I think I lead the league in hijacked threads. Today I got hijacked into the classic blame Lloyd or blame RR. All the usual arguments were recycled.. I had this debate with a few guys at work and I would like to propose my theory.
Conventional wisdom has Michigan divided into the Old School(Lloyd Camp) and the New School (RR Camp). I don't think this is actually the case. I think we have splintered into many groups and I think most of the RR haters hated Lloyd as well.
Hate the Coach Guy (15%)- He's the guy that hated Lloyd Carr and his stodgy ways and begged for the spread, and now wants RR gone because it's unacceptable we're Michigan. He's the "No Excuses" guy who is very angry and likes to call sports talk radio and thinks he would settle for 5 NC's in 10 years and a 8-2 record against OSU as his baseline.
Don't follow it Close, but the Freep had it in the paper, so it must be true and I'll talk like I know something at the gym guy(20%)- These guys don't follow it all that closely. They watch the big games on tv but if they miss oh well. They are Michigan fans because Mich was always good when they grew up, but are thinking of switching to the Spartans if things don't turn around soon. These are guys you throw facts at and their eyes glaze over.
WTF My Fucking World is off it's Fucking Axis (40%)- I'd put this group as the ex alumni who are pretty passionate fans and generally reasonable in that they bitch about the coach after losses and are happy about wins but in the end they support the team. They are used to 8-9-10 wins and Big Ten Championships every couple of years as a birth rite. They were for the most part willing to give RR a chance, but due to 05, The Horror, 0-3 vs MSU and 0-7 vs OSU, investigation, etc.... they are not sure if the sun is going to rise, much less if RR is right for the job. Some are still willing to give RR a chance some are done, but all can't fathom another year of hearing shit from MSU and OSU fans without killing someone.
Leave the Coach Alone(15%)- They support Michigan thru thick and thin. Whoever the coach is they support. They tend to be more contrarian in their views, because unless you win the NC most people bitch about the coach. They like to use stats and comparisons to other teams to get their point heard. They find themselves defending the coach even when they want him fired, because of the overboard nature of college football fans.
We're Great, We Suck(10%)- This undecided group is more reactionary and tend to be overjoyed at victory and decimated by defeat. Depending on what day you catch them on they may or may not want the coach fired and they may be more prone to the outlandish in a desperate attempt to wrap their minds around a loss. These are the "Put Mallett in for Henne" Denard for Heisman 1 week, Bench Denard the next" crowd.
Did I miss any groups?