Over A Decade Of Annoying The Rich And Powerful Alumni of U of M

"The Spirit of Michigan:  It is based upon a deathless loyalty to Michigan and all her ways; an enthusiasm that makes it second nature for Michigan Men to spread the gospel of the university to the world's distant outposts; a conviction that nowhere is there a better university, in any way, than this Michigan of ours."  - Fielding H. Yost

The Summer Of My Discontent

Remember when you used to look forward to football season?

Sorry.  I know it's been a while.  After the excitement and pride of the Basketball team and Coach Beilein bringing home the first outright Big Ten Championship since I was a wee lad, I figured I'd wait until the Final Four run.  Although we fell short of a return trip to Dallas, it was a great season.  One that was truly worthy of going down in the Halls of Wolverine Tradition.  What's transpired since then can only be described as what critics and cynics think is wrong with the college...and NBA...games. 

You'll have to excuse me.  Like any other sport, I don't care about the name on the back of the jersey.  I only care about the front of the jersey.  I only care about the "Michigan".  The players...they come and they go.  Of course Nik deserved to jump.  He was the best player in the Big Ten.  The rest?  Come on.  Instead of an almost guaranteed Final Four team, outside of another Beilein miracle, which is certainly possible, I don't know how we're much better than a top four team in the Big Ten.  I don't know where guys like GR3 get their advice man, but hey enjoy the D league.  As for McGary...  Is the NCAA rule archaic and ridiculous?  Of course it is.  Was McGary stupid and irresponsible...did he let his team down???  You damn well bet he did.  I know it's crazy, but I somehow made it through eight years in Ann Arbor without blazing up.  So yes...it's possible.  And I was more social than 99% of the campus...

However, needless to say, basketball is the least of our problems.

There have been two coaches in my lifetime...working on a third...that are above reproach in Ann Arbor.  The first is Bo of course.  Beilein is getting there.  The other coach beyond reproach is Red.  Let's just say this though.  After two years of missing the tournament, with embarrassing losses to Michigan State and Penn State this year, no matter how beyond questioning you are, I hope that you at least look at yourself and what you've been doing.

Now for the hot mess.  God I just don't know anymore.  I can tell you that I've never seen this apathy and cynicism around Michigan Football.  Never.  I know dozens of people that have given up their season tickets...and hell I'm jealous.  If I had more balls, it's the only message Mr Brandon seems to understand.  Nope.  I might not be happy...but I'll be there cheering every damn game and probably turning off the lights on the program before I'd ever give it up.  I never thought I'd see the day where the Spartans would own us...and I mean own...for half a decade.  I never thought I'd see the day where the Buckeyes would be working on their second decade of pure dominance.  Never mind the minor annoyances of games like App State and Toledo...  The cuts by the Spartans and Buckeyes have gone the deepest.

Up until 2007, I went into every football season thinking we should be contending for a Big Ten Championship.  For the last seven years with this season, now I just hope we don't embarrass ourselves and do more irreparable harm to our name and tradition. Something in me broke against State last year.  I did something I said I'd never do.  I walked out of Spartan Stadium early.  End of the third quarter.  Just couldn't take it any more.  The embarrassment was too complete.  Everything that Michigan was is gone.  The history books can't be rewritten, but they certainly have no relation to the program we see out there today.  Everything I used to equate with Michigan Football is now being played at schools that learned everything from our formula for winning....  Now Michigan Football is being played in places like Madison and East Lansing...teams we'd dominate without a thought on our way to our showdown with Ohio State back in the good old days.

If Bo came back today, he'd relate much more to the school in East Lansing than he would to what we see at the building bearing his name.  In fact, he'd think the circus in Ann Arbor with a power hungry AD and buffoonery in the head coach was straight out of the East Lansing he knew.

Going into Year 4, I'd be shocked if Brady Hoke ever wins us a Big Ten...over a decade since our last trophy and climbing.  With our ridiculous schedule this year, oh I think we should win 9 games.  ND is a wildcard...but beyond that can you give me a reason we won't finish with at least nine wins???  Let me ask you this?  If we don't beat State...if we are embarrassed again in East Lansing...as they potentially roll to another Rose Bowl...or if we goof away another game against the Buckeyes, how can you possibly support bringing Brady back?  How?

Give him another year before we cut bait and our losses...literally our losses.  The days of people thinking Michigan has a Top 10 coaching staff to go along with what they're being paid, well those days are long past.  This group might be the 4th or 5th best group of coaches in THIS DIVISION OF THE BIG TEN.

The Michigan I grew up with...that I fell in love with...that made me what I am...is gone.  It's dead and gone.  How much longer will we wait for any kind of resurrection before as a family we demand it...before we demand a change...before pure apathy makes it impossible not to make a change?

My feeling is that we're already there.  There will be no parades even for 10-2 if we don't have a split with State and the Buckeyes.  At 10-2, I make one or two candidates the highest paid coach in organized football...period.

Hoke, like Rich Rod, has done nothing to do himself any favors on the football field...where it matters the most.  I don't want a politician or a lapdog of the Athletic Director.  I was a damn warrior and leader and one of the finest coaches in America.  We deserve it.  Michigan tradition demands it. 

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