I landed on that square and apparently, so did you. Go Blue!
Jump! [comic relief] & Gut Check Time
OK - everyone jump!
Where did you land?
---------- Warning - Motivational Speech Follows - I wrote it to pump myself more than anything. Laugh if you want, but I'm serious. I posted it here in the hopes that some others would enjoy it:
In all seriousness...There is a ton of pressure on these kids and coaches right now. Enormous amounts that I can't even fathom. They need our support this week and next more than ever.
I'm sure everyone reading this has come to a point in their life where there is a crisis moment. Some point in time where you just can deal with anything. you're tired, beaten up mentally and/or physically. It's frustrating beyond belief. You just want to get the hell out or cry or punch something or scream or all of it. But it passes. We get through it. We move on. Time moves on with or without us. It's at these times that friends and teammates get together. Band together and get through. I have faith that this team has winners and character individuals that will get through this rough spot. Fight through it. Don't let it consume you. Keep your head up, Tate, Denard, Obi, Jonas, Mike, Jordan - everyone - Do the best you can. That is all we are asking and we know that is what you are doing.
Remember this from the summer: ALL IN! It seemed silly at first, then awesome and now trite. But, I don't think it has ever been more relevant than for these last two games of the regular season.
Let's hope the team (the team the team) is ON this weekend and next weekend and that the metaphorical second-season roller coaster was just cranking up that final hill for a really fun home-stretch... I think it is mandatory that we all re-watch this at some point this week (if you watch it now it helps): As we all know, Brian is a genius. The prescient nature of that video is ridiculous. The song, the juxtaposition of Purdue and Wisconsin highlights, not to mention the transition point of the TD to Hemingway against Wisconsin - it's uncanny. Let's all take a step back, put our pacifiers and binky's down (read whiskey and whiny internet message boards), suck it up and cheer our asses off for these kids the rest of the way. Are we going to be returning to glory for 20 years? Are we going to be at the bottom of the big ten standings next year? NO We are fucking Michigan and we are getting better every play, every practice, every weight-lighting session, every training table meal, every study session, every day, every week, every year. There is championship mentality and leadership in this program, in this locker room, in Schembechler Hall, in the fieldhouse, out on that practice field and in the stadium.
We have the best facilities in the country. We have the biggest stadium. We have the biggest alumni base. We have the best uniforms. We have the best rivalry. We have the highest winning percentage. We have the most wins.
Our coaches know how to win championships at all levels and beat the snot out of high-profile programs in BCS games. Barwis is still eating nails for breakfast and forming these freshman and sophomores into men that are going to wreck people - every day. Everyone is working their ass off. Everyone is learning. Everyone is doing their best. The recruits are coming. We have a TON of awesome kids coming in next year that will add another layer to an amazing foundation. We are going to win championships. IN ROD WE TRUST - LETS DO THIS!
I was thinking maybe Immediately after the Ohio State game (regardless of what happens the next two weeks - I am not giving up - I think we can win one or both) can we just get a new video, same song, with highlights from this season? I just want to feel like it's over and start getting that feeling like, yeah, that was then and better days are coming. May need it to get through the winter and summer.
with his hands on his head; yeah, I know him. I guess that makes me pretty famous, huh?
Yeah, love the idea. In place of the Hemmingway TD you could put the Tate Juke n' Score against ND.
Last year made me love this program even more. This year I have been getting frustrated but...moments like these bring me back. I'm glad there are Michigan fans out there who love Michigan for her beauty as well as her warts.
In a few years when we are competing for national championships remember the people talking shit. 24/7 Go Blue!!!
To take two steps forward?
Maybe yes, maybe no. Maybe the team is supposed to take two steps (2008 and 2009) back to take four giant leaps forward.
In the same vein as "Those who stay will be champions", I feel as though those who take this post to heart and cheer no matter what, will be rewarded.
Personally, I hope those who expect a National Championship every year fall by the wayside. I'd rather stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those same fans who stood next to me in the final seconds of the Colorado game in 1994 - not stand next to those who left with 5:00 left in the 4th because winning for them was a foregone conclusion.
Quality post - Go Blue!
I was there...for the giddy snap, the loooong flight of the ball, and the heart wrenching, gut punching catch in all its glory...I will never forget it. I was also standing there slack-jawed in disbelief like the rest of the stadium for like 5 minutes afterward.
You are right that for every bitter disappointment, crushing loss, miserable weather-crap game, theres a Penn State win with 2 seconds left, an amazing comeback against Sparty, A Notre Dame comeback to name a few. Let's hope one of the next two weeks has another great moment in store for us.