Almost not worth responding to Iowa trolls, but I will.
1) Not even a rival
2) Barely won a home night game where you win a turnover battle 5-1 against an unranked opponent with 80% underclassmen. Then you rush the field?
3) We didn't want your coach, he's a dinosaur...Poor man's Lloyd Carr.
4) Mich is building a program, you guys have 2 good years every decade
5) Seriously....Iowa...You get the third rate talent to whom Mich, OSU, and Penn State don't offer scholarships.
Enjoy the win and stick to the boring Big Ten Ball...In a year or
two when we are a well oiled machine, you will be lucky to get a win on
us every 5 years or so. Your outdated schemes, and lack of speed and
talent were so evident last night, and you were only bailed out by
Mich's immaturity and mistakes.
Point being, Michigan is in rebuilding mode and we all expected to hear the trash talk from teams that beat us during this transition....this is what happens when you are the winningest program of all time and have dominated the historical series against all opponents. Still, when you hear the smack talk from OSU, who was beating us even before the transition and runs a strong program year in and year out...you tip your hat to them as your rival...as ignorant and annoying as they can be. When you hear it from MSU, who has finally beat us twice in a row for the first time in like 40 years, you laugh it off, knowing that they take the rivalry seriously, and say, congrats sparty you caught us on a down year last year, and outplayed us this year (in spite of nearly collapsing and having the usual sparty no outcome before OT.)
But when ND (that hasn't been relevant for 20 years), and PSU, that hadn't beaten us in 8 tries prior to last year, and now Iowa (clearly a third rate big ten program at best) start talking crap, you just have to laugh.
That being said, I am really enjoying this year so far. Watching the progress the team has made in just a year is both encouraging and exciting. Moreover, because the expectations for this year's team were and remain quite humble, it's much easier to sit back and enjoy the games...the sedative of lowered expectations. Next year, and even moreso in the following years, expectations will return to sky high, and while it will be great to be a top rate program again, losing to third rate programs like Iowa and MSU will return to being painful upsets to far inferior teams. The fan's psychological luxury of cheering for an underdog (where losses dont hurt as much and wins are never truly enjoyed but expected) will no longer be the norm.