Seasons like these make you wish for a lot of things. I wish we could pass the ball effectively. I wish the defense would stop making back breaking mistakes in pass coverage. I wish Steven Threet would stop getting injured. I wish I could stop writing that things will get better even though they've gotten worse. I wish I had photoshop so I could stencil on a giant block M onto that freighter full of fail.
It seems that the old parable that good things come to those who wait was not a
With that in mind many of us have already turned our focus to next year, and the truly despondent are looking at 2010 and 2011 for hope that
But being simple beings we require deeper explanations. Rationally and irrationally we expected better than 3-9 or the improbable 4-8. Though the majority of the
The truth is the level of fail in 2008 goes beyond a simple lost season. The picture above could also easily be a metaphor for the last few recruiting seasons prior to Rodriguez. A metaphor for the blackhole levels of suck at offensive line, safety and linebacker. Or a metaphor for the final delivery of humility that
What happened against Northwestern is largely irrelevant. While the dates have changed the story remains the same. Circle the correct name and play below:
On ______, 2008,
dropped another close game to ______. The offensive was ineffective in the red zone despite (Minor, Shaw, McGuffie, Brown) running for over 100 yards. (Nick Sheridan, Steven Threet) looked lost running Rodriguez’ spread offense. The majority of (Sheridan’s, Threet’s) passes were under thrown or over thrown, and of the passes that found hands only Greg Mathews seemed capable of holding onto the ball. Drops by (Odoms, Stonum, Clemons) killed several drives. Michigan managed only (one, two) conversions in the Red Zone and looked out of sorts the entire game. Michigan
Defensively the Wolverines generally stood firm, but their problems with 3rd and long continued.
gave up (1st downs, Touchdowns) on 3rd and (6, 8, 10, 15, 25, 30, 31, 75) on (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) occasions. While the Line was stout, the Wolverines’ pass coverage was victimized again, surrendering (40, 50, 60, 70, 80) yard (touchdown, touchdowns) in obvious passing downs. Making matters worse the Wolverines problems on special teams continued, as (Shaw, Odoms, BooBoo, McGuffie, Minor, Trent) fumbled (a punt, multiple punts, the kickoff, multiple kickoffs) resulting in (3, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24) points for __________. The loss (damages, puts in serious peril, digs a deep hole and buries, continues to make a mockery of the passing of) Michigan ’s bowl hopes. Michigan
It’s just like Mad Libs, only replace the laughter with crying.
But good things come to those who wait. They truly do. Look at Vanderbilt, who will go bowling for the first time ever this year. Look at
But there’s always hope that something good will happen. That competency will come to the offensive and defensive backfields for at least one game. Hope that someone will take us too lightly. Hope that the Seniors can leave on a high note.
And, of course, hope that the tide will finally roll in and help us push this metaphor back out to sea.
We can always wish, right?