Michigan Fans Can't Build Themselves Up by Ripping Notre Dame Down

Irish ManContributor IMay 27, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 15:  Golden Tate #23 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish tries to turn the corner in front of Brandon Graham #55 of Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium September 15, 2007 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 38-0.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

I have no interest in being a sportswriter. I stumbled upon this site last week and saw an article that irritated me. This is the article: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/180475-notre-dame-chooses-not-to-confront-its-own-reality.

This is my response.

I realize Notre Dame has had a couple of seasons that are not to Notre Dame standards. I hated the 3-9 season and the loss to Syracuse. I hate that USC has owned us.

Notre Dame is well aware of it's reality...it is apparent that not all Michigan fans are confronting theirs. Last I checked, they were 3-9 last year. So what gives them the right to talk any garbage about any program? I can deal with garbage from fans of USC, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, Texas, and Oklahoma.

Those programs are currently among the elite in college football. They have the right to talk, but Michigan? C'mon!

They want to tell us that we are ignoring our reality. They should look in the mirror. When is the last time Michigan has beaten Ohio State? When is the last time they won a BCS Bowl? How is their program in any better shape than ours?

The really sad thing is that Michigan fans will actually argue that their 3-9 team was better than our 3-9 team. To me, that is like Roseanne and Rosie O'Donnell arguing over who is prettier. How ridiculous is that?

They use arguments that they were close in many games, and theirs was a result of rebuilding. Hmmm, didn't we lose Quinn, Smardijiza, and Walker? Weren't we left with the last remnants of Willingham's recruits? If that is not rebuilding, I don't know what is.

As far as their being close goes, I know Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois, and Penn State beat them quite handily. Oh, but they were close against Toledo.

I could argue that at least we ended our 3-9 season with two consecutive wins. I won't do that, though, because I refuse to go to that level. The reality is that 3-9 is 3-9. If you put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig.

Since Michigan doesn't want to accept it's own reality, I will let them know what it is: Your reality is that today you are in exactly the same position Notre Dame was in a year ago.