Attention Michigan football fans: You can’t praise Brady Hoke for making the tough decision to suspend RB Fitzgerald Toussaint and DE Frank Clark for the game against Alabama, then fail to address that your team just got stomped by that very same Alabama team.
That’s not how it works.
The college football fan by-laws suggest that you must discuss the result of the big game you were counting down to on your Facebook page the day before.
You can’t pretend it never happened.
With the situation at Penn St. still affecting how we view the coaches walking the sidelines, I understand the propensity to raise your coach’s profile to the upper echelon of goodness. But, even if you don’t want to admit it, the results on the field trump everything. Michigan is not going to play in the Rose Bowl on account of its morals.
If Michigan had pulled off the upset over Alabama, nary a word would have been uttered by the fandom about the suspensions. Instead, they would be (rightfully) praising Hoke & Co. for proving they are worthy of their #8 preseason ranking. But, no, you resort to the moral high ground, as if it really matters to you.
I hate to break it to you, but it’s actions like this that reinforce the belief that Michigan fans are the snottiest of the bunch.
If that’s what you want to be known as, that’s fine with me. I don’t hold any college football allegiances. But a hearty “Go Blue!” on your Facebook page the night after your team got shown up on the national college football stage is misguided, at best. It reinforces certain beliefs.
If you’re going to talk about something, why not talk about the irony of the game plan that has proven to be successful in stopping Denard Robinson: Make him throw the football.
That’s worthy of discussion.