It was so ridiculously somber at halftime, people were spewing and texting hate bombs all over the place. Many people left at half, more departed in the third. It was similar to the Oregon game [see Sucks Unlimited] last but I think more desperate. Last season after the Appalachian State game and midway through Oregon, it was a different kind of crappy feeling. You knew Henne, Hart and company could play- we’d seen it for three years! With this team there was no equity in the bank and it was hopeless.
Looking over the scores in the Big Ten and playing the remaining schedule game a few folks uttered “2 wins” and that seemed reasonable if not likely. No way Michigan turns it around – it wasn’t really even a consideration. Go home and cut the lawn because there IS NO CURE FOR THIS:
First half Michigan “drive” chart vs. Wisconsin 9/27/08
So when the team left the field at the end of the first half the boos rained down from around the stadium. It was loud. While Rodriguez joked about it later, Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema had some choice words for the choice words he heard:
“I give all the credit in the world to Michigan to come back after hearing all the things that I heard being yelled at them at halftime,” Bielema said. “To come back in the third quarter was impressive.”
After a couple of the first downs in the third quarter raucous Bronx cheers erupted from the maize clad faithful as Kirk Herbstreit later, during the Penn State/Illinois game, described as “mocking” the Wolverines.
So you’re going to hear a lot of ‘shame on you’ for the boos etc., and it’s probably justified. While Rich Rod laughed it off, I’m guessing he’s super pissed. This said, kind of like the campaigns to stop the stupid key rattling on key plays, it’s kind of silly to think a blog post will affect any of this but here goes:
You don’t boo college players. Boo refs, maybe boo a coaching decision (maybe), but don’t boo the players or the play on the field. Come on.
Bronx cheers? Fine I guess. It’s sarcastic support, but support nonetheless & I guess at least it shows people are paying attention. But keep in mind all this reflects poorly on the game day experience at Michigan and they’ll be folks out there (Bielema, Herby) who’ll run with it and use it against you in the future. Bielema to Recruit: “You want to play in the Big House? Yeah, it’s pretty loud in there once they start booing their own team.” Herbstreit texting SweaterVest McCheaty Pants: ‘M fans mock M better than Bucknuts’.
Recruits hear it, families hear and it while no one’s suggesting these guys don’t have a good thing going playing football for Michigan, they are still college kids most of whom of course will never play again after this. Chill out and if you’re that pissed about the play on the field go home and move your Obama sign around.