may be angry, frustrated
but rarely shocked
So its fall so sports will turn up a little more often as Michigan continues its march to be the first college team with 1,000 football victories.
I start by asking just how bad a time was the Rich Rodriguez era at Michigan.
He lasted all of three years at Michigan with a 15-22 record.
Over the years since Michigan began playing football in 1883, they have averaged 7 wins a season to get to 920 so far.
Rich Rod was 6 wins below that average.
But here is the thing.
In 2008, with the Morgantown Miracle worker in charge, Michigan lost to Toledo.
Toledo beat Michigan, got that?
Toledo beat Michigan AND fired their coach!
There was a time where any team any where any time that managed to BEAT MICHIGAN, the Coach of that team would get a building on campus named after them.
There was a time where any team any where any time that managed to BEAT MICHIGAN, the Coach of that team could count on his next contract to be the big one.
You know that time.
That time last year.
Michigan gave up 5 touchdowns to the same player (hmmmm maybe tackle the guy with the ball?) and Sparty walked off with win and Coach Mel Tucker walked off with $95 Million Dollars and a 10 year contract in his pocket.
In many ways, Michigan was back and beating Michigan was worth something once again.
Of course, as with the morning after hangover that often makes you question the actions of the night before, this year is a new year.
And while Sparty fans have the hope which springs eternal in the human breast, reports are that in the loss in Minnesota Saturday, more than a few got up to go in deep despair and today there is no joy in Mudville.
Sparty fans are looking back, perhaps fondly, on the Legion of Gloom and Mark Dantonio.
Still it is early and the chuckle heads still have Michigan on their schedule, so they have reason to hope for a good year.
I enjoyed Mr. Tuckers comments in reply to a question if he was shocked by the loss to the Golder Gophers.
Mr. Tucker said, AND I QUOTE, “There’s really nothing that happens out there that’s like a shock to me, just because I’ve seen too much football. I’m not really shocked. I may be disappointed. I may be angry. I may get frustrated at times, which I do, but we all want to compete and play better and win. But I’m rarely shocked at something I see on the football field.“
The man has 95 million reasons to not be shocked.
If that doesn’t shock him, then I have to agree that there’s really nothing that happens out there that’s like a shock.