A really good summary of the past 9 months in Michigan football. It's been wild, and the ride is just starting. Shoutout to Brian for his mention in the magazine:
"It doesn't make any sense, but it suddenly felt like everything was gonna be all right,” says Brian Cook, the founder and editor of MGoBlog. That after the roughest season in decades, "the football team was going to be okay. But also that my baby was going to be okay. It was a far more powerful feeling than it should be for something like football. Having this guy who just walks in the room and it’s like the sun—he has all this energy, and he wants to give it to you.” Much of the faith was derived from the fact that people saw in Coach Harbaugh an embodiment of everything they'd been sold about the university and the football program since they, like Cook, were kids. “Right away, in that very first presser, he makes a reference that’s a fallback to Bo. And Michigan is still hung up on Bo, will always be hung up on Bo, in a way that he’s even more outsized than I think you would expect.” What they saw in Jim, in other words, was the second coming of Bo.
"It's like simultaneous Sandlot and Rollerball," Cook says.
If it were Jim Harbaugh who developed the enlightened view on football's future—“What he says now about football,” Cook says, “is that it’s worth it”—who began preaching on its behalf instead of merely leaving it to advocates on the outside of the game looking in, it might have outsize influence.