I hope I'm not being too picky here but there seems be a general negative tone here on the blog that I don't think is useful. I don't want to pick an internet fight and I hope this brings up constructive discussion.
I love Hoke for a number of reasons but I think we all can agree that Hoke failed in relative expectations with on the field performance, wins and losses, etc. and it's OK to discuss those facts, but the constant bashing of Hoke and yearning for glory days is a bit overdone lately. I didn't frequent this blog after the RR years but can't we restrain ourselves from lobbing so many negative comments towards people who tried and cared about representing UM well? Note that I'm not advocating that we eliminate talking about our history and discussing facts or even opinions about those facts and that's what makes this blog so great.
I'm not sure if you folks have played on athletic teams that despite good effort, failed to play up to internal and external expectations, or if you've played for a coach you loved but things didn't work out, or if you personally have played poorly relative to personal expectations, but by and large, that is what happened under the RR and Hoke years. Some of my favorite players have come from this era of relative underperformance on the field. That recognition doesn't come from Ws and Ls but from how they conduct themselves as humans. I applaud Vincent Smith's recent efforts in the community and I hope it succeeds mightily. There other examples just like Vincent. It seems though that for some folks here, the Ws and Ls are preeminent when it comes to assigning value to a human being. Isn't sports more than Ws and Ls? Is it merely my team from my area is better than your team from your area?
I hope Harbaugh brings us back to where we once were but more than that, I hope he does it the right way with the right players. I don't want to be Alabama. I want to be Michigan. That's more than tribalism but it stands for something of integrity. I can desire victories, acknowledge that Hoke And RR failed in some areas, and yet not lob needless criticisms towards each of them and perhaps indirectly to the players that played under them. I am very thankful for this blog and what it represents, let's have more of it.
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Just checking in to say the Flint garden fundraiser was a success. Thanks to everyone on mgoblog because you all have supported us and we wouldnt have #eating with out everyone pitching in.
We are having another event on May 31st at Corner Brewery during the day and also outside. We are going to have a painting time too so bring your kids.
It means a lot to me and my friends in football that we get support. We like meeting everyone and hope you all can make it out. Thanks for being the best fans ever.
Not much new here, as per usual with Baumgardner. Sounds like Peppers is healthy and doing very well in spring practice. He's going to be fun to watch this fall.
Offensive coordinator Tim Drevno was interviewed by Leigh Steinberg on Yahoo sports radio this evening.
They discussed 2015 recruiting and the rush to fill the class. They also spoke on Spring practice and the roster. Nothing new there, just the same boiler plate stuff. But Drevno does speak to the mix of 49er, Stanford and University of SD offenses and trying to find the Michigan identity within those examples.
Drevno also touched on some of the differences between college/pro football relating to the amount of time available to work with the athletes.
Not much in the way of new info but it was an ok listen except for having to tolerate Steinberg's dental whistling impersonation of Lou Holtz.
Select "Steinberg: Hour 2, Part 2 - 3-16-2015" from the link below.
Our Michigan coach is talked about more in the media than Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, and even Bill Belichick.
I am watching an old rerun of the Battle of the Networks Stars, likely aired around 1982. After Mark Harmon won the obstacle course race, his father, Tom Harmon was there to greet him at the finish line with Howard Cosell. Tom said a brief hello to the nation and Mark said "Hi dad".