Most M fans were excited about the Oregon game coming into the season. Heck, Brian at mgoblog called this game a 50/50 proposition prior to The Debacle. Obviously most thought this would be the first chance to see what the 2007 Wolverine squad was made of. That’s still a reality but not how anyone had hoped.
The situation that the team in is difficult to comprehend but you have to think we’ll get a lot of answers at 3:30 Saturday. It’ll reveal true mettle of Carr and the determination of Hart & co to preserve (salvage?) their legacy.
The good news:
– Could the schedule set-up better for this team given what just happened? A breather against a MAC school following this game wouldn’t take any of the heat of the team or Carr. For the next three weeks every US American will be watching the Blue in some of the biggest games of the year. A nice win over Oregon could dose a lot of the flames. Following up with wins over Notre Dame and Penn State and Michigan will certainly be ranked again and heading into the Big Ten schedule with major steam. Obviously most Michigan fans, even the folks that want Carr’s head, will be pulling for these guys to rebound.
The bad news:
– If you watched what happened on Saturday, what gives you any confidence that this thing will be turned around in a matter of a few days? I heard somewhere that Oregon is getting 8 points this weekend. What?
I don’t know all of what Lloyd Carr is telling these players right now. We know a lot of it is about not listening to all the negativity right now on campus, on the internet, in the media. I imagine he’ll tell them that they’re going to face bigger challenges in their lives and that the true measure of a man is how he handles times like these. Further, I think Carr will assure them that they’ve got the talent and training around them to win but to do so they’ll need to regain that confidence. He’ll tell them it is us against the world, how do you want to folks to remember this season? Will they respond?