human
learning, human development, group dynamics and motivation. He realized that
external and situational factors play a part and create motivations which
otherwise might not exist. He knew about focusing. He knew about expectations
and probability of reward/ reinforcement. Bo also was cognizant of the fact that
reinforcement (feedback) didn’t always have to be positive. In fact he knew
when to talk disparagingly to his young troops. He was smart enough to realize
that negative or critical feedback also works and influences behavior. He knew
who could take it and who couldn’t. Some like Brandstatter heard comments, from
the coaches, such as “you’re the worst tackle in the history of intercollegiate
sports; “and “We wasted a scholarship on you;”Bo called Gusich “a candy ass.”By the way, candy ass co-captain Gusich was called by his teammates “the
toughest dude on the team. “ When Bo told Keller “cut your hair.” Keller
responded “baldness runs in my family and I am keeping my hair as long as
possible.”Bo also said, according to
Seyferth something to the effect that, “I have the 10 worst players in college
Coach Schembechler’s assistant coaches
realized (on their own) that these young man required positive interactive
reinforcement. The assistant coaches knew that Bo was going to break the men down
(mental toughness), so that he could rebuild them to excel at the highest
level.Within this situation, of being
in a highly competitive big time Division 1 program, football players were
obedient and eagerly followed directions( of an authoritarian, no- nonsense
disciplinarian, tough- love father figure), the head coach during that era . In
spite of Bo being, on the field, critical, these assistant coaches also knew
that Bo was gentler with his young players, one-on-one, behind closed doors.
The assistant coaches also knew that Bo (warm and fuzzy as an assistant under
Woody) somewhat imitated Woody, when Bo became the man and ran his program.
It was okay with Bo that the
assistant coaches would be the good guys, gentle, personable, friendly warm,
who made football fun with their creative drills. Gary Moeller, for one, had
his defensive men doingend zone drills,
laughing-having a good time while Bo’s offense were doing their not so fundrills.According to Frank Gusich, Dick Hunter was a good guy, and even fed Hunter’s
kids lunch during his junior and senior seasons. During a practice/scrimmage
session, Fritz Seyferth was discouraged by Bo’s criticism. However, assistant
coach Jerry Hanlon would come by and pat him on the back and say “you are doing
this right.” Did that ever sooth the wound.
And with team bonding, team unity
also influences positively the kind/type of personality each player was is
developing. These players became less self-centered, and more caring and
giving. These young men became less full of themselves. They cared a lot about
each other.Membership in the group was
paramount for security, achievement, competitivenessand status. As” the team” became more and
more of a positive attraction, it became more cohesive and turned toward a
collective “we.” Forget about “I” or “me.” Even when Fritz Seyferth, a starting
fullback (had a Rose Bowl scoring touchdown) began sharing duties with a
sophomore, he didn’t complain or say “poor me.” Fritz worked hard for the
team.Reggie McKenzie told the story
about Preston Henry during one spring practice. During that particular
practice, Henry, a running back, had to practice offensive maneuvers for both
the first and second string offense for some 130 plays or so. After practice,
everyone ran sprints, even Preston Henry.” We all felt sorry for him.
“Absolutely no one on the team would have been upset if Preston Henry was
excused from running wind sprints.” It’s highly unusual (unheard of) for one
player to run that many plays in one practice or scrimmage session.
With cohesiveness, this team was
able to mobilize its energies in their support of the group goals, which were
to prepare self physically (even if doing exhausting, unintelligible exercises
i.e. .slap and stomp), so that on the field performance (a win) would be second
to none. Solidarity was important and expressed by the final core players that
didn’t quit or leave the team. There was a sign, on the wall, that attempted to
reduce the number of players from quitting and keeping only the toughest. It
read“those that stay will become
champions.” A player (Pru man) who left the team added “those that leave will
become captains of industry, lawyers and doctors.” Roughly, 75 or so players
stayed with the team. They may have complained about some of the tactics
employed by Bo, but stayed. In fact, a player or two would be talked out of
quitting the team-Reggie McKenzie for one. Reggie went through a spell thinking
that Bo was unfairly on his back. He was told” McKenzie men do not quit.” From
that point on, Reggie showed Bo his character. His self-talk was something like”
I’m not going to let Bo beat me. “
These young men became strongly
motivated to contribute to the team’s welfare and advance its objectives versus
me / my individual goals. As a team they became more cohesive; the more the
individual players wanted to become part of the team, the more they
liked/bonded with each other. They roomed/livedtogether, took the same classes , socialized , partied,got fixed up on dates by teammates,
workedat the same off season jobs,pledged the same fraternities , boycotted
the same classesand became inspired
together.They had common interests and
belonging was important as they identified with something much bigger/larger
than themselves (University of Michigan’s gridiron history).Bo told them during the racial unrest on the
campus that, according to Brandstatter, “we are one race-Michigan football; you
guys are not about race; no one from the outside is going to get between us; race
is not an issue. “ Keller remembered “son of a bitch you’re not red, you’re not
white, you’re not blue-you’re Michigan.” Even Bo supported the Mellow Men’s
(seven black football players) stand on boycotting (shutting it down) the
Economics building during a campus demonstration.
As desirability of membership and
being part of the team Increased, the greater the value of expectations or
outcomes became apparent. It was significant that their need state for
achievement, affiliation, competitiveness, recognition and security were being
realized through team membership.
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.
"Man's mind, once
stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions." – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr
On January 25th, Tony, Chris and I ran the first
part of a Way too Cool training run at the Olmsted in Cool. The distance was
roughly 8 miles, and we covered that distance quickly. I am pleased about how I
am running and I know Tony is pleased about his running as well.
On January 26, we
started celebrating Randall’s 59th birthday with a trail run. The
plan was to run from Cronin ranch to the Salmon Falls Bridge about 8 1/2 miles.
Randall, Madhu, Farah, Chris, Tony and I started our run there. Since Tony and
I are tapering for our 50 K ( Jed Smith for me) (Orcas Island 50K for Tony), we didn’t push, to the limit, during that run.
Diane met us at the Salmon Falls Bridge after the run.Madhu, who is not tapering, ran back to the
Cronin ranch. His brother asked him to join him in a 100 K Quicksilver run in
May. Madhu, said he hasn’t committed as of yet.
This evening, we are having a birthday dinner celebration
and will be joined by additional friends.
On another note, an article in the October 22, 2013 edition
of the Wall Street Journal identified some reasons for having sex. The
University of Toronto researchers identified the following: 1. Self-Focused
Approach (to pursue a positive outcome for yourself, such as personal pleasure,
or to feel closer to your partner) 2. Self-Focused Avoidance (to evade a
negative outcome for yourself, for example, wanting to not feel guilty about
saying “no” to sex) 3. Partner-Focused Approach (to achieve a positive outcome
with your partner, like greater closeness or to make the partner feel good) 4.
Partner-Focused Avoidance (to avoid conflict with your partner and prevent him
or her from feeling angry or disappointed)
108 heterosexual dating couples completed a survey, and the
results were as follows. Ondays when
aperson’s motivation to have sex is
more positively oriented, he or she felt more satisfied-both inthe relationship and sexually-and had a
higher level of desire. Conversely, on days when someone was motivated to have
sex by more negative goals, he or she felt less satisfied and less desire.
Further, a person’s sexual motivation affected his or her partner’s
gratification. When someone had sex for positive reasons, the partner felt more
desire and relationship satisfaction. When someone had sex or negative reasons,
the partner felt less satisfied in the relationship and less sexually
Consider, checking out with your partner, motivation for
having sex employing the 4 typical motivations listed above. And, in doing so,
evaluate how that relates to the findings of the sex survey also listed above.
Hopefully, you are on track for more and better sex. If so, you’re likely to be
In addition, keep moving, laughing, smiling, deep breathing,
bonding, loving and employing appreciation.
“ Character is simply habit long enough continued.”-Plutarch
On January 16, Tony and I interviewed our friend and running
partner Chris Turney on “It Has Nothing to Do with Age or Gender.” Chris told
us about how his running started at an early age. His running continued In
college, and certainly after his college years. His running comrades , at the
time, were world-class runners like Dennis Rinde, Jim Howard and others. In the
early 1980s, things changed for Chris. At that time, he was introduced to a sport
called ride and tie. In fact, he was crewing for his friend Jim Howard’ s team.
Chris was excited and wanted to participate in the sport.
However, at the time he did not know how to ridea horse. Luckily, he had assistance along the
way from Dave Poston, Jeff Windenhausen , Pat Browning and others . Chris
credits hisride and tie experience as
contributing, to his running improvement. This 2:26 marathoner also ran 50
miles of trail in 5:51. Chris also has two sub 24-hour Western states 100
completions. For more, see our interview : http://youtu.be/51PV9tsKECA
This past Sunday, Tony, Linda, Nails and I ran the Olmsted
loop. Tony then ran back to his home; Linda put Nails in the horse trailer to take
him home ; andIran the trails home. I made it back to my
home in time to catch the Broncos beating the Patriots. Then, Linda and I went
to Lon andCheryl’s(along with Chris,
Michelle and Rich ) and watchedthe
49ers lose to the Seahawks.
So instead of getting to watch Tom Brady New England
Patriots’(former University of Michigan
quarterback )compete against Jim Harbaughs' San Francisco 49ers ( former
University of Michigan quarterback) in this year’s Super Bowl, I amdisappointed to say, that I’ll watch two
other teams compete.
My current project is a book that comprisesmental toughness, bonding and a college
football rivalry between the 1969Michigan Wolverines coached by Bo Schembechler against Woody Hayes, Ohio
State Buckeyes. In my book, you’ll learn about Mike Keller an NFL player
whohelped build the Seattle Seahawks
expansion team. You willalso learn
about ex-Seattle Seahawk coach Chuck Knox, who broughtReggie McKenzie(Buffalo Bills, all Pro) with
him to play in Seattle. With Reggie, this expansion team made it to the
postseason for the first time game.
Those former University of Michigan All-Americans are part
of the Seattle Seahawk history. In fact, Reggie informedme that he is rooting for the Seahawks and I
am rooting for the Seahawks in this year’s Super Bowl too.
In the meantime, keep moving, laughing, smiling, deep
breathing, bonding, and loving and expressing gratitude as I recommend it.
"Pain is a part of being
alive, and we need to learn that. Pain does not last forever, nor is it
necessarily unbeatable, and we need to be taught that." – Harold Kushner
Last Thursday, on It Has Nothing to Do with Age or Gender,
our TV guest wasnone other than ultra
runner Madhu Avasarala. Madhu, born in Bangalore, India migrated to this
country in the early 1980s to complete a Masters degree in engineering at
Howard University. At the time, he was running to stay in shape, and only ran
10 km road races. It was only when he completed his Masters and took a
positionin the Bay Area, that he was
introduced to ultra trail runs.
Upon returning to India for visiting his family, Madhucreated the first ultra run in Bangalore,
India. This well read, lover of music is also a vegan. Being a vegan was part
of his growing up in India, and he’s continued it since. Madhu , at an early
age, was introduced to Americana through the movies. And once he arrived in the
Washington DC area, he acclimated himself very well. To learn more about him
and his lifestyle visit http://youtu.be/wVPNMKeK3is.
Sunday, Tony and I in preparation for our 50 km trail runs. Ran from my home to the quarrytrail,
crossing Highway 49 twice, ran along the river, upAmerican River Canyon and returned back to my
home. Tony was ahead of me and added additional trail totaling about 25 miles.
I likely ran about 23 ± trail miles. About halfway, I met Linda, changed some
of my clothes and got additional supplies. I told her at that point that I was feeling great.
After my run, I was surprised about my energy level. I know
that I’m running faster based on clock time than I have in a number of years.
In thinking about my running efficiency, I believe some of the variablesthat have contributed to my change include: I
haven’t experienced Achilles issues; I’m now running the hills and not worrying
about my Achilles; my expectations(positive feedback) have changed in a
positive direction; and I’m increasing my weekly mileage to more than50 miles per week.
If I really wanted to run a lot faster, I would do track
work. For me, there too many trail hazards , so, I run in a more controlled
manner. I am looking forward to my 50 km Jed Smith run and expect to run that
faster than last year. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, keep moving,
smiling, laughing, deep breathing, bonding, and pay attention to gratitude.
In theDecember 24,
2013 edition of the Wall Street Journal, there was an article about dealing with
alcohol and drug addiction. As we all know, heavy use of alcohol and drugs
affects the pleasure or reward centers of the brain which can lead to drive
dependence. In the Journal of Internal Medicine, drug testing at the National
Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that other centers of the brain
are chemically affected as well. It seems that anxiety and tension are also
associated with heavy drug and alcohol abuse. Simply put, feelings of anxiety
and tension produced by drug and alcohol abuse can only be eased by more
consumption. So we not only have dependency issues, we also have anxiety and
tension to compound the problem.
So it’s not surprising that many of the drug and alcohol
treatment’s ; for example medication’s have been unsuccessful. Currently, the pharmaceuticals are coming up with new
medications to affect these neurotransmitters. So this might mean better living
Of course with any medication treatment, it is recommended
that counseling or therapy be added as well. I would suggest adding movement or
exercise to anyone who has a drug and/or alcohol dependency problem. Yes,
prescription medication has great benefits along with psychotherapy. But
itseems to me, the body and not just
the mind should be treated likewise. My approach is that a sound mind can lead
to a sound body and asound body can
lead to a sound mind. And I talk the talk and walk the walk.
Yesterday, Tony, Carrie , Porter(the dog) and I ran
downBrown’s Bar and up Maine Bar for about a 10 mile or so trail run. Whatever
you do, do not forget to keep moving, smiling, laughing, deep breathing,
bonding, and having gratitude in order to live happier and longer.
"A person who has never
made a mistake has never tried anything new." – Albert Einstein
We all know that exercise is important for well-being. And ,
exercise and movement are necessary and especially important in order for our brain
to continue to evolve. It is clear thatneurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrineand brainopiates are influenced by exercise and physical activity. With that
being so, without exercise, we increase the likelihood of a mood disorder, and/or
cognitive decline. So in order to reduce
anxiety, reduce depression, elevate mood, improve memory and enhance your life,
keep moving. Moving could consist of cardiovascular training and/or resistance
training. And if you add proper nutrition to this formula, you’ll be able to do
the unbelievable. In other words, you will surprise yourself.
On New Year’s Day, I ran my fourth consecutive 10 mile trail(Resolution)
run in Auburn. And on the previous Sunday, I ran close to 20 miles on the trail
and then I restedMonday and Tuesday.
Forthe past 10 years or so, I started
tapering 10 days prior to an event decreasing mileage on consecutive days. This
time I deviated from my past routine. I didn’t know how the new training might
affect my run on New Year’s Day. I am happy to say that I ran faster during
this race than prior. You have to remember that I’m in the 70-99 age group.
Also, I am pleased to report that Tony also ran faster on
I’m grateful that I have a good training partner to run with-that
being Tony. Often overlooked as far as workouts, training , and exercise go,
arethe psychological and social
benefits of having an accomplice. With a training or running partner, it
elevates competition, camaraderie, friendship and having things in common. And
so what happens during training runs are movement, laughing, smiling, deep
breathing, bonding, and even gratitude which all contribute to well-being. The
secret is easy, it’s about the doing and that’s what happens between your ears.
"None will improve your
lot if you yourself do not." – Bertolt Brecht
Chris ,Madhu and I ran the trail. We met at the fire station and ran the Olmsted
andthe Coffer Dam loop. But first, Tony
ran from home and joined us at the fire station in Cool. Chris told them to go
off ahead and that he would run with me. So Chris and I ran that loop also.
During our run, I told Chris that I would run back to his house where my van
was parked. I must’ve totaled somewhere between 17 ½ to 19 miles or so.
On the first, or New Year’s Day, Tony and I are running(10
mile) The Resolution Run in Auburn. I’m going to rest on Monday and Tuesday to
determine if Sunday’s run was smart. For the pastthree years, my finishing time on the January
1 , run has been steady and consistent. I’ll let you know if I can keep steady
and consistent with my running time in 2014.
An article in the December 24, 2013 Wall Street Journal got
my attention. The article had to do with rearing children with a gratitude
attitude. In my experience, I find that gratitude seems to be missing in
today’s world. One researcher equated gratitude with a muscle. Philip Watkins, a psychology
professor believes that by taking time to recognize good fortune, feelings of
appreciation can increase. There have been a number of studies with having parents model gratitude behavior.
Further, psychologist Robert Emmons believes that you can’t give your kid
something that you yourselves do not have. So they suggest, teach gratitude by
Astudy with 1, 035
high school students found that those students that showed high levels of
gratitude for such things as thankfulness for the beauty of nature and strong
appreciation of other people reported having stronger GPAs, less depression and
envy and had a more positive outlook than less grateful teens. The study also
showed that those students who strongly connected buying and owning things with
success and happiness reported having lower GPAs,depression, and more negative outlook.
another study that followed355,000 high
school seniors from 1976- 2007 found that the desire for lots of money has
increased markedly since the mid-1970s, while willingness to work hard to earn
it has decreased.
Of course, this statistic is not at all surprising, but is a
sad state of affairs for young people and others in our country. In the old
days, when I grew up, one way to earn money was to attend college in order to
put yourself in a better position to openmore doorsfor a career choice.
Obviously, something negative has happened, in my opinion , with parental baby
boomer child-rearing. What do you think about the changing attitude of
Anyways, keep moving, smiling, laughing, bonding, deep
breathing,loving and teach gratitude in
"Think like a man of
action, act like a man of thought." – Henri-Louis Bergson
Did you ever have a surgery that youdidn’t need? If so, let me know. In the US
about 700,000 people undergo knee surgery each year to treat tears in the
meniscus. The meniscus acts as a shock absorber between the upper and lower
portions of the knee joints. Doctors say that a tear/or lose pieces of cartilage
interfere with the motion of the joints causing pain and stiffness. However, a
study, by researchers in Finland found interesting results ( Wall Street
Journal, December 26, 2013).
These researchers studied two sets of(146 total) patients.
These 146 patients were between 35 and 65 years of age and suffered from
meniscus tears, that appeared gradually over time. One group, received the
meniscus surgery, while the other group(placebo ) were told that they wouldreceived the surgery, or not. In other words,
these patients underwent arthroscopic, but the doctor did not remove cartilage(fake
knee surgery). Findings within the first
12 months suggested that the surgery group reported a decrease in pain after
exercise in some of the quality of life measures. However, after one year, the
differences disappeared between the two groups.
More often, placebo research is used with drug(sugar
pill)studies , andless often with surgical procedures. The use
of a placebo in this research helped
evaluate the effectiveness of the surgery. Oneexcuse for not employing more
placebo surgeries is the possibility that makingan incision in the skin can cause infection
In the US, meniscus surgery can cost anywhere between
$3-$6000 and therefore accounts for about $4 billion in annual medicalcosts in our health care system . The article
also pointed out that previous studies demonstrate that physical therapy was just as effective as
surgery for patients with both the meniscus tear and osteoarthritis. Make sure
your doctor reads the New England Journal of Medicine to keep updated. Going to
another orthopedic surgeon might not result in a good second opinion.
Do you think that these 146 Europeans weremore hardy and have a higher pain threshold,
than we or do you think they are just more suggestible? In any event, do many
of you believe that surgery is over recommended in our health care system?
On a personal note, my wife, Linda was scheduled for a knee
replacementabout 2 to 3 years ago.
However, Linda went to physical therapy to build up the muscles inand around her knee. After physical therapy
treatment, she did vigorous hiking and took fresh ginger to reduce
inflammation. By building up her leg
muscles, and reducing inflammation, miraculously her knee issue was abated. She
is not in physical therapy at present, nor has she had that surgery.
Keep moving, laughing, smiling, deep breathing, bonding, and
loving to enjoy your life.
"Think like a man of
action, act like a man of thought." – Henri-Louis Bergson
Sunday, we had our annual birthday run at the Olmsted in
Cool. Madhu, Farah, Susan, Barbara, Chris, Melissa, Robert, Kathie, Tony and I
ran the trail, while another group, i.e., Tom, Laura, Scott, Chuck, Janie and
Bill walked the trail. Unfortunately, Tom and Chuck were not able to run because
of injury. This particular birthday run
started in the 90s and still continues .
After the run, we had a potluck hosted by Linda and I. Jeff, wife and daughter joined us among others
at our home. I continue to blame Tony and Jeff for my involvement in endurance
riding, ultra running and ride and tie. I could go on, but I’ll stop at this
point. I had entered a limited distance endurance
ride held at Mount Hamilton in San Jose.
Also going on, at the time, was a ride and tie put on by Dan Barger. I happened
to be camped next to Tony and Jeff who were competing in the ride and tie. Those two friendly types
introduced me to the sport In 1997. So, with this sport I became involved and
met a number of athletes who have become
To learn more about Dan Barger, Melissa Ribley, Tom Christofk
and Chuck Mather find them on a previous
blog, as they have been our guests on our
TV show “It Has Nothing to Do with Age or Gender.” Incidentally, Chuck was one of my pacers when
I ran the Western States 100.
A few weeks ago, Dave Carder was a TV Guest. As a teenager,
Dave from Plano, Texas was a teammate of Lance Armstrong’s. As teenagers , 4 of them rode in a 500 mile relay bicycle road race held in
Texas. Texas A&M, corporate world Dave is now on another journey. I think
you’ll find his story and other stories by Lance Armstrong interesting:http://youtu.be/W-DU0522hnE.
self-knowledge, self-control. These three alone lead to sovereign power." – Alfred Tennyson
Last Saturday,I ran
a marathon in Fremont, California. That was my first marathon in a number of
years. However, the first marathon that I ran was in Maui in year 2000. On
Sunday, Tony ran a 50 K in Washington state. His last 50 K was in 1997. I told
him that my marathon running time was faster in 2000. He told me that his 50 K running time wasfaster in 1997. We both joked and
laughedabout our running. It just goes
to show that it’s possible to reach a peak, plateau, and then decline. Trust me, as at some point,running does not get easier. I know this from personalexperience. But, so what.
From Tony: Frank left a little out here. Frank and I have a habit of stopping for ice cream after a race in fact we now know all the places. After his Marathon he did stop at Ghirardelli for Ice Cream. I also did not miss out.
Post Race Ice Cream in Oak Harbor with Jennifer and Georgia
Our next scheduled trail race is for 10 miles to be held on
January 1, 2014. Tony registered for a 50 K in Washington state In early
February , and I plan to register for the Jed Smith a 50 K in early February.
Also, in March, we both plan to runthe
Way Too Cool 50 K.
Next Sunday, a group of us will do a birthday trail run
inCool which will be followed by a
brunch afterwards. This birthday run has been an annual event, starting in the
According to thisarticle,inTime , December 24, 2012, there is about 25.8 million diabetics, and an estimated
7 million remain undiagnosed. There are 79 million people in the US who have
pre-diabetes, a precursor condition which puts them at the highest risk of developing
the disease. About a decade ago, pre-diabetics who changed their diet and
exercise regularly lowered their risk of disease by 58%. However, these people
in the study , had intensive one-on-one sessions, in a lab setting.
In a more recentstudy, pre diabetics took part in group sessions to learn about healthy
diet and exercise habits. They also educated themselves by watching various
strategies using a DVD, as well as emailing and online counseling. This group
was compared to anothergroup that used
basically, medication to control blood sugar and doctor weigh ins. Pre-
diabetics taking part in group sessions lost considerably more weight than the
medication group. Of course, a low-fat, low-calorie diet was alsopart of the protocol.
Even if you’re not a pre- diabetic, exercise, and/ orrunning can be good for you. One way to get started, If you have not
already, is to check out a local workout facility , or a local running store.
There are plenty of knowledgeable people that can assist. You don’t have to
necessarily run the distances that Tony
and I do for your benefits. Yes, I realize that we are extreme and age has
nothing to do with it.
In any event, keep
moving, laughing, smiling, deep breathing, bonding, and loving as it’s good for