A short note to UM fans

Submitted by MGoMike on October 15th, 2008 at 4:27 AM

I was listening to Detroit Sports radio for the first time on iTunes
today (I live in San Diego), and between talking about the Lions trade
they were putting Rich Rod on blast like nothing I have ever seen. They
were ruthlessly roasting his ass for his poor performance this season.
Of all the callers calling in there was only one guy who attempted to
stick up for RRod, and honestly this guy's argument was poorly
presented, appeared weak, and made him look ignorant.

  This is
disheartening. I am a fan of RRod and I believe he can do it, but it
looks like he is under serious fire in Michigan. I don't make
judgements anymore or open my mouth on the issue because I have learned
the hard way how idiotic Sunday morning quarterback fans are. In 2003 I
expected, as a Michigan fan, that UM would have a legitimate shot at a
NC. I stomached the loss to Oregon believing they still had a shot, but
when they lost to Iowa it was a backbreaker for me. In my drunken
stupor following the game, I did the stupidest thing I have ever done
as a fan, let alone one of the stupidest things I have ever done
period. I hastily looked up the UM Board of Regents online and sent
them an email. I COPIED EVERY ONE OF THEM. The subject of this email
was "Fire Coach John Carr." I. shit. you. not. In my haste and stupor,
I messed up the name of our head coach.  One of the regents actually
responded, copying every one of the other regents, basically correcting
me, sticking up for Lloyd, and justifying their actions in the most
eloquent and cordial way possible. It was mortifying when I realized
what I had done. The Internet, both a blessing and a curse... 

  
There is a lesson to be learned here. That lesson is that at least 80 -
95 percent of fans just need to shut the hell up because they have no
clue what they are talking about. They do not attend practices. They do
not personally know, or even talk to, the players. Most don't even do
anything more than watch a game on Saturday, and even that is done with
little understanding of the fundamentals of what is going on in those
games. It is one of the easiest things in the world to criticize
others, especially after the fact.
As fans, we need to remember this.
There should be standards and expectations for any coach at Michigan,
but in the same respect, excercising diligence and restraint before
criticizing these coaches is absolutely necessary. That is all. 

Comments

Anonymous Coward (not verified)

October 15th, 2008 at 7:50 AM ^

Agree totally, no one except the coaches and players know EXACTLY what is happening. I can't imagine what would have happened if we had all the Internet access in 1969 that we do now (when did Al Gore invent the Internet). I am sure Bo would have had as much, if not more, bashing the Coach Rod has experienced. Yes, I agree we should have beaten Toledo. However, I would rather have this situation (expect to win ALL the time) as opposed to being pleasantly surprised when we win once in awhile (are you listening sparty trolls?)

Aequitas

October 15th, 2008 at 10:58 AM ^

"(Fans) do not attend practices. They do not personally know, or even talk to, the players. Most don't even do anything more than watch a game on Saturday, and even that is done with little understanding of the fundamentals of what is going on in those games. It is one of the easiest things in the world to criticize others, especially after the fact."

QFT

Anonymous Coward (not verified)

October 15th, 2008 at 12:06 PM ^

Loved Lloyed...never wanted him to go, heck Penn State's old Joe is still hangning around. Rich Rodriguez is single handedly dismanteling the legacy of the most winningist team in NCAA history. Steve Threet isn't helping either.