It’s a new day, and time for a new “Blog.”
Well, I saw so much anger and frustration come out with Barking Sphincter Blog I that I decided to stay on topic and continue in my vein of axing just why the hell so many people think Rodriguez should be given so many free passes. But I’m not going to concentrate on Rodriguez here—I’m going to call out the Defenders of the Rod with this one.
The angst UM fans are feeling is polluting the intranets. The Defenders of the Rod (TDoR) come out enforce to rail at anyone who questions not just Rodriguez, but the state of UM football and recruiting. A guy on a premium pay site axes something like, “Hey, who we gonna go after on defense? A lot of highly-ranked defensive recruits are off the board.” WHAMMO. Within minutes this post is swarmed upon as if it was dollar-days at a downriver Wal Mart and Cheeze Whiz was on special. The guy is called a “Chicken Little” a “Debbie Downer” a “Closet Sparty” or is barraged with sarcastic bullshit like, “Hey you’re right. Maybe Michigan should just give up football.” All that ridiculousness aside, the worst part is when the TDoR start justifying 3-9 and why it happened.
I guess the worst record in the history of the program will do that to an emotionally fragile fan base whose identity is based in no small part on the successes and failures of the Wolverines. But it does beg the question: How does a legitimate query about THIS year’s recruiting turn into a self-pitying justification party about the PREVIOUS season? If the TDoR want to put 3-9 behind them, or tell others to do so, why are they always the first ones to bring it up? Take a look at my first blog. I had the vultures all over that post screaming like little girls at a Jonas Brothers concert, and about all they could spit out was “3-9! 3-9! Cupboard bare! Lloyd Bad Man leave no players!” Well, if 3-9 hurts recruiting so badly, how’s come Rich Rod landed some pretty good talent as the season wore on, and did so even after it ended? The dude blew a 40-year streak of non-losing seasons, crashed and burned a 33-year bowl streak, and really good players still signed on.
But THIS year, it’s different. Even after bringing a big time defensive coordinator on board in Greg Robinson. THIS year, 3-9 matters. Gone are the cries of “Yowza! 3-9 and we can still have a top 10 class? We are the ballz!” Gone are the cries of “THIS is gonna be the big year of turnaround! 2009—smokin, baby!” Those rallying shouts have been replaced by “I’m thinking that by 2011 we should be really good.” Bravado moving forward has been replaced by backpedalling and reminding everyone that our poor, young new coach was saddled by horrible players out to get him, Lloyd Carr lurking in the shadows with his non-support or super-secret coven of anti-Rodriguez co-conspirators, and a Michigan Media throwing its full support behind the bible-thumping Prophet of Lansing, Mark Dantonio.
And with all that back pedaling comes the revealing of a very confidence-challenged fan base worried about Michigan falling off the map as so many other Big Timers have. The UM fan base, which never saw a precipitous fall as even remotely possible before 3-9, reels from it and vehemently pounces on anyone who dares question whether Rich Rodriguez can get things back in order. Gone is civil discourse. Gone is acceptance, and discussion with those of differing opinions. These so-called fans, who claim to support a great university known for tolerance and open-mindedness are in stark, dark contrast to the image of Michigan. Many claim to be graduates of the school; to that I say “Bullshit.” Neither their writing, their use of the English language, nor their ignorant closed-mindedness and lack of intelligent conversation speaks to being a graduate of such a great institution of higher learning.
And this is no more proudly on display than when a recruit backs out on a commitment to UM or elects to go elsewhere if the fan base feels they were somehow “led on” by a recruit. Oh, that kid is in for some serious bashing. I remember the backlash against last year’s batch of decommits. Kevin Newsome, Shavodrick Beaver, and all the rest were creamed, called liars, their integrity was challenged, their families were insulted, and all because they simply changed their minds. Often, if not every time, the UM coaching staff had cooled on the kid and the decommit was more of a suggestion to him rather than the recruit just flipping. But no matter; these decommitments evoked a reaction that can not be described as anything but visceral. And all without ANY knowledge of the situation or the recruit in question. The really sad part was that type of reaction came from the majority, not the crazy marginalized sector, as is usually the case with this type of Mob Rule.
So it stands to reason that we now see these angry protestations against those who are, very legitimately, wondering about the status of this once-proud program. I say again: Michigan State is winning a cultural war with UM in the state of Michigan. MSU has “perception” on its side in a big way. Acknowledge it and fight it, or lose 40 years of goodwill and dominance in your own back yard. But again, to accept the challenge offered by Mr. Michigan is Greener means a wave of Maize Ragers raining down on you with the kind of contempt usually reserved for baby seal clubbers or soccer moms.
How long will this go on? Is it true that winning will cure everything? It remains to be seen if Rodriguez will build a winner—how much time does he have? and it remains to be seen—if he has time and does it—whether the “I told you so” crowd will welcome back their fellow UM supporters who, pretty much objectively, have done nothing more than voice warranted concerns.
Have a great weekend people! GO BLUE!
I'm a long time reader finally registered to the site. I know my user name will come under alot of scrutiny but hell I am what I am. I'm a die hard Michigan fan that grew up with season football tickets and went to dozens of hockey and basketball games every year. Due to my lack of intelligence, the good people at the University of Michigan did not allow me to attend their university. I'm not bitter at all like many become but I will always root for Michigan and Michigan State athletics can go to hell, I will be there for 4 years, get my degree and move on. I know I know, why Michigan State of all schools? Well I figured if I can't go to Michigan and don't really have the money to go out of state, it would still be nice to go to a HUGE school so that well limits my options. I know some of you won't like me but I could careless, I am just as big of a Michigan fan as anyone else in here. I consider myself very knowledgeable when it comes to Michigan football and basketball. I follow recruiting like many way too closely and waste way too much time on the recruiting sites worrying about who we get or don't get next. I'm also a big University of Arizona basketball fan, a big Tigers and Diamondbacks fan. Outside of the MLB I'm not a huge pro sports fan. Well I take that back I love the NFL and unfortunately will always be a Lions fan. But I'm glad to have joined the site and look forward to contributing here....GO BLUE
The University of Michigan Athletic Department and eSports Partners, Inc., a leader in sports merchandise solutions, announced today (Tuesday, June 30) a multi-year agreement to operate all merchandise operations as the official Athletic Department merchandise partner. The new M Go Blue Shop is now the official store of Michigan Athletics.
According to the article, M Go Blue Shop will be replacing MDEN at the Michigan Stadium. It also sounds from the release that M Go Blue Shop will be opening stores throughout Michigan.
One thing that I hope is that they open stores throughout Michigan, not just in the Southeast Michigan area.
However, it seems that Michigan will benefit greatly from this new alliance. Proceeds from purchases at M Go Blue Shop will directly benefit the University of Michigan Athletic Department scholarships and programs. Martin also stated, "Royalty revenues from these licensing endeavors help support our 25 sports teams, fund athletic department infrastructure, pay for long-term capital projects and contribute to U-M's academic programs."
I looked at the website and one thing that I noticed is that they don't have too many big sizes since I like my jerseys to be big so you can wear a sweat shirt underneath. But I thought I would let everyone know that there is a new store in town.
Somebody please enlighten me - What is going on with this kid?? I am not going to latch onto the whole "MSU is killing Michigan in In State Recruiting" thing, but the recruitment of this kid is alarming to me. I haven't heard much about his interest in Michigan and it seems that he's likely headed to East Lansing or to State College. I know that his offer list is extremely impressive, so I would much rather see him at USC, FLA, LSU or any other out of conference school. But to lose him to MSU or PSU would be incredibly hurtful and degrading, not just on the football field but also in the whole "in state supremacy" thing.
I know Gholston was an MSU shoe in from the beginning, but we need to get this kid. He plays a position of need and he would be great fit in Robinson's offense.
So, to make a long story short, what's the deal? Is he gonna be playing at the BigHouse or what??? (TomVH)
Someone please enlighten me. I know that we are killing it down in FLA, OH etc., but we cannot let Dantonia take all the in state kids. I think the whole 3-9 season and RichRod pre-season fiasco really hurt his reputation in state.
On September 19, 2009, I will be joining some of you at a home game at Michigan Stadium. I had just purchased tickets to the game at home against Eastern Michigan. This is my first ever football game, let alone UM game. I will be making the drive from Scranton, and it is about 9 1/2 hours from Ann Arbor, and I couldn't care less.'Round these parts, either your for PSU or ND, and i have hated both of them just as long as I loved Michigan. I've loved the maize and blue since I was a little kid, like most of you. I never thought i would go to a game, but during the 08 season i decided that i was goig to take my girlfriend out there and finally witness the greatness. She's even excited and she knows nothing about college football. To be honest, i don't think i will care if UM loses or not,(eventhough I hope they will, knock on wood)I am just going to be happy to say i was there once. I know the atmosphere is going to be ridiculous, and i honestly do not know what to expect when I get there. I plan on leaving for Ann Arbor that Thursday when my classes are done, and driving straight through. Then wing it when we get there. If there is any advice about gameday/traveleing/miscellaneous it will be greatly appreciated. See you at the game
Okay-- so it's not exactly a secret that I'm a professional designer by trade. One of my specialties/interests is in branding and uniform design, about which I occasionally throw in my two cents around here.
With that being said, I've recently taken part in a design contest that may actually result in a legitimate application of my work if things go well. The only reason I'm letting you all know is that it pertains to your own AHL Grand Rapids Griffins. Since a lot of you are Red Wings fans, I'm assuming this might be of interest to you.
This whole thing actually takes place at another blog, Puckdrawn.com, which deals primarily in hockey jersey design and aesthetics. Basically the premise for this particular contest is to design an alternate look for the Griffins, and eventually the best work will be shown to the team's management as consideration for an actual on-ice jersey or uniform design.
I contributed three designs: the red, featuring my original Griffin mark on a Rbk Edge template; the white, featuring my alternate-as-main mark on the same template; and a 3rd, an idea of actually honoring Gordie Howe with a jersey designed in his own likeness (I wanted something REALLY different for the last).
In the past some of you have expressed interest in seeing more of my work. Well, you can all check it out here:
I'm happy with the logo. The uniforms are different, and you can argue that they're WAY too "Reebok," BUT keep in mind that one of the many people that would have to sign off on something like this is a Reebok guy, so I thought I'd play it up and do the best with their template.
So I welcome you all to check 'em out and let me know what you think, if only because I'm not a part of the local fan base. I'm really good about taking criticism, and welcome any and all comments. Wish me luck!
Oh, and no-- I never did finish the alternate Wolverine head from way back when.