Sunday, September 28, 2014

Seven More Weeks

It's a busy time of year.

We'll get back to the busy stuff later.

Seven more weeks.

It's also my favorite time of year. If you've been a reader of this blog over the past six years, you know that I live for college football. I started this out covering lots of different subjects. I was just writing about things that were happening in my life. Things that I thought were interesting and/or funny. I was always "known" for doing Letterman-style Top Ten Lists, so I did a few. I "interpreted" some songs in a funny way. I even did a series where I was a "manny".

I also started off writing about college football. The Bowl Game Previews are what started it all. So it made sense the following year to start writing about my favorite team: The Michigan Wolverines.

Seven more weeks.

So that's just what I did. I had already discovered MGoBlog. Through that site I found other Michigan blogs. I figured I'd do weekly previews like those sites. And I thought it would be cool to link out to all the previews each week. Kind of a one stop shop for Michigan football fans to see what the Michigan Blogdom was saying about that week's game.

Seven more weeks.

The Michigan Football program has had a pretty rough decade. It's certainly been a rough 6 years that I have been previewing their football games. I don't think I need to recap it for you.

Seven more weeks.

I've been a big Michigan fans since I really started paying attention to college sports. It wasn't a family thing, no one I knew growing up went there. I just sort of fell in love with the teams. Maybe it was the cool helmets? I don't know. All I know is I have been "invested" in Michigan football pretty deep and for a long time.

Seven more weeks.

This fall is a pretty busy time. I'm getting married this November. On Michigan's bye week (my fiancee is a wonderful woman). So all that prep is going on. My fiancee also has two boys (7, 8). They are getting into youth sports like crazy. Which is great. Fall baseball and flag football are happening right now. Which means Saturday afternoons are pretty well packed. Being on the west coast, those 3:30 start times are smack dab in the middle of the day. Between games and practices, the DVR gets a lot of use.

Seven more weeks.

I've worked out a pretty good system for DVRing games. I text all my college football watching buddies and let them know I'm DVRing the game. Many of them are in the same situation with kid activities so DVRing is a known and respected practice. Then I avoid all TVs, scoring updates and phone alerts. I want to experience the game as if I'm watching it live. It's worked out pretty well.

Seven more weeks

I employed this practice for the second week in a row. Last week, it didn't work out so well. I usually add the hour extension just in case of over time or a late start or something weird. We all know what happened last week with the weather delay. So I missed the end of that game. No biggie, that was a rough one anyway.

Seven more weeks.

Delaying watching the game can be fun. The anticipation to see the team play is brimming almost over the top. The excitement and challenge to avoid all the scores can be exhilarating as well. You get to skip all the damn commercials and halftime talking heads. It's all pretty great.

Seven more weeks.

By the time I get to sit down and watch the game, I am so ready! So I did that at about 5 last night, fully suited up in my Michigan gear. The day behind me. All my attention directed to the TV. And what do I get for the second week in a row? That.

Seven more weeks.

It's tiring. It's painful. But it's getting easier. It use to be that Michigan, losing, put me in an awful mood. I'd either spend the rest of the night sullen, weepy or drunk. Or on especially rough outings all three. Now, I'm super bummed, but on to the next thing. And that "whelp" feeling, that nonchalant feeling stings. A lot.

Seven more weeks.

This team has a ton of talented kids. The recruiting ranking sites don't usually get it wrong. Especially with large groups like an entire football team.

Seven more weeks.

At some point all the "we didn't executes" have to point away from the field and back to the coaching staff.

Seven more weeks.

And I think we've reach that point. The coaches say we "don't see what they see in practice". What the hell are you looking at? One time, maybe. Every single Saturday, though? Maybe you're not seeing the right things.

Seven more weeks.

I'm not a professional coach. But I did play college football. I get it. I know what the coaches are saying. What I can't accept is that they aren't fixing it. That is all on coaching.

Seven more weeks.

I have no idea what's going on with this football team. They lack leadership. They lack direction. At this point it looks like they lack fire.

Seven more weeks.

On November 15th at 2:00 pm I'll be watching my beautiful bride-to-be walk down that aisle to take her her place next to me so we can be joined in holy matrimony. That will be an amazing moment in my life. At the same time in Crisler Arena a GREAT COACH will be guiding yet another young, inexperienced team into a new season.

Seven more weeks.

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