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

Will it ever be this good again???

It's Still Ohio State Week!

There was no doubt in my mind that by the time this week rolled around who the biggest rival is…  You see, there’s no team I hate losing to more that Michigan State…but there’s no team I’d rather beat than the Buckeyes.  This is still Ohio State week.  It's still the echoes of the great games...the great players...some of the greatest coaches in the history or college football.  Ohio State.

No Brady…not Ohio.  No marketing shills…not Ohio.  No lemmings of the program that will do whatever you’re told…not Ohio.  The Ohio State Buckeyes.  No matter how pathetic this team is and how inept the coaching staff might be…and they are…this week still gets me going and we can’t get to game time fast enough.  There is no other program I respect more.  This rivalry is how we both define ourselves.  This rivalry is the biggest asset the Big Ten has.  This rivalry is what makes college football so spectacular and so loved.

The true tragedy of this era of Michigan football is what’s it has done to the national perception of this rivalry with the Bucks.  Its amazing how much luster has come off  The Game…to say nothing of our program…since 2006.  Now it’s barely in the national consciousness…and the Buckeyes have more than held up their end of the bargain.

Hell, even in the 90’s…the Buckeyes were holding up their end of the bargain even during the Cooper years.  Think about this, perhaps the only reason Lloyd kept his job, and we remember somewhat fondly lots of those 8-4 seasons, is because we beat the Buckeyes in those years.  They still had outstanding teams…and players…and we somehow just managed to underachieve all year and came up big in the last game.  Think about it…for the old timers like me…how do you feel about 93, 95, and 96 if we had dropped any of those matchups with the Buckeyes.  Owning the rivalry in the 90s was about all that made that era tolerable outside of the magic of 1997.

It’s still super special to me...and I have to believe it is to every maize and blue fan, alum, coach and player.   I hope there’s even a bit of magic left in this program for us to show up against the Buckeyes.  Like most of you, I’m not optimistic.  I think even for the coaching search process we really needed to get to that  bowl game in Detroit…and we couldn’t even frickin’ get that done.  I’ve been unable to write about the team the last few weeks because there is nothing left for me to say.  Nothing to say that hasn’t been said.  Hell it’s everything I could do to find the motivation to watch this team and head to the Big House.  Miserable…just miserable.  A Northwestern game that can only be played to the Benny Hill theme song to make entertaining (and how the hell did that team beat Notre Dame by the way???)...to the Big House disaster in the rain and ice of November against the Terps.

I’ll never say a bad thing about Brady Hoke the man…but damn I wish I could say even one nice thing about Brady Hoke the coach.  I wish I could say one thing positive about the focus or execution on this team.  The only positive I can come up with is that the suffering is almost over.  This Maryland game has left me absolutely numb.  Remember how it was such a joke for Rutgers and Maryland to be joining the Big Ten?  Ironic Michigan arrogance.  We get thumped by both with that last one coming in our own yard.  We are one of the worst teams in the worst major conference in America…and that better change as soon as we hit triple zeros in Columbus. 

I can’t wait for Saturday…because of the rivalry I have maybe a sliver of hope...but wouldn’t it be appropriate for Uncle Urban to be the final bullet that puts us out of our misery.  God knows they have enough to play for while we are playing for the right to be in Detroit for the holidays.  No way I can shake the feeling that we’re bringing a wet noodle to a gunfight. 

Be humane Buckeyes…  This era of Michigan Football can’t come to an end soon enough.  For our sake, let’s hope the next coach makes us competent enough to get this rivalry back to where it’s supposed to be.  Buckeyes you better respect us enough to come to play...because if you aren't we might just surprise you and keep it close.

Go Blue and God Bless!  Beat the Bucks!  Beat the Bucks!  Beat.  The.  Bucks.

 

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