My Last Request For Coach Rod
You ARE and from here on A MICHIGAN MAN !
I took the time last night to watch the Lloyd Carr coahing legends on the BTN. It it me again on the pride of Our University, Coaches and Players. From Yost-Crisler-Bo-Carr, and all the greats in between, the instilled the Michigan Man pride in each player that has strapped up for them. Michigan is about winning, but more importantly Michigan is about, CLASS ! RESPECT ! PRIDE !
So this Saturday August 30th, Coach Rod, When your first Michigan team takes the field, keep ALL of these in your mind. Winning is GREAT ! But I carry with me each day the PRIDE of knowing that my University plays with respect for their opponent, and their respect for the game.
The LOVE that Coach Carr has for his Players , this University, and this fan base will always remain with me, but after an offseason like the last one it reminds me that this is still Michigan and we are all still MICHIGAN MEN. Coach Rod, as you touch the banner on Saturday, this fan base is clueless as to what we will see. Its all new to us, the high powered offense, the speed everywhere, the excitment of what might be. Keep in mind one thing as you go about shredding defenses. What would a Michigan Man do. Coach with the class that THIS university knows you can. Recruit everyday with the Pride, that a Michigan Man STAYS TO BE A CHAMPION !
We all know what you can do as for as an offense and a Head coach, but what can you do as a Michigan Man? Carr said perfect in that interview. The beginning of last season could have sent this University into a downward spiral. But Carr kept his ways, kept giving his players their do, never pointed a finger at anyone, but himself, and righted the ship to a good year and one Hell of beatdown of Florida. He rode off in the sunset, in his mind, a Champion ! All those players stayed throughout the year, noone quit, they all stayed, and minus the crystal football, Were ALL CHAMPION THAT STAYED.
So ill let you get back to game planing for Utah, because these Michigan fans are gameplaning ourselves. Though our thoughts on the offense or defense will more times than not see eye to eye. There is one thing that You, your players, and the great fans of this University will see eye to eye.
MICHIGAN MEN THAT STAY WILL BE CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!
Good Luck Coach Rod and the 08 Wolverines, we ALL have your back and look forward to the success, but more importantly, look forward to the CLASS, RESPECT, and PRIDE that we know you will represent EVERYDAY as................
TRUE MICHIGAN MEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Why do YOU think SARCASM is the right APPROACH? PLATITUDES and CLICHES can propel any TEAM to VICTORY. In my MIND Mr. MAIZEnblue is a CHAMPION for MAKING a bold STATEMENT no one else DARED to MAKE!!!
I'll be watching our MEN win on SATURDAY from my SEAT under the PRESS box. HOWEVA, I will be SITTING QUIETLY so I don't DISTRACT our players from the TASK at HAND: being CHAMPIONS!
Jai Eugene left Michigan for LSU, I'm pretty sure he was on a national championship team - ergo, champion. Also, proven scientifically, 17 of the past 18 champions haven't been Michigan.
Also, proven scientifically, 17 of the past 18 champions haven't been Michigan
Big Ten Champions don't count anymore, only national champions? But if that is the case, you can go back a little further, 59 of the last 60 champions haven't been Michigan.
The Big Ten does count for something in my book, though.
I was being really, really tongue in cheek. I do respect Big10 championships.
I don't know what bothers me more, Bo's "attitute" that put such an emphasis on the Big Ten and a de-emphasis on the bowl game/national championship (personally, I think that he held those attitudes because of his lack of success in the Rose Bowl), or fans who dismiss every team's accomplishments for a particular year except the team that wins the national championship. I guess thats part of the BCS thing.
National championships are important, but not all-important. Otherwise, the only year Michigan had worth considering in the last 60 years was 1997 (it would get kind of boring just talking about that team).
And personally, I think in the last 60 years Michigan has been extraodinarily successful.
Lack of success in the Rose Bowl is a chicken-egg argument. However, I think the team has been really successful in the past, and now going forward is in better position. That's what I'm focusing on. Cheers to continued success and hopefully some wins on the third Saturday in November.
My friend, if you don't UNDERSTAND the difference between being a champion and being a CHAMPION, maybe you're not really a MICHIGAN MAN.
the task at hand is being VOTED champions.
Big Ten & National championships matter - but they're not everything. For slightly different point of view, take a look at Shimmy Gray-Miller's blog :
At Michigan there was a slogan originated by the football team but adopted by several of the other athletic teams. “Those who stay will be Champions.” I have always loved the way that sounded but I took it too literally. After my four-year career had ended, I found myself wondering where the heck was my championship. I stayed. I didn’t quit. I worked hard. I was named Captain and got my degree and did everything that was asked of me. Not only did I not have a championship, we didn’t even win a lot of games. I felt robbed. Years later I realized that I did become a Champion. As corny as this appears, I’m a CHAMPION IN LIFE.
For those that don't know, she played on the Woman's Basketball team and is the current coach at St. Louis University.
I get fired up by something like this and realize I'm no better than anyone else. (Except that I am a Michigan Man!)