YPSILANTI, Mich. — Well hold the phone!
Uncle Mel almost made a decision that might have looked appealing but you know nieces and nephews that sometimes-what is glittering is not all ways worth the effort of digging for the prize?
In other words the grass is not as green across the fence it just more grass in the yard that needs to be mowed.
Ypsilanti and Eastern Michigan University will always be home for Uncle Mel, you see nieces and nephews this small town and this university will get into your blood and becomes a part of you, Uncle Mel’s blue collar fit’s the image of this town and school.
Even at his age and looks, Uncle Mel was being chased by the more glamouring football program just eight miles down the road from Eastern Michigan University.
That is right, the University of Michigan and another writing web site came and offered fame and fortune, a chance to cover and write about the Wolverines and to visit exotic places in the Big Ten Conference.
The idea of spending weekend nights in Bloomington, Indiana, Iowa City, Iowa and the new stop Lincoln, Nebraska is not as appealing as one night in Ypsilanti or the places that call the Mid-American Conference home.
The move would have been like jumping from an airplane!
Eastern Michigan University football coach Ron English and associate athletic director Doug Dowdy on June 15-16, 2011 accepted an invitation from the United States Army Parachute team – the Golden Knights to skydive at Selfridge Air Guard Base.
English said before ascending into the wild blue sky over Lake Erie, he is proud to be apart of this event but did hold some reservation.
“I am very appreciative of our service personnel and was honored to have been asked to participate,” English said before his jump. “The past few seasons we have honored the military at our home games.”
English said he had no interest in jumping out of an airplane at the altitude of 13,500 feet but after he felt proud of his accomplishment.
“Then right after we jumped, it was a thrilling rush, the feeling of the air rushing by awesome!” English said describing his decent toward the earth.
Uncle Mel thinks it is a wonderful jester by English but many Eastern Michigan University football fans hope that jumping from an airplane and hurling toward the earth is not a metaphor for the upcoming football season.
Jumping into the season begins with the Media Day event in Detroit at the home of the Detroit Lions – Ford Field July 28-29 2011.
The first game of the season is scheduled for September 3, 2011 at the friendliest football stadium in the Mid-American Conference and the home of the Eagles – Rynearson Stadium against Howard University, the game is scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m.
Uncle Mel knows were he belongs and there is no room in his heart for any other team.
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation. I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.