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Don't get me wrong, as a fan, I'd definitely prefer to get unambiguous injury information. But I'm hoping somebody can convince me this doesn't help opponents prepare. If our (so far this year) best deep threat is almost certainly not to play, doesn't that help Notre Dame scheme?
Hey guys, this is a formal request for anyone that has the replay of the point in either the second or third quarter (can't remember which it was) that EVERYONE did the RRod chant and Graham and the DLine got everyone up. We were on defense and WMU was stuck in the north end zone, but I don't know if that moment was on TV.
If it wasn't, it'd be nice to have some sort of video of it.
After the longest wait I have ever experienced between Michigan football games, it's over. Wolverine Nation can breathe a little easier. As they say, the proverbial weight has been lifted. Leaving the stadium, you could feel the tension rise away, as hope set in for the dawn of new era of Michigan Football.
Skeptics believed. The faithful rejoiced. In the midst of the crapstorm that has been circling around the program since the RichRod hire, the Michigan Wolverines managed to prevail. And in doing so, they managed to prove something they have been waiting over a year to prove. Michigan Football will be back, and they will be hungry.
I just recently graduated from U of M and was lucky enough to get a job in Ann Arbor, and able to go to the game to see the team in person today. It was actually kind of funny looking at my facebook status updated from all my friends at Michigan, and in one moment, people were finally excited again. The long winter was over.
The defense looked solid. They were able to tackle (finally) and managed to stop, for the most part, those long plays that plagued us all last year. Upon GERG's hire, he stressed the importance of fundamentals to his game. Tackling. Angles of pursuit. Stevie Brown in a spot that fits him.
Tate looked good. He looked like he had a handle on the offense. He worked through his progressions pretty well, and as another poster said, he took control (I don't remember which post in was in, sorry). He did the things that we had wished Threet or Sheridan could have done in even the faintest glimmer of hope last season. It's amazing what a quarterback suited for the system can do for you. He has a lot of room to grow, and in my opinion, a hell of a lot of upside, but simply having someone meant for the system makes such a big difference. Denard was fast. REALLY fast.
We didn't fumble punts. Enough said.
I say this all with cautious optimism, all be it slightly less than 24 hours ago. I think the most important thing we can take away from today is that we do have a lot of growing to do, we're still a young team, and we are going to have the associated growing pains. But today we also learned to appreciate the small things-- tackling, angles, completing passes, holding on to the ball. These are the things that will win championships--take it from Bo--and it looks like we are headed in the right direction. We will see in a week against the Irish.
To borrow a phrase that has jumped the shark in the last year: I loves me some Michigan Football.
Anyhoo, there's been plenty said about the anti-RR crowd among the alumni, AD, fans, etc. Maybe I'm paranoid, but might it not be possible that Lloyd Carr is among the most virulent of the lot? After all, he and Roseypalm were "close" (probably not in the Biblical sense). Someone must have given the Life cereal kid the story idea. I'm sure he didn't just dream it up out of whole cloth. Mikey isn't that clever -- he even borrowed an email I sent him once as the origin of a column he wrote about the Lions last season, (though he gave me proper credit in his story -- I guess he gets a minor prop for not plagiarizing).
Even if Lloyd didn't commit a cardinal sin in this case, I still have a commodious problem with him: he had a golden opportunity to say, "If you claim to be a fan of Michigan Athletics, then its time to put away the sour, grinchy frowns and cheer for the Maize and Blue with every ounce of your being. Your team needs you." He didn't. Deafening silence. Now, I'll allow (for the moment) that UM's lawyers put the lid on most any statements not made by the Bill and Mary Sue, but c'mon -- not a PEEP? That doesn't sound like the characteristic of a "Michigan Man" to me.
He, and the rest of the Grinches, need to remember a few historical facts about "their" program. Consider:
- One Fielding Yost hailed from the "hollers" of West Virginia. His accent was so thick that he couldn't say, "Michigan" ... That's right, comrades, he is the origin of the beloved malapropism, "Meechigan!"
- Michigan's greatest dynasties happened when the program broke with "tradition". Starting with Yost, then Crisler, then Schembechler. Each new era heralded key innovations in the game and some of the greatest teams in school history.
- Even Bo had an inauspicious start. The headline in the Detroit papers was, "BO WHO?" Alumni howled. No matter that the first and second choices said, "No". Nor that it was Joe Paterno who suggested to Don Canham, (after flatly turning the job down) about an unknown coach at the University of Miami (OH).
- Bo didn't give a shit whether people - who had little to no knowledge of what it took to build a championship program - liked his approach to the program. He had helped Woody build the program at Ohio State, and had no intention of doing it any other way. That half of the squad quit from the roster in his first year made no difference, either.
In the interest of full disclosure, I was not a particular fan of Coach Rod until Monday. Though I still believe his complete dismissal of everything and everyone that had come before (save Fred Jackson) was over-kill, and is probably a big part of why he struggles to be supported by some "fans", its really not materially different than what Bo did, nor Crisler before him.
Win or lose tomorrow, I will remain a fan of the Michigan Wolverines, and cheer my heart out for that team until my last breath. I will also cheer for Rich Rodriguez until he is the coach no longer, no matter if it is next season or the next decade. This is Our Team. And, in the spirit of what every Head Football Coach of the University of Michigan has believed, including Coach Rod:
This is about the TEAM, the TEAM, the TEAM.
The Michigan Man does exist despite what drivel you may have recently read; He's just not what everybody thinks he is. ‘They’ think a Michigan Man is some kind of prototype forged in the mold Bo Schembechler. Bo’s famous quote seared into the public perception an awesome and tenacious image that resonated within the Michigan community and throughout the sports world to this very day, a generation later; the very definition of a meme. As the man who coined the phrase and undoubtedly a Michigan Man himself, he himself is said image.
A closer Look at the context of the quote reveals the true definition of Michigan Men. Bill Frieder accepts a job elsewhere and leaves Michigan behind. As soon as that agreement was made, it was determined that Frieder was not a Michigan Man. At that moment he was no longer the right man to lead Michigan.
So, the definition of a Michigan Man is simple: He who is unequivocally devoted to Michigan. A Michigan Man stands for what he believes is right and has the grace to acknowledge and correct his errors. A Michigan Man loves Michigan and represents her with courage, valor, and passion; to his grave. A Michigan Man respects his adversary but will never fear him.
Unfortunately, many within the Michigan community do not understand this simple definition. This is not to say that they do not love Michigan, but they fail to see what it was about Bo that made him a Michigan Man. Gerald Ford. Bob Ufer. Those who stayed in ’69. Gary Moeller. Tshimanga Biakabutuka. Lloyd Carr. Tom Brady. Brian Cook. This list never ends.
Bo and Lloyd were clear-cut Michigan Men but they do not encompass all Michigan Men. What I saw on August 31 was stark contrast to what I would expect to see from any of the afore mentioned men, but make no mistake…I saw a Michigan Man.
What we’re dealing with in this episode of evolution is the unknown. It is scary to not know what to expect and it’s OK to be critical of what you see. But it’s not OK to reject someone because you don’t understand him and are so attached to the mystique of what has come before that you won’t take the time to get to know him. That’s not Michigan.
Do you love a mystique or do you love Michigan?