t’s been a long time coming. The paper bag hoods have been placed on the shelf and a devoted group of football enthusiasts are learning to revisit an aspect of the game that seems to have avoided Detroit Lions fans for far too long.
Any road trip enthusiast will be the first to tell you that some of the most picturesque towns across America are not discovered on purpose. If you should happen to make your way along State Highway 15 through the northeast corner of the Texas panhandle, you may be just fortunate enough to stumble across the town of Booker.
For plenty of college football teams it’s bowl season. For the University of Michigan football program it’s speculation season. After 33 consecutive bowl appearances (1975 to 2007), the Wolverines will not partake in the traditional month of meaningless games, sponsored by anything and everything, in warm, sunny locations across the country, otherwise known as bowl season, for the third time in seven years.
Many people who either have a child playing sports in high school or coaches, think the private schools are at an advantage when it comes to competition. Some believe the private schools are able to recruit some of the best athletes in the state, where public schools, because of a bylaw by the Michigan High School Athletic Association, are only able to get athletes who are in the school district and not outside.
Try asking a collegiate coach to display a hard copy of his job description and you are bound to be greeted with a healthy chuckle. Remove the designated photo ops of media day and you will come to discover that a coach’s role is far from simply being the figurehead of a collegiate franchise. Any of them will be the first to tell you that their responsibility goes much deeper than simply shouting instruction against the play clock.
Legendary coach John Wooden once said, “Nothing will work unless you do.” To University of Michigan head softball coach Carol Hutchins, this has been a way of life since day one.
Logic is a funny thing in the game of football. It’s that still, small voice reminding you that in order to be successful, it’s all about the numbers. It’s all about the players toting the last names, that dominate jersey sales, being in your starting lineup each Sunday. It’s all about that rookie who brought the rave reviews to the table on draft day living up to the hype of his collegiate reputation
There is more than just winning and losing when it comes to sports. Despite stories of reckless youth parents, win-at-all-cost college athletic programs and law breaking professional athletes, sports provide us with stories of courage and inspiration.
He wasn’t part of the original plan. No one had expected to discover him. Hockey scouting reports weren’t singing his praises, but as fate would have it, the ambition of a resilient Russian would give just enough of a push to grab the eye of an organization and forever change his future.
It was a dream lineup. Some of the league’s hottest hitters all together under the same roof, sporting the storied English D. What was predicted to be a dominating season would ultimately take an unfortunate turn for the Detroit Tigers and thanks to a midseason unraveling, 1984 would continue to hold its place in the franchise’s history.