"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
There has been a lot of discussion over the last couple of years about what makes some people better fans than others. For what it is worth, I think this board has a very shaky definition of a true fan. For full disclosure, I have sat through 5-3 games that eskimos left because they were too cold, used to wake up early and make breakfast as a payment to my roomates for making us all get to the stadium early so I could watch the defense warm up with "bull in the ring" and have been so distraught after a MIchigan loss that I literally cancelled a date for saturday night and sulked the whole weekend away. None of that makes me a better fan than anyone else. In fact, that last one makes me sad for myself and for those of you who seem hold the same kind of behavior as some kind of a badge of honor.
Thankfully, I have gotten older, gotten married, had children, and gained some perspective. I now root for Michigan (whether it be football, women's tennis, or beer pong), enjoy the time spent with family and friends, and go on with my life win or lose. So, if you are that guy at the picnic spewing four letter words, kicking the neighbors dog, and all the while thinking that you are somehow a better fan than everyone else, you should know that you are wrong. You are just a jackass. You are not a better fan if you stood by RR, just as you are not a better fan if you wanted him fired. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you are not a better fan if you are facebook friends with all of our 2015 recuits. Trust me when I tell you that Michigan football will beat OSU again some day, and that they will just as assuredly lose to Minnesota again. Either way, you will survive. Relax, and enjoy the fun of it.
-Note- this post was triggered by the line "So you'll have to excuse the rest of us who stood in those stands during the Fandom Endurance III game and are terribly sad about how the last three years worked out " which I interpereted as yet another 'I am a better fan than you because...' type of a line.
Not bad, I like how indepth there getting with the mascots actions, BANDS, and the players don't look like their running with a stick up they're ass. On another note, Flint native, Mark Ingram is the cover athlete. Congrats to him even though he plays at the SEC school I hate the most. There has been a flood of info coming out today and I have heard there might be some upgrades in the online dynasty which I am thrilled about because thats where I spend 99% of my time when I'm playing.
I'l keep ya posted if hear anymore
for those who care what fiutak writes.
AR must be in a Maize and Blue mood this morning. First article is about Hoke, second is about Mattison, and third is about Michigan-Ohio rivalry.
Armani Reeves (5'11", 185 lbs) is one of the few defensive backs that Michigan has offered for the 2012 class. Reeves' Catholic Memorial teammate Camren Williams decided to make the call for Penn State, but that hasn't affected how Reeves is going about his process or where Michigan stands. Here's a look at his film and where he's at overall with his recruitment.
TOM: I know you've taken some visits now, but what are your plans from here? Are you close to narrowing things down?
ARMANI: Yeah, I'm close. Since we last talked I haven't been out to any more schools because of school and SAT stuff. I went to Pitt for the 7 on 7, but that's it. I think I did good [individually] but we lost to a Detroit team.
TOM: You say you're close to narrowing things down, but what does that mean?
ARMANI: After I visit some more schools in the summer I will officially narrow it down.
TOM: Do you have a leader right now, or do you have an idea what schools will be in the top group?
ARMANI: No, I don't have a leader right now. I know Michigan will be in the top five, but I'm not sure of the others yet.
TOM: Do you know what trips you're going to take this summer?
ARMANI: I'll be up at Michigan, Maryland, Rutgers, and Stanford this summer but I don't know who else yet. I'll narrow it down to five, take those officials, then make my decision.
TOM: You say that Michigan is already going to be in the top five, what about them do you like?
ARMANI: I like pretty much everything about them. I just want to get a feel for more of the college life around the normal students and see if I would fit in with the people.
TOM: Overall when you go to narrow your list down what is going to be most important to you?
ARMANI: The academics, the coaching staff, and that players around them.
TOM: Now that everything is in full swing have you started to hear more from the Michigan coaches?
ARMANI: I know that Coach Mallory is coming to the schools soon, but other than that just talking and getting to know each other.
TOM: Do you feel pretty comfortable with Coach Mallory now?
ARMANi: Yeah, he's a real cool guy. I like him a lot. We talk about more than football, and we just have a good bond with each other.
TOM: Someone else you know has Michigan connections too. You're friends with Chris Barnett, what has he been saying to you about Michigan?
ARMANI: He just tells me it's the best place, and that with more pieces there they could be really good in a couple years with the new coaches.
TOM: Are you still going to wait until January or December to announce?
ARMANi: Yeah, or maybe a little sooner.
Not too much here, but still some information. Like I said, its short.