The Michigan Difference

The following was posted by user Blueblood in the discussion forum:

I’m going to share a story with this community about the impact Michigan has had on my life.
If you don’t care to read it, stop here. K. Leach2

I was a senior in my undergraduate at The Ohio State University in a program that revolves heavily around 1 on 1 relationships with a professor. The man who was overseeing my studies is not an ethical person, a fact I was too naive to understand at the time. I had the misfortune of catching him in a precarious situation with a female colleague of mine. His reaction was to make my life a living hell: harassing me at all hours of the night, threatening my career and physically/mentally assaulting me. I reported all of this to the higher ups at OSU and was ignored.. the issue was swept under the rug and I was left with nothing. I graduated OSU with no desire to continue in my profession and lost direction in my life. When I needed OSU, the institution turned its back on me.  

That summer, I met a man who was also an Ohio State grad. He is on the faculty at Michigan. He encouraged me to move to Ann Arbor, get a day job and begin to heal… maybe my fire and passion would re-ignite. He was right: coached me into having the ability to apply to/get accepted at Michigan for masters study (and even later doctoral), and has steered me into having a vD. Robinson3 ery successful career. Michigan is an institution of integrity, guts, loyalty, truth… the stuff Bo taught us about. Michigan is that place that takes all who love her and returns that love without preconditions. To be a part of the Michigan family is as special as marrying the man/woman you love and raising your own family.

As a fan base, we are weary. Even before the RichRod era, we saw our beloved Wolverines struggle with App St, the Alamo Bowl against Nebraska, multiple consecutive losses to OSU… this decade has not been kind. We came devastatingly close to a national championship game and lost our most beloved teacher and icon.

We cried out when the team was too conservative… we are dying while the team is walking the edge of a knife: running a new system with the youngest team around. Each weekend is emotionally draining, as each starts with promise and hope… some have ended in exhilaration, some in depression.

Deep down, I know The Team will be back… hopefully much sooner than later. Saturday’s are painful right now as I witness the successes of other programs, large and small. I miss seeing a single digit in our poll ranking. I hope the threat of violations from the NCAA goes away so that RR can have an offseason to recruit and teach our young men. We may or may not defeat the Buckeyes next weekend, but no matter who our coach is, no matter how O. Ezeh2poorly/how well our team plays, don’t you dare turn your back on the Wolverines. 

These kids and this coach need us to stay faithful, even more than ever before. If RichRod is not the answer, wish him well when he moves on. I don’t think there is any doubt that he is doing everything he can to lead this program back to the top. If his plan leads the Wolverines back to their rightful place of dominance, celebrate him because he lead us through hell and back. I never, ever thought that I would see the threat of 3 consecutive bowl-less seasons for the Maize and Blue, but I’m going to cheer louder for the school and team that has always believed in me. UM is hurting and needs her fans to stick together until this period of redefining the program is complete and becomes a mere memory that makes us appreciate cheering for the winningest program of all time even more than we did before.

Go Blue! Beat those Buckeyes!

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Wisconsin Game Preview

Game Preview for Michigan vs. Wisconsin (2010)

After coming out with an ugly win against the Purdue Boilermakers, this week the Michigan Wolverines take on the #7 Wisconsin Badgers, who are fighting for aJames White spot in the Rose Bowl.

Last week, the Wolverines were the complete opposite of what they had been all year. The offense couldn’t fin a spark all game and produce its second fewest amount of total yards this season. Denard Robinson threw two interceptions and also fumbled the ball twice. However, the Wolverines defense played arguably its best defensive game of the year. They only allowed Purdue to score nine points and gain 256 yards offense, while the Wolverines defense also recovered a fumble for a touchdown.

Unfortunately, this week the Wolverines face a Wisconsin team that has a much better offense than Purdue does. The Badgers are coming off of a dominant 83-20 victory over Indiana. Their offense was able to put up 83 points and their star running back John Clay didn’t even play. Clay is questionable for this week, but Wisconsin has proven that they have a ton of depth at the running back position. Besides Clay, the Badgers have running back James White, who has ran for 714 yards and 11 touchdowns, and freshman running back Montee Ball, who has ran for 528 yards and nine touchdowns. Last week, Ball ran for 167 yards and three touchdowns, while White ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns. The Badgers heavily rely on this three-headed monster backfield, averaging 228.2 rushing yards per game (12th in the nation). That is not good news for Michigan’s defense, as they are allowing 182.7 rushing yards per game to conference opponents. Regardless of whether John Clay plays or not, the Wolverines defense is not going to be able to stop the Badgers offense that is averaging 40.2 points per game (8th in the nation).

If the Wolverines are going to put up a fight this game, they are going to need Denard Robinson to break loose and start running all over teams again. The last two games, Robinson has failed to run for more than 70 yards. The Badgers defense isn’t flashy or boasts any big name players besides defensive lineman J.J. Watt, who has six sacks on the season, but this unit gets the job done. They only allow 19.5 points per a game (23rd in the nation) and 315.6 yards of total offense per game. Robinson is going to have to come up big in this game and get out of his funk. He needs to be able to run and throw the ball efficiently like he was earlier in the season, or else Rich Rodriguez may be forced to rotate between him and Tate Forcier to find an offensive spark.

Mike Martin - The Michigan Daily

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