a vitally important recap of all the dumb tweets sent during the Harbaugh coaching search
I thought it might be interesting to see how people weigh their loyalties to the various teams they follow.
If you want something a little more concrete, rank the teams you follow in order of how happy you would be if they won a championship. I'm thinking specifically pro and college big 4 sports teams, but feel free to throw in national teams or non-revenue sports teams as well if that's your bag.
1. Michigan Basketball
Spending the late 90s and early 00s as the only UM basketball fan in my school was tough, but that makes the current success that much better.
2a. Indiana Pacers
Indiana kid's gonna Indiana. I spend about 5 minutes as part of my morning routine seething about the fact Reggie Miller(and Austin Croshere) never got a ring, but I have that slight disdain for pro sports holding be back from calling them #2 alone.
2b. Michigan Football
I had the great pleasure of getting into sports right after UM won the football title in 97, so I haven't gotten the good pleasure of enjoying a championship as it happened.
4. Indianapolis Colts
Of course the team I care least about is the only one that has won a championship while I've been following them. All hail St. Peyton. All hail St. Andrew.
5. Any team representing the USA in international competition.
Share yours so that I know who to downvote reflexively if you like teams that I don't.
This is a nice VIDEO highlighting the Michigan teams that are currently helping us keep pace in the
Directors Cup Stanford Cup. Updated standings will come on on June 14th, and will include Softball, Mens Golf, Womens Rowing, and Mens/Womens Track and Field.
I think we all know about the run from the Softball team and what a great season they had. The Mens Golf team struggled in the Big-10 Tournament. The W Rowing team took home 12th place at the NCAA Championships. Five men, and 4 women will compete for the Maize and Blue in the NCAA's for outdoor Track and Field.
Comparing to Stanford: Stanford Softball lost to Nebraska in the NCAA Regionals. Stanford M Golf finished 7th in the NCAA Regionals. Stanford W Rowing took home 10th place at the NCAA Championships (but 1st in lightweight rowing; not sure if that counts though...). Three men, and 9 women will compete for Stanford in the NCAA's for outdoor Track and Field. Stanford Womens in ranked 11th in the Nation.
Sorry if the embed failed. The video is off vimeo and I can't figure out how to get the old embed code off a vimeo video. The link is in the original write up, as well as here: LINK
Some people said some things after the NCAA basketball tournament that I wanted to address, that can also be extrapolated to the NC game today. A great number of people, especially from that Rural College Up North, began calling Michigan fans “Fair-weather fans,” because the basketball games have not been very high in attendance in recent memory. While some might agree, I have serious issue with this.
I will be honest, I have never enjoyed basketball as a sport. I was raised in an area where football reigned supreme, and everything else was secondary. Coming to Michigan back in 2005, especially with how basketball was back then during the Amaker era, reaffirmed those conceptions. Football was King. I’m not ripping on basketball; this is just a statement of fact.
During the most recent basketball season, I kept up with the team, but did not watch many of the games. My work schedule did not grant me many evenings or weekends to enjoy them. But when they were selected for the tournament, I was ecstatic. I ducked out of work to watch the Tennesse game, and was absolutely devastated by the Duke loss. Now the lay may call me a “fair-weather fan”, but I have a dissenting opinion.
While I do not go out of my way to watch basketball, I live for all things Michigan. Since I was a kid it was my dream to attend UM, and when I was accepted I could not have been more excited. I have a block “M” tattoo on my back, and I wear it with pride and honor. I am a fan of the University. I am a fan of every Wolverine out there, and will root for them to succeed in everything they do (barring the obvious, like This Guy). Rooting for the basketball team was not “becoming a fair-weather fan” but rather rooting for my alma mater, my peers, and friends. .
Even if you have never watched a hockey game in your life, I want everyone to root with all their might for this team. Root for the University of Michigan, its glory, tradition, history and future. Wear your colors proudly, and scream until you can’t scream anymore. Then scream some more. If you’re going to the game, scream louder.
These boys will be giving it their all in under 15 hours and every Michigan fan needs to do the same. Cheer, scream, celebrate, and if necessary, though I hope it won’t be, cry. Even if you don’t like hockey, remember you are cheering for something bigger than the sport, bigger than the University—you are cheering for history. Student athletes give so much effort and time and heart to the University of Michigan, and we owe them the same.
Go Blue, and let’s celebrate a National Championship tonight!