It's been a rough year for all of us, but I feel it's been especially rough for the main author who has had to deal with more than enough shit of late. I, for one, am addicted to this community and am thankful I'm not the one expected to give so much weekly content. Spread your thanks for Brian, and on the same note Ace, Seth, Heiko, and anyone else who makes this site what it is (I know I've forgotten too many of you). I'd rather go down fighting as a Wolverine than win as a Bucknut.
Brian Cook Appreciation Thread
+1 seriously best thing I've seen all week.
Is enjoying himself.
I don't know how you guys do it.
Appreciate it buddy. Take a mental health week and relax.
Keep up the good work, Mgoblog staff. The best college football site going. Cheer up though, Brian.
This site provides one heck of a service to M fans, even if my posts get deleted sometimes. Kudos.
I felt exactly like Brian. I love this site it is therapeutic. Brian is business man and a fan. I don't know how he stays as objective as he does. Go look at 11 warriors, and other sites, we are so spoiled.
+1 and warm fuzzies to Brian and all the Mgo contributors. Tough season. Time heals all wounds. This is still the best fan site for any team, college or professional.
And thanking him for all he does in July. Thanks again, Brian.
Best blog out there for any college team. Great work all around by everyone involved.
I'm here for the posbang.
Thanks Mr. Cook. This site helped me get into football at this deep level. I would've never been able to follow the program as I do without you guys.
I will defer to the paid staff if they wish to remove this one, but appreciation for the founder of this blog and provider of this space is definitely not a bad thing to show. Indeed, I am grateful to be able to interact with some of the most fanatical Michigan people on the face of the Earth here, and I am thankful that I am trusted to help defend this blog and its purpose through being a mod.
and a gentle reminder to Brian that things are not always as bad as they seem. Not 39-0 bad, anyway.
You have created a site here that has grown perhaps beyond anyone's initial expectations. There are many reasons for this, but two of them come immediately to mind. The first - your emotion. You've maintained your status as a fan, not a media member, and that makes your take on all thing Michigan so much more genuine and powerful. There will be times when your emotions rub people the wrong way, but that's going to happen now that your site has so many followers. Hell, OSU fans were ripping Herbie today because he shook the hand of a wounded warrier wearing Michigan clothing. As your fan base has grown, there are no doubt a few Michigan equivalents to those idiots - don't let them affect who you are or the product you produce!
The second thing that I think makes your site great is the analysis. We don't get puff pieces about what a great guy the third string fullback is or how Michigan is working on their execution this week. You illustrate to us why things work, why they don't, and what could happen in the future. Don't lose sight of that as you deal with stubborn fans or coaches who bring you down. Show us why the offense isn't working, how it could work if run correctly, and how other teams are succesful with it.
We need you Brian! Help see us through this painful time in Michigan football!!! Don't give up on us just because some morons are giving you crap!
Thanks again for all your hard work.
"We need you Brian! Help see us through this painful time in Michigan football!!! Don't give up on us just because some morans are giving you crap!"
I love this place. Only place I can talk to educated Michigan fans.
And plus, it keeps me sheltered from going out and talking to people. Like socializing. What a disaster that would be.
I love this website. I just wish the moderating system would come back. :(
+1 for Team Brian
Seriously, to all you guys who contribute and to Brian for providing a place that usually has great discussion on all things Michigan.
When push comes to shove we have some of the most loyal and fantastic fans in college sports. We have outliers and a lot of us have been known to have our less than stellar moments (or maybe that's just me ;-)) but in the end we all love our University and want them to kick ass at everything all the time no matter how unrealistic that may be.
So once again thanks to all of you guys for giving us a place to throw our two cents in.
I agree. Thank you for putting up with all of our shit. You guys do an amazing job, thank you.
Great job Brian and MGOBLOG STAFF! The best damn Michigan Blog out there.
this is my first post ever, but seems like a good time to let you all know how much your work is appreciated. thanks for being candid and having a point of view. I may not agree with you a few times but I still respect your opinions and this community.
Thank you, Brian! It's been a rough fall and some M fans have shamed themselves. But I hope you don't forget how many people (the vast, vast majority) greatly appreciate what you do.
I have become a more informed and passionate fan from reading your stuff over the years. For Free. That is awesome, and I've never stopped thinking that even in spite of the rough couple years we've had. Thank you!
EDIT: Thanks to the rest of the staff, too!
I'm lurker on this board, I don't post often, but keep up the good work. The same goes for ace and the rest of the staff.
I'll appreciate him more if he does a UFR for The Game this year...
about anything and everything. No UFR? Shit. Questioning hockey team's effort? Shit. Anything that displeases anyone? Shit.
People lose their mind way too easy. I wish people wouldn't be so damn confrontational all the time. The man provides the best college sports blog on the internet (ime) and for free. Lay off.
+1 for Brian Cook
Hang in there Brian. Things will get better for Michigan and, by extension, for you.
I've been an mGoReader since 2005, and this may have been the most trying and frustrating stretch of Michigan football I've experienced since then. Yet regardless of the challenges, I'm thankful these keepers of the key have created a place that I'm always excited to peruse on a daily basis.
Cheers, Brian. Have a Bell's Winter on me.
The entire MGoStaff deserves its own thread.
Brian, his own Lifetime Appreciation Thread.
I salute by amending and paraphrasing one of Ufer's greatest quotes:
Michigan Stadium is the hole that Yost dug, Crisler paid for, Canham carpeted, Cook blogged about, and Schembechler fills up every Saturday!
The Michigan fanbase owes you much. I know I do as Michigan fan.
So thank you and Go Blue!
I get so much out of the content and camaraderie here - it's all thanks to Brian and his staff. I might not always agree with them, but I always appreciate their opinions. Like always, this site will help us through the long offseason, and I can't wait to buy Brian's new magazine next year. GoBlue!!
I sincerely appreciate having a fantastic place to feed my obsession with my favorite team and alma mater.
The negativity and lack of civility from some of the people who post comments can be frustrating; I hope you realize there are tons of people like me who enjoy this blog every day, and are grateful for everything you and your team do.
But I really want to get in on this thread. I love all the writing and insight from Brian and everyone else on this blog. Ignore all the haters and trolls.
I fucking hate when my students say that someone or something is 'biased', especially without further explanation. It ends up being a totally vacuous way to say 'I don't like it.'
Will throw in my two cents here. The writing style and sense of humor we get in all of the articles here are awesome and as best I can tell unique to this site, I' m glad Brian, Ace, Seth, BISB and the rest of the crew do what they do. This site is a great place for Michigan fans and I appreciate the effort that goes into it to bits.
Thanks for everything, especially UFR.
Special thanks to the staff and especially Seth who took the time to respond to me and write the piece about a family friend, Jack "The Magician" Weisenburger. Thanks again, Seth. I spent some time with his family over the holiday and they all loved the piece.
He should get some special appreciation for being as accessible/helpful as he is.
Brian needs no elaboration, IMO. Ace is a genuinely nice guy that takes his (seemingly non-serious) job very seriously and has done a hell of a job becoming a great contributor to the site. Heiko I haven't really had much interaction with but he seems like good people and hopefully he'll cure cancer. BiSB is the most exceptional golden retriever I have ever encountered.
Also, PGB/CooperLily21 and LSAClassOf2000 can't go without mention, so, uh...mention.
i still remember that 'roll tide' comment from thanksgiving day. you're still grounded, and no X-box for you either.
seriously, you guys do a great job. like many things in life, there are always going to be boneheads. part of wisdom and discernment is knowing when and if you need to pay any attention to those people. here's hoping you get that filter set properly and quickly.
My days would be much less enjoyable without MGB. And some of the best stuff isn't even Michigan related (I'm thinking of the David Foster Wallace post). Now THAT'S a good sports blog. Keep it up Dear Leader.
This is pretty much the only thing I read during my lunch breaks at work. Every day now for....5 years? Yeesh.
Thanks for all the content. Absolutely the best sports blog on the net imo.
Brian, sincere thanks for this blog. It is my favorite source for Michigan football (even during the rough times), but also good humor and laughs (usually). This hasnt been the greatest of years for myself either, but this blog is a source of great enjoyment for me, and for that I am truly greatful. Keep up the good work, and remember how many people out there really love this place.
Thanks, Brian and everyone else on the mgoblog staff.
Out here, surrounded by ND fans, this site is an oasis of blue tranquility. And I appreciate it, negative points and all!
Thanks for making me feel part of a great community.
I want to direct this especially at Brent Jones (@dawggoblue on the twitters) who tweeted at Brian: "if you were to quit being a Michigan fan no one would care. Remember that. Get off your soapbox."
I single him out, from all th poeple Brian retweeted, because this guy in particular deserves public shaming. Few have done more to improve the knowledgeability of the Michigan fanbase than Brian, and our fanbase would not only miss but also be hurt by losing Brian much more than losing Brent, myself, or virtually any other individual fan. I probably will never agree with Brian regarding the best offensive scheme (I much prefer a West coast offense predicated on timing routes and setting an under center running game up with the pass to the spread concepts that Brian espouses). However, without what I have learned on this site, I would not be knowledgeable enough to legitimately discuss these ideas. Nor would I recognize that one of the reasons I like the West coast offense is the 3 and 4 wide sets which spreads the defense, thereby serving many of the same functions that the "spread" does; that is preventing defenses from being able to cheat.
tl;dr Thanks Brian, you my boy.
When someone provides something for my entertainment, enjoyment, and/or enlightenment, I feel obligated to thank them. So Brian and staff: thanks very much.