It started out just like every other Sunday morning. I was drinking my coffee, listening to SportsCenter, and anxiously awaiting my fantasy football draft later that afternoon. I clicked onto Maize n Brew and began reading over the few stories and fanposts I had missed over the past week. As I was reading, one line in particular caught my eye.
"This season will be the real deal, where expectations are in the clouds and anything short of an appearance in Pasadena will be...not as good."
It was as I was reading this line that it hit me. It hit me like a blue wave of ice-cold Gatorade hits an unsuspecting head coach who just won the big game. It crashed over my back and sent instant chills up my spine, forcing me to clench my fists for a moment until the feeling finally settled in. It was a feeling that I used to get every year around this time in August.
This was the first time since 2007 that I have had that feeling. This is the first time since 2007 that I am walking into a season full of giddiness, confidence, and a little bit of that good ol’ Michigan arrogance. I had almost forgot what it felt like.
I didn‘t walk into last season with that feeling, but I walked out of it with it.
That feeling is back because Michigan Football is back. I don’t mean back as in back on top, because we aren’t…yet. I mean back as in old school Bo/Mo/Lloyd football is back at Michigan. A ball control offense is back at Michigan, which means a confident run game is back at Michigan. Winning time of possession is back at Michigan. Winning the turnover battle is back at Michigan. And more importantly, Michigan Defense is back at Michigan. Michigan Football is back at Michigan, and it feels good.
I guess the saying is true. You don’t know what you got, til it’s gone.
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