Mike Lantry, 1972
During the most recent stretch of football at the University of Michigan, I am constantly reminded by opposing fan bases that we have won 1/2 a NC since 1948. The majority of these fans are MSU fans OSU fans, but the rest of the Big 10 is picking it up.
I don't know how many more times I can take hearing from Sparty that they have won 6 in 51, 52, 55, 57, 65 and 66 in that same time frame that we have 1/2.
Of course because of all this I had to check out the "claimed national championships", and realized there are an additional 11 NC for Michigan, most notablly in 85, 73, 64.
Why are we not more apt to include these additional NC's when defending ourseleves to the drones of Sparties and other fan bases.
What exactly is the difference between our 11 claimed yet not claimed NC, and the othres that clearly "claim" their "claimed NC's".
Maybe I am just letting them get to me after all this time, being that I have to work with a boatload of Spartans and Buckeyes, but next time Sparty boasts their 6 claimed titles, be sure to remind them that if we count that way, we have 22.
Justin Turner transfered out from the program. He was not kicked out. Not asked to transfer. Not belittled or treated as an outcast. He was tested, he was pushed, and in the end, he decided, himself, that it was more than he wanted. This is his choice, and I wish him well. But it is not a bad thing.
Take heart, my friends, for it is on the days that men realize their limits that a group realizes its growth. It is on the days that the deserters abandon the army that the unit can finally believe in itself. We did not just get weaker. We got stronger. And it is a very, very good thing that we did so.
Those that stay will be champions. Those that fight will see victory. Those that press on are a valuable commodity in a way that those who don't can never be. To be a champion means to be a team of greatest value. Bo knew this. You push your players, you ask more of them than they think they can possibly give. Should they find their limits, then their value has not increased. They don't have to abandon the team. They can remain, and they can help out. But to be a champion means to be of greatest value. Greatest value is an indefinite term that continues to grow constantly. A champion never finds his limit, because he knows he can always have a value greater than he currently does.
We are not weaker, we are stronger. We are not closer to failure, but closer to success. This is not lying to ourselves. This is the truth. Other teams want to be champions. We must have more value than they. And with those that stay, we will.
The team has done nothing wrong today. The coach has done nothing wrong. Justin Turner has done nothing wrong today. Practice continues, and our value grows. And as always, and forever, it's great, to be, a Michigan Wolverine.