Thursday, September 30, 2010

What a Day!

Every once in awhile I get something from someone, an e-mail or a phone call and I feel it's only necessary to forward it on. That's the whole idea of blogging, really. Sharing experiences and making people knowledgeable about things they may not otherwise get to hear about.

And I'm sharing this one because after you read it, I'm sure you will all think it was really, really worth it. Unedited and as received:


It was the usual start of a workweek. Why do the weekends go so fast? However as the day progressed, this would be a day like no other. One that I will remember for a long, long time to come.

A good buddy of mine does work for the Michigan Athletic Department. For the last few months, he has been promising to take me on a tour of the renovated Big House. He called on Monday morning this week and asked if I was free for lunch. I responded “Is the Pope Catholic” (yes I am a Ufer fan). I was told to be at the tunnel entrance to the Big House at noon. I was really looking forward to my tour!

Upon arriving at the Big House, we went into Chrysler Arena – strange way to start the tour I thought. We went through some hall ways and up some stairs, and much to my surprise we arrived at RichRod’s Monday Press Conference. As I stood in the back of the room, Jim Brandstatter comes and sits next to me. Pretty interesting to see the press conference unfold. RichRod has a good sense of humor. It appears that he is one of those guys where “what you see is what you get” - A good-old southern boy that loves football.

Can it get any better than this?

After attending the press conference, we took a tour of the stadium. What a “suite” view. I love my seats in the northern end zone, but I could get used to the suite life. It was amazing how many reporters the press box can accommodate. As with most Michigan things, it was done with great class (we will hopefully one day forget the Disney World Halo that disgraced Michigan Stadium at one time). The Club Seats were fantastic. I’ve never seen that many flat screen TVs in my life!

Can it get any better than this?

After the Big House tour, we headed over to Schembechler Hall. As we were entering Schembechler Hall we were in awe to see Brock Mealer walking in. It was uplifting to see the determination and effort for him to simply walk – something that most of us take for granted.

Can it get any better than this?

We walked into the training room to see none other than Denard Robinson getting some therapy! Our tour continued to the weight room and the Glick Indoor Practice Facility. Then we made a stop at Jon Faulk’s office for a visit (luckily he was wearing his pants).

Can it get any better than this?

As a Wolverine Fan, I couldn’t ask for any more than the afternoon I just spent. However, I was the most impressed by what I would experience as we were leaving.

Earlier in the visit, we had a brief encounter with Brock Mealer and DenRo. As you can imagine, it takes Brock a long time to get anywhere. Brock had finally made it to the weight room. I was astonished to see DenRo escorting him down the hall way and holding the doors for him as he entered the weight room.

WOW!! The leader and star of your team taking the time to help out someone in need. CHARACTER – doing the right thing when no one is looking. To me, DenRo exemplifies what you want in your leader. He seems to be a man of few words – one that leads by example both on and off the field.

It CAN’T get any better than this!

Go Blue!

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