At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
Ive never heard of this guy can anyone shed some light on the background for this coach. Seems as if he has relations with UofM for years and sounds as if he is close to Dave Brandon. Can anyone share some insight? Go Blue!
Dammit. Orange Bowl has it all wrong here. Sure, LB might well be offended. But that's entertainment. And the Stanford bank snark is pretty much the coolest non-Harbaugh thing about Stanford.
I'm sure we've all had those headaches that just won't go away. No, not how you feel about Sparty or the state of Ohio in general. I mean the real life ones, the ones that you can't shake. The ones that linger on for days. That's how Michigan fandom feels right now.
I hate to say it because I've been a Michigan fan since I knew what sports were. I went to U of M-Dearborn (couldn't afford Ann Arbor). I proudly watch every game, wear my gear out everywhere, live 15 minutes from the stadium, have been reading this blog for 4 years or so now, and tell everyone what my school is.
The endless drama, the non-stop CC, the media speculation, its all a constant nagging headache for me. Our program, our love, our TEAM, our passion is being drug through the mud again. We just went through this not even five years ago. Its painful even more this time than before.
When we first hired Rich Rodriguez and all that came with him I defended him to the ignorant. To those who wouldn't give him a chance. To those who knew nothing about him. To those who undoubtedly posted on many a message board with spittle filled monitors after screaming about him not being a "Michigan Man." I continued to defend him through 3-9. Through Toledo. Through the ended bowl streak. Through Sparty (three times). Through OSU (three times). Through 5-7 and now 7-5. It got so bad I gave my own father one rule every time I sat down with him to watch a Michigan game: Talk negative about Rich Rod and I'm gone. And I've had to leave in the middle of games full of anger and disappointment at my father to drive home to watch the games, alone. Headache.
Now there's nothing left to defend except hope. I want to defend, I want to fight, I want to see Rich Rodriguez come through and bring Michigan back to elite status...but I can't. I sit here with yet another headache. I see the board full of speculation, of the dreaded CC tag, of vitriol on both sides of the isle and it brings me to a headache. Once an ardent supporter and a fan through thick and thin I'm officially done with Rich Rodriguez.
I don't care what name our new coach has. I don't care what offense he runs. I don't care what defense he runs. I don't care if he brings in Johnny Chimpo and Jerry Giraffe to run the offense and defense. I just want to WIN. I want to strike fear in our opponents again. I want to DOMINATE.
I'm sure to most this comes off as my very own MAKE PLAYS moment and I don't care. I have to take a reprieve from this blog. I usually spend many hours here a week and check the main page and the board over and over scrawling for anything new. I can't do it right now. Every single CC and every single Harbaugh or Rich Rod or whatever is a giant headache. I want to ENJOY fandom again.
I'm young but my life is filled with great Michigan football memories. I want to feel that joy of watching Wheatley, my first favorite player, shred Washington. Of Biakabatuka shredding OSU. Of Grbac and Greise and Brady and Henson and Navarre (as frustrating as he was). Of Minnesota and the comeback. Of CWood at MSU. Of Braylon versus MSU. Of 97 versus everyone. I don't want my fandom to reside only in memories. That's what Notre Dame fans do. I want to MAKE memories. I wasn't fortunate enough to see a game in person until I was a Junior in high school. I've gone to more games in the past two years than the rest of my life combined because I can now afford to. The games are fun and there is no other experience like that of the Big House. But I want the whole experience to be fun again not just Saturday until halftime. I want the headache to go away.
There will always be heartbreak and pain and sadness in fandom. Without it we cannot truly appreciate the highs. Fandom is practical experience of the Tao Te Ching. But I've had more than I can stand of the bad for this week, this month, this season. I will NEVER stop being a fan because its just not in my blood. But I think this part is better if I just step away and come back when this week is over.
It is unreal how much this guy has blown up in a week. He has not been just rated a "buy", but an "oh my god I have to have it regardless of the price and give me big lots. According to reports, basically every NFL franchise with an opening only wants Harbaugh and only Harbaugh as a coach. Every NFL analyst now seems to have Harbaugh-quota dedicated to covering his every move in addition to the national sports writers.
I now just waiting for reports that Brandon will need to enter the Thunderdome to fight with multiple NFL GMs to the death for the privilege of signing the guy. I really like the Jim, I think he is a great coach, I only hope this frenzy has not created a bubble of expectations that simply cannot be achieved regardless of how talented he is.
With that being said, I have bought in as well and will be watching this damn Orange Bowl much more closely than I would have otherwise.
I'm curious how the coaching contract dance works. Is this done offer, counter-offer? Is this "take it or leave it?" I just don't know.
It seems to me, however, that JH is in a position of huge strength, and Michigan is not. As such, Jimmy would be able to ask for or demand conditions be met that he wouldn't otherwise have the leverage to expect. And should Stanford win the Orange Bowl, that leverage would only increase. Conversely, DB may feel the need to offer more than he might have otherwise.
Previously, there was always the sense in compensation offered of "this is Michigan. That should be enough." Our coaches were well paid, but not obscenely so. Now, I think that many in the Michigan fanbase and the administration would approve of opening the pocketbook to bring JH on as our new coach. And the fact that we are paying RR at least $2.5 mil to walk is not chump change either.