let you swing out here for a while with this Diary. Enjoy the ride.
Enough Blue-Colored Glasses
The pattern is always the same. Local paper reports on alleged misdeeds by the local football team. Blogosphere immediately and reflexively explodes, crying "Witch-hunt!"; and boycotting the paper and accusing the reporters of bias, grudges, you name it; and protesting that the coaches wouldn't so much as jaywalk. Recognize this pattern? From KU to USC to, um, UM basketball. To that end, I challenge you to list examples in which this pattern didn't play out accordingly -- in which charges of systemic problems turned out to be totally bogus. Can't think of many, can you?
Thou doth protest too much, I think. Most of you can't really feel that confident that RR is the victim of a baseless witch-hunt. Seriously, in your heart of hearts, you're at least a little concerned that RR, while perhaps a fine coach, is a bit...murky. Problem is, you either won't or can't admit it. Because you only want to hear what you want to hear. Because you can't handle the the (possible) truth. Because you're seeing this through blue-colored glasses. Which is usually a fine quality, but not so much when we're talking about potentially serious violations that, if true, seriously impact our players. I'm shocked that nobody seems the least bit concerned about this. And a little ashamed.
Let's be clear: Even the News confirms that the team exceeded the practice limits. The freshmen confirmed same, and please stop trotting out the red-herring re the manner in which they were asked questions. They were clearly describing their practice schedules, on the record, on tape. That at least ten players, former or current, complained is a sign of some sort of trouble, if only in terms of team unity. Never would have happened in years past. Last but not least: that everyone else breaks the rules is no excuse. This isn't Alabama or Miami. This is Michigan. We play by the rules, or ought to. Student-athletes, not athlete-students.
Our collective response, so far, has been textbook: defensive, whiny, paranoid, biased, Palin-esque, a joke to every other fanbase. We sound like the KU basketball base, circa 1970s. Read this postings, replacing ND with M, and imagine what you'd be thinking. It's absurd. Posters protest bias by displaying monumental bias. Get some perspective. Let's let the investigation run its course before drawing conclusions. After all, have you been practicing with the team all year? Do you really know what happened? No, you don't. So maybe let's let the truth play out, rather than play the truth. Hysteria smacks of desperation. If RR messed-up, he and we must suffer consequences; if he didn't, we'll all be stronger in the end. We went to Michigan, most of us. We have hearts and brains. Let's start thinking more with the latter. Go Blue.
what a useful diary.
I just love when people try to tell me how I think on a certain issue. Tell you what. When I want your opinion I'll give it to you.
If you can't see the gaping holes in the article, then take off your brown colored glasses.
Did you even watch the freaking press conference? If you do not feel like he is playing by the rules, then I do not know. here is maybe 1 current player on the team who said this. What are his motives?
Brian has debunked everything that has been out there so far. Nothing to worry about.
but i DO think that it has been way overblown already. fortunately it seems like most people (outside of the M fanbase) have responded incredibly rationaally
"Let's be clear: Even the News confirms that the team exceeded the practice limits. The freshmen confirmed same"
Do you also not understand the NCAA rules? Who are you Rosenberg and Snyder Junior?
The Freshman confirmed that they put a lot of time in. Rodriquez stance is that some of that time was voluntary - and therefore within NCAA rules. The Freshman have not confirmed that any rules were broken.
P.S. A coach can suggest that voluntary time is dependent upon playing time without breaking an NCAA rule.
This smelled of rotten fish from the start, came from a man with a known vendetta against RR and was very quickly debunked. Yes, we defend reflexively and this time we were right.
You probably should have sent up a test balloon first,of course it doesn't matter. I think you are a TROLL.
"The pattern is always the same. Local paper reports on alleged misdeeds by the local football team. Blogosphere immediately and reflexively explodes"
Then you go on to talk about UM Basketball? Show me a blog post from the late 90's that calls the UM Basketball investigation a witch hunt. Please.
I have found that the vast majority of those that comment at Mgoblog DO NOT wear the so-called "blue colored" glasses. Many times over the past year I've found myself frustrated with people here because they're not blindly biased towards Michigan. IME, if there were indeed violations, the majority Mgoblog community would be the first to acknowledge them.
Locking this since it's just a flame starter.
and leave me and my sunglasses, whatever color, alone.