Just curious where you folks stand in the 5 stages of grief right now? Feel free to give your answer and speak your mind - its like the internet's MichiganFanAnonymous forum.
The 5 stages are:
I know I have been in the small cabal of EMO (or as we call ourselves realists) peeps on the board so I viewed this staff with a more negative eye than many last year. Like most I did pick up a little kool aid in August as we are all apt to do but the ND game (with a team down 6 players) turned me back to reality despite what the stats said. That said I think the defense is the best part of the team despite the 31 pts given up that night...but the team did not pass the eye test to me. It was the same as the 2013 team - when we plug one hole, another 2 spring up.
So I'd say for me, 2012 was bargaining. I could explain away every loss - we didnt belong on the same field as Bama. We lost to ND and OSU (#2, and #3 in the country). Nebraska was due to Denard going down and not having a viable backup. SC in the bowl was anyone's game - unlike VATech the prior year (where VATech looked faster and better) we looked pretty even with SC and either team could win. All 5 losses bargained away.
Since I'm a realist at heart I dont have much depression - I sort of move quickly into acceptance from bargaining. I will live a shorter life than many of you eternal optimists due to that per science. So that sucks. But it helped me get thru 2013 much quicker. I was shocked by Akron and UConn, and entered accpetance post PSU. Wrong staff. Even if some good pieces on it (i.e. I'd keep Coach Heck no matter what) Hoke is our Charlie Weiss - I said thag about 11 months to the tune of many downvotes. So that was my acceptance.
After tonight I still see a lot of anger out there (a bit surprising to me - we're past that no?)...some bargaining ...and some depression (not surprising) - but where are you now? How does it compare to 3 weeks ago? If you are holding out from acceptance what is keeping you in earlier stages?
(And no acceptance doesnt mean UM will suck for 20 years. It means until we start over we dont have a chance to get back to a viable program. )