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Friday, September 02, 2005

Tomorrow It Begins

Tomorrow it begins. After the awful taste in my mouth leftover from Jan 1, 2005, tomorrow begins our chance at redemption. Redemption for the missed tackles against mobile QB's, redemption from the defense taking terrible angles at runners, redemption for giving up 37, 37, and 38 points in 3 of our last 4 games. After the excitement of signing a new recruiting class and then the summer of camps and a few commitments and waiting for players to report, tomorrow is the day. The Michigan Wolverines will storm the field and touch the Go Blue Banner as 110,000+, Maize and Blue faithful sing The Victors and the hopes and dreams of a new season begin.

This team has enough talent and experience on offense, it has enough talent, but is lacking the experience on defense, to make another run. 1997 is now a long ways away we cannot keep sitting on that National Championship and make excuses for why we are not a perennial threat to win the national championship. We recruit with the best of them and bring in talented players every year. The coaches must do their part and we cannot suffer inexplicable defeats, as ESPN.com pointed out, we have lost 10 games the last 5 years as a favorite, that is unacceptable. This is Michigan. We are the pioneers of college football. The all-time winningest program in college football history. The Maize and Blue and the Winged Helmet are synonymous with College Football.

Chad Henne throwing slants to Steve Breaston and Mario Manningham who will get the ball in space and make things happen this year. Jason Avant coming up with the clutch catch on 3rd down. The three headed monster of Mike Hart-Kevin Grady-Max Martin wearing down defenses in the second half, Lamarr Woodley comin in for a sack, Leon Hall with an interception, a second CB, whether Charles Stewart, Grant Mason, Darnell Hood, or whoever stepping up because the defense needs it. The plays that need to be made will be done this year. We will not stand for these unacceptable losses anymore. The players know it, the coaches know it and I know it. We will no longer be known as the underachiever as we are year in and year out. Third time's a charm and we can make a run and we can celebrate like Charles Woodson did in 1997, in Pasadena, finally we can do it...

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