Did you ever wonder what we think of Notre Dame? Well, according to NDNation, what we feel is pure, unadulterated envy :
Since the first day the University of Notre Dame did anything worth doing on the field, Michigan has been literaly animated (anima, Latin for "life," "mind" or "soul") by a consuming envy, a second-bestness, a sure and certain knowledge that while it could have been the premier football program and university of the American midwest
Livin' in the past? You betcha:
Enter Notre Dame, which did precisely that, and which, armed with the best coach in the history of the sport, captured the imagination, not only of the region, but of the nation. As Rockne's triumphs garned headlines from coast to coast Michigan grew smaller, and its eyes grew greener and greener
Nazi reference? Check:
This need to be as good as others--this overwhelming, festering sense of inferiority leads Michigan people to ever-more-insane claims of greatness. It has long since passed the point of self-parody, and has become sad, like those really, really old ex-Nazis in retirement facilities, gibbering idiotically, shitting themselves, and repeating the delusional propaganda that first warped their minds.
For the record, I rocked the maize and blue on campus today. This was not appreciated by the locals.
EDIT: I should say that the locals are split into two very distinct camps, and have been since this summer; the "we'll be 10-2 because Weis was the only thing holding us back" camp and the "we'll be 7-5 because it's a new system and we lost a bunch of talent on offense and the defense still sucks" camp. Those two camps held firm through week 1, and exist in roughly equal numbers around here.