META: MGoBlog MGoThanks: A Personal Message

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on November 27th, 2013 at 6:31 PM

As many of us prepare for a long weekend with family and food and football, I feel that we should take a look at the space that we have here on the Internet to express our hopes and fears regarding Michigan athletics and, yes, give thanks.

We have this little corner of the Internet, provided most graciously by Brian, to discuss the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the athletic programs of our favorite school. Some of us attended Michigan (or are currently doing so), others did not or might be in the future, but we are united in our unwavering support of the University Of Michigan.

When it comes to football, we’ve watched the ups and downs of the program in the recent past and we still remain just as passionate and active in our concern and praise as we have ever been. In basketball, we’ve watched the watch of John Beilein take the program to heights that some of us had not seen in a long time. We follow all of our varsity sports, we get news on them all and we cheer when they do well. Some may follow only a few sports, but we are united in our wish that they do well.

We have this space to express our hopes and fears, our thoughtful analysis and sometimes our raw emotion. It can get a little tumultuous and dramatic at times around here, but we all express these things because of a desire for Michigan athletics to do well and to represent our school as we would like her represented. We should take a moment to step back from the now, look at this space, and be thankful that we have a place like this where we can share all these thoughts with fellow Michigan fanatics.

In a few short days, we will face Ohio State in one of the greatest rivalries ever conceived and the mood on the board has not been the best of late. We might be tested as a fanbase, but be thankful that there is a veritable army of thousands of active MGoBloggers (i.e., they have accounts at least, regardless of relative posting frequency) that will be watching with you and can be called upon to support you. Some of us will actually be there, some will be on the site or in the liveblog. We will be united by our desire for Michigan to win this game, however unlikely we may assume it is.

Speaking personally, I am thankful that this site is here and I am thankful that I have been entrusted to help support its mission. In my time as a poster and now moderator, I feel as if I have come to know many people here. Indeed, I have even met a few of you at various functions. It has been a net positive influence on my life and I have learned much here, and I am indeed thankful for that experience.

As a Michigan fan and proud alumnus, I am thankful for my experience with this fine institution and thankful for what it gave to me. I do my best to give back when I can because I feel a sense of community with University Of Michigan that I feel in few other situations. I feel a sense of community with this blog that I experience among few other groups of the collective fanbase. I am thankful to have the opportunity to interact with one of the most knowledgeable, sports-savvy fanbases on the planet and to count myself as part of such a group.

As I sit down with my family tomorrow, I will give a shoutout to my virtual one here. Hopefully, you will do the same. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

- LSAClassOf2000

Comments

Brown Bear

November 27th, 2013 at 7:52 PM ^

I am thankful for the few mods we do have that have attempted to keep the order amidst all the insanity. Bravo to the Three Amigos of MGoBlog , I'll throw BiSB in as a mod even though he says he's not one when he is. Keeping order in humorous and effective manners.

CoachParker6

November 27th, 2013 at 11:15 PM ^

I recall the day in 2008 that my GF introduced me to Facebook. I told her she was crazy if she thought I was joining. She then showed me several Michigan football pages and I signed up within 30 minutes. One of the first pages had a link to mgoblog, my life ever since has been a beautiful thing.

A true thanks to Brian, his army of excellence, the mods, and everyone with a live for all things Michigan.

uminks

November 28th, 2013 at 12:28 AM ^

I will still record the game and try not to see the score until I return home. If things get bad, I can at least FF through.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

aiglick

November 28th, 2013 at 10:17 AM ^

Thank you LSA and everybody else who reads and/or comments on this blog. Also to the main content writers. May everybody have a meaningful and thoughtful holiday with their loved ones and friends.

mGrowOld

November 28th, 2013 at 10:58 AM ^

Happy Thanksgiving LSA - your work here is appreciated very much.  And when things here get REALLY out of control (like maybe this coming Saturday unfortunately) always remember:

Don

November 28th, 2013 at 11:55 AM ^

I don't think this is accurate, unfortunately. Judging from the many hundreds of comments I've read over the past few weeks here, it's clear to me that there is a small contingent of MGoBloggers who would actually be disappointed in a Michigan victory on Saturday because it would mean in their minds that either (A) Al Borges will be retained, or (B) Brady Hoke will not get fired.

This is the same situation as during RR's final year. I had season tickets that year, and on more than one occasion I heard alleged Michigan fans near me state that they hoped we'd lose so he'd get fired.

I wonder what correlation—if any—there is between booing in the stadium and/or actively hoping for a Michigan loss, and whether or not said fan has attended UM. Having had classes with UM players when I was in school and observing firsthand how hard they had to work to take care of both the academic and athletic sides of their lives, booing them or wishing for them to lose a game is literally incomprehensible to me.

Nobody Likes a…

November 28th, 2013 at 2:41 PM ^

Lord knows how I found my way here, I genuinely don't remember. I've read for years and only recently joined in. But thank you all for being one of the more civil, intelligent and genuinely funny sections of the interwebs. Thank you one and all