A waste of space. Thanks for sharing.
this guy evidently hired to work for AD
A waste of space. Thanks for sharing.
A waste of space. Thanks for sharing, and I have a feeling their are many out there feeling the exact same way.
double posting. Sorry.
I appreciate the kind words.
It could just be that there are people who just don't believe Rodriguez is the right guy. It doesn't make them irrational, nor does it make them self-loathing whackos who "reflect their pain into the program" (whatever that means).
It's called "opinion"--the team looks like dookey and has for 24 months. The results speak for themselves. Doesn't make them right, doesn't make them wrong.
Certainly not any more than blind faith--or even patience--makes those who see otherwise right.
Now, if the big bad Rodriguez H8TERS hope UM loses so he finds a faster ushering out of town--well, that is crazy. But I don't think that's the case.
It seems to me that those who really intensely support Rodriguez take criticism of him personally, and actually seem o have some issues themselves--such as a refusal to believe Michigan could have made a mistake with this hire.
Nothing is guaranteed, and Rodriguez can alleviate as much pressuer as winning will allow--which might be pretty much all of it. I've said it before, and I'll say it again--it is TIME for Rodriguez to start showing he is capable of something special.
I pretty much agree with your sentiment, but too much energy has been put into something that isn't going to happen this year. My post was about support of the team regardless of circumstance. I'm very critical of some of the coaching that has gone on.
It seems to me that those who really intensely want Rodriguez fired have taken his hire personally from the moment he was announced as head coach. I've heard all sorts of illogical reasoning, from the sound of his accent to the notion that "I just don't like him", as purpose to fire him.
I cannot abide these types of assertions, and I do take it personally in that I must now reconcile my own fandom with this kind of foolishness.
What I liked about this diary is that the author seems to ask all of us to set aside our differences on this issue for a few hours tomorrow to try and cheer this team on to a win.
Cheers to that
He has 5 seasons. No Big Ten title, no new contract. It just isn't that complicated. You don't want him to be a lame duck in year 6, so you either give him a new contract in year 5 or you fire him at that point.
I don't watch the sports talking heads, but I just happened to come across some pundits on Jim Rome the other day, both utterly certain Rich is gone tomorrow if he doesn't win today (it's after midnight!). This kind of sensationalism is what drives the speculation, even though it has no basis in reality.
There's a world of difference between just being critical and this kind of bullshit. Honestly, I don't have a problem with people saying he should be fired. That's an opinion I can respect, though I heartily disagree. But I do I have a problem with people who say he will be fired. Nobody says that at this point without an agenda. It hurts the team.
Nope, sorry. This isn't Notre Dame or Michigan State or THE Ohio State University (once hailed as the graveyard of coaches).
This is Michigan. And this is our coach. You want to win? Go root for USC. You want to win with class and dignity? Then you forget all that nonsense and drink the kool-aid.
At Michigan we don't just hire coaches. We embrace them, bring them into the fold and make them Michigan and they make us Champions. To do less makes us any other typical program and that we are NOT.
And we do not fire head coaches at Michigan. We didn't fire Oosterbaan after eleven mediocre seasons. We didn't fire Elliot after his eleven lackluster performances and a single Big Ten title. We didn't fire Carr after losing to both Appalachian State and Toledo in the same season and losing 6 of his last 7 to Ohio State. WE DO NOT FIRE HEAD COACHES AT MICHIGAN
This isn't some shiny chrome plated college who's sole goal every season is to play under the spotlights of the nationally televised evening game each week. Whose fans turn ugly if they don't try for the two point conversion when they're already up three scores because they want to humiliate their opponent and then play it down while smiling for the camera flashing their cheshire cat grins with their too white veneers.
This is Michigan and ABOVE ALL it stands for integrity, respect, and commitment. If you want to settle for less than that in exchange for winning, go root for Florida.
Good post, thanks.
I wear Michigan stuff all the time and Spartan fans give me hell. I just saying we will rise again. Go Blue!
I feel kind of Masada. The romans (starring the buckeyes) are about to storm the fortess (played by the big house), defended by the jews (played by the michigan team)....and we will probably committe sucide (turnovers, penalties)
Good post! I feel down about not winning but I will also support the team and coach even if we were 1-10. Yes, I still wear my Michigan shirts out in public and to work when I can! I hope we can pull a win out but if we don't I hope we play well and hit hard! I want to stay optimistic about next season but with this defense we are really going to have to improve on offense to finish at or above .500. I wouldn't like it but I could handle another losing season...but in 2011 there has to be a turn around. I still remain optimistic about a Rodriguez turnaround when winning will come easy!
this shows that I am not alone. I can relate to that post very well. I am sure we all can.
That is all.
I hear shit all the time from tOSU fans about wearing my Michigan gear. I on purpose wore a UM shirt every day this week in spite of hearing their mouths. The chants of Ohio kill me softly, but I just smile and tell them Go Blue. I will be a Michigan fan til the day I die and when I do, please bury me with something Michigan. I know we will succeed and just can't wait for it to happen. Go Blue!