Just watched the post game interviews by some of the players and you can see they are hurting. Can only imagine how hard must be for them. They see the coach they like on a hot seat and perhaps feel responsible for his problems.
Let's hear for the kids who are giving us their best. None of this shit is their fault and that includes DG. They must be put by coaches in a position to perform their best.
At the eleventh hour me and my family decided on Thursday we would go to our first game of 2014. To begin and I will not be brief, the state of the program can easily be defined by the low cost of tickets the secondary market. I waited until Thursday of this week to buy tickets because I needed an odd number and I knew I could get three tickets for less than a hundred dollars if I were to remain patient. I scored three tickets for $75.00. That alone is an omen and a reminder of the reality the program.
Now to my point. We drove up to the game. I live in Columbus, Ohio, so the trip was not too bad. I took my fiancee and my four year old daughter who absolutely loves to see the cheerleaders and the band. Once we arrived she was able to go to the bounce house across from the stadium. Then when the ominous clouds arrived we hurried into the stadium where we witnessed a pretty cool air show before kickoff.
We watched the band marching onto the field after the air show. We sang the victors as a family and then watched the team take field and touch the Mclub banner. After all this was over and the actual game began, my daughter looks up at me with already tired eyes and asked me "can we go home". I tell her we are going to watch the game before we leave, then I bribe her with the idea of a new toy after the game if she is good. My daughter then falls asleep on my lap for the entire first half. Her excitement so far was the bounce house, the band, and the cheerleaders before the game began. We were 85 rows up in section 41 so her vantage point of the band and cheerleaders was not enough to keep her awake.
We suffered. The storm was pretty bad during the delay so we were stuck inside the concourse waiting it out. All the event staff was convinced the game would get called. Many of them just wanted to go home, but like the weather that trapped my family in the concourse, the event staff were also held hostage by the athletic department.
We had a moment. I had spotted a slight break in the rain and decided to jog over to Packard Ave where we were parked and get the car. I was going to get the car and pick up my family at the stadium. I was able to make it back five minutes before the restart and the logical part of me had thought that we had been through enough and there was no way in hell I was going to spend six dollars on stadium pretzels, or fries etc.... We were spent, hungry and wanted to leave, but something told me to finish the game and my family agreed. We went back in to a stadium filled with the chant U-T-A-H Utah, Utah, Utah. I did not care. It was going to be my first night game experience in the big house. I had 7:51 seconds and I had a shot at the first row.
Then the moment happened. My daughter who was decked out in her Michigan Cheerleader outfit was spotted by the actual cheerleaders and they came directly over to our row. They asked us if they could take a picture with her and then literally climbed over the wall to do it. This was the moment. Even as the Utah crowd that remained cheered loudly and the five guys next to us were yelling at Dave Brandon on the sideline to "fire Brady Hoke" it all became mute. My daughter was stunned and excited and all the suffering of the last two plus hours in the concourse was an afterthought.
My daughter who was stunned reminded me that this is what it is all about. It is not always about the wins, or losses, who is the coach, or the world is ending. It was the fact that we stayed and endured the storm and because this my daughter was able to experience a lasting memory at the Big House and to me this meant more to me than a win, or a loss, or who the coach is.
This is Michigan. This is what we are at the moment. It's important to have the perspective and realize that the state of Michigan Football will not be defined by the last seven years. The memory of this game for me will be defined because we stayed and my daughter was able to have an experience at the Big House her and I can share forever.
Here is the moment. And because I did not know how to upload a photo I added it to youtube and provided a link. If someone, anyone can help me understand how to add a photo for future reference let me know.
Little anecdote from yesterday's shitshow:
I work for WCBN (student radio), so I've been watching all the home games from the press box. Since we have so few listeners, I was able to leave the game yesterday once it was clear that it wasn't gonna get going again for a few hours. I was in the elevator, heading down from the press box, and who steps in but John Beilein. Everyone greeted him cheerfully, and I told him "Can't wait for basketball season!" He replied "Can't wait for Big Ten football season. We're getting better, believe it or not."
It's probably just a guy supporting his colleague, but for now I'd like to view it as a sign of good tidings to come. Because if there's anyone or anything we can still believe in, it's John Beilein.
Yea Big Ten! I'm watching the Big Ten Network and I'm happy and proud of our Big Ten bretheren. A good bounce back win for Rutgers against Navy, a nice come from behind victory for Iowa over Pittsburgh, a solid win for the Terrapins over the Orange. And then there is the fantastic win the Hoosiers had not only over Missouri but over the ESS-EEE-CEE. Then come the Michigan highlights, sheeeeit. Low lights, really. I look at our upcoming schedule and I can't get myself to see more than one or two wins. Okay, one win; I really didn't want to sound like I've given up on the team but I'm trying to be more honest this year. I'M KIDDING, I'M NOT GIVING UP ON THE TEAM.
Still, as I try to give positive responses on other threads, I can't help but feel 'they ain't no coming back from this'. It seems the whole conference is making natural progress teams are supposed to make that we seemed to be stuck at; I'm probably only addressing those very old fans that are likey not with us no more but does anyone remember a conference season with so little promise?
Yeah, we're going to do this to respect the science of our anger.
Some unique things definitely happened to out open threads this weekend.
First and foremost, for sheer thread volume, yesterday's threads - first and second half - beat out last year's Penn State threads - by 290 posts. Yesterday's threads topped out at 2,422 total posts. Second, for the first time since I began doing this last season, "shit" was the most popular tracked word for a game. It was "fire" during the Miami (OH) game, as you might recall, but every time before that, it had been "fuck". The blog's gameplan is definitely changing with recent developments.
So, let's talk some "shit" for a moment - even accounting for instances where it was in someone's signature line or otherwise not game-related, we still came up with 182 posts of "shit" in some form. That beat out the 90 fucks (rather, "adjusted fucks", which again means sig lines and other items were removed). The third place winner this was was actually "ass" - 66 instances, and that's adjusting for instances were "ass" is part of a larger word. "Shit fuck ass" is a cadence I don't think we've quite had to date.
What do the yearly totals look like right now?
"Fuck" doesn't have nearly the lead it did last year, so we are opening ourselves up to alternative ways to express our collective dissatisfaction. Of course, I did promise the return of the Mood Chart because at four games, we can take a preliminary look at how we feel about the season:
Well, we liked the Appalachian State game anyway, at least in comparison to everything else. What has happened here is that the size of the Utah threads has skewed this a bit, but it does put Utah squarely in "Anger". It is interesting that it now frames our feelings towards ND as a bit apathetic, and Miami (OH)? Apparnetly, "Meh" in the final analysis to date.
Even if the rest of the season goes OK, I very much doubt Utah moves much from its current position near 2013 PSU and Iowa would have fallen, for those inspired some genuine rage as well.