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Matinee: David Turnley's Rise Again Series Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

28 October 2017

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 211th in our series of Saturday matinees today: David Turnley's Rise Again Series.

This is the seventh in a series of videos documenting the University of Michigan Wolverines football team coached by Jim Harbaugh. Photographer David Turnley, like Harbaugh a Michigan alum, was granted unprecedented access to the team for the series.

This wasn't Turnley's first attempt to get into the locker room. He had tried out as a walk-on wide receiver at Michigan under Bo Schembechler. That fortunately didn't deter him from winning the Pulitzer Prize, two World Press Photos of the Year and the Robert Capa Award for Courage.

Here's the list of what's previously been released in the University of Michigan's Rise Again video project, all of which feature Turnley's black-and-white images (and some inspirational sound tracks, too):

Some of the images repeat in those videos so you may not be bothered that we were unable to find Episode 6. And we can't explain why Episode 8 was released before Episode 7, but it gives us hope that Episode 6 is not far behind.

It's called misdirection in football.

The series is also a promotion for the Rise Again book, which is the second in a series celebrating the team and Harbaugh. Harbaugh describes the project:

My father, Jack Harbaugh, a National Championship winning Coach, and I are proud to contribute to this book 100 Harbaugh family motivational quotes that we have collected over all these years and that serve for us as inspiration. This collection includes family mantras along with quotes from leaders who are respected by our family. These leaders include Bo Schembechler, Winston Churchill, Ralph Waldo Emerson, George Patton and others. I hope you will enjoy Rise Again and you will support our University of Michigan Football Team.

Turnley's black-and-white images are the draw here, although we confess a certain appreciation for Harbaugh and an even longer-standing appreciation for the University of Michigan. But we're not pushing football here.

It wasn't a dangerous sport when, as nine year olds, we played tackle in a muddy corner of Westlake Park. None of us broke a bone. We were too small to hurt each other. And we didn't wear pads or helmets, either.

But, as the medical evidence shows, today's mature athletes can inflict serious harm on each other in contact sports. This may amuse certain naked emperors but it takes the fun out of it for the rest of us.

Michigan is not immune, of course. When its quarterback went down at Purdue, his father and Harbaugh both complained about the medical facilities. Wilton Speights, the quarterback, broke three vertebrae in the game.

That shouldn't happen.

Even worse, though, is what happened to Speight after he was carried off the field. Angelique S. Chengelis' tells the story from his father's perspective.

The only good note there is that Speight is expected to recover, perhaps in time to return to the field this year.

Rise again, indeed.

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