Dear Lloyd Carr,
I want to apologize for all the anger and vitriol I spewed in your direction via internet chat, bar room banter, and drunken dorm room rages. For some strange reason I believed that Michigan, given its tradition, stadium, fandom, NFL pipeline, etc was entitled to be in the hunt for BCS championships more than once a decade. Clearly I was wrong. Sure, the blowout losses to USC in the Rose Bowl every year sucked, and the vest owning you was getting old. But hey, at least we could count on 10-3 mediocrity every year, with the occasional variance to 8-5 or 11-1. Yeah, you did less with more talent than just about any coach in the country, but hell, at least you had a system that guaranteed mediocrity at worst. Yeah the Appy State disaster was like a thousand needles in my eye, and run left strategy was getting stale, but at least we coulds still beat little brother every year. Now we just suck, and everyone still wants to blame you for "leaving the cupboard bare." That bs I won't buy. RR has had plenty of opportunity to fix the defense and special teams to be at least not horrible, and has't produced. The rationalizations of youth and injuries would be acceptable if we saw any improvement....There has been none.
I had visions of modern football, and the spread, and speed, and championships dancing in my head. It was an illusion. Michigan football can not be Oregon, or Miami, or FSU, or USC. Lloyd delivered 97, and Brady's Orange Bowl (total underachieving team btw), and beating Joe Pa and Cooper like a drum. In retrospect, instead of going to the polar opposite, RR's speed system, we probably should have realized that having 220lbs LBs going against Wisky and Iowa's 325lbs lineman in 40 degree weather may not work. But hey, we had a dream.
Now my dream is Jim Harbaugh...pretty much a modern day Gary Moeller. IE, Lloyd Carr with an edge and a bit of an imagination. Seems that dream will go unfulfilled. Perhaps we just need to hope for luck ala OSU with The Vest.
Basically, this is an apology to you Mr. Carr. In some ways I feel the last 3 years have been a form of Karmic justice cast upon all us arrogant seemingly entitled fans who bitched about you. Sure, maybe you weren't the most meticulous homemaker on the block, but at least you didn't burn the big house down.
PS. I am not just writing this in an attempt to sway the football gods or to change the current stream of constant shit luck that has fallen upon our program. However, if this does in some way, shape, or form change the negative energies within which we are immersed, I would gladly accept. That would be "Tremendous"