Well, you are all used to my railing against The Free Press, Michael Rosenberg, Mark Snyder, publisher Paul Anger and the angry mosh-pit of mouth breathers known on the internet as "Freep.com."
No links here. Not today. It's summertime, and the livin' is easy.
Just a couple of quick comments on Michael Rosenberg's obituary on the career of Lloyd Carr. (I use the term "obituary" after some reflection today. If you read it, it comes across like nothing so much as an obituary. I read it a second time, and then it seemed all the more like an obituary.)
Rosenberg is perfectly well-qualified to write about the career of Lloyd Carr. Let's all face it; that much is true. It is probably all too true; tragically, pathetically true. Rosenberg nicely summarizes the announcement of Carr's retirement.
But even when writing about something upon which he is an acknowledged expert, Rosenberg veers off course, as soon as he mentions the word "Rodriguez." Rosenberg writes that Rodgriguez replaced virtually the entire Michigan coaching staff when he arrived in Ann Arbor. That much is of course true, and, probably anticipating a thread just like this on on MGoBlog, Rosenberg adds parenthetically, "as was his right."
So that's it for Rosenberg and his readership; Rodriguez canned all of Michigan history that went before him, based on some weird legal right to do so.
Of course, what Rosenberg left out -- what Rosenberg should know if he doesn't already -- is that that is precisely, exactly what Bo Schembechler did upon his arrival in Ann Arbor from Miami University of Ohio. Indeed, Don Canham had specifically asked Bo Schembechler to retain much of Bump Elliott's staff, and Bo refused. I think Bo retained Tirrell Burton. Much like RR retained Fred Jackson. Otherwise, it is an absolute truth to state, "Upon his arrival, much as Rich Rodriguez did 39 years later, Bo Schembechler replaced virtually the entire Michigan coaching staff."
It's just a small window into the world of Mike Rosenberg.
Here's an open question to my friends at MGoBlog: Rosenberg suggested that Lloyd Carr inaugurated the business of having a dictionary parked on a bookstand just outside of his office. Players coming to see Carr for any reason were asked to recite a new word from the dictionary. Now, I am truly uncertain, but I thought that practice had originated with Bo. Perhaps I am wrong, and Rosenberg is right that it began with Carr. Anybody? Bueller? I don't wish to accuse Rosenberg of an error (there are enough Rosenberg errors and outrages for two lifetimes) without knowing for sure. The "dictionary" story is not an easy one to confirm, by its nature. Anybody know?