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

Young man we have nothing to dance about...

Circus Even In Victory

Saturday's night game at the Big House that Brand-On has so aptly trademarked "Under The Lights III"...and for that reason I will just call a nightgame...was the perfect scenario for Michigan fans.  The team won...winning the first Big Ten night game at the Big House...Hoke still looks like a fool running a circus...and Dave Brandon is still public enemy number one. 

Yeah...I know I'm an old school pain in the ass.  I believe in the preachings of Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes, and General George Patton.  You see...I believe in LEADERSHIP.  I believe in the The Team, The Team, The Team.  In the words of General Patton, "I believe all of this individuality stuff is a bunch of crap."  I saw Bo's team beat a lot of great individual players because his team fought as a team.  With the success of any team, will there be individual heroes and enough accolades to go around?  Of course.  Ask Desmond Howard.  Ask Charles Woodson.  Ask Erik Anderson.  All champions.

It was bad enough watching it on Saturday...no matter how initially amusing it might have been at first.  Now I read in Detroit News how 'popular' the dancing of Norfleet was with the Big House crowd.  Excuse me?  Apparently that reporter didn't hear what I was hearing...and certainly didn't ask for my opinion.  I'm not attacking the kid....not really.  I'm attacking a circus of a program that allows that kind of individual nonsense to happen.  Clearly the message isn't getting pounded in hard enough...or clearly we're recruiting kids that don't believe in that message. 

Bo was once again spinning in his grave on Saturday...and this time it was even in victory.

Out there while Norfleet was dancing...and yes I'm damn jealous of those moves because I couldn't move like that even if I didn't have a bone in my body...all I could think was here as a kid on a big stage saying, 'look at me.'  Hell I remember Desmond running into my endzone and striking that pose and thinking, "Oh my God...Moe is going to kill him.".  It was only two years after Bo retired and if the Old Man came out of the press box to slap the Heisman Trophy winner, I wouldn't have been shocked.  That was in a 31-0 victory over Ohio State for a Big Ten Championship...  That was a Michigan team that at the time only had one loss to powerhouse Florida State that year.

If you're going to dance like that on a football field you damn well better be up huge...on a huge stage...The Rose Bowl, The National Championship Game...hell even the Big Ten Championship Game.   What the hell is Norfleet dancing about?  What the hell does the team have to much to joke about.  At the time they were 2-4.  Cripes not like 3-4 with a win over a crap Penn State team is any better.   Desmond was a Heisman Trophy winner that got where he was through the success of the team and a future NFL Quarterback that could get him the ball.  Has Norfleet ever even had a decent return???  Is he an all-time great?  Did he even earn the #1???  If he has that much energy, he's clearly not spending enough damn time on the field.

Football is the ultimate team game.  You don't get into the endzone unless you had one man getting you the ball and nine others blocking their asses off to get you there.  The Team.  The Team.  The Team.  Just like the Leaders and Best...just like the Champions of the West...we say it.  Hell we'll yell it from the largest mountain...we just don't walk it.  We haven't walked it in years...and that's the reason Brady Hoke has to go...and Dave Brandon needs to go before him.

We talk it...with the best of them.  We just don't walk it.  The kids obviously don't believe in it.  The coaches obviously don't engrain it in them.  And that is why we lose.  And that is how we've lost our identity.

Save your dancing for the endzone Norfleet...if anywhere, that's where it belongs.  If you and your team can get within thirty yards of it...

One more thing since I'm chubby Mr Sunshine...  Let me make this very clear.  What this University and this Athletic Department need right now is leadership.  True leadership.  Not politics.  Not politicians.  If President Schlissel does not do what needs to be done in the timeframe that this needs to be done in to secure us a decent coach by the beginning of next football season, it is utter incompetence on his part...and I'll demand his job as well...even if I have to run to be a damned Regent.   He has a tremendous opportunity RIGHT HERE AND RIGHT NOW to make his mark and show what this University stands for...or will we continue to simply be followers, politicians, and beggars pleading for that next big donor. 

Lead Mr President.  Lead.  Demand excellence!  Demand accountability!  You're in the middle of a billion dollar campaign and I don't know any Michigan Man or Fan feeling real generous right now.

Go Blue and God Bless!

 

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