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New Kid on the Block: Josie

Every year or so there's a Champions Club prospect that you know is just a matter of time before they join. So when we get Jay Junkin, Jesse Junkin, and their cousins Kasey and Lindsey Eason, I knew the waiting game was on until Josie Junkin joined. And yesterday was finally her first day.

Josie is a sophomore at the University of Michigan, and graduate of Lamphere high school like her brothers and cousins. She was an accomplished cross country and track athlete during her high school career, and is looking to get some of her conditioning back for the Summer before she heads back to school. Josie finished 2 days of Fundamentals so far, and is set to continue through the weekend. I'll check back in after Day 7.

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"?

Pics of the Week: Bromm, Beilein, and Baby Drew

Our first picture this week comes from Katie Bromm, who failed to keep DJ Wilson from leaving Michigan for the NBA draft but still has the audacity to take a picture with John Beilein, whom she described in a text message as "the holiest person I have ever met".

Secondly, Mr. Maslowski sent in a picture from Drew's soccer tournament this weekend, where his team won the championship.

Poll: Alternate Uniforms

This Saturday, Michigan stormed out of the tunnel showcasing all-maize uniforms supposedly for the first time since the 1920's. Some of the more traditional college teams - Alabama, Penn State, USC, Michigan - have historically iconic uniforms and anything straying from tradition is often frowned upon. But on the other hand the alternate uniforms are definitely attractive to a cerrtain crowd.

So, do you like Michigan's all-maize uniforms? Should they wear them again this season?

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

Goon and Goblin Resurgence 6/13

This week's poll actually doesn't from Jacob the goon or Matt Marathon Goblin, but Mel instead. He piggybacked off last week's poll:

Corollary question - would you rather have your team be awesome but lose to its greatest rival, or have a mediocre season but still win the rivalry game? Worthy of its own poll? ;)

- Mel

Pic of the Week: Bromm and the Boys in Blue

"Please dont ask if I cried after" - Katie Bromm. 7:42 pm tonight.