Mike Lantry, 1972
Well, I've got nothing left. I watched that game and after three years of hoping that we would take the world by storm, I'm now just hoping that we'll win one more game. I can't even believe it.
I know many of you are in exactly the same boat. I like to tell my friends that at least understand sports that before 2008, the last time Michigan missed a bowl, I wasn't born. I hope they understand that losing just wasn't part of my DNA, particularly when it comes to my college team. Now it's been just about 3 years since we actually had a post season. I don't know how I'd endure another absence. I'm sure you've said something similar to your friends.
Don't you just want to punch the folks who don't think this is a big deal? Or who decide they're going to be a fair weather fan so they can irk you? I've got a bet with someone like that (yeah, I guess I asked for it) and I am not looking forward to paying it off because after 2 years of pain, I was hoping for a little redemption - I guess not.
So, back to present, it's hard for me not to think that the confidence of the team is now gone. I'm glad they battled back, but I don't know how this will go. I fear an implosion will lead to a loss of recruits, which leads to another 3 years of frustration. Can we survive a coaching change without a "lost generation?" Could this really go on 6 years? is it possible that we won't beat OSU for a decade? Is there any other option than to make a change after going 4-16 in conference? I just want to be sick.
And I'm just some fan. I can't imagine what it is like for a player. To be somewhere between 18 and 22 and to have your heart stomped after being so close so many times.
I just want Michigan to win - it's all I want. If I could go out and play to help them win, I would. But I'm too old, slow, fat, weak to do that. All I can do is cheer. I guess that is what I want you to do - just cheer them on. Make sure you do what you can so we have 5 more games instead of 4. After that, the situation will take care of itself.
Thanks for hearing my rant. I hope that, in some small way, it makes you feel better that you're not the only one wrecked over this football team. Keep that hope alive - Go Blue.
This doesn't really mean much, but after this loss I don't think I can be an RR apologist anymore. I realize that if we go another direction at head coach we will be in for another 2 seasons of pain. At this point we are ND under Weis... there is no doubt. I just don't know anymore. If RR is fired at the end of the season I can't complain. It has been 3 years. My hat is in the ring. I will no longer try to convince people that this is right. We suck. Bad. And after three years you really can't explain it away. It's sad.
I was in such shock during the game that I didn't get a chance to catch all the position switches or see who was playing poorly or decently. With all the ranting going on tonight I haven't seen one serious discussion over how the new or moved guys looked on D. I'm not even sure who all saw playing time.
I saw Vinopal start but, noticed Cam at Spur, and saw Carvin at different times as well. Also Sagesse was at DT. I think it's worth a serious discussion of how these players looked besides just saying that the D looked awful. We have two very winnable games coming up so I'm looking for any optimism, any at all.
I am sure that there will be numerous posts criticizing RR as a coach. While I agree with those criticisms, this is not the subject of this post. Rather, my criticism is with some statements that RR has made to the press.
Watching this game, one of the announcers commented that RR said to him that he hoped to find a FG kicker on the trip to Penn State. It sounded like ajoking comment, but if this is what he said, than he is an ass. OUr FG kickers are not good. Fine, we know. But they are young men coming to practice every day to try to help M win. How do you think they feel hearing RR say things like that? How do they feel when RR says (earlier this year) that he would welcome students to cme and try out for the kicker job. Talk about undermining a kid's confidence.
More importantly, if I were a parent of a recruit, and I heard that RR mad statements like that publicly, I would think twice about sending my son to play for him.
Have at it:
The defense is the issue at hand not the offense, or the recruiting. So why call for RR's head when he is doing all that he can to get this team back into shape. Gre Robinson has shown time and time again that he does not have what it takes to coach a defense! I will always stand behing the head coach because I am devoted to Michigan Football!! All we need is a defense and we are well on our way to winning the Big10 again.
FIRE GREG ROBINSON!!!