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|6 weeks 5 days ago||I love this.||
Thanks, Ace. Your strength is our strength. I feel like this is this season's "The Age of Miracles"--a reminder that everything's going to be okay.
I SO needed to hear this.
|12 weeks 18 hours ago||WORD.||
I love you, and I totally thought this was written by Section 1 at first. =)
|12 weeks 18 hours ago||Coach Rod didn't put Will||
Coach Rod didn't put Will ANYWHERE. I know Will, and he ASKED Coach Rod if he could be switched over to the offensive line so he'd have a better chance at playing time.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||I love you.||
I love you.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Alright you guys, against||
Alright you guys, against my better judgment I read most of the comments on this thread and had to reallllly channel my inner zen to not respond to them individually. I’ll say a few things though, mostly because I’m bored at this conference in Philly.
Y’all know how I feel about Coach Rod (still) and I make no apologies for how much I love him. I don’t feel like I need to prove my Michigan fandom or allegiance and I don’t feel like I need to make apologies for being an Arizona Wildcats fan. They aren't mutually exclusive.
My problem with this whole thing as I tweeted yesterday is that this happens over and over—Coach Rod gets asked a question and answers it. Michigan media picks up on it, spins it, generates 93409583490 page clicks which generate 90348594 angry comments and then our fan base fights and bickers and it becomes RR vs. Hoke on every level—coaching, recruiting, execution, assistant coach salary money availability, relationships with former players, relationships to Lloyd Carr etc etc etc. It’s legit exhausting, you guys. But I have to say if the fan base were truly over it, this would all be inconsequential. RR will be RR—he very well may always answer every last question he’s asked. He’s not a “no comment” guy and I very much doubt he ever will be; it’s part of his charm in my opinion because he’s a real person and not a stoic coach. That said, at some point we need to stop acting like the ex-gf who doesn’t want him back but doesn’t want him with anyone else either. If you were over it, you’d be indifferent. I got an e-mail from a close friend (and huge Hoke supporter) yesterday that said, “I hope RR FAILS.” Really? It’s come to that? Oh, and the point about calling out players who didn’t work hard and felt entitled—off the top of my head I’m thinking about BWC and Tate. I don’t know Tate but Will has admitted this over and over and over again. Coach didn’t say anything that wasn’t true.
I will add one more point that I made on Detroit sports talk after the Outback Bowl loss. Coach Rod and Brady Hoke finished with the same record this year. When I pointed that out on Twitter, M fans FREAKED OUT. “What are you trying to say? What’s your point? We won the SUGAR BOWL last year…” My point was this—at the end of this past season the biggest number widely reported was the win percentage of the teams who beat Michigan. “YES we lost to these teams but OMG THEY WERE AMONG THE WINNINGEST TEAMS IN AMERICA!” This is quite different from the RR years when the narrative was, “ONLY WINS MATTER. NOTHING ELSE. YOU HAVE TO WIN.” So when Coach Rod was HC only wins matter but now that Hoke is here and exceeded expectations last season we’re able to be okay with 8 wins because our losses were against really good teams? Either ONLY WINS matter or there’s more to the story (and I’m obviously on Team There’s More To The Story). I’m tired of this fan base changing the narrative to serve their personal opinions on who’s good and who’s not, who’s a “Michigan Man” (a term I HATE) and who is not.
Ultimately what upset me most is that people were unkind to each other on this thread. I know, how girly of me to be upset that someone was mean to someone else on the internet. But honestly, I think we should really try to be kind to each other on here, in real life and everywhere. The universe keeps teaching me about the fragility of life and while there are trolls, many of us love Michigan so very much for no logical reason except that we don’t know how not to. We can disagree and be offended and all of that but we should be kinder to each other because we’re all ultimately all in the same boat. Have a good day you guys! Be well and be great!
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Declined a dinner/improv date||
Declined a dinner/improv comedy show date offer to sit at home, drink by myself and watch M hoops. Is that bad? (Note: my sister was in a really bad car accident and had two surgeries totalling 15 hours this week.)
|25 weeks 4 days ago||AGREED exceptttt I've known||
AGREED exceptttt I've known him since he was 8. I've been their den mom from elementary school through their time at Michigan as undergrads. "You're coming, right Jenny?" "Wouldn't miss it!"
|25 weeks 4 days ago||:( I had to turn down||
:( I had to turn down tickets/trip to Columbus because my brother's best friend is getting married. My hair appointment is at 11:00...I may legit have to stream the game at the salon on my phone!
|25 weeks 4 days ago||EST!||
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Soooo||
On track to finish an entire case of Yuengling Light by 9:00 PM. Awesome or troubling?
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Holy crossover, Batman!||
Holy crossover, Batman!
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Per some folks on Twitter,||
Per some folks on Twitter, Burke isn't on the stats sheet as even taking a shot in the first half.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||I love love love it. I||
I love love love it. I deleted my Facebook about a year ago and don't even miss it. The MGoFamily on Twitter is the absolute best.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||The MDen just tweeted back at||
The MDen just tweeted back at me and said they're working on getting them available. =)
|25 weeks 6 days ago||TWSS||
|25 weeks 6 days ago||lol||
It's not the number of MGoPoints but the content of his posts, ya feel me?!
|25 weeks 6 days ago||I'm sorry doll! Girls suck||
I'm sorry doll! Girls suck sometimes. Better days are ahead! Huggg
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Watched the afternoon games||
Watched the afternoon games after the M/Minny game at this bar near the stadium with fearless leader and some mutual friends. Brian kept saying I'm not a real person, that I'm actually "a cartoon character".
I am, in fact, a real person. =)
|26 weeks 3 days ago||DO NOT WANT||
DO NOT WANT
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Because I'm just not that||
Because I'm just not that into him. =)
|26 weeks 3 days ago||BUT re: the game-- Super||
BUT re: the game--
Super sad about Fitz...prayers going up for sure! Also, did anyone else recognize that throwback screen play? I SWEAR that was straight from the UTL playbook.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||allll of the yuengling light||
I cancelled on a guy I was supposed to go out with tonight because I found out the Arizona game is on ESPNU (a channel I get!)
I may or may not be drunk and baking a cake right now. WOO!
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Yuengling Light on deck! I||
Yuengling Light on deck! I hope Trey has an awesome birthday game!
|29 weeks 12 hours ago||lol I sure do and I'm not||
lol I sure do and I'm not even a tattoo person!
|29 weeks 20 hours ago||You totally get me. ;)||
You totally get me. ;)
|29 weeks 20 hours ago||You totally get me. ;)||
You totally get me. ;)
|29 weeks 20 hours ago||Haha that's awesome! I hope||
Haha that's awesome! I hope you kept it together better than I did. :)
I had cried all my makeup TWICE off before I got there. I told him I love him and, "this is like...this is like meeting Leonardo DiCaprio for other people!" He laughed and asked if I wanted to get a picture with him. I'm totally wearing my "IN ROD WE TRUST" shirt in that picture with my puffy eyes. lol
I asked if we could call my friend Aimee who also loves him and he said, "Sure!" So he waited patiently and we called my friend Aimee. "Hi Aimee, this is Coach Rod!"
He makes you feel like you know him, like he's your crazy Uncle Rich, you know? Super endearing.
|29 weeks 20 hours ago||You know I love y'all but come on...||
I actually met Coach Rod in his office the Thursday before Arizona played Oklahoma State. I was in Arizona for work and it was set up as a favor from a super well-connected and awesome mutual friend. I was super emotional and thanked him for being so great to us. He asked me to sit down and chat with him for a little bit even though he had a huge game to prepare for. He was nothing but super positive about Michigan, the folks up here, etc. He said, "I knew there were a couple of you up there who still liked me!" lol.
I know there may be no place for this in the realm of sports and fandom, but I was always taught that how one treats people is the most important thing in life. It's more important than winning, than any job, than absolutely anything. Do what is just and be excellent to each other. I identified with RR because he's all heart and always says exactly what's on his mind. I understand how that's counterintuitive to the success and business of coaching college football, but I respected and identified with that part of him. That's why I was so heartbroken at how he was treated by some Michigan fans. You don't start wearing Stanford gear to Michigan home games with four games left on the schedule. That's tacky, disrespectful and mean.
I found myself apologizing to him for how things went down in Ann Arbor...for how he was treated, how unsupportive people inside the program and in the fanbase were, etc. He smiled super big, thanked me and said, "It's all alright now! We couldn't figure out why there were people against us on the inside, but it's okay now."
A lot of people, ranging from random Twitter followers to my best friends, freak out about my love for RR and question my loyalty to M. I'm an alum, I have a block M tattoo on my lower-left hip (never tell my mom that part) and I love Michigan in a way I've never loved anything in my life. I always will. But I'm deeply disappointed in how our fanbase continues to chastise, taunt and disrespect Coach Rod. It didn't work out. We could debate the reasons, but the bottom line is it didn't work out. I don't understand why so many people act like it's this ex-girlfriend you don't want dating anyone else even though you don't want her back.
If you were truly over it, it wouldn't incite such a response every single time he or Arizona does something remotely newsworthy. There's no need to root against him. It's really not that serious. Let's be respectful of his success and our own and stop comparing. The success of Michigan, Arizona and any school Coach Rod coaches for in the future is not mutually-exclusive.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||That too.||
But whatevz. What happens in Ann Arbor stays in Ann Arbor. =)
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Livers, dignity, furniture,||
Livers, dignity, furniture, clothing, etc etc etc. =)