I'm not sure anyone has written something like this before.
Ushering in a New Era
The Michigan Wolverines Football that we've known and (usually) loved for the past 312 years is long gone. Ushering in a new era to Ann Arbor is Rich Rodriguez, Mike Barwis, and a shit-ton of speedy freshman, and a quarterback that has never played football in college before.
But before we're so quick to forget the past, and all the good that came with it, to embrace the future that will smack us in the face in under 48 hours, let's take this time to remember this past season. The final season for so many beloved Wolverines.
Lloyd Carr, Chad Henne, Mike Hart, Jake Long, Mario Manningham, Adrian Arrington, Shawn Crable, Jamar Adams, among others, will never don a Michigan uniform again. They won't run out of the tunnel, touch the banner, or sing with their bretheren during the post-game celebrations in the locker room.
They won't ever be able to play against the Scarlet and Grey with that fiery passion in their hearts that can one can only feel whilst playing in the Michigan-Ohio State game. They won't ever get to beat their little brothers from East Lansing, a rivalry that, although somewhat one-sided during their time in Ann Arbor, is a hell of a rivalry nonetheless.
They won't ever put a rose in their mouth, knowing that Pasadena awaits their arrival.
As the players and coaches put their final season behind them, so in a way does the Michigan faithful. The Michigan team we watch take the field on Saturday isn't going to be like anything we've ever seen in Maize and Blue before. The defense will blitz relentlessly, our running back corps is as quick and deep as we may have ever had. Running backs will pass, quarterbacks will (attempt to) run.
This is a new team, not because of the departed Seniors and the incoming Freshman, but because of something much, much grander.
So let's take a look at not only the last Michigan Football season for many players and coaches, but in the grander scheme of things, the last "Michigan Football Season" for many of us fans.
Because Saturday will be something completely new, and I for one can't wait.
Check out the tribute video below:
It was more of a long, cliched intro to the video than a heartfelt diary entry that's been done over and over.
But seriously, thanks for not being a dick about it :)
go blue, can't wait for saturday
no cell phone rule. I can see how could help unity.
Saturday's game feels like anticipating the first time with your high school girlfriend. I've got my new shirt (my adidas jersey arrived today)and I've got that feeling in the pit of my stomach - knowing what I want, but not sure of what will actually happen! Be good to me Maize N Blue - it sure feels like I've waited for this for a long time!
I appreciate you taking the time to look backwards when we are embarking a new and wonderfully strange journey. I must say I am a little apprehensive about not seeing 20 or 86 on the field saturday. I am sure my fears will turn to elation on the first 50 yard screen.