Half the fun of being a sports fan is game day, but the other half is talking with friends and fellow fans about your expectations going forward, which is what we typically do the other 352 days of the year when our team isn’t playing. As Michigan fans our expectations are obviously high to begin with, and I doubt anyone would debate Hoke’s initial success, coupled with his stellar recruiting, have set the expectation bar quite high for the future.
Then Akron happens, from which many (including myself) are beginning to harbor doubts for that otherwise sunny looking future. So Akron spoiled 352 days out of this year for us?
Hearken or harken (the words are oddly interchangeable) back to a certain 2007 HORROR followed by the second HORROR where Dennis Dixon collectively took all of our mothers named Dorothy out for a nice seafood dinner and then never called them back. How low were we as fans then…. But a funny thing happened on the way to the rodeo. As I recall, our downtrodden heroes turned that ship around and banded together to spank ND. Later, they faced down the might Florida spread attack, subsequently handing Timmy “Thank you Jesus for being in my corner but not my opponent’s corner” Tebow and one chinless head coach their first bowl loss, not to mention beating a highly favored, ESS EE CEE team. This was the SAME MICHIGAN TEAM!!
Now. That team was senior laden, and star laden. This team is exceptionally young. That team actually LOST those first two games, this team found a way to win Saturday. Coincidentally, much like that 2007 team, this team will face down said chinless head coach come season end. That team beat him. This team will too.
So. If any of you are guilty of lowered expectations, then isn't this an indictment of what happened in 2007 in general? I put it to you, MGoBloggers – aren’t these gloomy posts an indictment of our entire Michigan fan base society? Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of Michigan Football. Gentlemen!