Thanks to Brian and all the mods. Like LSAClassof2000, I, too, am a much better informed fan than ever before. I really don't have to even bother looking elsewhere for news about Michigan athletics.
META: Holiday Message - "The Gift Of MGoBlog"
THE GIFT OF MGOBLOG
Now that we have perhaps received the best gift of 2013 – the return of the voting system – and in the spirit of the holiday season, I wanted to share some thoughts on what I like to think of as “The Gift Of MGoBlog”.
In a way, the space in which many of us share our daily musings about the state of Michigan’s varsity sports is a gift, one provided free of charge and one provided so that a diverse group of people with one unifying interest can come and discuss their Wolverines. We may not always have our best face on while doing so, as this past football season indicated, but at no point did we really check out even if some threatened to do so. For those of us whose spouses look strangely at us when we jump out of our seats during significant plays, we get from MGoBlog the gift of people who totally understand that behavior and connect with people who share in the emotion of those moments.
Like many gifts, it is an incredibly practical one with multiple uses. Looking at it this way, I don’t know if anyone could ask for a better gift. Many of us have more than just one purpose for this blog. We get information, we get entertained and we get to know other Michigan fans and we begin to appreciate just how wide the reach of the fanbase really is. These three things combine, in my opinion, to provide what might be the best gift that MGoBlog can give to us – it makes us better Michigan fans for the knowledge, the entertainment and the sense of community. I have always believed that if we walk away from here at the end of the day having learned something about our favorite team and school, or we walk away having gotten the chance to understand a fellow fan and their insights, then the gift has been imparted.
At least in my case, I know that my three years here have made me a better, more informed fan and a more connected one. I have learned so much that I didn’t know about my alma mater, learned things about football and other sports that I didn’t know and learned that there are fans out there as obsessed as I am about Michigan and Michigan things. The chance to become a moderator in March gave me the opportunity to give back for all the site has provided me as well, and I like to think that the greatest gift we can give to the site would be positive contributions and being a responsible member of the community here.
As we trudge on through the holiday season, sliding into the final hours before Christmas, remember that here, we’ve been given a gift and one that expands and becomes more significant each day as we add our insights and personality to it. For those of us who are more than a casual fan, it is one of the most thoughtful gifts we could get as well, a place where we can have the discussions that we might not be able to have with many of those around us on a daily basis.
With that in mind, I would like to thank Brian and the MGoBlog staff for another year of great insights, informed content and allowing us to be part of this community. This fall may have been trying for many of us, but the gift of MGoBlog remains as vibrant and popular as ever (especially since voting has returned).
Have a safe and excellent holiday season!
Seriously I couldn't have said it better myself. The deep analytics (charts, tables), recruiting news, boards, diaries...everything. Thank you community and mods!
Yes, I'm kidding. Great post, LSAClassof2000, despite some of the recent tribulations, this is still a great source of information, muppets, and .gifs!
My knowledge of the game of football is miles above what it was before I joined MGoBlog. That makes watching the games a lot more enjoyable. So thanks!!
Thanks to everyone for the insightful commentary that has made me a much more informed fan with a more balanced perspective. Thanks for the awesome threads that break up the work day a little. For the live blogs, so I can enjoy the comradarie of my fellow fans when things are going well and the drink suggestions when not.
Thank you to Heiko for asking real, detailed schematic questions at press conferences.
Aw hell, this is such a special moment....thanks MGoBlog. I love you man.
Thanks for the work and content, fellas. This site has definitely enriched my Michigan fandom for the better over the years.
Mods and Fearless Leader for the "return of the neg".
Thank you for the return of Bolivian. NegBangs, Posbangs.
Thank you, may favored posters.
Where else can you discuss Michigan Football, get the latest Game of Thrones/Walking Dead update, and vent your Festivus Grievances, all while enjoying a Friday night "What are you drinking?" thread???
Those who make this site great. It's always a great forum to read about different perspectives on Michigan sports. Lots of very intelligent posters.
I've been a lurker for a while, but finally created an account just so I could post this message (and I guess join in the glorious insanity that is the MGoBoard, since I have an excuse now). Thanks to the writers, mods, and everyone else on here. My knowledge and appreciation for football has grown by leaps and bounds since I started reading. Not to mention, living in San Diego now, it would be all but impossible to follow the team I grew up with without this site as a resource. So thanks to one and all, and here's to 2013 being mostly in the rearview mirror!
DONATE your holiday thankfulness to MGoBlog.
I've just gotten a great, great job, starting early January. For the fist time, I'm going to be financially very secure. I'm excited to be able to save for my kids' and my future. I'm also excited to be able to buy a few toys - which more often than not tend to be Michigan based. The other day I was thinking about which jersey I first wanted to get for my two sons. It dawned on me that I should really make a modest donation to MGoBlog because of all the great UM fandom they bring to my life.
It's better to have MGoBlog than any UM item, amirit?
Thanks and Merry Cheers.
you can click that "Support MGoBlog: buy stuff at Amazon" link and help support MGoBlog AND get some UM gear.
talk about the proverbial killing two birds with one stone.
Couldn't agree more with what was stated. Mgoblog is a very unique blog and thank you to everyone that keeps it running!!
Thanks to those that make this site, produce content, moderate it, etc. This is without a doubt the best place to find all things Michigan...and it's free. After getting my feet wet here I wanted more inside information and purchased ESPN Insider and followed TVH. TVH is great, but ESPN could not compare to this site. Thank you!