Has anyone intentionally toned down their fanhood in order to improve their well being/mental health?
Sorry in advance for what I'm sure is one of the more laughably depressing threads we've had after a loss, but it's a serious question. Mods if this is just too much, kill it. I was talking with a guy yesterday who intentionally stopped being a sports fan because it was too much stress and too distressing for him. I'm a generally happy person, but after a loss like that I can be depressed for days, and to be perfectly honest I feel like it might just be healthier for me to tune out a little bit. Much as I love Michigan and football, the fact that one of the biggest causes of distress in my life is sports is just not healthy.
Thoughts? Talk me off the ledge?
I think it's fair to say that the vast majority of this board would have answered "yes" to the question is Brady Hoke the best coach for Michigan before this game, with various caveats and quibbles (Funk, Borges) aside.
I am interested to hear how the board would respond to that question now. I'll offer some options:
A- Yes he is, that game sucked and game management was poor, but we can move on.
B- He is provided he makes changes to offensive coaching after the season
C- My faith in Hoke was seriously shaken and I am no longer sure he is the best coach for M.
D- He is not the best coach for M. This game confirmed my fears.
So, if you want to play, please answer both with the letter that best captures your thought, and also is that a change from what you would have answered before?
To start, I will say B. And yes last night changed my mind.
I thought about making this a diary, but it should likely be a thread so more will see it.
As some are aware, I do collect data on a few major swearing metric in the open threads for our games, and I believe it is time to report out on the state of MGoSchadenfreude now that we are halfway through the regular season.
The major metrics are - "fuck", "shit", damn", "ass", "suck" and "fire", the last being references to firing coaches, which isn't cussing but is often done in conjuction with it. We also track references to putting Shane Morris in the game, but this will be reported on separately.
In the major metrics, at this point in the season, we have accumulated 1,956 instances of all of these, not counting 69 total calls throughout the season to put Shane Morris in the game. It is interesting to note that 36 of those came last night, and when he was incidentally inserted in the game due to Gardner losing his helmet, there was no obvious jubilation (possibly because it was only one play).
In any case, here is the distribution:
Here are the summary cumulative statistics:
|"put in Morris"||69||11.50||14.09|
Clearly, as a community, we rely too much on "fuck" and thus have a very unbalanced cussing game. It seems clear that if we try to be a little moe profane up front, we can open up holes to get more swearing through. Here is the general trend for each metric:
Going back to "put in Morris", this only shows up in three game - Akron, UConn and Penn State. In the Akron and UConn games, there were a combined 33 references to the prospect of starting a freshman over Gardner. Last night, there were 36 references.
Later on in the season, this will get more detailed - I will try to provide additional dimensions to the data, including parts of speech analysis and a Pareto chart which details the most common gripes of the blog.
Been wanting to ask this question all week but never got around to it?
Does anyone consider this game a rivalry? Now that it will be contested yearly?
Had the feeling tonight of a rivalry. A lot of down to the wire and close games between these two.
Up 7 to uber conservative offense - to delay of game - to punt - to horrendous pooch - to allowing three consecutive bombs. I am a sunshine blower but that is the worst game management I've ever seen.
Due to the nature of things, this will go up a little early - this is your thread to discuss and evaluate Michigan's performance on defense and the defensive playcalling.