I hated the outcome of Saturday's game as much, if not more, than any MGoAlum/blogger/fan. I've been disturbed by the general pessimism in its wake even more. Not because it is necessarily unwarranted, but because a lot of it reminds me of pitchfork and torches mentality. I'm probably older than most here (except Herm) and have seen pretty much everything and anything happen in a Michigan game, both good and bad. With the exception of the '97 team, every year has been frought with both. I saw the '69 (yes, I was 4 yrs. old) toppling of Woody's unbeatens. I watched Michigan teams that went 10-1, 10-0-1 and 10-1 get snubbed in '72, '73 and '74. I was enrolled when the '84 team only outscored the opposition by 14 total points and went 6-6. People were screaming for Bo's head. Two years later, we had a Big 10 Championship. I watched the RR years end with a 15-22 record and the cupboard left bare. Then came Hoke. So far, 11-2 (Sugar Bowl win), 8-5 (Outback Bowl loss) and 5-1 this year, so far. The cupboard isn't bare, it is fully stocked with young talent. The record is better than the recent past and better than some of Bo or Lloyd's squads. The team is young. Mistakes have been made by both players and coaches. But prior to the season, I'm willing to bet any of us would have said 5-1 is a good position to be in at this point in the season. Michigan still has 6 guaranteed opportunities to play for victory and likely a Bowl game as well. I'll be watching every one of those opportunities with a discriminating eye and a Maize and Blue heart. I hope you do the same. GO BLUE! EDIT: Yes, I also have paragraph formatting issues.
"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.