Even though we still have the Ohio State game to go, we are already sitting wherever we are and taking stock of 2017 and needless to say, there is measurable frustration. I definitely understand it, and I definitely share it with people, but even at all that, I still am thankful that we have Jim Harbaugh as a head coach and I still do believe that overall, the program is headed in the right direction despite a rather up and down sort of season this year and our most hated rival coming into town in just a few short days.
First and foremost, I want people to know that no matter how much I bitch about this place on Twitter and even on this site from time to time, I still strangely enjoy being one of your moderators and I still strangely enjoy being able to help keep some version of order in the MGoCommunity that exists here. It isn’t perfect, but I like to think I occasionally impart some of my level-headed nature onto the community. There are times, as some of you might know, where I have thought about giving up on it, but I am also thankful for the role I’ve taken on here and it is difficult to imagine not doing it in some capacity. Even knowing that I am not the most popular person around here in some circles (not that I really care about that, of course – I kind of revel in being bitched about honestly), I still like to think that I’ve been helpful in some capacity.
Those of us who will be in Ann Arbor on Saturday are going to walk into Michigan Stadium, thankful that we are fans of this great school and this team and we will cheer for them, come what may. If you are like me and you follow the advanced statistics and enjoy creating probability matrices, you know that it is entirely possible that it will not be a happy Saturday. That being said, we are a hopeful lot and all of us know football is weird and ultimately anything is possible even if all the numbers say it isn’t terribly likely. We will be there all the same. We will be united as fans in our love for Michigan and our wish that they should, all goes well, beat the living shit out of Ohio State every year.
As we sit with our families and friends over this holiday, we’ll be thankful that we are where we are and we will be thankful that we have the support system that we do, but we will also be thankful that there is booze and football and we can walk into a room somewhere out of the way and watch some football, even if it isn’t Michigan football necessarily. For many of us, things like football are refuge and we are definitely thankful for that. Of course, as we get comfortable, we’ll suddenly be reminded that something is either cold, missing, undercooked, or whatever. At least there is football on the TV and, if you’re like me, you’ve left instructions on what to do in the kitchen after you’ve taken yourself off duty over and above the wishes of others.
I like to think that most the blog regulars are thankful that they can interact with a highly engaged and tuned in group of Michigan fans who spend an unhealthy amount of time obsessing about the same program that they do and know the rosters and coaches and even individual games going back decades from end to end and era to era. It is difficult to find that on other Michigan blogs, and really, other Big Ten and even other conference blogs. One of the biggest indicators of passion, in my opinion, is how much you know about a program, and I don’t think you’ll find a more informed and educated segment of the Michigan fanbase on all things Michigan than you’ll find here.
We’ll survive Saturday either way, we will all be here for basketball, softball, baseball and the rest and even in the OT season, we’re all here for the latest on books and movies and anything else people want to discuss because it does get a bit thin in the May-July timeframe. That’s the part of this community that I have always enjoyed, that we do not disperse when there is not much in the way of sports going on. This is a community that is diverse enough that you can find an audience for just about anything. I realize that this isn’t popular with all of you, but it is one of the things that I believe makes the MGoCommunity a very special and endlessly entertaining place indeed.
So, Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I’ll be here throughout the holiday, but if I don’t respond to any crisis right away, it’s because my family inspires me to drink. That’s why they are only over here a few times a year, right?