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|1 year 24 weeks ago||I turned 25 on Dec. 14, 1997||
Which made it even sweeter.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Boola Boola||
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Thanks Comrade. I'm still in||
Thanks Comrade. I'm still in post-RR mourning mode. But ugly uniforms are enough to get my blood pressure up.
And I did buy front-row seats to see Denard's last game in Tampa, even if his talent has been utterly wasted by Borges and Hoke. And now I have to spend three hours with these horrendous uniforms, up close and personal. B`lyad!
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Fire David Brandon?||
These Outback Bowl uniforms are a travesty. And so have been all of the alternate uniforms with the possible exception of the Under the Lights game ones.
If we're going to go with an alternate uniform, why can't we do these? Michigan's brand used to be that we'd always had the same uniform. And Brandon has completely destroyed that.
Check out that stylish and distinctive "4" on Bob Chappuis' jersey. And no logos!
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Robinson v. Mallett||
Very simple. Mallett transferred because he didn't think RR could coach a traditional QB (incorrectly). Denard didn't transfer because he thought Hoke could coach a dual threat QB (inccorectly).
|1 year 50 weeks ago||This post echoes my sentiments completely||
My memories of Michigan-ND are exactly like those of the OP. In those days, MSU and OSU were annoyances—ND was our true nemesis. For me, still, it's the game I look forward to the most every year. ND is the school that is most like Michigan in terms of tradition and glamour.
Hopefully the rivalry continues, as Swarbrick has said he hopes to, despite the upcoming cancellation. Given the demise of communist football in AA, it may the only game I continue to watch once the Age of Denard is over.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Future of Communist Football in AA||
It seems pretty clear that Borges was trying, almost until the end of the season, to shoehorn non-spread-option plays into the Denard offense, which is clearly a sign of his ideological, counterrevolutionary nature.
It is depressing to see communist football end up at OSU as we carelessly discard it...the outcome of these twin developments will not be good for Michigan.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Notre Dame||
I grew up in the Rocket Ismail / Lou Holtz days, when M and ND would play each other ranked in the top 5 -- and M lost most of those games. For me then, and still now, I hate ND more than OSU. In those days we used to beat OSU the way they beat us now, and even many of the players would say that ND was a bigger rival than OSU. Things change, obviously, but I still get more worked up about beating ND than OSU.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||It will be great||
To root for RR unabashedly in the Pac 12.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Good luck RR||
Here's hoping you become the new power in the Pac 12.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||The revolution will be televised||
The Hegelian dialectic requires that Communist Football triumph in Columbus, to our eternal dismay.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Mattison with an RR offense||
Would have been a dream with many MNCs attached...alas...
|2 years 50 weeks ago||The font is terrible||
The problem with the helmet numbers is the terrible sans-serif font. (Though I get that it is similar to the one used in the past.) Plus the maize of the numbers doesn't match the maize of the wings/stripes.
|3 years 1 week ago||Welcome back||
Welcome back to you as well J. Keep flying the flag for us.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Front great, back yuck||
The front was fantastic, with the much subtler adidas logo. Looked like a true old-school Michigan jersey. For me, the block M on the back was terrible -- distracting, unnecessary, and novel.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Lol||
I don't know who you are, or how long you've been following Michigan football, but I'm 38 years old, and I've lived and died M football since I was a sentient being. Whether you respect me or not is up to you. But it's precisely because I've been such a die-hard M fan for my entire life, and watched the team get trounced for decades against nearly every high-end national power it has faced in the postseason, that the profoundly destructive actions of January 2011 are, to me, such a betrayal. Does a father who abandons his children deserve unflinching loyalty? Loyalty is not a binary variable, but a continuous one.
Intelligent people can disagree about whether it was wise to hire Hoke and dump RR. And intelligent people can disagree about whether Hokeball is worth watching. I'll always root for Michigan...but perhaps from a further distance, and with less of my heart on the line. If Hoke succeeds where Schembechler and Carr (with one exception) failed, I'll be very happy for him. But my expectations are low. I truly hope he proves me wrong.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Thanks Comrade||
I accidentally pressed "send" before the diary was finished, so a lot of inaccurate data appeared at first. Hopefully it's all good now. Thanks for catching the mistake.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Thanks Comrades||
Thanks Comrades for all the kind words—especially those of you who fought the good fight with me. It's been a tough 8 months.
As to whether or not Borges et al. can keep things going, I guess we'll see. It's hard to imagine them using Denard as well as RR did, but as the blog says, "Hoke springs eternal."
On the question of continuing the diary—it's a hard question to answer. In the aftermath of the counterrevolutionary dismissal of RR, I woke up with no intention of watching any more Michigan football. I might amend that for two years, just so I can watch this once-in-a-lifetime athlete for the rest of his college career. We'll see how it goes.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Like Auburn and Oregon||
Yeah, I too yearn for the day that Michigan is winning conference championships and playing in the BCS title game, like Auburn and Oregon.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Thanks for this Brian||
You hit it exactly on the head. Another three decades of 9-3 teams who lose to national powers is depressing. So depressing. A grave injustice has been done to RR.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||A living nightmare||
We are ND.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Fiction||
Who said you couldn't question RR? Nobody. Even RR supporters have had their disagreements with the defensive staffing etc. DB took an improving situation and made it far worse.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Sorry||
I wasn't directing those comments at you personally. But I still believe that anyone who roots for Denard should want him to play at a place where his talents can flourish. Hoke has explicitly stated that he is against the zone-read.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Denard should transfer||
He doesn't owe it to Hoke, or to Michigan, or to an entitled and spoiled fanbase to have his talents wasted by a MANBALL coach.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||I'm All In||
For this thread.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||FieldTurf is tasty||
|3 years 36 weeks ago||That's a brilliant theory||
Makes perfect sense actually (and is bad for us bc it would mean no access to Miles' LSU staff).
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Sorry for the transcription||
Typing on iPhone is a major pain in the Bielema.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Ze plane! Ze plane!||
Welcome to FANTASY ISLAND!
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Miles is coming||
If DB wants him. Way too much evidence that Les wants the job.