Last night in the quarterfinals of the CCHA tournament my mood lifted. And it was a welcome lift, just hours after the dismal loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament. Freshman Jacob Trouba took the puck past the blue line, pump-faked a slapshot which froze both the goalie and a defender and then blasted the puck in the net top shelf. It felt good man.
How much better? A “tad” better.
I like to say that most Michigan fans would trade almost anything positive that happens off the gridiron (in anything but hoops..maybe) for a third down conversion. I took a crack at summarizing how I feel about everything that goes on down on State Street and its corresponding impact on what I’ll call “The Mood”. Consider this the beta:
Yes, once my daughter plays tennis at Michigan “Everything Else” shifts up..to a 4% (sorry sweetheart). You probably have your own weights dictating how you feel as a Michigan fan, and admittedly I played around with these numbers before taking this first cut. I’m guessing some of you consider hockey part of Everything Else. I’m guessing many of you, in your heart of hearts, put less weight on basketball.
Update 3/21: A revision based on feedback and a few thoughts. One, while I’ll despise some of our rivals who seem to thrive on schadenfreude, it is a factor a Buddy from Stunt3 points out. And there’s certainly a proximity adjustment needed. Right now the NCAA tournament is driving much of the overall mood. I love the Crowd Sourcing idea, but I think that’s Mood 2.0 as noted in the comments. Revised chart:
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