Life and Times

Friday, September 22, 2006

Well, I guess it had to happen sooner or later. I've started a blog. If nothing else, this should be a good way for me to expound and enunciate my thoughts on the events and issues going on in the world today. But I guess we'll see where this thing goes as time rolls on.

First things first, I have to give a little credit to the guy who actually gave me the idea to start one of these things (whether he meant to or not). A couple weeks ago I was wasting time and checking away messages when I checked the away message of a Mr. Greg Hawthorne. Sure enough, Greg had a link in his profile to a blog that he created during the summer. Now Greg is one of the funniest people that I have ever met and I am fortunate to be able to count him as a friend, so I checked out his blog right away...and I wasn't disappointed. Each entry is absolutely hilarious, and as I was reading all of the a thought crossed my mind: If Greg can do something like this, why can't I? Therefore, I figure it is only right that I give some props to the guy responsible for getting me into this. Here is the link to Greg's site:

you should definitely check it out.

Before I get on with my Friday night, I thought I'd comment on the events of last Saturday. Those of you that know anything at all about me know where I was last Saturday, and I just want to get a few thoughts on the happenings from South Bend before the Wisconsin game. First of all, what an absolutely perfect day that was...near perfect weather, a great morning/afternoon of tailgating with friends, and an absolutely dominating performance by the University of Michigan Wolverines football team. As far as the team's performance, I just wanted to make a quick point that goes beyond the obvious (dominating defense, Mario turning in a day for the ages, commentary on our first big non-conference road win in what seems like forever, etc.). I just wanted to point out how great it was to see Chad Henne go on the road and play as well as he did. To me, the most impressive part about Chad's performance in South Bend wasn't the tremendous touch he showed on the second and third TD passes to Mario. Rather, it was how he responded to the interception on his first pass that led to an ND touchdown and a 7-7 tie. In the past, he has made a mistake like that and let it effect his play throughout the rest of the game. This could have been a particularly crushing play because we had just seized the momentum with an interception return for a touchdown on the previous series, silencing the ND crowd. But after the subsequent ND TD, the crowd was back into it in full force, believing their Irish were indeed back in the driver's seat and continuing their annual return to glory. After Chad's interception, Michigan fans everywhere had to be thinking "here we go again, another road meltdown" (at least I know the thought crossed my mind!) Instead, Chad responded by playing brilliantly the rest of the game, showing great touch on his deep balls and showcasing his laser arm on deep out routes throughout the game. To me, this was absolutely beautiful to see...Chad showed great mental toughness and confidence, things that a quarterback must exude if he is going to lead a truly great team. Quarterbacks here at Michigan get waaaaaaaaay too much flack from fans when things aren't going well...and just get a pat on the back when things are going well (unless you happen to be some kind of a golden boy like Henson). People forget that even Tom Brady wasn't appreciated when he played here. Well I just wanted to say that I think Chad is going to be VERY solid (even though I WAS a little worried after Vandy) and that he is going to make a lot of big time plays this year in big situations. This year has the potential to be very special, and I think the resiliency that Chad showed last Saturday is going to go a long way in making this season all that it can be.

Geez that was longer than I thought it would be...but that's all for now, hopefully I'll get better at this as I go!

Go Blue!