to play football, not to play trumpet
It could, perhaps, be defined as a bunch of idiots dancing on a plane to Sweet Home Alabama, a song made famous by a band that died in a plane crash…
Irony could also be defined as follows:
A man swears under his breath and loudly and obnoxiously ridicules his team’s head coach while using demeaning rhetoric towards the state of West Virginia and towards the program for making the mistake to hire someone from such an inferior geographical region and inferior group of people.
Now, imagine this event occurring on a bench in the southwest corner of Michigan Stadium, and the man has cheered avidly all day for his maize and blue team, all while making multiple comments throughout the day about the beautiful venue steeped in history and tradition.
If you do not understand the irony, please read further.
We thankfully do not hear the belittling West Virginia rhetoric too often on the boards of mgoblog, but I am confident that we have all heard someone, somewhere, subversively or matter-of-factly, make snide, rude comments regarding the fact that our current head coach originates from the state of West Virginia.
I hear it often, and I laugh and shake my head at fans of our other rival schools who think it’s a funny joke that Rich Rodriguez was born, raised, played football and coached football in the state of West Virginia.
I do not laugh, however, when our own Michigan fans make the same snide remarks. I become frustrated and saddened, as our program’s proud history is intimately intertwined with that Wild and Wonderful state…
Fielding H. Yost, our man, our legend, the original epitome of a "Michigan Man" - who made our football tradition legendary, who oversaw 6 national championships, who designed and built our athletic campus including our beloved football stadium and hockey arena, and who gave our Athletic Department its strong identity which it maintains today - was born in West Virginia and played at WVU.
Every time a Michigan fan makes a sarcastic comment about Rich Rodriguez's West Virginian background, it is ironically ignorant - unless of course, they intended to throw Fielding Yost and the history of our program under the figurative bus too.
Now, do these things mean the current coach will be as wildly influential? I have no idea. Two data points do not equal correlation. This diary is not about his success or failure.
This diary is about our school’s history and our fans’ recognition of it, especially since we are always the first to flaunt our great history and tradition - a history and tradition footed in solid marble by Fielding H. Yost!
My plea to you is to please help educate our fan base to stop making silly remarks regarding West Virginia as some second tier state producing second tier people when the rich and beloved history of our program is based off, yes indeed, a man from West Virginia.
If you hear a Michigan fan make this mistake, simply kindly inform them of the facts about our history, as one can attempt to debate scheme, offense, recruiting, or leadership all day, but the history of the University of Michigan and its strong influences are not subject to debate.
Thanks for listening and thanks for your help!
Relevant aside: Lloyd Carr was hired from West Virginia prior to the 1980 season. Coach Carr was hired to serve under Don Nehlen when Nehlen was hired at WVU, but Carr did not stay long, as Bo Schembechler sought out his assistance only a few months later. Carr was only a coach at WVU during the offseason prior to the 1980 season.
While watching Once Brothers last night, I threw out the idea to my friends of "If they came to you and asked you for your best 30 for 30 idea, what would it be?"
Mine was totally MGoBlog inspired:
"You Were Killed By a Bear and I am Sad"--A reflective look at Michigan football from November 12, 2006 to January 2, 2008.
It would encompass the week leading up to the 2006 "Game of the Century", Bo's death, the Game itself, the bickering over the BCS in 2006, USC beating Michigan in the Rose Bowl, The Horror, the Oregon slaughter, the resurrection games against ND and Penn State, the Little Brother game, the Champaign nights, Boom Malletted, Coach Carr's retirement, the coaching search, a new era, and going out on top.
I know it has a very parochial feel and I know that it would be hard for many Michigan fans to watch, but I think it's reflective of a sea change in college football in microcosm.
So, with that in mind, what would be your hypothetical Michigan athletics 30 for 30 idea. It works better if you give your angle.
Denard and the current UM offense is most often compared with Pat White's WVU days, for obvious reasons. When Mark Dantonio was as Cinci, he coached against WVU twice and Pat White had typical Pat White games both times.
2005 passed for 100 yards, 1td, rushed for 111 yards in a 38-0 wvu win - http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/boxscores/2005-11-09-cincinnati.html
2006 passed for 98 yards, 1td, rushed for 93 yards 2 td in a 42-24 wvu win - http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/boxscores/2006-11-11-west-virginia.html
Not claiming that this means Denard does the same thing, just some facts, some history, something to gnaw on this morning.
I’ve mentioned before that I attended the 1969 Michigan victory over OSU. Being in the stands that day, getting to rush the field and take down the goal posts, is my personal Wolverine football landmark. I know. Who cares? You are absolutely right. However, in the stands for that game, in the stands for the first time ever, was a high school senior who did matter. He was sitting next to his sister. He’s five foot, nine inches—maybe—and 170 pounds. Michigan boy. Decided at that very game he wanted to be a Michigan Wolverine. Offensive lineman. Walk on.
“….don’t let anyone talk you out of it.”
Donnie Warner, who didn’t even know how to pronounce Bo’s last name, had just sprung a trap on Old Blood & Guts. Quoted a speech Bo gave at his high school about never giving up. Told him about attending “The Game” last fall. “He had me, and he knew it.” Bo was in full retreat.
Donnie sacrificed for the team and switched from offensive guard to defensive tackle. He was not afraid of Reggie McKenzie and Tom Coyle. Bo played on the demo team that year and watched him get knocked around like a “volleyball”. Donnie endeavored to persevere.
By his junior year Donnie was quickly becoming quite a pest for Bo’s offense and was not shy about celebrating his victories on the field. Bo fretted over his offensive line. “For cryin’ out loud, if we can’t stop little Donnie Warner from breaking up our plays, how in the hell are we going to stop Purdue?”
By his senior year Donnie was on full scholarship and starting. Try as he might, Bo simply couldn’t find anyone to beat him out. Donnie started calling him “Bo” and advised him how to beat OSU that year—and was right. The 1973 team is the one that got ganked, so Donnie Warner smelled no Roses in his final year at Michigan, which is a shame. Bo described him as the greatest player he ever coached. Wow. Just think of all the names on THAT list and Donnie Warner is on TOP!
And just think, it all started with the last game of the season in 1969 versus OSU. Just sayin’. There’s magic in that game. And, uh, thank you Donnie Warner’s sister.
If you haven’t already read “Bo’s Lasting Lessons”, by John U. Bacon (pg. 142-150), do so now. That is where this entire story comes from. Turn off your computer, run to the book store, don’t walk, and get this book. Why are you still sitting there! Go!
Let me begin by saying that I am anti-Maize jersey, and this is not a call for anything to be added or changed in the current football uniform options.
It's pretty neat stuff, and then you get to page 20. It shows that in 1964, Michigan wore Maize jerseys. I have never, ever, heard anything about this or seen any visual evidence of a maize jersey in any previous discussion. Can I hopefully just presume that this is a mistake on the part of the artists and that should just be a simple white version of the road jersey? Thank you for your time and feedback.
Using Brian's revisit of the 1962 season as a point of departure, I ask, "what might you expect next after two disappointing football seasons in a row?," using 1962-3 as the historical parallel to our tribulations of 2008-9.
Here is collection of two Wolverine Historian tributes to the 1964-5 football team for those who might want to draw encouragement from the past.
|9/26||vs.||Air Force (4-5-1)||W||24||7|
|10/10||@||*Michigan State (4-5)||W||17||10|
|11/21||@||*Ohio State (7-2)||W||10||0|
|1/1||vs.||Oregon State (8-3)||W||34||7||@ Pasadena, CA||Rose Bowl|
You never know.
BTW, RE "styling," these away unis are my favorite. Call me a crustacean.