I thought this was extremely well put together. I don't know the last time I cried over sports, but it's an interesting question.
My three big thoughts were: Being at the ND game last year, being at OSU. He does a great job of explaining the fan experience before games. When I think of going to games during undergrad it's not so much being in the stands, what happened on the field, but I definitely remember the sea of Maize and Blue on Hoover street. Thought 3 was how badly I want a sport to care about right now!
(Go Cubs! hahahaha, we're awful...)
Let's start in the Illinois/NW game - trouble with the embed, so here's the link to Doc Saturday: http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/blog/dr_saturday/post/Video-No-the-coast-was-not-clear-for-Illinois-?urn=ncaaf-wp7203
I will also add Mark May's comments regarding Michigan's win over Minnesota:
"Michigan shut somebody out on defense? Greg Robinson wasn't up there calling those plays on defense, then."
Didn't see this on the board.
DetNews reporting, per ESPN Radio in Massillon, Ohio, that Turner is transferring to West Virginia.
Wow that's a dong punch.
I'm getting a little sick and tired of this crap, here, folks. Some people around here need to show some backbone and stop freaking out.
There is no other shoe. It's not going to drop on your head and kill you. Yes, other bad things COULD still happen, but there is no reason at all to expect them to, and thinking or worrying that they will will only detract from your ability to enjoy the season. Lets recount what has really happened:
Some guys we would've liked didn't have the grades to get in.
A guy we would've liked back decided to go to the NFL.
A guy we would've liked back decided to go all Sparty on us.
A guy who wasn't likely to play, but could have, in a fantasy world, been very good transfered.
A guy we were were all counting on to have a big season got hurt, and some guys that aren't ready are going to have to step up.
These are random, unconnected events that happen every season. The only thing that breathlessly waiting for the next gunshot to rip throught the night air accomplishes is to give you heartburn. We don't know, and certainly shouldn't speculate, that there will BE another problem. Seriously, we're grown men and women, mostly. We can't go around claiming heartbrokeness, or worse, insensitivity, because we're terrified of what goes bump in the night.
People said they wouldn't be surprised at a transfer. Why? Because any players have publicly spoken out against the program recently? Because we've had a rash of dozens of transfers? Or because we're becoming a lot of little worry worts who flinch every time a twitter goes up, expecting it to declare a mob deal gone wrong that ended up with our entire RB group in lead shoes?
Man up and stop sniveling in the corner! There is no other shoe! Nothing else bad should be expected to happen! Sissies!
So the IOC has announced that they have stripped the Chinese women's gymnastics team of its bronze medal in 2000 in Sydney. Why? Because they had an underage gymnast that competed. The US will now be the recipient of the bronze.
But it's interesting to read that it was a literal Dong punch...
"The International Olympic Committee acted after investigations by the sport’s governing body determined that Dong Fangxiao was only 14 at the 2000 Games. Gymnasts must turn 16 during the Olympic year to be eligible."
But - remember December and January. Realize that this hockey team finished better than last year's team. (2nd round exit vs. 1st). The 2008-09 hockey season ended with us getting embarrassed, a number 1 seed ousted in the first round. This year's ending sucked too for all the reasons I listed above.
Just like last year's tournament was an ominous warning for the hockey team's performance this year, this year's postseason makes a GREAT case for the future of Michigan hockey (and how 2010-11 will be a great year for M sports in general).
Keep in mind that a month ago we were a seven seed in the CCHA tournament. Our #1 goalie just went down with a groin injury, and we were all clamoring for the hockey season to just end so that we could put a final nail in the coffin of the worst Michigan sports year in recent memory and kill 2009-2010 Michigan Hating God. But then... we swept Lake State at Yost. Then, this happened http://mgoblog.com/content/kobayashi-porcelain-co (sweep of State) and we ended State's hockey season and booted them from the NCAA tourney. Then a weekend sweep at the Joe happened and... for the first time since the ND game, we had Muppets. We had our own version of Rudy (but better than Rudy cuz ND sucks and Hunwick is amazing) lead us to a CCHA Tourney Title and we get to hang a banner in Yost.
We had Yost West in East Lansing, Yost East at the Joe, and Yost South in Ft. Wayne. For three weeks it was GREAT to be a Michigan fan again. The Board wasn't full of "I hate Sparty" "Denard at [insert random position here]" posts (well...) It was all about Michigan Hockey. We had hope, we had purpose, we had a great Cinderella run. We went toe-to-toe with the #1 team in college hockey for 85+ minutes and lost. Yes we lost in a shitty way, but look back on the past three weeks. Would you have taken a sweep of MSU and said "well, hockey sucked this year, but that was sweet"? I would have.
We won the CCHA Tourney. We made the NCAA's for a record 20th consecutive time. We played into double OT with the #1 team in the land. For me, Michigan Hockey 2010 was a success. A big "came out of nowhere" success.
And we got screwed out of a Frozen Four that would have been epic in Ford Field. And we're pissed. And if you think that a bunch of random dudes on the internet are pissed off about this game, then words cant describe how upset the hockey team must be. 3 posts in overtime, etc. etc.
But - that lights a fire. This team will come back next year with more fire and passion and things to prove than a Michigan hockey team has in a while. Any time Red needs any motivation all he has to tell his team is "Fort Wayne" and this team will come back with a drive to succeed.
Yes, we got screwed, our soul dongs got punched yet again... but I'll take the last month as a huge positive. Consider those calls as the last piece of bad karma we've banked in 2009-2010... and I can't wait to collect.
Your 2009-2010 Hockey Team. CCHA Tournament Champions, and most motivated team of 2010-2011. I can't wait for next year to start in all 3 sports. Go Blue