Jim Harbaugh is feeling like he is a new man getting a fresh start at his alma mater in Ann Arbor. With spring practice right around the corner, Harbaugh is fired up to get started and compared the first practice to coming out of the womb for the first time.
It’s like Thanksgiving. It’s like New Year’s Day. It’s like a family reunion. And having it all rolled into one. Most people think of January 1st as the start of a new year. To people who espouse to Catholicism and Christianity, they might correlate that with the birth of Christ. Us in football, the start of spring practice and the first day of summer training camp are what you look at as the New Year with fireworks going off, it’s your birthday. It’s being born back into football, it’s a happening.
Take all of the emotions from Christmas, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and your birthday and combine them. That is how Harbaugh is feeling about his first day of practice with Michigan. I honestly would not be surprised if he tackles someone at some point during the first week.
Yeah, it’s like coming out of the mother’s womb. You’re in a nice, warm, cozy environment — safe. And now you are out into the chaos and bright lights. It’s a happening. It’s all those things rolled into one.
I … I don’t know. The birth of a new team makes sense, but the metaphor gets a little hard for me to understand when we get so detailed with the birthing process.
And it’s also like the first day of school. You’re so excited for that first day of school, and the night before you set out your clothes, you stuff your lunch into a lunch box, and off you go. It’s the start.
This makes a little more sense. First day of practice equals first day of school. I had to buy my lunch at school, but yeah — I can roll with this.
It’s laying down a benchmark. Now we have a place to start from. We have a place to improve from. We have a place to go forward from, and you hope to lay that benchmark halfway up the mountain — and not way down on the flat land.
Harbaugh just keeps dropping gems. The man is a walking sound bite and is going to be must see TV during interviews and at pressers every week. Keep them coming, Jim.