I like Rich Rodriguez. He seems like a stand up guy. I really hope Michigan beats OSU for his sake. I’d like to see the guy have a chance to enjoy himself for a change. For all the s*** he’s been through, he deserves it.
Arrogant Michigan Alumni who try to influence others with their money irritate me. They irresponsibly give anyone else, by association, a bad name. Those of us who grew up in Michigan were here first. I’d like to see a stat on what these people donate and what they get in return from the University. Then, compare that figure to what the taxpayers of Michigan contribute (without the benefits). And for the record, if they were not in those seats on Saturday, the stadium would still be full. Filled to capacity with fans who want to watch football, not talk about the stock market.
Do people honestly give a s*** what Chris Spielman thinks. Ask dude how many National Championships or Super Bowl teams he played on. Is he an authority on what it takes to be a champion?
If Braylon Edwards, Les Miles, and Gary Moeller are Michigan Men, I can understand why we went another way.
A National Championship is all that really counts. Winning the Big Ten means you are better than 10 other teams (half that are usually terrible). You win the Big Ten, you talk big s*** in the Midwest. You win the National Championship, you put on your jersey, take a trip cross country and never have to say a word. Have you seen the Fox commercial with Bradshaw, Long. You know, guys with “rings that matter”.
“This offense will never work in the Big Ten”. Bring Auburn or Oregon, who have similar types of offense (stolen from RR), into the Big Ten this year. Both have average (25-50 ranked) defenses. They kick everybody’s ass. Data: Oregon 52 - Jim Harbaugh 31 and Auburn 24 – Les Miles 17.
Coach Rodriguez and his staff have done an amazing job in recruiting kids out of Florida. “but what about the state of Michigan?” To that, I say - Mack Brown. Look at Mack Brown in Texas. How’s that going for him? You should win 8 games a year by default with the talent he gets in that state. You know who is number one in recruiting this year, according to pundits? You need another example you say? How about Urban Meyer in Florida. “Hey Urban, you got all those 5 stars the past 2 years, how could you possibly be losing?”
So, the authorities say “Harbaugh is rumored to go the way of Michigan or San Francisco”. I say let him go to San Francisco. Then, bring in Singletary as our new DC.
When, in the last 30 years, have you felt absolutely confident we have had the team to win the National Championship? I mean, we play any team, anywhere and win. Not just the Big Ten Championship (see above). For example, OSU has been "so" dominant in the Big Ten the last 10 years, but what do they have to show for it? Outside the Midwest, they are a joke. What does that make the rest of us?
Bo won 29 percent of his bowl games. Lloyd won 46 percent of his bowl games. Combined they had 1 National Championship. In ’97, if we would have played Nebraska, let’s be honest, we would have gotten our a**** kicked.
I hope Dave Brandon has the b**** to make a decision on his own, without alumni influence or previous player influence. If the rumors are true, and you are getting calls, ask Tom Brady what he's done in New England the past 6 years?
Finally, Michigan has always stood for class. The haters are going to hate. Sometimes you need to be humbled. Those with integrity will acknowledge the constructive criticism, make necessary changes and work harder. The arrogant and proud will blame someone else.
P.S. – Dave, when you got ‘em on the phone, ask him politely to cut his f****** hair.