feeling safe walking the streets of ann arbor with these powerfully kind grandies
“sports are sports. it’s all about how we carry ourselves out of the ring.”
Michigan football wide receiver Ronnie Bell has an epic quarantine workout
Ronnie Bell had a unique routine while quarantining back home in Missouri.
To stay in shape, the Michigan receiver would go outside … and push his family’s Chevy Tahoe around the block.
“I’ve been pushing the cars with my little brothers,” Bell told MGoBlue’s Ed Kengerski. “We’ll take the car outside and put it in neutral and just push it around the neighborhood. “They push the little Lexus and I push the Chevy Tahoe.”
Like many of his teammates, Bell went home for a spell after the coronavirus outbreak forced Michigan to cancel in-person classes and athletic activities, including the Wolverines’ spring practices.
“We were probably a week out from spring ball before everything happened,” he said. “Just kind of had to shift mindsets from getting ready, mentally, for spring ball, getting all excited for spring ball, and then having that taken away from you. You’ve got to adjust and adapt to your different circumstances.”
Bell, who is majoring in creative writing, says the shutdown made his academic life more difficult, as it prevented him from participating in office hours with his professors. But he did appreciate the opportunity to go home and spend time with his family, calling the experience “the best thing about” quarantine.
Bell is back in Ann Arbor, where he lives with running back Hassan Haskins and linebacker Cam McGrone.
Does he miss football? “Of course.”
“(I miss) just being around the guys and being around the facility with all the coaches,” Bell said. “Everything about it. You don’t realize how much you were going to miss it until you get it completely taken away from you.”
For now, Bell and his teammates have connected with each other and the coaching staff through Zoom. He says the team has tried to install the offense as best it can through virtual meetings.
Bell, who had 48 catches for 758 yards and a touchdown in 2019, has been watching film on a consistent basis in hopes of improving upon his breakout sophomore year. He says he has gone over film of himself looking at situations in which he could’ve done “something different” or “something more.” He is hoping football will return in the near future.
“Everybody’s just unbelievably excited,” Bell said. “You could tell everybody was just getting antsy and itchy, just to get back to it. Everybody’s on edge because nobody really knows when everything will somewhat go back to normal.
“whatever I engage in, I must push inordinately.”
credits: orion sang, detroit free press, ed kengerski, mgoblue.com
‘ESPN to televise stone skipping competition from Mackinac Island. And I’m not kidding.’
“all sports for all people.”
*Pierre de Coubertin
*Charles Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin (French) 1863 – 1937, (also known as Pierre de Coubertin and Baron de Coubertin) was a French educator and historian, founder of the International Olympic Committee, and its second President.
credits: dave millar, roger priebe, mackinac island dockporters association
Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA – Spring 2020
to say that the detroit lions
have not played like a top tier team in a long time
is an understatement.
I found this display
in the middle of a big box hardware store
with no explanation
and loved the artistic statement it made.
this still somewhat hopeful
and ever loyal fan
has been waiting quite a long time for a win.
that is strong and that is funny.
“i’m a hopeful cynic.”
first game of the year
and lots of excitement buzzing around town
most everyone embraces it
even the new arrivals on campus
on sorority/frat row
and the car wash
that stays open and works
while also hosting tailgaters
buses, games, food, and mini bar
now that’s team spirit.
“you are either supporting the vision or supporting division”
― saji ijiyemi
another unexpected mishap
while singing and dancing in my house
while playing extreme family badminton
after lots and lots of walking and hiking
running on the ice with the kinders
limping to the doctor for a boot
it’s only a matter of time
and i’m sure that
a new happy and healthy activity
to challenge me
but i’m going to
keep the boot this time.
“my optimism wears heavy boots and is loud.”
sitting in comerica park
at the detroit tigers game
surrounded by these kids from canada
here with their team
thirty two strong
for a big night out at the ballpark
so excited for everything
good seats, cotton candy, no rain, family, friends, coaches
calling out to the pro players they recognized
dancing, cheering, singing
their own faces on the big screen
especially, especially, especially, especially
for the four foul balls they ended up with
they simply could not believe their luck
overflowing with happiness
at times sharing seats and laps to get an even better look
they could barely contain themselves
with smiles from here to there
and this guy
who made it his personal mission
to come over and tell them
to sit down and stop having so much fun
every chance he had
in the end
(and especially, especially that guy)
it was not even close
the kids had clearly won it all.
“baseball was made for kids, and grown-ups only screw it up.”