Let me first start by saying that just a couple days ago, I “celebrated” the first anniversary of what has been fortunately my only health scare which required hospitalization. Since that time, I’ve been to six followup echocardiograms and a few more followup appointments, and each time, I’ve made steady progress up to just last month, when we discovered that my heart had returned to normal function again. I am still on the medication for now, but I am basically where I was last year now when it comes to overall fitness and stamina.
Even in those rather frightening days just before Christmas last year, there was the presence of MGoBlog to take the edge off some very emotionally moments, but also now, in a relatively quiet period as we await the Orange Bowl and ramp up for our conference schedule in hoops, there is still the gift of community that MGoBlog provides.
It isn’t just a gift at the holidays, of course – no one ever liked that gift that was so awesome on Christmas morning and by the middle of January was taking up space in a closet. Much like those gifts we eschewed as youngsters perhaps, MGoBlog is a gift that remains useful and relevant throughout the year. When we are in the thick of football and basketball season, this is the place to be for pregame, in-game and post-game items as well as all the news that surrounds South Campus and even some that doesn’t. When we are looking for things to say in the middle of June, we tend to find something that at least most of us can discuss. Bound by a common love of all things Michigan, we also manage great discussions on movies and books as well as how to express anal glands, for those into more esoteric but still possibly useful discussions.
It is also not one of those gifts that you turn on and off at will – the blog is here for your Michigan needs around the clock, it is a community that never seems to really go to bed and it is a community where, when it is at its best, you can see discussions evolve around some facet of a sport in ways that you can’t get in other places. Whether that is a thread that deploys statistics or a thread which delves into the cultural memory of Michigan fans or a thread which will soon be removed, you can test the knowledge and the snark of the MGoCommunity and almost never be disappointed. Among sports blogs, such a place is indeed a gift.
If you’re like me, it is a gift that continually finds different expression, whether that be in the form of something you hadn’t thought about before that changes your perspective, or a new person who provides fresh insight and adds to the collective experience. Almost every day, if you look hard enough, there is something that sparks a thought that changes how you see some facet of Michigan athletics, however minor. Like a Rubik’s Cube, each day the configuration is slightly different and each day you can find a route or a combination that you have previously left unexplored, or indeed never even considered.
As much as we complain sometimes about how we can’t have nice things, I contend that we as a community have at least one – our own eccentric, imperfect but well-meaning corner of the sports world called MGoBlog. As much as some of your threads make me want to throw things and put my head through the laptop screen, even in the moderator role and for as long as I have been a regular here (nearly six years), each day I find new reasons to like this place we have and new motivation to at least help keep it the nice place that it is.
Have a most excellent holiday season,