I've been sitting in the student section for the past 5 years now, and I've seen many idiotic things done by my fellow students, and I've heard some pretty moronic things as well, but today I was surrounded by the epitome of asinine (Sec. 30, ~Row 23, you know who you are).
For some reason, many of my fellow "Wolverines" felt it was a good idea and maybe even funny to mock and put down our own Tate Forcier, before the game was even underway. Here are a few examples:
- "F#%& Tate" (in chant form)
- "Transfer, already!"
- "Hey, Tate, did you bring your own wings today?"
These continued well into the game, even when Tate drove the length of the field for a TD. Needless to say, it pissed me off to no end, and I was very happy when they left near the end of the 3rd quarter.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, don't be an ass, even if you don't like a particular player. They still play for the Maize and Blue, they're still young (most of them), and they're playing their hearts out to win for YOU! I hope Tate's great play, modesty and positive attitude showed these cretins the error of their ways.
[The soapbox is now open for use.]
Many good vibes from watching the game yesterday but none so satisfying as the sideline shots of Tate and R.R hugging it out pre-game and Tate helping a teammate with his pads. Transfer was the word after week 1. Now, I think we've seen this young mans true colors come shining through(sorry;-). Mr. Forcier is a true Maize and Blue Meeechiganman. Beautiful thing is I think he realizes how potentially important he is to this team now and in the years to come.
Also props to B.K for keeping his QB on the sideline no matter the repercussions. Many a coach in this land would have played him regargless of the long term effect on the player or the team. Medically or otherwise. Class move.
Go Blue and on to "EMU"
I hate breaking news, or debunking things (see Sam McGuffie transfer), so I don't know what's going to happen with Tate. I spoke to his Dad, and here's some quotes from our conversation. He was adamant that Tate is not transferring. These can all be found on my twitter page, too.
"As Tate's father, and someone who would advise him, a transfer isn't something I want to be a part of. Sometimes you think, man, do they want him there, but we don't think that's the situation. Rich Rodriguez has also been straight with us."
"Tate knows Michigan is the biggest and best stage out there. I know he has mixed emotions, but this is in his blood."
"He was feeling a little like a caged animal on the sidelines. He knew the cameras were on him, and that they were looking for an emotional reaction, so he was trying to hide his face with the towel. He was not pouting. The cameras kept prodding, and egging him on, so he got upset about it."
"This is a good growing experience. The way I see it, it's a long season. You saw today that they're going to need two quarterbacks. The Big Ten schedule is a tough schedule."
"We knew some disciplinary actions were coming down the pipe, so we kind of saw some things that others didn't. Not everyone knows and sees everything that goes on on the inside."
"This is like a boxing match, and the advice I give him is ride it out baby, ride it out. Those who stay will be champions."
"I talked to him after the game briefly, and I think we're ok. All I want to do is think positive of this. Tomorrow is a new day for him."
"I really think Rich Rodriguez is trying to make a true leader out of him on and off the field. Again, no one sees everything that goes on inside. Tate is a competitive, emotional kid that was having mixed emotions. He was happy as hell that they won, but upset he couldn't be in the game."
I'm not going to attempt to analyze this on my own. Begin internal discussion and panic.
“All you need to know is I’m out.” - Tate Forcier
Less than a minute had passed since theMichigan football team beat Connecticut, 30-10, in the season opener and sophomore quarterback Tate Forcier appeared to make his decision.
Through his words and his body language, he had no interest in remaining at Michigan. When asked if he had a minute, he responded with those eight words.
Those eight words said a lot.
As the rest of his teammates celebrated a win, Forcier looked like he lost. He spent most of the game sitting on the bench, a towel alternating between his shoulders and wrapped around his head as he watched fellow sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson run through, over and past a fairly hapless Connecticutdefense.
In those moments, Forcier looked like he wanted to be anywhere but Michigan. After the win, he went straight up the tunnel. He was the third person spotted out of the Michigan locker room, hugged a few people and began to walk off.
He blew off fans attempting to get autographs, instead jumping on his cell phone and searching for family and friends
The ever reliable TomVH did, in fact, post a conversation with Mike Forcier, so here's the link. Quotes and what not can be found there.