How the hell can you say something like jersey design can be OBJECTIVELY superior???
Mike Lantry, 1972
NONDESCRIPT SOLAR SYSTEM IN MILKY WAY
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF EARTH
Citizens of the planet, I come before you today to make an announcement. That announcement is: I do not give a microdamn about the things 1) Rich Rodriguez or 2) Michigan alumni such as Desmond Howard have to say about Michigan and Rich Rodriguez, respectively.
My interest levels are declining into femtodamn levels. On message boards I now flip past entire threads in which the same tired debates are brought forth with the speed and determination I ignore threads about politics on the internet. Let that sink in. Yeah. That's right. I have as much interest in this topic as I do Herman Cain.
So I don't want to dedicate yet more time to a guy who was fired a year ago except to talk about the things that made his offense very effective and his defense very ineffective. Those things affect Michigan's fortunes on the field and are interesting examples of the ever-evolving college football metagame. Also interesting, if slightly depressing, is the pickle Rodriguez's last couple recruiting classes have left Michigan in, especially on both lines.
Talking about other aspects of Rich Rodriguez's tenure makes me want to claw at my face. But I will do this for you, like I will eat a lemon if Yuri Wright picks Colorado over Michigan. So here is a handy chart for you to follow.
1. Is it about Michigan? If yes, go to 2. If no, go to 3.
2. Is it really about Michigan or is it a paranoid delusion? If paranoid delusion, go to 3. If still about Michigan, go to 4.
3. Don't care.
4. Still don't care. However, this incident is further evidence that Rodriguez is deservedly bitter about his three year tenure at Michigan and impolitic about discussing it.
Yes, it is further evidence that Rodriguez's maturity level and ability to play "the game" are low. Yes, it reminds me how nice it is to have a guy like Brady Hoke, who says all the correct things in all the generic ways possible. Yes—
What? Where am I? Why am I upside down in some sort of river valley? Why is there a bridge above/below me?
I was probably bungee jumping at the time in an effort to prevent the inevitable—this is the level of my dedication to you, reader—but this topic was still massively boring enough to result in nappy times. I apologize. I'm so, so happy to be talking about this, no, serious—
1. Is it about Rich Rodriguez? If yes, go to 2. If no, go to 3.
2. Is it really about Rich Rodriguez or is it more of a rapturous thing about Brady Hoke that sets the lack of support given during the Rodriguez tenure in stark relief? If rapturous thing, go to 3. If actually about Rodriguez, go to 4.
3. Yes, that is annoying but let's just suck it up because it's in the best interests of the program.
4. Yes, it is extremely disappointing that certain program alumni appear to be jerks. What can you do, though?
To take one example, when you're so dim and callous as to deride Rodriguez as "Cherry Coke"—probably meant "New Coke"—in front of 60-70 players who were recruited by Rodriguez, are the living embodiment of that change, and went 10-2 and reached the Sugar Bowl, well… that's hopeless. Anyone who would trash-talk Denard, even indirectly, is never going to Get It.
It's further evidence that several recent program alums' maturity levels are low. It reminds me of how nice it was to have Bo around. There's nothing to do about it but wait. Eventually the Rodriguez recruits will be out of the program and the Rodriguez years far enough in the—
Right, this again. Upside down in a river valley.
If I can remain conscious long enough to respond to these things in the future, all future events will be filed "3" or "4". This, people of Earth, is my sacrifice for your well-being. Let it not be in vain. File these things 3 or 4 and live your lives without Rodriguez-Michigan-induced narcolepsy. You, too, can live—
An upside-down Brian Cook who would greatly appreciate being reeled in now
PS. Many of you have passed out in front of your computers and are in danger of entering an infinite loop wherein you wake up, forget what you were reading, begin reading again, and fall asleep. In an effort to prevent the thousands of deaths that may result, here is an animated GIF of some levitating cats.
Hopefully this will catch the newly-awakened reader's eye sufficiently to prevent them from entering a fatal boredom loop.
How the hell can you say something like jersey design can be OBJECTIVELY superior???
*Sheilds head with hands and speaks in frantic tones*
I'm so sorry Sister Elizabeth. Please put down that ruler Sister Elizabeth. I promise, 5 Hail Marys and an act of contrition Sr. Elizabeth. I'm sorry! I'm sorry!
*picks up head and looks around sheepishly*
Sorry, bad parochial school flashback, what were you saying again?
Don't be sarcastic. That's not semantics at all. Semantics is "puppy" instead of "small dog." You say something like "objectively superior" you are telling people that the only reason they would not like those jerseys is because of a bias. And from the rest of your post it sounds like that's exactly what you mean, too. Words mean things.
Premise: A true "Michigan Man" would never publicly criticize or mock another person for not being a "Michigan Man" (or something along those lines)
Conclusion: When you hear someone being labeled as not a Michigan Man, or something similar, it says much more about the mock-er than the mock-ee.
It's really dissapointing to see Howard or any self proclaimed Michigan Man say things like that.
I kinda hate the whole 'michigan man' thing, I get what it's supposed to stand for and I agree with those values, but it's just stupid. I come from a family of Michigan grads (me, two brothers, dad, two aunts and an uncle, and a host of cousins), and before the RR fiasco I had never once heard that term. And now my aunt says she loves Brady Hoke because he's a 'true michigan man'. Whatever the hell that means.
has taken on a different tone than what it was originally intended, sort of like the word "awesome." WAY over used...
i've always thought of this as the original quote, from yost:
"But do let me reiterate the Spirit of Michigan. It is based on a deathless loyalty to Michigan and all her ways. An enthusiasm that makes it second nature for Michigan Men to spread the gospel of their university to the world’s distant outposts. And a conviction that nowhere, is there a better university, in any way, than this Michigan of ours.”
not that the spirit didn't similarly get perverted like bo's quote. somewhere it seems to have picked up the idea of having been previously associated with/graduated from/started a coaching career at michigan, which mystifies me, as that means yost, crisler, bo, etc were not michigan men.
Being a MIchigan man (or woman) is about one hell of a lot more than just not letting a guy coach because he accepted a new contract.
In that instance Bo spoke only to one aspect ( loyalty ) of the commitment to the standards to which Michigan men ( and women) hold themselves. There is much much more than just that. I suspect I am one of the older commenters here. I can only speak to what this meant when I was at the U. Commitment to excellence in all aspects of one's life. Putting 100% into every challenge that life sends your way. Graciousness in victory and defeat. Conducting one's life with honor and humility. Doing what one understands to be right even when it is difficult. Bringing integrity to all aspects of one's life. Most of us, regardless of our background, never achieve that, but it is a goal well worth pursuing. The reason that Hoke is the perfect guy to right the previously listing ship of our football program, is because he understands that this is about teaching young men, often from difficult circumstances, about the value of striving to live an exemplary life with accountability to each other and their goals. Being a Michigan man is not about granting yourself some superior status, it is about recognizing that you have accepted the oblgation to try to meet a higher standard and holding yourself accountable.
The Michigan Creed used to be we were above worrying about the "others" outside the program. The arrogance of tradition was edified by not sweating the outliers but to be solely about preserving the Michigan idea. Des seems to be a signature composite of these similarly situated "Bo's Boys" who have decided to be self-anointed keepers of the flame but without the requisite discretion or fortitude to not be petty about the past regime or perceived slight. Rich Rod wanted to win badly here and tried his best; respect that and don't go spider monkey on the revisionist ancillaries like "OMG, END OF THE YEAR CAPTAINS!" Brother's gone...
I was two years behind Desmond and will always love his contributions to the U and I don't doubt his sincere love of Michigan, but he seems to be shrinking every time he puts a skin in this game. For a small dude, that ain't good.
But Brian. Didn't you read this article about this guy that said this thing about RR. This is unacceptable, let me go on for 200 words about my opinion on this matter.
But it's ok if I post stuff about Rich's hats right? I mean...let's just say he WEARS A SOMBREREO....that's worthy of a thread......right?
where did you find that?
Google of course. "Rich Rodriguez in a Sombrero" will give you this pic in all its awesomeness.
We live in an amazing world.
"I think after 20 years we can allow ourselves to stop thinking about what Thomas Wayne would have done."
Nirvana . . . happy holidays, blogmeister.
If so, I'm totally lost.
quoted the Pokemon movie in his final speech and therefore, has said something i am more interested in that both rodriguez, howard and carr combined.
adding cherry flavor to coke, he wasnt slamming RR, he was just trying to give Dave Brandon a lightbulb moment for a new flavor of pizza or a new jersey.
Hoke doesn't drink cherry coke
the innovative Dave Brandon replaced all of the chocolate milk dispensers with Cherry Coke. And he put cheese in the crust of the pizza Gittleson Memorial Pizza Buffet
Hoke allowed this on the condition that only black-and-white Coke logos be used, and that the pizza sauce be replaced with a synthetic sauce-like substance of any color other than red.
because cherries are red.
New Jersey have to do with this? So confused.
The only thing about Desmond Howard's comments that got my attention was his inexplicable derision of Cherry Coke. Personally, I love Cherry Coke.
48009? What the hell, man?
Earth is not HQ'd in Birmingham.
...he meant 48109, which is ann arbor. however, to paraphrase monty python: "when you're emperor of the universe you've got better things to do than walk around remembering your bloody number."
48109 is only U-M property in Ann Arbor. The rest of the city is 48103, 48104, 48105, or 48108.
but everyone knows the coolest ZIP code is 48222 (look it up...trust me)
Without looking, isn't that the freighter zip code?
Close....It's actually the Westcott.
Yeah, but nobody actually writes to the Westcott itself. You want to send mail to a freighter, you mark it 48222.
I'm tempted to do this to get a letter postmarked from the Westcott. One of my goals for next year is to do a blog post with pictures on the Westcott. I would like to set a goal of doing a couple days on a freighter but that might be a little tougher to pull off.
Topics in need of further clarification (OK or not OK?):
1. Rita's nacho dip
2. Demard Dorsey's grades
3. "The Barwis Effect"
4. Rod Smith's fupa
5. "Lloyd Carr's Michigan" on MNF
6. Mark Snyder's fupa
7. Nike vs. Adidas
9. Whitney (the television show)
10. Les Miles boning Moeller's wife
Don't forget The Process™.
Which must be embraced...:)
Oh yeah, that's one of my favorites, the whole "I'm glad Brandon hired Hoke, but I don't like the process he used to hire him" argument. That argument is totally relevant. Clearly we only lost to MSU and Iowa this season because Hoke was hired 26 hours, 14 minutes and 39 seconds later than the optimal time.
Lest we forget "All in for Michigan" I would like to talk about that some more.
Can we add the horribleness of Tony Gibson?
Sure, but you must also bring up the hotness of his wife at the same time.
Arguments go like this:
"Gibson is terrible... the secondary is lost out there!"
"Is that Gibson's wife?"
"Not sure. Must be. Um... what were we talking about?"
2011 Defensive UFR's have already minused Tony Gibson all of the points, so that's the equivalent of closing the book on the matter isn't it?
any permutation of:
*debate about whether so-and-so is/is not a Michigan Man
*any attempt at defining what "Michigan Man" even means
*any opinion as to the importance or value of the Michigan Man meme
Didn't Brian post yesterday or the day before seeking additional questions to ask John U. Bacon with respect to "Three and Out?" Wouldn't the edict outlined in the OP be essentially directly violated by any comments on the subject of that future post, once it is posted, if the comments are related to what I expect the content of the post will entail? Or will that post get a one-time waiver from said edict?
I think it is one thing if you're discussing this in some kind of formal and constructive manner, like surrounding the book (which is a recent work). It's another thing when we get a thread of the usual suspects flinging the same old stones at least other.
Link or it didn't happen.
I think I see what you're saying CRex; it may just be best to say there's an all-out embargo on the topic, with a one-time waiver for that future post. Seems reasonable, no?
That stuff they're flinging? Definitely not stones.
Yeah, I understand that Brian wants to help Bacon's book sell and everything, but honestly, at this point it's a little annoying to keep bringing up the book on the front page, because it just leads to the same old arguments.
But hey, at least he's trying. We all could a little more. It's hard to do sometimes. But slowly, more and more things just slide, because they matter less and less day by day. But excellent logical inconsistency shout out.
Of course this question comes from a lawyer....