After reading so many posts regarding the excitement building towards the game, I for one can't watch this year.
Michigan football was the first love of my life. Even before I understood what the game of football was, I understood the emotional swings of wins and losses. Why, it's still a family joke - when I was a kid I would storm up the stairs and solk in my room for a hours if Michigan lost. Even then, the success and failures of a few men in winged helmets vastly altered my emotional state.
Through the years I learned the game, played and coached it to the best of my ability; all while my love for Michigan football matured and grew. I got to be pretty even keeled - don't get to high or low for anything. Still, on cool autumn Saturdays I revert back to that 3 year old watching the game. Yasy year was tough but understandable. This year is emotionally draining. That is why I won't be watching the game come Saturday. I don't want to see the hurt on the faces of the players and coaches should we fall short of a victory. I don't want to watch the fans file out as if they just attended a funeral. I don't want to see inconstancies of our offense and defense on national TV as announcers talk of the program as if it’s fallen on ill times and left for dead.
Mostly, I don't want to hear how RichRod needs to be fired, or how he's not a Michigan man or a good fit for the university. I’m tired of a few speaking for the masses judging Michigan football by looking back, not forward. I don't want to hear anymore about predetermined terminations or definitive transfers. Sick and tired of it all – of allegations and lame writers with personal vendettas!
And I'm tired of the heartache endured each week.
It's been a long time since we've felt the warmth of an OSU victory. Nothing would be better than to send the seniors off with their first victory over our arch rivals; everyone with Blue blood deserves it.
But this year, I am taking a rest. Instead, I am going hang with some service men and women and cheer for Army as they play North Texas.