As my Dad gave birth to my Michigan fandom has two degrees from the University and insured both his sons went there as well. I have much to be thankful for.
In the waning Carr years, my brother and I openly opined that we needed a new coach, while my Dad would repeatedly remind us, "Be Careful what you wish for." He did not like the Rodriguez hire.
He may be what is your quintessential blue hair. He's approaching 70. He loves Michigan football, but gets most of his information from the local television news, the Bay City Times, and the Sunday Free Press. Although, he is not a "down in front" person, because he doesn't go to games anymore.
Anyway, throughout last year, I had to hear from him. "See I told you. You ran Carr out of town, but all he did was win games. You're missing him already."
How could I argue? There hadn't been a losing season in my lifetime. I could talk about walkon qb's and depth charts, but to my Dad it wouldn't matter. 3-9 was all that mattered.
Today, I called my parents for the biweekly check in and we started talking about the game. The first thing he said to me.
"It looks like Rodriguez will prove me wrong about him being our coach. He really found a QB that's unreal. He performed under that kind of pressure as a freshman."
I was shocked, partly because he admitted that he was wrong, which is a rarity. Partly, because part of me thought he would never give Rodriguez a chance.
I'm sure this a pretty common feeling among his age group and how winning, Forcier, and Rodriguez can and will change unbelievers to believers if given a chance.