Is Lemony Snicket narrating this story we are witnessing play out with our storied dynasty? It sure feels like it lately. There's no question that basically since the hiring of Rich-Rod, that Michigan Wolverine football has been through a long series of not so fortunate events.
Everything from player off-the-field trouble (Cissoko & Feagin) and player transfers to NCAA scrutiny and losing seasons has plagued the Maize and Blue since 2008. That's just the start of it. 2008 was the University's worst season in 131 years. Tradition has not only been challenged, it has been in essence, tarnished.
It's almost as if there is a curse looming. As if Ann Arbor has its very own Count Olaf tormenting the team in his own winged helmet. Maybe there really is "a guy in a wizard hat selling snake oil," maybe Joe Tiller was right. Maybe he wasn't.
Maybe all this negativity that the press thrives off goes away with a single letter, W. OK, not just one single W, but several strung together throughout a successful season which we can celebrate instead of hide our heads from.
Folks the odds keep stacking against us, now Wolfolk goes down with one of the most unfortunate events thus far. Justin Turner becomes the latest player defection. Who now will stand up in that secondary and make a name for themself? Cullen Christian? Cam Gordon? We need a leader on defense.
We need a hero. Period.
Denard, can you deliver us? When you step on the field Sept. 4 and untie your cleats, will you be ready to bring us back to the winning we are accustomed to? I sure hope so.
Heck with all the extra practicing we've been doing we should be able to win a few more games this year, right boys? Wink-Wink. OK bad joke sorry.
I know one thing's for sure, I will be there all season long to witness and chronicle the entire thing. I'm excited to see what the third season under the leadership of Rodriguez brings. If Michigan misses another bowl game, Richy is done, that has to be a given.
Let's hope we all forget we even talked about a possible new coach when its all said and done. Let's hope the tradition is tarnish free again and Michigan returns to doing what made it the winningest program in college football history, winning!
Maybe we can get Jude Law or Daniel Handler to do the player introductions Sept. 4 as Lemony, fitting right? At this point I'm up for anything, as long as our story has a happy ending too.