It was the fourth touchdown in the first half that broke me. The Michigan defense had just let a very bad offense score 28 points on only five possessions in the first half. Michigan’s offense sputtered a few times and failed to keep pace. The score was 28-10, and I just went numb. This wasn’t going to end well.
So for a lot of the second half my mind multitasked. One part focused on watching and reacting to the game, while inside I mused on the likelihood of Brandon keeping RichRod on, the likelihood of Brandon hiring someone that can remain spread-oriented, and the likelihood that this defense will actually be good in the next 2-3 years.
I wasn’t optimistic about any of it, and that made me sad. But why? Why should it bother me if Michigan’s football program goes through another transition? Plenty of programs deal with this, sometimes more than once in a decade. Why should it bother me if the defense looks iffy for the foreseeable future? It doesn’t take but a few players here and there to turn a D around, and Michigan will always be capable of recruiting talented players. The future is still pretty bright for Michigan football, so WTF?
Because I really like rooting for these kids, and I really want to see them rewarded for their hard work. I’m sad because they’re probably going to go through another offseason, another spring practice, and another preseason while having to deal with those goddamned hot seat questions. They’re going to continue to wonder if their coach is going to be there for their senior year. They’re going to bear the burden of blaming themselves and each other for putting the team in this position.
I hate that they have to go through that, because I like them. I like Denard’s dreads, Stonum’s fashion, Lewan’s mustache tattoo, Dorrestein’s RichRod impressions, James Rogers’s grittiness, etc. There are unique and lovable characters all over the roster. And as a fan, I like watching them play, especially on offense. It’s a hell of a show, and one that is still too rare in college football and nonexistent in pro football. For the rest of the season, that’s where my head’s at. I like these guys, I like watching them play, and I’m going to treasure these last four games.
I don’t want to talk about what the results of those games will mean, I don’t want to talk about what Brandon may or may not do, I don’t want to talk about who might best come in and improve the team’s situation quickly. You are free to talk about all of those things if you want. Personally, I’m going to do my best to stay out of it. Because all I want is to see just one more QB iso, just one more zone read, just one more bubble screen, just one more
one man play action Touchdown Play.
I’ll get my wish, but only for four more weekends. I will enjoy every moment.