As a long time Lions fan I am a bit surprised at what I am reading on Brian's main post today in the comments section. It seems like quite a few fans have reached the point of not even watching Michigan football games anymore. I am surprised by that because of my own condition which is even as my team sucks, AND I feel less and less emotion each year about those losses I still watch football because well... it is football. And its Michigan. I might know the outcome is doom but I still will watch.
Background: I've watched just about every Detroit Lions game (that was not blacked out) even in the darkest Matt Millen era. I've watched them in the 80s - the 90s - the 00s and the 10s. All with the same result. Mostly bad. I only mention that because if there is any franchise I can compare to modern UM it is the Lions. .. ONLY in terms of "no matter who the coaches are, who the players are, who the GM is - the product on the field is the same." Whatever we change, the end result is identical - that Lions football for 50 years and its UM football for the past 7.
I would think the average MGo poster is a fringe 5-10% of the UM fan base who is REALLY engaged with UM sports far more than the average UM fan. Hence I am shocked to see so many comments about not even bothering to watch the games. If this fringe 5-10% of the UM fan base doesnt even turn on the game anymore, I can only imagine what is happening to the greater fan base.
Am I just picking out the 10 people who make this comment or is this happening to a lot more of you? I get turning it off in disgust after ND goes up 28-0 but waking up each Saturday in fall and not even turning on the game? Gotta say it shocks me.
p.s. not judging you for doing so :) we all cope in different ways! And I admit to not watching a lot of basketball during the Ellerbe era but football and Michigan are intertwined.