Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Day 25- YMCA and David Brandon

Q: What's a four-letter word for something that helps people's bodies, minds, and spirits and is also the topic of the 1/11 blog?  Hint: It starts with a "y."

A: yoga (last year)
A: YMCA (this year)

Today's donation was made to our local YMCA Strong Community Campaign.  That just sounds good, doesn't it?  I mean, who doesn't want a strong community?

Besides being a catchy song with an enjoyable cheesy wedding dance attached to it, the YMCA is a fabulous organization.  Their whole purpose is to strengthen communities, and they have many different means to this end.  There are programs to help teens.  There are programs for military families.  There are programs for older people and neighbors and education and neighbors and family connectedness and all kinds of other things.  They build foundations for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.  There's just so much good to be done, and I'm pleased to make my little contribution, however small, to all of these causes.

If you go to their website, you can enter in your zip code to find a location near you.

http://www.ymca.net/  

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Dear Mr. Brandon,

First of all, let me just tell you how much I have been enjoying your new pizza recipe.  We almost always order from Domino's now when we get pizza because we love watching the little tracker thing, and your new crust recipe is absolutely delicious.  Kudos for that.

I'm really writing to talk to you about other stuff, but I thought it might be refreshing for you to hear about something other than our coaching situation today first.  Um... speaking of that coaching situation, though... thanks for making a decision!  It will be nice to talk about other things with my husband/dog/parents/friends/family/acquaintances who know I'm a Michigan fan.  It seems as if people are a little gun-shy about everything after all that we have been through as fans the past few years.  It might just take them some time to get on board with you, but that doesn't mean you're not doing the best job you possibly can.

After you fired Rich Rodriguez, I must admit that I was nervous and even contemplated going back to Papa John's.  However, if the way you have turned Domino's around is any indication, you are a guy who knows what he is doing.  I know that this may not be a very popular opinion based on everything I've heard and been reading online from the fans (those I know and those I don't know), but I trust you.  You stuck to your guns with what felt right from the beginning, and you seem to have a clear vision of where our program should and will go.

I consider myself to be a real fan.  You told me who my coach will be, so I will stand behind him... and our team, our program, and you.  I am all in.  I can't wait for this fall.  I look forward to it with what some might consider blind optimism and excitement.  I prefer to think that my optimism comes from the fact that I am a fan of the winningest program in college football history.  I personally like the idea of a coach on the upswing.  Those with big names and big records also come with big egos, big salaries, and big expectations that are not always possible to match.  I love my school, and I adore the Saturday traditions I grew up with.  I think you've been around long enough to fully understand all of these things and to take great care to preserve them.

Thanks for all of your hard work and for standing firm as the media creates a frenzy around you.  Just remember that age old quote, "What is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right."  The fans will come around.  It is and always will be great to be a Michigan Wolverine.

Go Blue,

JRF  

Thank you, David Brandon, you made my day.

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