A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
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.
As you all may hear me say quite often, "honest question." So what do we do now? Not the team...us, the MGoBloggers who eat/breath/sleep Michigan Football.
*Note I'm not suggesting in ANY way that any of us will stop watching, rooting or cheering for Michigan...*
I suppose, like myself, for many of you Michigan football ranks near the top of your list of "Things Most Important To Me." Obviously family, religion, and a few other things outrank Michigan athletics for many of us, but the fact is...it's still priority and probably our #1 or #2 favorite outlet from life.
So what are you all planning to do to cope with the rest of the season? I'm not suggesting you won't watch another game, or won't visit MGoBlog...but I'm sure like me, you're just a touch less interested and a hell of a lot less optimistic.
I suppose this is the "ideas thread." What are you plans for the rest of the season to fill that void of Michigan football? You can't speculate about the next coach for 10 weeks, or can you?
Now secretly, us suckers know that all is not lost and we're going to say we're to going to give it less attention - but we know we can still win this awful conference, so we're going to be watching and peeking through our hands currently covering our faces. Just hoping for a game, a half, a series...hell, a play that gives us hope for the next game/half/series/play.
We're going to be trying to make sense of things by saying "maybe this is the end of this curse...we started it with a horrible non-conference season in '07...and that season finished pretty good. Maybe we're finishing it now...and this season will turn out okay too!" We're going to do anything to make ourselves believe.
But in the end, it's very likely that it just is what it is...a 6-6 team that makes us all sick because we love this program so damn much.
So if it's that, what it certainly looks like, what are you all going to do to bridge you to basketball/hockey season? Again, honest question. I'll make a list and maybe we can save an MGoLife from weeks of boredom by giving him/her an MGoHobby.
We've lost 8 out of the last 12. How much more losing do we have to endure to convince ourselves that a complete overhaul is needed? Over Hoke's tenure we've had fantastic recruiting classes. That said he has not been able to recruit a top QB prospect. For all his recruiting success, his inability to attract a top national propsect for what it undoubtedly the most important position on the field - will ultimately cost Hoke his job. I don't think we have a QB on the roster to help us right the ship. Sadly, the next great QB at Michigan is probably 10 years old and living somewhere in Southern California.
The Michigan Man mentality is an\ football anachronism. We need to hire from the best national talent available. We have the resources to get it done but do we have the will?