History in Happy Valley

Submitted by oldcityblue on October 29th, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Probably stating the obvious here, but I can't help but think this is the last time we'll see JoePa vs. Michigan.

This game is huge and it comes at a critical juncture in the season and while I can't wait for a dominating win, I have been thinking about what it means to have JoePa on the sidelines. He brings history, tradition, integrity, character and sincerity to the game in a way we so rarely see today.

We will never see another of his kind again in football at any level, I have no doubt. Enjoy this game and root for Michigan to win, but remember to notice JoePa and watch him coach against us for probably the last time. Regardless of the outcome, I trust the Michigan Men on the field will recognize the history represented there.

 

Comments

mGrowOld

October 29th, 2010 at 9:22 PM ^

I honestly believe that Joepa watched what happended to both Bear Bryant and Woody once they retired and has decided he's not stepping down....ever.   My father passed away last  year at age of 86 and it absolutely blows my mind to think of a man only three younger than he was coaching a football team.  

Webber's Pimp

October 29th, 2010 at 9:23 PM ^

Our season, Denard's Heisman hopes, Rrod's tenure, Bill Martin's reputation, a recruiting bounty, my sanity, Dave Brandon's decision, Mike Barwis' weight lifting program, Joe Pa's retirement, my marriage, our future...Let's see how much more shit we can pile on top of the outcome of this game. ; )

VaUMWolverine

October 29th, 2010 at 9:56 PM ^

JoPa. I root for them when they dont play Michigan. I've never had a problem with him. Tomorrow night though, I'd love to see his glasses explode on his face from anger. What a nice memory that would be of JoPa.

Syyk

October 29th, 2010 at 10:49 PM ^

Never liked Penn State, but always liked JoePa.  I'm not sure how that's possible, but it is.  He seems like a genuinely good guy.  The insanity the past couple of years has just added to the fun.

Communist Football

October 30th, 2010 at 6:40 AM ^

It actually hadn't occurred to me that this might be JoePa's last game vs Michigan. I'll definitely be thinking about it.
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<br>It's kind of a shame that Nebraska is in our division and not PSU. Then again, Nebraska is a real rival (1997 and that great 1986 Fiesta Bowl defensive battle).
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<br>I'll miss those uniforms.

jmblue

October 30th, 2010 at 2:03 PM ^

I can't consider Nebraska a rival.  Not yet, anyway.  Maybe in a decade. 

I'll definitely miss playing PSU.  This will be the 16th time in 18 years we've played them  To go from that to only playing them 40% of the time really stinks.  Right now I consider PSU the third most important Big Ten opponent after OSU and MSU. 

bluesouth

October 30th, 2010 at 1:40 PM ^

imagine college football without Joe Pa.  He's one of the last true Icons of the game.  Bo, Woody, Bear, Eddie Rob, and that dat gum Bobby, Era, John Robinson, Switzer, Royal, Dye, Dooley and others I can't recall.  Who will ever be like these guys over time. 

 

  Wow I feel like Iv'e seen some real ledgends in this game in their prime