We took the #30 down from our AirBnB to Cass Street in Pacific Beach where we would find Latitude 32, a semi-dive, semi-surfer bar we’d frequented with much joy several years ago. Latitude 32 came out as “lotta dudes” to point out few females frequented the bar. Seeking to embellish a tease text to my friends Jason and Eric, I asked the blonde somewhat rough bartender where the surfboard signed by once-Michigan coach Brady Hoke might be. Legend was he’d left one behind upon leaving San Diego for Michigan. Brady had been a successful and much beloved coach of SDSU before he took the Michigan job. He was apparently a regular at Latitude 32 (and continues to be). The bartender brought out Willie the owner who told me there was no surfboard, but pointed me to the Brady-signed flags of both SDSU and Michigan displayed on the ceiling. The latter was generated even before Brady went north, someone bringing in a Michigan flag and pointing out Brady’s heart had always been in Michigan, which it had been ever since he was an assistant coach there including d-line for the 1997 national championship squad. Brady had successful stops at his alma mater Ball State and then SDSU before Michigan, where an 11-2 and Sugar Bowl championship season where everything went right dissolved into mediocre and then losing seasons when teams seemed unprepared and their losing informationally headwear-eschewing coach uninvolved. Fired in November 2015 to be replaced by sainted son still prepared for greatness Jim Harbaugh, Brady slunk off with his big buyout and a few NFL assistant’s gigs to emerge in San Diego, where Willie says he’s been appearing, trimmed down, for quite a while. Just last week, Brady signed a 5 year deal to coach SDSU in what he says is his destination job. He hopes to put another flag on the ceiling of Latitude 32, where he shows up 3 times a week and per Willie can ably pour a beer as guest bartender. We in Michigan wish him well, always loving the big bear of a man with a boundless love of Michigan who unfortunately turned out to be a not so good coach for us. After the first round of Brady-lore, Willie returned to tell me of the time shortly after Brady left for Michigan when he bought a snow shovel and had all the employees and regulars sign it as a memento they sent up to Brady. Here was a man much loved. May he return to glory with the Aztecs and toast his many victories at Latitude 32. Our kind of dude, Brady.
Brady in PB
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I retired from the Rheumatology division of Michigan Medicine end of June '19 after 36 years there. Upon hitting Ann Arbor for the second time (I went to school here) it took me almost 8 months to meet Kathy, 17 months to buy her a house (on Harbal, where we still live), and 37 months to marry her. Kids never came, but we've been blessed with a crowd of colleagues, friends, neighbors and family that continues to grow. Lots of them are going to show up in this log eventually. Stay tuned. View more posts
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