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Quote of the Week vol. 225

My first editorial of the year comes out tomorrow (Thursday) at 9 am. College Athlete Admission Standards. It's pretty long, but obviously has a lot of thought put into it. Basically I want to be able to use it, and the charts in specific, as references for parents and kids at the gym.

"Basketball should not have timeouts"

- Brian from MGoBlog


This was said in wake of last night's Michigan game, in which an instant replay took over 5 minutes to overturn the play above. On one hand, you have officials and higher-ups who genuinely want to get things as correct as possible on the court or field. On the other hand, you have fans who get to watch the back of a ref and players who are taken out of the flow of their game by coaching timeouts, TV timeouts, and instant replays.

What do you think is more important: game flow or getting things "right"?

Quote of the Week vol. 200: The Tyler Ecker Parable

Michigan football fans know 2005 as the Year of Infinite Pain (before we knew what pain was). We were plagued with injuries, bad luck, and Mike DeBord andit made the entire season absolutely miserable to watch. In fact, the only ray of hope was for Steve Breaston to do Steve Breaston things. For schools like Michigan, years like this, 7-5, result in post-season bowl games that neither produce extreme joy when victorious, or sadness when lost. So this year we played Nebraska in the Alamo Bowl. I watched the entire game in a semi-conscious state; daydreaming about Braylon Edwards from the previous year, and fantasizing about the future with Kevin Grady. How foolish I was, indeed.

However, with Michigan down by 4 with one second to play, and 70 yards to the endzone, I suddenly snapped awake as I saw the game's final play unfold.

Okay. So watching that without a football background might be a tad bit confusing. Here is a close-up of really the only thing you need to know:



Since around my freshman or sophomore year in high school, I always thought one of my biggest strengths as a player was having a good sense of my abilities compared to other players. With the help of my dad, I was able to get very honest with myself and assess my strengths and weaknesses. As a coach, this is something I am still working on, obviously, but I think I have a good idea of who I would consider myself better than, and who I would consider better than me (the specifics of what "better" means were partially covered in the Motivation Case Study and might a topic for a different conversation).

Experience helped me the most as a player, and I got to play against kids who were never going to make a high school team, and kids who were going to be in the NBA. So the more I played, the better sense I got of how good I was.

Having this ability is important because in most settings we are operating as a team, whether that is on an actual sports team, at work, or running a family. There are somethings you are better at compared to those around you, and some things they are better at than you. If we can step back and see our abilities for what they are at that moment, we can let each "teammate" play to their strengths. Then winning happens. Or you could be Tyler Ecker with a Heisman candidate running behind you.

PITCH THE DAMN BALL!! And you will win.

Related reading: Everyone's Open Parable

Quote of the Week vol. 194

"Preaching to the choir is for showboats and the soft"

- Jim Harbaugh

For a complete list of 25 ranked quotes from Harbaugh, see this MGoBlog post.

Name of the Year Bracket

It's March Maddness, which means everybody and their girlfriend are filling out brackets based on which teams have the best colors and mascots. Fortunately, the great folks at MGoBlog put us up on a different bracket, and quite frankly, one that is much more entertaining. And run by Deadspin, so not always the most family-friendly site.

Presenting the 2017 National Name of the Year Bracket

These are all legit names of legit people playing sports in the United States. Luiji Vilain was actually a highly-touted defensive end recruit signed by Michigan in February, so I will be rooting for him. Although he might have a rough time in the Sweet Sixteen going up against Windy Swetmen III.

Who's your favorite?

Quote of the Week vol. 174 + Spelling Mistakes by State

"You can't call yourself a gardener if you haven't killed a couple plants"

- My mommy


In unrelated news, I saw this picture linked on MGoBlog and I thought you guys might find it amusing. Google does analytics at year's end and this chart shows the most commonly questioned spelling of a word sorted by state. Check it out.

Apparently the state of Ohio has never heard that Gwen Stefani song.

Quote of the Week vol. 170

"A friend once told me that bright ideas happen more quickly if they start with the words 'Is it all right if I do this' than they do if they start with the words 'I think you should do this'."

- MGoUser bjk on the MGoBoard

This kind of goes along with a previous Quote of the Week talking about not waiting around for someone else to make something happen. More than six years ago Kelly Starrett had the idea that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. It is a right, in fact, not a privilege. For a long time people on the CrossFit forums (myself included) had been suggesting that CrossFit should include stretching piece to go along with their daily workouts. Kelly just went ahead and did it himself. And now MobilityWOD is a world-wide resource for athletes from the professional ranks all the way through kids and grandparents.

The more time I spend in the coaching world, the more I am a big believer in methodology like this.

Quote of the Week vol. 166 + AOTF Sneak Peek

"I'd like to know what the point of having things happen is if they are in no way indicative of things that will happen in the future."

- Brian Cook. Hard Right Turn

Rough weekend in College Football for sure. I think for the first time since Drew Stanton I'll be rooting for MSU the next two weeks.


In much more light-hearted news, the Athlete of the Fall will be posted on Sunday at 11 am. Any guesses?