Is Molk Right About The Fans(Edited)?

Submitted by Yost Ghost on December 15th, 2011 at 11:16 AM

I don't get to go to games very often. So I was curious if what David Mol said about people booing the players during RR tenure was true? I would tend to think that real fans would never boo. But if some felt really compelled to express their frustration I would hope that it would be directed at the coaching staff and never the players. Of course if you're a player on the sideline it's probably not easy to differentiate who the boo's are aimed at. Many of you are regular game attendees, what did you witness? Are some fans really that classless?


Edit: My apologies I meant to type David Molk but instead typed Mike Martin.



December 15th, 2011 at 4:26 PM ^

I would never boo at a time it could be confused with being aimed at the players. If I'm particularly worked up about a fourth-down decision, I will only boo at that exact time so it's clear who is the object of ire.

But I must say if I was in the stadium during the Oregon '07 game, I would have been VERY tempted to boo at any time. They showed zero fight in that game after the first drive.


December 15th, 2011 at 5:13 PM ^

of the real reason why people booed during the Rich Rod years, because the people on this blog are an extremely unrepresentative sample of the kinds of fans that 90% of Michigan fans are. And on that note, I think you're misunderstanding Molk's quote entirely.

The fact is, most Michigan fans are not primarily concerned with what the coaching staff's philosophy is. Were there some people who booed because they hated Rich Rod with a passion and thought he was the wrong guy to lead the program? Yes, plenty.

But how many of those 114,000+ at the Stadium do you think actually know anything about offensive scheme? Maybe 1 out of a hundred? Or less? Most people j ust go to watch the football game, and as Michigan fans, they want to see their team win, and it doesn't matter one bit who is coaching. So when we repeatedly got our asses kicked, they got upset, and they booed. Like it or not, that's just what happens. This is Michigan fergodsakes. We expect to win. Every game. Therefore when we are down 24-0 at haftime with less than 50 yards of offense, people are going to express their dissatisfaction, often in the form of booing.

Molk is merely pointing out that for the players, it hurts, because the source of a lot of their troubles was beyind their control. They were working as hard as they possibly could, and it's tough when you put all that work in just to get booed. The players shouldn't really have taken it personally though (although I can understand how it would have been very difficult not to), because it's not personal. It's just something that happens. People boo all the time.

On a side note, I have never booed the Maize and Blue out of dissatisfaction for the team's performance. Like others, I occasionally boo if we take a knee three straight times before halftime with over a minute left if I happen to think the coaching staff is making a legitimately poor decision. And I wouldn't say I am directing that towards any people in particular, just towards the decision itself, so to speak.

snarling wolverine

December 15th, 2011 at 7:24 PM ^

Honestly, that comment annoyed me, because I've been a season-ticketholder for a few years now and I've never booed the team, nor have I ever heard many people around me booing.  (Yeah, I've noted the occasional boo-bird, but we're talking a smattering of people out of 110,000.)

Molk seems to take for granted the fact that, unlike almost every other sports fanbase on the planet, our fans kept on turning out when things got bad.  We went 3-9 in 2008 and still filled up the largest stadium in the country the next year.  We went 5-7 in 2009, and still had a waiting list for season tickets in '10.  We lost six games last year, and still had a waiting list in 2011.  All this while ticket prices have continued to climb.  What else were we supposed to do?  

The vast majority of us never stopped supporting the team.  When Molk goes to the NFL, then he'll really learn what a fair-weather fanbase looks like.


December 20th, 2011 at 10:21 PM ^

is the easiest way to voice displeasure but not always the most selective way. In the process of booing, other people you never intended to be harmed, become so.