Tradition • Character • Service

Tradition • Character • Service

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Front Page News!

This blog is hitting the big time! Believe it or not, The Grand Rapids Press put the Chuck Martin Voodoo Doll on the front page of the sports section yesterday. Wouldn't it figure that a perennial scout teamer like me would make the front of the sports section by dinking around with Photoshop. It's all in fun and all of the GVSU fans I have talked to have gotten a big kick out of it.

I am actually going to venture out to Allendale tonight as a guest of's Tony Nicolette after I finish watching the Chargers and Wayne State on webcast. It should be a good game between Grand Valley and Indianapolis.

Here's the article:

Grand Valley streaking toward football history
Friday, October 12, 2007
By Greg Johnson
The Grand Rapids Press

ALLENDALE -- At, an unofficial fan site for Hillsdale College football, a visitor can print a kit to "Build Your Own Chuck Martin Voodoo Doll."

It is Hillsdale that currently boasts the longest winning streak in Division II college football history at 34 games.

Grand Valley State, coached by Martin, stands at 33 consecutive wins heading into Saturday night's homecoming battle with Indianapolis, the second-place team behind the Lakers in the Great Lakes Conference.

Never mind that Hillsdale set the record between the years of 1954 and '57 behind former Michigan State coach Frank "Muddy" Waters; some folks there apparently liked bragging about it for 50 years. (Andy's note: It's part of who we are buddy. It's not about being has-beens or living in the past. It is the bar Charger Football ultimately strives to attain once again.)

"Carefully cut around outline," it says under an outlined picture of Martin holding last year's Division II national title trophy. "Fold on center line. Tape point A to B. Keep in gross place. Apply whatever curse necessary."

Martin figures having curses wished on him for winning is better than the alternative. Not that the Lakers are talking about it.

"We don't talk about it at all," he said. "I'm sure our kids know. I'm sure our coaches know. I know. We are awfully proud of our winning streak. We're happy there is a winning streak. It's great that people every week hear about a winning streak because that means you have one. It's better than a losing streak. That's not much fun."

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