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|2 weeks 8 hours ago||I thought real friends would have stayed...||
As probably the most vocal supporter of Coach Rod both while he was here and especially since he's left, I couldn't be happier for him. I joke that I will probably get my Michigan Football season tickets revoked one day for supporting Coach so enthusiastically. I just feel like his success is scriptural, almost--it feels like a table is being prepared for him in front of his enemies and I couldn't be happier for him.
I know I've shared this story before, but a few years ago when I was in Arizona for work I was able to visit him on the Thursday before the Oklahoma State game. Huge, important game, right? I thought I would be able to maybe shake his hand and that's it. I would've been so grateful for just that opportunity. The warmth with which Coach received me was just incredible--he said, "Wanna chat for a bit? Let's have a seat." And so we sat for 15 or 20 minutes and chatted away. We even called my best friend Aimee who has supported Coach through thick and thin just as I have. He chatted her up for a few minutes, too. "Hi Aimee, this is Coach Rod!" (I'll never, ever forget those words.) The first thing I did when I met Coach was apologize on behalf of the program, the university and the entire state of Michigan. Also, I immediately started crying. (I told Coach this was like other people meeting Leonardo DiCaprio lolol). But when I told him how sorry I am for how our fanbase treated him, he replied, "Oh, that's alright Jenny. That's long gone. Things are much better now. I really like it here in Arizona and they're giving me plenty of time."
I love Coach because he always wears his heart on his sleeve. I don't think he would know how to operate in coach-speak if his life depended on it. He's just REAL. Everything about him. And that resonates deeply with me because I'm the same way--super passionate yet widely misunderstood.
I get a lot of flack (especially on Twitter) about being disloyal to Michigan for supporting Arizona, but I guess I don't understand how the two are mutually exclusive. I quote Brian's Rich Rod farwell column title ALL the time and occasionally shout it to Brian when I see him at games. ("I THOUGHT REAL FRIENDS WOULD HAVE STAYED!" Sorry, Brian.) After Coach's Oregon win last week, Michigan fans were STILL angry, still tweeting out mean things about Coach and about how Oregon "really isn't that good anyway", calling Coach supporters "history revisionists". I guess I don't understand why Michigan fans feel the need to go out of their way to convince themselves and others that Coach Rod is an awful coach and worse, an awful person. You wanted a new coach and you got one. Leave Coach Rod alone. I don't understand the need to actively root against someone that shouldn't matter to you.
I guess my point is this--I hope Coach balls all the way out. If he ends up at a great bowl game this season, I'll probably go. When (not if) he makes the Rose Bowl, I will be there, in my Arizona gear, despite my Michigan degree and block M tattoo, because that's how strongly I feel about supporting Coach. I supported him at 3-9 and when it appeared that every other Michigan fan (besides Aimee and me!) had walked out, and I'll support him at Arizona and wherever else he may go. Bear Down and Go Blue.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||FIRE RICH ROD||
FIRE RICH ROD
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Will you marry me?||
Will you marry me?
|14 weeks 2 hours ago||Fair point, but why do we||
Fair point, but why do we need kitschy things like this now when we didn't ten years ago? They just don't do anything for me. I'm ALL about the pom poms though. They're probably my favorite "extra".
|14 weeks 3 hours ago||I offered to lend them my Shrek 2 DVD||
Back in my day (like ten years ago), Michigan football was about football. That was the star of the show.
I miss those days.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||I love you. I miss Coach||
I love you.
I miss Coach every single day. I'm a Michigan alum/football season ticket holder but you better believe I'll be at Arizona's first Rose Bowl.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Dude. This. Amen.||
Dude. This. Amen.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||FIRE RICH ROD||
FIRE RICH ROD
|29 weeks 2 days ago||LOVE it beyond words. I'm a||
LOVE it beyond words. I'm a big title person. I tweet, "I THOUGHT REAL FRIENDS WOULD HAVE STAYED" to Brian all the time. I even yell it (quite literally yell) at him when I run into him at games. :)
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Love the title.||
I feel like I can never truly process monumental loss without an MGoColumn. They help me to make sense of the overwhelming emotion I can never seem to put into words or organize or compartmentalize. Even when really sad or inexplicable not-sports things happen to me and I can't process them, I find solace in old emo MGoColumns. They are tremendously comforting even though they may have nothing to do with my current situation. Sports.
Thanks for always being able to put my crazy emotions into words and for helping me make some sort of sense of it all, Brian. For that I will always be grateful.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||On to better, better||
On to better, better things...for both of us.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Love you too sweet girl. xo||
Love you too sweet girl. xo
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks friend. Yeah. Tough||
Thanks friend. Yeah. Tough stuff. I only WISH sports were the hardest part of my year, haha.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||I'm done.||
My sister died of a heroin overdose (she was 32) and my grandpa was in the hospital for three months/had a leg amputation.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Stand on our head and spit||
Stand on our head and spit wooden nickles.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||I love this response. <3||
I love this response. <3
|46 weeks 1 day ago||While I don't speak for all women...||
Dude, all we really want is something meaningful. That's how I approach gift-giving--I look for something that has meaning. We don't care how much things cost. Things are things; they're ultimately inconsequential. But if you can think of something that's meaningful to her, well, that will be the jackpot gift.
For example, the best gift I ever got anyone was a 1981 Lite Brite from Ebay. My buddy posted a picture of himself as a kid holding up his (then) new Lite Brite he got for Christmas. So I found the same one and had it sent to him complete with Star Wars picture cutout things. He totally got a kick out of it. Was it expensive? Not really. Did he ever actually use it? Unclear. Was it thoughtful? Absolutely.
No one remembers gifts that aren't meaningful. If you get someone a necklace or a sweater or some perfume, will that really stick out ten years from now or even next year? Probably not.
That's why no one else will be able to tell you what a great gift idea is for your wife. If she's really your person (and I'm presuming she is!) you'll just KNOW. You'll pick up on something that she maybe mentioned in passing once upon a time or find an original print of her favorite book. That's what will stick out and that's what she'll remember.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||Sent! You have two emails,||
Sent! You have two emails, each with one of the seats. Enjoy! =)
|49 weeks 5 days ago||Not tacky at all, I love||
Not tacky at all, I love that! <3
|49 weeks 5 days ago||Work right now buttttt...||
Hoops game tonight (I'm totally going super super early to get the mini Final Four banner!) and football tomorrow! So so grateful I live so close to hoMe. <3
|1 year 3 weeks ago||MGoOprah in the hizzouse||
Whoa, I leave for a few months and everyone loses their damn mind.
Can we all please be kinder to each other?
|1 year 28 weeks 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.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||WORD.||
I love you, and I totally thought this was written by Section 1 at first. =)
|1 year 34 weeks 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.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I love you.||
I love you.
|1 year 37 weeks 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!
|1 year 44 weeks 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.)
|1 year 47 weeks 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!"
|1 year 47 weeks 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!
|1 year 47 weeks ago||EST!||